2015 Annual Chapter Meeting: Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden
Northwestern University

Lincoln Park, North Pond, Winter and Summer (photos courtesy Lauren Umek)

Lincoln Park, North Pond, Summer and Winter (photos courtesy Lauren Umek)

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.

On-site registration will be available. See registration form for cost information.

Our updated 2015 Meeting Flyer (06 Mar 2015) 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 Draft Abstract Book (06 Mar 2015) contains the abstracts from the opening plenary session, the student career workshop, the three symposia, the 26 contributed poster presentations, and the 48 contributed oral presentations.

Keynote: The keynote speaker for the 2015 Midwest-Great Lakes SER Chapter Meeting will be Dr. Suzanne Malec-McKenna, with a presentation entitled “Quality of Life Through the Lens of Natural Resources”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: Four offsite field trips will be held on Sunday March 29, 2015. (1) Restoration of High Profile Urban Ecosystems; (2) Prairie, Savanna and Oak Restoration in Somme Forest Preserves; (3) Oak Savanna and Ravine Restorations; or (4) The Glen and the Grove.

Northerly Island, Jackson Park Bobolink Meadow, South Shore (photos courtesy Chicago Park District)

Northerly Island, Jackson Park Bobolink Meadow, South Shore (photos courtesy Chicago Park District)

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

And – we are grateful for the generous support of our meeting sponsors.

Sharp-Lobed Hepatica Sponsors: ENVIRON and Genesis Nursery.

Rue Anemone Sponsors: Stantec and University of Illinois-Springfield Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon.

Prairie Trillium Sponsors: Agrecol, Applied Ecological Services, The Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago Park District, EnviroScience, John G. Shedd Aquarium, Landscapes of Place, Metro Consulting Associates, Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, Partnership for River Restoration and Science in the Upper Midwest, Prairie Moon Nursery, Purdue University Calumet Department of Biological Sciences, Tallgrass Prairie & Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium, The Illinois Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and V3 Companies.

Bloodroot Sponsors: Bollinger Environmental Inc., David Borneman LLC, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc., Island Press, Parklands Foundation, Tallgrass Restoration, University of Illinois-Springfield Biology Department, and University of Northern Iowa Tallgrass Prairie Center.

Lincoln Park, Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary (photo courtesy Lauren Umek)

Lincoln Park, Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary (photo courtesy Lauren Umek)

We hope to see you Friday for 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.