Upcoming Event: Wisconsin Conservation Congress Spring Hearing

Don’t miss your chance to participate in this year’s annual Conservation Congress Spring Hearing on Monday April 10th. This is your opportunity to elect local delegate representatives for the Conservation Congress which advises the Natural Resources Board and the Department of Natural Resources on how to responsibly manage Wisconsin’s natural resources. You’ll also have the chance to provide input on fish and wildlife regulations and introduce new resolutions. Visit the DNR website for more information on hearing locations by county and to download this year’s questionnaire. The questionnaire summarizes resolution procedure and has a comprehensive list of all of the proposed changes to rules and regulations. Your vote counts!

Call for Secretary – due March 24th!

We have an immediate opening on our board of directors for the role of Secretary.  The Secretary provides a critical communications role in our mission to foster collaborative relationships and advance the science and practice of conservation in Wisconsin. This board member takes the lead writing and posting content for WSCB social media platforms, updating our website, and writing and compiling content for our monthly member newsletter.

To apply, send a letter of interest to wisconbio@gmail.com by Friday, March 24th. We welcome questions about the position at the above email and look forward to connecting with you.

WSCB board members serve for a one-year term, and these are volunteer positions.  Board members must be SCB Global members. To read more about specific roles and responsibilities, please see here https://wisconbio.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/wscb-board-of-directors-roles-and-responsibilities1.pdf

Volunteers wanted for DNR prairie seed collection day

Come join WSCB as we assist Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources restoration crews on Sunday, September 11th at Empire Prairies State Natural Area (near Madison). From 2 – 5pm we will be collecting seeds to be used in future restoration projects to expand the prairie. We will meet along the road near 5197 Brabender Rd in Middleton and will ride in from there. Please contact Yasi at yasi.rezai@gmail.com to RSVP, and if you can offer a ride or need a ride from downtown.

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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.

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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.

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:


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:


WSCB Film Night

Join us for WSCB Film Night, this Thursday at 7 pm (Science Hall Room 15)!

Students, non-students, members, and non-members are all invited for a viewing of DamNation, an award-winning film about how dams have shaped our nation’s waterways. An informal discussion will be led by WSCB after the film to unpack some of the key ideas. Feel free to RSVP here so we can get a sense of numbers.

For more info, check out the trailer here: