August 20, 2013
MILWAUKEE - The host of Animal Planet's "Monsters Inside Me" shares top billing with wolves, moose, a disease killing bats and deer management when hundreds of wildlife professionals from around the world gather Oct. 5-10 in Milwaukee for the Wildlife Society's 20th annual conference.
Registration for the conference and field trips to see migratory birds stopping over in Horicon Marsh, Kettle Moraine and Lake Michigan are open to the public.
"We're excited to be hosting the premier wildlife management conference in Milwaukee," says Karl Martin, director of Wisconsin DNR wildlife and forestry research. "This conference is a great venue to share ideas, learn about new wildlife management techniques and explore possible partnerships that can help us better manage and conserve the wildlife so important to Wisconsin's people, our environment and our economy."
Dan Riskin, who appears on a Discovery Channel television show about parasites called "Monsters Inside Me," along with science writer Nancy Baron and University of Wisconsin Life Sciences Communications professor Dominique Brossard will give the opening address, emphasizing the growing need for science communications by encouraging wildlife professionals to share their science widely and engage with the public.
Another main session will highlight the recovery of wolves in the United States and the importance and conflict surrounding their change in status from endangered species to game species. Led by Curt Meine, Aldo Leopold biographer, the session also will include speakers from around the globe who will participate in the discussion on wolves.
Along with these themes, each day of the conference will include concurrent sessions on wildlife damage management, wildlife disease and toxicology and ecology of communities, mammals, herptiles and birds. Field trips around the Milwaukee area and Wisconsin will be offered the first and last days of the conference to wildlife areas such as Horicon Marsh, Kettle Moraine and Lake Michigan to observe migratory birds.
Also new to this year's conference are volunteer opportunities where attendees can give back to the community and improve the environment through a variety of scheduled events at Boerner Botanical Gardens, Milwaukee Urban Ecology Center and Hunger Task Force (to name a few).
Registration and a complete schedule including symposia, field trips and volunteer opportunities can be found at The Wildlife Society's conference website.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Karl Martin, DNR, 608-224-7138; Darryl Walter, The Wildlife Society, 301-263-6000