JOIN US for invited sessions on landscape scale restoration, status of grassland birds, and much more! Featured speakers include Michael Jeffords co-author of Butterflies of Illinois, Jeff Walk co-author of Illinois Birds a Century of Change, Chris Helzer author of The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States, Rich Henderson recipient of the John T. Curtis Award for Career Excellence in Ecological Restoration, and Sara Baer, whose research combines ecological theory with restoration ecology. There will be more than 70 oral papers on many aspects of prairie ecology, restoration, management and some innovative ideas on working lands.
WE ARE HONORING Pete Schramm, the individual responsible for organizing the first North American Prairie Conference hosted at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois in 1968.
Listed below are the first and second place winners for the oral paper and poster presentation Student Awards:
1st Place: Rebecca S. Barak. Shopping for a prairie: Diversity and composition of commercially available seed mixes for prairie restoration. Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL and Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
2nd Place: Catherine E. Dana. Prairie cicada (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) natural history and distribution in Illinois. Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL.
1st Place: Rachel E. Becknell. Plant-microbial interactions and their effects on tallgrass prairie communities. Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO.
2nd Place: Nick Anderson. Increased seed mix diversity in a prairie restoration changes abiotic factors implicated in nest site selection by ground nesting bees. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL.
"Rainbow Prairie" Sugar Grove Prairie, Funks Grove Photograph by Robert Shaw, Wild Perception
For more information about the conference, please contact Roger Anderson.