2015 Annual Chapter Meeting: Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden Northwestern University

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.

The 2015 Call for Abstracts for oral presentation or poster is now open. The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to January 30, 2015.

The 2015 Call for Workshops and Symposia is 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! Information on their individual presentation titles and topics will be posted here soon.

Saturday Joint Plenary Session and Tour: Our Meeting Hosts are in the process of organizing a Joint Plenary Session and Tour that will provide an overview of the Chicago Botanic Garden’s conservation and research programs. The plenary session will be followed by a walking tour of the Chicago Botanic Garden’s shoreline and prairie restorations and will end with a tour of the Plant Science Center.

Sunday Field Trips: Three offsite field trips will be held on Sunday March 29, 2015. One field trip will visit three high profile Chicago Parks (Northerly Island, Jackson Park, and South Shore Nature Sanctuary) and the other field trip will visit three ecosystems (Somme Prairie, Somme Prairie Grove, Somme Woods) along the North Branch of the Chicago River. Details on the third field trip are being finalized and will be announced soon.

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, David Borneman LLC, Landscapes of Place, Partnership for River Restoration and Science in the Upper Midwest, Stantec, University of Illinois-Springfield Biology Department, Bollinger Environmental Inc., ENVIRON, Metro Consulting Associates, Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, and V3.

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).

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