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Anonymous 06-17-2004 03:26 PM

Ephemeral wetlands conference, Feb 21-22, 2002, Chicago
From: Carol Witham,
Date: 08/06/01
Time: 05:17 PM


isolated by name, connected by biology

Conference, Workshops, and a PARC Midwest General Meeting

February 21-22, 2002 (this may be expanded to include February 20 if enough interest is generated)


US EPA Region 5 Chicago Office 3rd Floor Conference Facility Room 331 77 West Jackson Blvd (corner of Jackson Blvd and Clark St.), Chicago, Illinois

Call For Papers

We invite abstracts with a focus on herps and ephemeral wetlands, including seasonal wetlands and vernal pools. Appropriate topics include research and education presentations in areas such as natural history, conservation biology, population dynamics, pollution, invasive species, movement and activity, mitigation, restoration, education and training, and land use and conservation planning. Presentation duration is currently set at twenty minutes.

Abstracts are to be submitted on line at:

The Meeting

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Region 5) and Midwest Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation are hosting a conference & workshop focusing on ephemeral wetlands and herpetofaunal conservation. The first day will be conference format open to everyone, with presentations focused on ephemeral wetlands and related herpetofaunal conservation issues. We will be inviting several specific individuals to speak whose contributions should be particularly valuable to the mission of the conference. We also encourage submission of abstracts from the rest of the participants as well. We are open to adding another day (on the front end), should interest in the conference be strong enough to warrant it.

Activities on the second day will include, concurrently, a general meeting for PARC Midwest members to review where we have been and where we want to go, and small workshops to develop additional education materials to accompany the new Ephemeral Wetlands Brochure. The brochure can be viewed at an ephemeral wetlands site hosted by the Center for Reptile and Amphibian Conservation and Management ( at:


The conference will be limited to just over 200 people. Given the limited space in the conference and workshop, pre-registration is strongly encouraged. To register, please contact: Mery Jackson-Willis by phone at 312-886-3717, or by e-mail at The conference & workshop are free, but meals are not provided.

For the workshop, we will be inviting members of our target audience to participate in the workshops and develop materials to meet their informational needs. The target audience includes members of the agriculture, development, aquaculture, education, and urban planning communities, including public decision makers, land trusts, and conservation groups. The workshop is limited to 45 people, so please register early if you would like to participate in the workshop, and indicate this when registering. We will be actively soliciting participation from the target audience, but will accommodate as many people as possible.

A block of twenty rooms have been reserved at the Union League Club next door at the government rate of $130. Go here ( for a list of area motels.

Draft Agenda

Thursday - Conference 9:00 - 5:00

Check in begins at 8:00

Keynote Speaker Michael Klemens, Wildlife Conservation Society Director, Metropolitan Conservation Alliance Presentations on ephemeral wetlands issues and research Lunch Continued presentations PARC Midwest business meeting Wrap-up

Friday - Workshop 9:00 - 3:00 Setting the Stage - Michael Klemens Review brochure and insert outlines Group discussion on information needs Lunch 5 breakout groups Wrap-up

Friday PARC Midwest activities will run concurrently with the workshop and begin with an orientation and update, followed by group discussions. The format for the day's activities is still being developed, but a priority should be placed on where we need to go next as a group, and what sorts of projects we can get started. If you have any topics you would like to see addressed, please send suggestions to Bruce Kingsbury (, PARC Midwest Coordinator.

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