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Wild Things 2021: Part I

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Speakers

Jennifer Kuroda

Board member, Sinnissippi Audubon and the Illinois Bobcat Foundation

Kathleen Soler

Environmental Education and Playworker, Fraternal Forest

Melissa Agarwal

Program Manager, Friends of the Forest Preserves

Chris Benda

Illinois Botanizer

Francie Cuthbert

Professor, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota

Ed Collins

Director of Land Preservation & Natural Resources, McHenry County Conservation District

Lisa Haderlein

Executive Director, The Land Conservancy of McHenry County

Greg Rajsky (he/him)

Executive Director, Kettle Moraine Land Trust

Jacob Marty

Owner, Green Fire Farm in Monticello, Wisconsin

Erin Meyer

s President and Executive Director, Basil’s Harvest

Cliff McConville

Owner, All Grass Farms in Dundee, Illinois

Viviana Okakpu

Program Director, Advocates for Urban Agriculture

Jifunza Wright

Co-Founder & President, Black Oaks Center

Kim DuBuclet

Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Gary Glowacki

Wildlife Biologist, Lake County Forest Preserve District

Izabella Redlinski

Conservation Ecologist, Field Museum

Alexis Smith

Urban Ecologist and Conservationist

Nina Hill

The Nature Conservancy

Lydia Scott

Director, Chicago Region Trees Initiative

Eriko Kojima

Chief Enthusiasm Officer @ Everywhere

Robin Cline

Associate Director, NeighborSpace

Don Parker

Writer, Editor, Restoration Volunteer

Amy DeLorenzo

Extension Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Adjunct Faculty, DePaul University

Megan Dailey

Director of Metropolitan Food and Environmental Systems, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sol Hinami

Founder and Co-director, Fraternal Forest

Chuck RIzzo

Wildlife Biologist, Forest Preserve District of Cook County

Janie Pochel

Lead Advisor, Chi-Nations Youth Council

Bob Fisher

Communications Chair, Bird Conservation Network

Justin Pepper

Restoration Volunteer and Chief Conservation Officer, Bobolink Foundation

Tamima Itani

Birder

Bradford Kasberg

Wetland Restoration Manager, Audubon Great Lakes

Ian Viteri

Urban Conservation Educator, Field Museum

Gary Sullivan

Senior Restoration Ecologist, The Wetlands Initiative

cassi saari (she/her)

Project Manager - Natural Areas, Chicago Park District

John McCabe

Director, Department of Resource Management, Forest Preserves of Cook County

Bill Kleiman

Nachusa Grasslands Project Director, The Nature Conservancy

Peter Whitney

Spring Creek Field Organizer, Friends of the Forest Preserves

Amaris Alanis Ribeiro

Center Director, North Park Village Nature Center

Jackie Kuroda

Youth Board Member, Sinnissippi Audubon

Michael Aiuvalasit

Environmental Archaeologist, Illinois State Archaeological Survey

Kevin Scheiwiller

Restoration Program Manager, Citizens for Conservation

Nigel Pitman

Conservation Ecologist, Field Museum

Paul Botts

President and Executive Director, The Wetlands Initiative

Michelle Pearion

Botanist, USDA Forest Service, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Leslie DeCourcey

Naturalist Aide, Forest Preserves of Cook County

Leslie Borns

Chicago Park District Volunteer Site Steward, Montrose Beach Dunes

Negin Almassi (she/her)

Naturalist, Forest Preserves of Cook County

Jerry Herst

Co-steward, Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary

Julie Dorfman

Co-steward, Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary

Joan Linsenmeier

Volunteer Steward, Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary

Harry Kuttner

Imani Green Health Advocates

Pete Jackson

Biologist, Volunteer Steward

Forrest Cortes (he/his)

Director of Community Engagement, The Nature Conservancy - Illinois

Jasmine Gurneau (she/her)

Manager, Northwestern University

Trinity Pierce

Chicago Region Trees Initiative Stewardship Coordinator, The Morton Arboretum

Stephen Packard

Friends of Illinois Nature Preserves

Refugio Mariscal

Conservation Data Coordinator, Audubon Great Lakes

Kelly Schultz

Stewardship Ecologist, Lake County Forest Preserves

John Legge

Chicago Conservation Program Director, The Nature Conservancy

Joey Cavataio

Herpetology Expert

Carl Strang

Volunteer Steward and former Naturalist, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

Callie Klatt Golba

Doctoral Student, Northern Illinois University

Brandon Hayes (he/him)

Bold Bison Communications and Consulting

Allison Sacerdote-Velat

Curator of Herpetology, Chicago Academy of Sciences

Victor Dufour

Associate Director of Community Partnerships, Albany Park Community Center

Matt Milkowski

Drawing and Painting Teacher, Chicago Public Schools

joel Perez

Urban Conservationist, The Nature Conservancy-Indiana

Erika Hasle

Conservation Ecologist, Field Museum

Karen Klinger

GIS Specialist, Field Museum

Melinda Storie

Associate Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies, Northeastern Illinois University

Matt Mulligan

Urban Biodiversity Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy

Marla Garrison

Biology Instructor, McHenry County College

Maggie Cooper

Conservation Stewardship Coordinator, John G. Shedd Aquarium

Jonathan Hicks

Associate Professor, Minnesota State University Mankato

Daniella Pereira

Vice President of Community Conservation, Openlands

Bob Dolgan

Turnstone Strategies LLC

Joe Wheeler

Heritage Program Manager, USDA Forest Service, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Anastasia Rahlin

Ornithologist, Illinois Natural History Survey

Phil Nicodemus

Director of Research, Urban Rivers

Stephanie Beilke

Conservation Science Manager, Audubon Great Lakes

Sean Shaffer

Nature Play Specialist, Chicago Park District

Libby Keyes

Bird Survey Technician, Audubon Great Lakes

Kathleen Garness

Illustrator, Scientific Affiliate, Volunteer Steward

Edward Warden

Conservation Stewardship Coordinator, John G. Shedd Aquarium

Anna Braum

Ecologist, The Wetlands Initiative

Trevor Edmonson

Kankakee Sands Site Manager, The Nature Conservancy

Tara Hohoff

Bat Biologist, Illinois Bat Conservation Program at Illinois Natural History Survey

Matthew Igleski

Student and Teacher Programs Developer, Lincoln Park Zoo

Lenore Beyer

Director of Conservation Initiatives, Kinship Foundation

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Chicago Ornithological Society

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Forest Schools for Illinois

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Geography and Environmental Studies Department; Northeastern Illinois University

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Illinois Bobcat Foundation

Bobcat - Illinois' Native Cat

Missouri Prairie Foundation

The Missouri Prairie Foundation is a private, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) prairie conservation organization and land trust.

DuPage Birding Club

Birding with a purpose

DePaul University: Master of Science in Environmental Science

Think Outside the Greenhouse

Chicago River Canoe and Kayak

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Davey Resource Group, Inc.

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Forest Preserves of Cook County

70,000 acres of wild and wonderful

The Conservation Foundation

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We've got the environment down to a science

Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences – University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Education and Research Shaping a More Sustainable Future

Wild Birds Unlimited - Glenview & Arlington Heights

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The Nature Conservancy

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Illinois Native Plant Society

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Illinois Botanizer (Chris Benda)

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