2015 Annual Chapter Meeting: Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden
Northwestern University

Somme Savanna

Somme – field trip site (photo: Stephen Packard)

The 2015 Annual Meeting of the Midwest-Great Lakes SER Chapter, Cultivating Ecological Restoration within Human Dominated Landscapes, will be held at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois from March 27 to March 29, 2015. Our meeting hosts are the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Plant Biology and Conservation Program at Northwestern University.

Online registration is now open!

Or, you may mail the registration form with payment. Early bird rates through March 13.

Our 2015 Meeting Flyer gives an overview of our meeting program and information on the topics of our keynote presentation, opening plenary session, special plenary session and tour, symposia, workshop, contributed oral and poster presentations, offsite field trips, and lodging options.

The 2015 Call for Abstracts and 2015 Call for Workshops and Symposia are closed.

Keynote: The Annual Meeting Committee is pleased to announce that the keynote speaker for the 2015 Midwest-Great Lakes SER Chapter Meeting will be Dr. Suzanne Malec-McKenna. Dr. Malec-McKenna is the Executive Director of Chicago Wilderness, a regional alliance consisting of over 300 organizations working together to restore nature and improve the quality of life for all living things by protecting the lands and waters on which we all depend. Dr. Malec-McKenna is responsible for aligning the strategies and actions of the Chicago Wilderness Alliance to advance its conservation mission, overseeing its operations, and working to sustain the alliance.

Friday Opening Plenary Session: “Urban Restoration at Multiple Spatial Scales”, highlighting the importance of considering multiple spatial scales as part of urban restoration efforts. Our Opening Plenary Session will feature presentations by Jim Anderson (Lake County Forest Preserve District),  Bill Glass (U.S. Forest Service ), Jack Pizzo (The Pizzo Group), and Lynne Westphal (U.S. Forest Service ).  We are very excited to begin our 2015 Annual Meeting with these speakers!

Dixon Prairie, Chicago Botanic Garden

Dixon Prairie, Chicago Botanic Garden (photo: http://www.chicagobotanic.org/explore/prairie.php)

Saturday Joint Plenary Session and Tour: “An Emerging Role for Botanic Gardens in Ecological Restoration and Conservation”. Presentations by the scientists from the Chicago Botanic Garden will provide an overview of the Chicago Botanic Garden’s restoration and conservation programs. This session will then be followed by a walking tour of the Chicago Botanic Garden’s shoreline and prairie restoration projects and a tour of the Plant Science Center.

Sunday Field Trips: Three offsite field trips will be held on Sunday March 29, 2015. (1) Three high profile Chicago Parks (Northerly Island, Jackson Park, and South Shore Nature Sanctuary); (2) Three ecosystems (Somme Prairie, Somme Prairie Grove, Somme Woods) along the North Branch of the Chicago River; and (3) Oak Savanna and Ravine Restorations.

Openlands Lakeshore Preserve - field trip site (photos: Carol Freeman, 2014)

Openlands Lakeshore Preserve – field trip site (photos: Carol Freeman, 2014)

Sponsorship: We are grateful for the generous support of our meeting hosts, the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Plant Biology and Conservation Program at Northwestern University. Thanks

We are grateful for the generous support of our meeting sponsors, Bollinger Environmental Inc., David Borneman LLC, ENVIRON, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc., EnviroScience, Landscapes of Place, Metro Consulting Associates, Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, Parklands Foundation, Partnership for River Restoration and Science in the Upper Midwest, Purdue University Calumet Department of Biological Sciences, Stantec, The Illinois Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, University of Illinois-Springfield Biology Department, University of Illinois-Springfield Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon and V3 Companies.

We invite additional sponsors for the upcoming meeting. Our sponsorship levels are very affordable and range from $100 (Bloodroot) to $1000 or more (Sharp-lobed Hepatica). With increasing support, sponsors get greater levels of benefits, but all sponsors receive exhibit space and the opportunity to have an advertisement in our meeting program and abstract book. Please contact Rocky Smiley if you and your organization is interested in supporting our upcoming chapter meeting.

Please be sure to save the dates and plan on attending another great Midwest-Great Lakes SER Chapter meeting!

For any questions, contact us via email (mwgl.ser@gmail.com).

See summaries of Past Annual Meetings.