Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory

Headquarters at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve

Southeastern Wisconsin Conservation Summit

Register now for the 2018 Southeastern Wisconsin Conservation Summit

ATTENTION! Both Friday and Saturday sessions have filled, and online registration is now closed. We thank everyone for your high level of interest in the Conservation Summit ... it promises to be another great year!


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. 2-3. Registration is $25 a day ($15 for students) and can be completed on the form below. 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 include 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 schedule of speakers click HERE.

Speaker abstracts HERE

For a list of poster presentations click HERE.

Poster abstracts HERE

For a list of silent auction items click HERE.

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.     

The Summit also will offer attendees an opportunity to continue their conversation Friday night over dinner and a beverage from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Iron Hog Saloon, a country-themed tavern and restaurant just a mile west of Forest Beach at the corner of Highways LL and P. Birders have popularized these events as "Birds & Beers," but all conference participants are encouraged to join in the opportunity to continue the day's networking and camaraderie.

Register Now for the Southeastern Wisconsin Conservation Summit!

Register online by filling out the form below.

Consider sponsoring the summit!

The 2018 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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