The 19th North American Prairie is returning to Madison, Wis. Aug. 8 to Aug. 12 with the theme “The Conservation Legacy lives on…”
The main goal of the conference is to gather prairie experts, enthusiasts, and advocates to share their knowledge, experience and ideas. A second goal is to stimulate interest and motivate people toward action in the conservation, restoration and reconstruction of North American prairies.
The conference will include more than 100 presented papers, 26 posters, 40 exhibitors, roundtable discussions, a prairie barbecue, and banquet. Themes for the conference include prairie ecology, grassland animals (birds, reptiles, and invertebrates), restoration techniques, invasive species management, fire management, and education. Participants can choose from 20 day-long field trips that will visit restored and remnant prairies, and a day-long prairie restoration workshop.
The conference will feature an Artist in Residence program for the first time this year. Glenn Wolff will create a collaborative work of art during the conference that will reside at the International Crane Foundation and the UW-Madison Arboretum, and will be unveiled at the end of the conference.
Wisconsin has been a national leader in prairie restoration and preservation with leaders such as Aldo Leopold, and the UW-Madison Arboretum is home to Curtis Prairie, the oldest prairie restoration in the United States. The second Prairie Conference was held in Madison in 1970.
Conference information can be found at www.napc2004.org or by calling CALS Outreach Services at (608) 263-1672, John Harrington at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Mark Martin at Mark.Martin@dnr.state.wi.us. Early-bird registration before July 26 is $130; please contact CALS Outreach Services.