2010 - Year of Niagara Escarpment

The Wisconsin Legislature designated 2010 as the Year of the Niagara Escarpment.
A web page is developing about it: http://www.escarpmentnetwork.org/
Articles:
http://www.fox21online.com/news/year-niagara-escarpment
http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20100105/GPG0108/1050561/1978/
An upcoming event featuring the escarpment:
Feb 13: Audubon natural landscapes conference features the escarpment:

From: "Carl Schwartz" <cschwartz3@wi.rr.com>
Milwaukee Audubon's Natural Landscapes Conference on Feb. 13
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2010 14:57:08 -0600

Milwaukee Audubon Society's 30th Annual Natural Landscapes Conference
February 13, 2010 - 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Theme: "The Year of the Niagara Escarpment"
Concordia University, Barth Hall, Mequon, Wisconsin

The 30th annual Natural Landscapes Conference is built around the Wisconsin
Legislature's declaration of 2010 as the "Year of the Niagara Escarpment,"
recognizing this unique geological resource that runs 230 miles from the
eastern edge of Horicon Marsh to the tip of Door County.

Keynote speaker Roger Kunz will explore the escarpment on a journey back
into time to examine its many amazing natural history aspects -- including
the geology, geography, climate, ecosystems, water, caves, botany and
fossils of the region.

Kunz , a geologist, hydrologist  and ecologist, will discuss the unique
nature of what wind, water and ice can sculpt in nature and how this
remarkable landscape feature impacts lives in Wisconsin.
The conference will focus on matters ranging from native plants associated
with escarpment habitats to learning about the cultural heritage of the
Niagara Escarpment, to a new statewide initiative, "Bird City Wisconsin."

After the keynote address, attendees will be able to pick three additional
presentations from three concurrent thematic lines: " Natural Landscapes,"
"Avian Connection" and "Cultural Landscape Heritage."

"With the wide variety of speakers, I'm sure everyone will find topics that
pique their interest," said Andrew Struck, President of the Milwaukee
Audubon Society.

Among the other conference speakers:

-- Greg Septon, peregrine falcon manager and researcher, on: "The Recovery,
Management and Future of Wisconsin's Peregrine Falcons."

-- Noel Cutright, emeritus scientist for WE Energies, on: "Wind Energy -
Wildlife Interactions: What We Know and Don't Know."

-- Carl Schwartz:  speaking on "Bird City Wisconsin: A Feather in Any
Community's Cap" -- Taking a page from Tree City USA's game plan, Milwaukee
Audubon and other groups are set to launch a unique community improvement
program.

The conference will be held Feb. 13, 2010 at Concordia University in the
Todd Wehr Auditorium and Barth Hall. Concordia University is located at
12800 N. Lake Shore Drive. Mequon WI 53097. Parking is free.  A
complimentary continental breakfast will be provided. Register on or before
Feb. 8, 2010, the cost is $30. After Feb. 8 and at the door, the cost is
$35; students with an ID are $20.  Vendors, exhibitors, nonprofits and
educational organizations are also invited to reserve a booth at the
conference.

Visit the website at www.milwaukeeaudubon.org for more information and to
register; mail conference inquires to Milwaukee Audubon Society
Registrations, 111 E. Brown Deer Rd., Bayside, WI 53217.

Carl Schwartz
Coordinator
Bird City Wisconsin
7239 N. Barnett Lane
Fox Point, WI 53217
Milwaukee County
414-416-3272
cschwartz3@wi.rr.com


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