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2023 Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Convention

Part of Wisconsin Water Week

Building Trust Around Water Together
April 19-21, 2023

In Person Event with Virtual options

The full ag​enda (PDF), Photo album from event on our FB page​, Thank you to our Sponsors​ (PDF)

​Video Archive (most are found on the Extension Lakes YouTube channel​)

​​Thursday Welcome and Keynote Panel

​Welcome and Keynote Panel

Friday Plenary 

​​Dr. John Francis, Planetwalker - As We Aspire, So Shall We Become​

​Lunch Speakers

Lake Stewardship and Volunteer Stream Monitoring Awards

​Topic: Wildlife/Fisheries/Natural History topic (recorded Zoom sessions)

Thursday sessions

Zooplankton Tales of Long-Term Ecological Change​
   Presenter: Gretchen Gerrish, Director, Trout Lake Station, UW-Madison​

Two presentations:
   Hidden Water Creatures​
      Presenter: Emily Heald, Rivers Educator, Water Action Volunteers, UW-Madison Division of Extension

   Drawing Water Art and Science Collaborations: Building Deeper Understanding Through Mentoring​
      Presenter: Amber Mrnak, Trout Lake Station, UW-Madison

History in the Mucking​
   Presenter: Paul Garrison, Paleoecologist, Onterra, LLC

Two presentations:
   Wild Rice Decline in Northern Wisconsin​
      Presenters: Susan Knight and Gretchen Gerrish, UW-Trout Lake Station Center for Limnology

   Returning Wild Rice to Spur Lake: A Long and Unfinished Journey​
      Presenters: Nathan Podany, Mole Lake Community and Carly Lapin and Scott Van Egeren, Wisconsin DNR


Friday sessions

Wetland Forest Trees of Wisconsin​
   Presenter: Greg Edge, Forest Ecologist/Silviculturist, Wisconsin DNR

Aerial Insectivores in Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest: Ecology and Changing Populations
   Presenter: William Mueller, Director Emeritus, Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory

Trout Fisheries and Management in Wisconsin​
   Presenters: Bradd Sims, Stream and River Systems Biologist, Wisconsin DNR and Matthew Mitro, Coldwater Fisheries Research Scientist, Wisconsin DNR

Aanji-bimaadiziimagak o'ow aki (Loose translation: The World is Changing)
Agenda Title: Climate Change, Culturally Important Species, and Indigenous Focused Climate Adaptatio​n
   Presenters: Rob Croll, Climate Change Coordinator, and Hannah Panci, Climate Change Scientist, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC)

​Topic: Building Trust Across User Groups and Stakeholders: Bridging Communication Gaps and Considering Different Perspectives (Thursdsay recorded Zoom sessions)

Planning for Accessibility​
   Presenters: Rachael Lewandowski-Sarette, On-Site and Accessibility Coordinator, UW-Madison Division of Extension Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center and Heather Stelljes, UW-Madison Disability Access Consultant

Sharing the Water: Perspectives of Water Users and Panel Discussion (six presentations)
   Fishing by Motorboat
      Presenter: John Heusinkveld, Executive Director, North Lakeland Discovery Center

   Kayak Fishing in Wisconsin
      Presenter: Paul Skawinski, CLMN Statewide Educator, Extension Lakes, UW-Stevens Point

   Sharing Waters with Waterfowl Hunters
      Presenter: Chris Hamerla, Regional AIS Coordinator, Golden Sands RC&D Council Inc

   On WisconSWIM! The Pleasure of Swimming in Our Wonderful Waters
      Presenter: Pamela Toshner, Lake and Watershed Protection Specialist, Wisconsin DNR

   Paddleboarding on Wisconsin Waters
      Presenter: Carol Warden, Limnologist, UW-Trout Lake

   Inland Sailing in Wisconsin
      Presenter: Rick Georgeson, Board Member, Petenwell and Castle Rock Stewards (PACRS) 

   Presenter: Tara Daun, Watershed Coordinator, Farmer-Led Watershed Councils

Coalition Building and 9 Key Element Planning in the Eau Claire River Watershed
   Presenters: Chris Straight, Senior Planner, West Central WI Regional Planning Commission and Daniel Zerr, Regional Natural Resources Edcuator, UW-Madison Division of Extension

​Topic: Our Urban Waters: Challenges and Opportunities (Friday recorded Zoom sessions)

   Presenter: Liz Sutton, Outreach Manager, UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences​

Two presentations
      Presenters: Bill Nimke, Executive Director and Founder and Patrick McBriarty, Special Projects, All Hands Boatworks, Inc.

      Presenter: Martye Griffin, Director of Ecosystem Services, Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District

Two presentations
      Presenter: Nancy Retana, Resilient Communities Program Director, Clean Wisconsin

      Presenter: Phil Gaebler, City of Madison 

Two presentations
      Presenter: Allison Madison, Program Manager, Wisconsin Salt Wise

      Presenter: Mike Rupiper, Deputy Agency Director, Capital Area Regional Planning Commission

2023 Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Photography Contest

View a slideshow of the 2023 Photo Contest Submissions



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