Feb. 17th – WSCB Meeting featuring Gathering Waters: Wisconsin’s Alliance for Land Trusts

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Wednesday, February 17th, 5 p.m.
UW-Madison Science Hall, room 15

Join us this Wednesday for our next WSCB meeting and a discussion with Mike Carlson, interim executive director of Gathering Waters: Wisconsin’s Alliance for Land Trusts. We’ll hear about conservation challenges and opportunities from the perspective of the land trust community.

Gathering Waters is a statewide service center for Wisconsin’s land trust community, providing direct services and consulting, government relations, and outreach. To find out more about land trusts and the work that Gathering Waters does in Wisconsin’s conservation community, we hope you’ll join us!


Upcoming WSCB Event – Conservation Science Communications Panel

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What: Conservation Science Communications Panel
When: Thursday, January 28th, 5 p.m.
Where: Union South, the Wisconsin Ideas Room

Join us on January 28th for WSCB’s Conservation Science Communications Panel! Featuring experts from across the field, we’ll learn how to communicate and share our research with the public, the media, legislators, and other scientists. Speakers include:

Stan Temple
Stanley A. Temple is the Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology where for 32 years he held the academic position once occupied by Aldo Leopold. He is currently a Senior Fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation.

Emily Meier
Emily is the director of Communications and Outreach for Madison Audubon Society, a small but fast-growing non-profit and chapter of the National Audubon Society. Emily has worked for environmental non- profits in Wyoming and Wisconsin in a variety of capacities since her graduation from UW-Madison in 2012.

Bret Shaw
Bret Shaw is the Environmental Communication Specialist for UW- Extension. He focuses on outreach activities related to facilitating campaign development for organizations dealing with natural resource management issues such as water quality, land use and environmental conservation and assessing the impact of these social marketing campaigns.

Sharon Dunwoody
Sharon Dunwoody is professor emerita at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UW-Madison. In addition to being an internationally recognized scholar of science communication, she has also spent more than 30 years training both journalists and scientists in how to build effective science messages for general audiences.

Nathan Schulfer
Nathan Schulfer is a conservation practitioner who co-manages the Professional MS Program in Environmental Conservation at the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Nathan’s work at Nelson focuses on recruitment and mentorship of emerging conservation leaders through the Professional MS, while leading the Institute’s efforts to strengthen networks with NGO’s and government units on a global scale.

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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Chapter Meeting-December

IMG_2122WSCB will hold our first Chapter Meeting: December 3rd at 5 pm, in Science Hall room 15. A social hour will follow.

The agenda includes:

  • news of our events and activities
  • an update on our newly formed student chapter
  • information on our upcoming elections, and a call for candidates
  • news about WSCB hosting the NAACB conference here in Madison, WI and how you can be involved
  • gauging interest on a citizen science project involving WSCB

As always, we also want to hear from you on how you’d like to be involved. Whether it’s taking a leadership role, leading a project or event, or brainstorming new avenues for our chapter–there are plenty of ways you can be an involved member. The first step is attending our bi-monthly meetings! We hope to see you there.

For more information, please see our calendar:


Wisconsin’s Conservation Legacy

We had a great turn out for the first WSCB hosted lecture, “Wisconsin’s Conservation Legacy,” by Dr. Curt Meine, Senior Fellow at the Aldo Leopold Foundation and Center for Humans and Nature, and adjunct faculty in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology. Dr. Meine explored Wisconsin’s past, present, and future in the changing landscapes of conservation in the state and beyond.  Stay tuned for WSCB hosted lectures and events in the future!

WSCB_Meine_LectureAs we inaugurate the new Wisconsin Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology, and look forward to hosting the 2016 North American SCB meeting, it is a perfect moment to pause and reflect on Wisconsin’s unique role in the emergence and evolution of conservation. Dr. Curt Meine will present a wide-ranging overview of Wisconsin’s conservation legacy, highlighting key events, figures, and institutions that have made their mark on Wisconsin’s landscape (and beyond). Whether you are a long-time Wisconsinite or a recent arrival… a veteran conservationist or just embarking on a career… a prospective professional or an interested citizen… please join us as we look back to our history—and ahead to our future!

This lecture is co-sponsored with the UW Nelson Institute for Environmental StudiesAldo Leopold FoundationInternational Crane FoundationCenter for Humans & Nature, and the UW Department of Forest & Wildlife Ecology.

For more information see our event page:


October happenings

IMG_2122What a great kickoff! A huge thanks to all who attended! We identified some really important areas where WSCB is uniquely poised to make an impact in Wisconsin and beyond. Please look for our survey in the next week, and we’ll be contacting you to get some of these initiatives off the ground. In the meantime, check out the events we have planned for October–and contact us about planning your own.

Coming up soon:

Sunday Oct 5th @ 9:00 am. Birding and fall colors at Picnic Point–led by Paul Senner. Meet in the Picnic Point parking lot.

Thursday Oct 16th @ 7:00 pm. Student Committee Wildlife Film Night. Science Hall Room 15. Film TBA. Students and non-students welcome to attend.

NACCB Meeting in Madison, WI!

2014 NACCB meeting  in Missoula, MT (courtesy of NACCB)
2014 NACCB meeting in Missoula, MT (courtesy of NACCB)

Save the date! The next meeting of the North America Congress for Conservation Biology (NACCB) will be in Madison, WI in July of 2016. We’re thrilled to be a part of this event and look forward to helping put together a great conference. Over the next few months, we can use your involvement! Please come to our kickoff event, or join the chapter to participate in the planning of this important meeting. Forward!

WSCB Kick-off Event!

We’re excited to announce the first chapter event for WSCB! You are invited to our kick-off meeting on Tuesday, September 30th, from 5-7pm. We will be meeting at UW-Madison’s Science Hall Room 15. Science Hall is located at 550 N. Park Street in Madison.

You’ll have the chance to learn more about us, hear from conservation professionals working in Wisconsin, and contribute to a discussion about future goals and opportunities for involvement in the new chapter.

Union TerracePizza will be provided, and we invite you to join us for a post-meeting social hour at the UW Memorial Union Terrace at 7. Please feel free to forward this invite to any interested parties.

Click here for more information on our event. An RSVP is appreciated, but not necessary.