Conservation on Tap is back! Online Oct. 14, 6pm

Conservation on Tap logo online
Bring your own drink and join us via Zoom to chat with folks doing conservation throughout the state. We’ll start with a presentation and then open it up for discussion. Turn your camera on or off, we don’t judge!
Wed, Oct 14, 6-7pm CST
Conservation Psychology: What’s the role of behavior in conservation?
Sophia Winkler-Schor, PhD Student, UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and board member of the Society for Conservation Biology’s Social Science Working Group. Follow her blog on Psychology Today, research page or on Twitter.
If humans are the biggest threat to nature, then we should be talking about human behavior! Conservation psychology explores the drivers of human behavior and decision-making in relation to nature. Sophia will provide an overview of the building blocks of human behavior as well as the basics for designing a behavior change campaigns that are grounded in psychological theory and methods.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
See you there!

Calling conservation leaders!

Are you interested in helping connect the conservation community in Wisconsin? Make a lasting impact on the Wisconsin Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology (WSCB) by joining our volunteer board of directors!

This flexible volunteer position is a great way to network with other conservation professionals, gain experience, and make a difference in the community. While we can’t hold in-person events now, we’re gearing up to bring people together for virtual talks and social hours on conservation topics.

Now accepting applications – apply here by August 28th! Learn more about board member and committee positions here. 

WSCB seeks to build community among conservation-minded professionals and students in Wisconsin and advance the science and practice of conservation biology. We hold social hours and talks (currently virtual) and keep our members informed on conservation science and advocacy. Questions? Connect with us at

March Conservation on Tap canceled

Conservation on Tap
Behavior Change and Conservation is canceled. Check back for details about rescheduling. Please be safe and practice social distancing.

Meanwhile, check out Sophia Winkler-Schor, a PhD student at UW-Madison and board member of the Society for Conservation Biology’s Social Science Working Group, at her blog on Psychology Today, research page orTwitter.


Conservation on Tap – Thursday, Feb 20, 2020

Conservation on Tap
Thursday, Feb 20, 2020
5:30-7:00pm at Location to Come
Innovative Conservation to Improve Water Quality with Kyle Minks

Join us on Thursday, Feb 20 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm at a downtown Madison location to be posted soon!

Have a few drinks, learn something new about the world around us, and socialize with people who think cocktails and conservation is a cool combination.

February’s Conservation On Tap speaker is Kyle Minks, Watershed Manager at Dane County Land and Water Resources Department. Kyle will talk about Innovative Conservation to Improve Water Quality.

Kyle coordinates the county’s efforts in implementing the Yahara WIN’s Adaptive Management Project, assisting agricultural producers and landowners with conservation practice implementation, and implementation of the counties 2017 Legacy Sediment budget initiative. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point with Bachelor’s Degrees in both Biology and Water Resources Management in 2007. He also attended the University of Wisconsin Madison graduating with Masters degrees in both Water Resources Management and Soil Science in 2010.


Conservation on Tap – Thursday, January 16th 2020

Conservation on Tap – Thursday, January 16th

Join us on Thursday, January 16th from 5:30pm – 7:00pm at Barriques Café – West Wash in Madison, WI

January’s Conservation On Tap is hosted at Barriques Café – West Wash in Madison! Our speaker is Nancy Sheehan, Citizen Science Coordinator for the Journey North project at the UW-Arboretum. Nancy will be sharing about the Journey North citizen science program. This program engages an international audience in tracking wildlife migrations and seasonal changes.

Conservation on Tap – January 2020 with Nancy Seehan

About Journey North:

Journey North is a citizen science program that engages an international audience in tracking wildlife migrations and seasonal changes. Launched at the dawn of the internet in 1993, Journey North has expanded to include over 20 interactive maps that depict migration happening in real time. For example, in the spring, you can watch these maps to experience the journey of monarchs as they migrate from their overwintering sites in Mexico to breeding territory in the U.S. and Canada. In the fall, watch monarchs and other species such as Ruby-throated hummingbirds migrate south. Today, Journey North has a roster of 33,000 members who contribute over 50,000 observations each year. Migration updates shared via blog posts, email notifications, and social media channels help to foster excitement and participation across the North American continent – from Canada and the United States to Mexico. Journey North also offers a wide selection of inquiry-based educational materials as well as projects designed for youth participation. This citizen-generated data enhances scientific understanding of migratory species – their migration routes and habitat needs. Ultimately, collaborative efforts like Journey North that involves both scientists and citizen scientists contribute to climate change research.

About Nancy Seehan:

Nancy joined the Arboretum in fall 2018 after managing the Rock River Coalition volunteer stream monitoring program for seven years. Nancy is passionate about citizen science. She earned a master’s degree in environmental management from Yale University. She also served in the Peace Corps in West Africa and, after working in the field of international development, moved to Madison to pursue further graduate studies at the UW–Madison Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies. Nancy lives in a Lake Wingra neighborhood. She has many cherished memories of visiting natural springs, listening to sandhill cranes, and cross-country skiing in the Arboretum.

Calling Conservation Leaders!

Submit your nomination for the WSCB Board of Directors 2019-2020

Make a lasting impact on the Wisconsin Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology (WSCB) and support Wisconsin’s conservation community by joining our volunteer board of directors. Submit your nomination by August 23 here:

Serving on the WSCB Board of Directors allows you to help further our strategic mission of fostering collaborative relationships among conservation professionals, NGO and agency leaders, higher education faculty, and students throughout the state of Wisconsin. In addition to supporting our larger strategic goals, you will make important decisions about our finances, communications, initiatives, and engagement in statewide and local conservation policy.

Please see here for more information on specific roles and responsibilities of board members. Roles and responsibilities typically change based on the unique strengths and interests of current board members.

Board members will be voted in by WSCB members and begin their new role in early fall for either one or two-year terms. The Chapter’s members include natural resource managers, educators, government and private conservation workers, students, and those interested in the principles of conservation.

Questions? Connect with us at

Creative Conservation Allies – Tuesday, December 19

Wisconsin’s businesses are collaborating with the public sector to pursue environmental conservation initiatives, and we want to know more about it! What does this kind of partnership look like? Are we (businesses, conservation professionals, non-profits and agencies) successfully leveraging these opportunities in our state? 

Join us and Sustain Dane on Tuesday, December 19 at 7:00pm in Union South on the UW-Madison campus to hear from a panel of local business leaders whose companies are involved in conservation. Dr. Brent Haglund, Chief Scientific Officer at the Sand County Foundation, will lead a two-way conversation with the audience and business leaders to explore successful public-private partnerships in Wisconsin.

Conservation On Tap – October

This month featuring: Upper Sugar River Watershed Association

Executive Director and watershed conservation extraordinaire Wade Moder, will kick off Conservation On Tap with an introduction to Upper Sugar River Watershed Association and the state of waterway conservation in southern Wisconsin. Join the #ConservationBuzz on Thursday, October 19th at One Barrel Brewing! We’ll chat about invasive species, farmers’ best practices, the reality of citizen science and more!
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