2016-2017 WSCB Board of Directors Nominations Now Open

Now calling for dedicated conservation researchers and professionals to be a part of the leadership team for the Wisconsin Chapter of SCB

The call for nominations for the 2016-2017 WSCB Board is now open. If you are interested in becoming a board member* or would like to nominate an individual, please email Krysta Koralesky by December 10th with your intent. Please include professional or academic affiliation and a 3-5 sentence bio. Elections will occur in January among voting members.

The WSCB Board of Directors is an interactive leadership committee of 8 individuals who help direct and implement the goals of our Chapter. Board meetings occur on a monthly basis. Board member responsibilities include organizing and attending chapter meetings; planning guest speakers, lectures, workshops, panels, and trainings; coordinating member field trips and work days; directing the policy committee; communicating chapter business and conservation-related information and news; planning member events; and advising general chapter structure.

*To become a board member or to vote in elections, you must be a member of the Society for Conservation Biology. To become a member, visit conbio.org/membership/become-a-member.

Chapter Meeting on Wednesday, November 18th – featuring Madison Audubon’s Matt Reetz

Join us for the next WSCB Chapter Meeting on Wednesday, November 18th at 7 p.m. in UW-Madison’s Science Hall, room 15. We will hear from Madison Audubon’s executive director Matt Reetz, on what the challenges and opportunities are for conservation in Wisconsin in the context of Madison Audubon’s work. The chapter business meeting will precede at 6 p.m., and is open to all WSCB members.

Madison Audubon Society

Chapter Meeting on Wednesday, September 23rd – featuring WWA’s Tracy Hames

Join us for the next WSCB Chapter Meeting on Wednesday, September 23rd at 7 p.m. in UW-Madison’s Science Hall, room 15. We will hear from Wisconsin Wetland Association’s executive director Tracy Hames, on what the challenges and opportunities are for conservation in Wisconsin in the context of WWA’s work. The chapter business meeting will precede at 6 p.m., and is open to all. Want to get more involved in WSCB? Shoot us an email, and let us know your interests!

WSCB First Annual BBQ

Join us at James Madison Park on Thursday, September 3rd from 5pm-dusk to engage with Wisconsin’s conservation community at our First Annual BBQ! Enjoy tasty local BBQ food (incluScreen Shot 2015-07-27 at 3.07.55 PMding vegetarian options), meet other conservation practitioners, students, and researchers, and enjoy fun and games in the park!  Non-alcoholic drinks provided, and those 21+ can BYOB. To help cover the cost of the event, we would appreciate a $5 donation. In an effort to limit food waste, please help us plan by completing the survey here by August 3rd. And please share with your colleagues!

WSCB in the news

Learning how to net and identify bees at the UW Arboretum
Learning how to net and identify bees at the UW Arboretum

Thanks to all who participated in WSCB’s Bee Fest Event! We had a great time identifying the Arboretum’s bee species and learning about pollinator conservation in Wisconsin and beyond. Check out the Wisconsin State Journal’s coverage of our event here.

If you missed BeeFest, you can still get involved with pollinator monitoring in Madison! We’ll be holding a field day on Saturday, July 11th (rain date: July 12th), from 3-5 pm at the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. Come by to learn more about bee identification and help us assess pollinator diversity at the LNP. Meet in the Picnic Point parking lot. There are many more opportunities to take part in this project; fill out the form on our project page if you are interested in learning more.

Bee Fest 2015: Celebrating Wisconsin’s Pollinators

Event: Bee Fest 2015 //June 14th // 10-3 pm // UW Arboretum Visitors Center.

Brown-belted Bumblebee (Bombus griseocollis)The loss of pollinator species is one of the most pressing issues in conservation biology. You’ve probably read about the spread of white nose syndrome in bats and the collapse of honeybee colonies, but there are dozens of other pollinator species that are also declining in number. The loss of these species would have far-reaching economic and ecological impacts; animal pollinators contribute about $35 billion per year to the US economy and pollinate almost 90% of plants.

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Event 2/17: Conservation in SE Asia

Join some of your fellow WSCB members and learn more about conservation efforts in Southeast Asia at this talk presented by the Madison Audubon Society! The event will take place at the Union South, from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM, and is free to the public.

Bill Robichaud, a Middleton native and former Stan Temple advisee, will lead the talk, covering some of his work with the IUCN.

More details can be found here:

http://madisonaudubon.org/calendar/event/program-series-the-saola-the-wildlife-extinction-crisis-in-southeast-asia

Spring 2015 Board Elections

voteInterested in helping to guide WSCB’s future? Consider running for the Board! We are an interactive leadership committee who help direct and implement the goals of our Chapter. WSCB is a part of a network of local chapters working in diverse ways to raise awareness of local conservation issues and provide an important linkage with the Society’s Global directives. Check out more about SCB Global here.

Each year, WSCB will hold elections for the Board, with the term to begin in Spring 2015. Board structure includes: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Board will also include 2 Advisory positions appointed by the elected Board, to ensure representation from agency/organization staff and University faculty.

If you’re interested in running for the WSCB Board, please email Becky Kirby  a 3-5 sentence bio, along with which positions you would be interested in/willing to fill, by December 10th. We will post the bios on the website and circulate them among members. More information to come at the Chapter meeting.

***Remember, to run for the Board or to vote in elections, you need to be a SCB Global member. Check out the benefits of membership here.