Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory

Headquarters at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve

Southeastern Wisconsin Conservation Summit

Call for Proposals for the Third Annual Southeastern Wisconsin Conservation Summit


November 1–2, 2019, at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve.

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Presentation and Poster Abstract Deadline - September 6

Whatever your professional engagement is with conservation in southeastern Wisconsin, we hope you will consider submitting a presentation or poster this year. If you participated last year, think about providing an abstract on a different topic, or, if you have significantly updated results on a project you presented last year, please consider submitting that topic again. University students are encouraged to join in this professional opportunity with posters and presentations of their own.

A registration-waiver scholarship for students is available on a first-come-first-served basis. For abstract guidelines and deadlines click HERE.We anticipate a great turn out at this year's Summit, and have planned breaks during each day to allow networking time and provide opportunity to explore the Preserve, as it is being restored from a golf course to stopover habitat for migratory birds.

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View last year's presentation and poster abstracts.

2018 Presentation Abstracts
2018 Poster Abstracts

2019 Summit

The 2019 Conservation Summit will be held on Nov. 1-2 at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve. Please check back for details in mid-summer.

The Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory is accepting registrations now for the second annual Southeastern Wisconsin Conservation Summit to be held at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve in Ozaukee County on Nov. 1-2. Registration is $35 a day, or $60 for two days, and can be completed on the form below. Students must register, but due to generous sponsors, their registration fees are waived. Registration includes morning coffee, lunch and afternoon snacks.  SWCS Slide 330x248

The conference is designed to foster regional collaboration and networking by providing an opportunity to meet and listen to the people who are conducting terrific work here in southeastern Wisconsin.

The two-day summit will include more than 40 speakers and focus on all topics environmental: past, current, and future research and monitoring, conservation advocacy, and ecological restoration being conducted in southeastern Wisconsin by diverse actors: area faculty and undergraduate and graduate students; staff members of nonprofit organizations, land trusts, nature centers, and county governments; landowners; consultants; and many other interested parties.

Among the speakers are representatives from multiple local government agencies, Bird City Wisconsin, the American Bird Conservancy, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Nature Conservancy. Topics on the agenda may include such topics as orchid conservation, Phragmites control, stream bank and bluff erosion, Kirtland's Warbler recovery efforts, deer population monitoring, toxic algae in the Juneau Park Lagoon, citizen-based monitoring of Rusty Patch Bumblebees and other wildlife, invasive plant species control, bird banding, Great Lakes shoreline conservation, bird collisions and urban architecture, the Monarch Collaborative and conservation politics. 

For the 2019 schedule of speakers check back in early October.

Speaker abstracts available in early October.

Poster abstracts available in early October.

A list of silent auction items available in early October.

Speakers will have 15 minutes for presentations grouped by theme into sessions that will allow time for questions from the audience. Posters will be displayed throughout both days of the conference, with a 90-minute poster session Friday afternoon during which authors can discuss their work.     

Register Now for the Southeastern Wisconsin Conservation Summit!

Online registration will open soon.

Consider sponsoring the summit!

The 2019 summit is an excellent opportunity for sponsor visibility in the southeastern Wisconsin region. Please show your corporate commitment to environmental conservation in the state by sponsoring the summit at a level that is right for your company. The number of tickets you receive and the visibility of your logo will vary by sponsorship level. Sponsorships range from the $150 Bronze Level to the $1,000+ Platinum Level. Please contact  for additional information.

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors!
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Thank you to our Silver Sponsors!

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Thank you to our Bronze Sponsors!

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