February 2nd, 2013 was another wonderful Wild Things conference. Here are some comments the organizers have received:
- “Another SUPER conference. Nothing can describe the passion and energy that flows throughout the entire day.”
- “This is my favorite conference of all professional conferences I go to. It’s so interesting!”
- “The best Wild Things ever!!!”
- “Nothing can compare to my 1st Wild Things experience (2009)—connecting with this community was a very special experience—now it’s just like a big family reunion.”
- “This is my second Wild Things conference. I will not miss the next. Great stuff and important conversation. Inspiring!”
- “We should think of it in terms of a biennial plant—In the first year, energies go to establishing the strong foundation; second year, the spectacular blossoming! This and anticipation makes it all worth the wait.”
- “Feels good to know so many people care nature may survive.”
- “Thank you—you are a great group for getting it all organized so beautifully.”
Here are some statistics:
- 1163 registrants
- 44 volunteer organizers
- 170 presenters
- 89 sessions plus 2 keynotes
- 31 exhibitors
- 10 sponsors
Thank you all for making it the great day it was!
We have included a copy of the program book—please share it with local groups or individuals who may be interested in our conference or presenters. Please refer to Wild Things Conference Materials for conference resources and handouts given out by presenters.
The people who brought you Wild Things
Karen Tharp, The Nature Conservancy; Greg Rajsky, Lone Oak Fen; Judy Pollock, Audubon Chicago Region; Pete Jackson, Deer Grove; Benjamin Cox, Friends of the Forest Preserves; Karen Glennemeier, Habitat Project; Stephen Packard, Somme Prairie Grove; Michelle Uting and Jacqui Ulrich, Forest Preserve District of Cook County; Abigail Derby, Field Museum; Marianne Hahn, Friends of Kankakee Sands; Sophie Twichell, Chicago Botanic Garden; Mike Redmer, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Gina Lettiere (Chair), Loyola University; Chris Parson (Registration Captain) Assistant Steward, Schiller Prairie, Robinson Woods, St. Paul Woods; Marilyn L. Schweitzer and Tom Lang, Habitat Project; Catherine Tabares, Northeastern Illinois University; Judy Pollock and Janis Wesley, Audubon Chicago Region
Tom Lang, Habitat Project
Exhibitors & Sponsors Coordinator
Linda Masters, North Branch Restoration Project
Program Book and Evaluation
Kathy Garness, Plants of Concern
Sue Witkowski – North Branch Restoration Project
Day of Conference Volunteers
Alexandra Vecchio, Melaney Dunne, Amber Vignieri, David Steh, Ellen Bertagnolli, Ashley Erickson, Mary Buttitta, Chelsea Poeppel, Monique Sosnowski, Vanessa Barrios, Dana Buelsing, Paul Pachwicewicz, JoAnn Monge, Taylor Unwin, Jessica Morgan, Kate Faehling
- Web Site: Marilyn L. Schweitzer; Scott Pryor, National Audubon Society
- Publicity: Christine Esposito, Terracom Public Relations, Inc.
- Cover Artwork and t-shirts: Bobby Garro Sutton
- Fox Artwork: Marlene Hill Donnelly
- Wildest: Chicago Park District, Chicago Wilderness, The Field Museum, Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Openlands, The Volunteer Stewardship Network
- Wilder: This could have been you!
- Simpy Wild: Midwest Groundcovers LLC , Prairie Moon Nursery, Friends of Nachusa Grasslands
Organized by Audubon Chicago Region in cooperation with the Habitat Project,
the Volunteer Stewardship Network, and Chicago Wilderness through funding from the USDA Forest Service and US Fish & Wildlife Service.