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What does it mean to "heed the call?" It has been defined as an expression to take responsibility or do the right thing. According to Merriam-Webster, heed, as a transitive verb, means to give consideration or attention to (e.g. heed the call).

When folks gather at the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention, they are paying attention to the many factors that affect our precious waters. In this setting, professionals and citizens have the time and space to discuss successes, as well as learn from each other. There is new research to consider during the poster session as well as 50+ concurrent sessions and hands-on workshops that will encourage you to heed the call. 

As our logo for this year hints, we are also "heeding the call" by celebrating 40 years of loon research in Wisconsin. Thursday morning will include a Kickoff Plenary Panel and digital production giving some attention to the common loon. We will hear from professionals and citizen scientists about what this emblematic water bird with the haunting call has taught us. Even though the loon is typically found in the far northern part of our state, we can all glean information about citizen science, collaboration and sound resource management from this special species.

Join others who work every day to protect Wisconsin's water! The 2018 Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention will be held April 18-20 at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. A block of guest rooms has been set aside at the Holiday Inn; learn more about making reservations on the UWEX Lakes website. Don’t delay, as we have been selling out of rooms for the past few years!

This convention will again join with the Water Action Volunteers (WAV) Symposium to bring citizens and professionals together to work on not only lake matters, but expand those efforts into the watershed. As our waters do not stop at the borders of Wisconsin, neither do our partnerships. The 2018 Lakes Convention will also overlap with the  Midwest - Great Lakes chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration’s (SER) annual meeting (April 20-22).

The convention will include numerous opportunities for networking, interacting with experts, and sharing your stories. We look forward to your participation every year - it truly would not be the same without YOU!



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