Conservation, Collaboration and Communication
A multi-media retrospective in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Wildlife Habitat Council will highlight the challenges and successes of its diverse membership, following their stories in video interviews, photos, and narrative.
Field Trip & Workshops
Apps and Social Media to Support Your Programs
Explore the many apps available to help you as you manage and monitor your programs, or host event days with the public. We’ll explore apps that can help you identify plants, decide what to plant, or help to id and track species as part of great scientific studies. Join us for a discussion of communications strategies to tell the story for your program, recruit volunteers, and report on your success to the public. We’ll focus on harnessing the power of social media sites such as Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.
Moderator/Speaker: Jeff Ghannam, Director of Communications, Wildlife Habitat Council
Baltimore Second Harbor Project
Take a tour to see how local Baltimore industry is having a positive impact on habitat restoration and community enhancements as part of the Baltimore Second Harbor Project. A partnership between the US Forest Service, Parks and People Foundation, and the Wildlife Habitat Council, this project will help to increase urban tree canopy, increase environmental literacy in urban areas, and connect people to nature by working with local companies to implement voluntary environmental initiatives. Get a first-hand look and even participate at local projects that are already having a positive impact on the employees, citizens, and communities involved.
Moderator: Jeff Popp, Land Restoration Program Manager, Wildlife Habitat Council
- Guy Hager, Senior Director, Clean Streams & Green Communities, Parks & People Foundation
Counting on Biodiversity
“Counting on Biodiversity” is an interactive workshop where attendees will learn basic identification methods and spend time practicing different survey techniques for plants and a variety of animal species. Team members will be able to utilize their hands-on experience on their habitats to improve wildlife programs and strengthen applications.
Moderator: Sara Barnas, Southeast Regional Biologist, Wildlife Habitat Council
- Colleen Beaty, Senior Research Assistant, Wildlife Habitat Council
- Erin Sweeney, Programs Assistant, Wildlife Habitat Council
Nest Structures: A Hands-on Workshop
Take part in an interactive, hands-on workshop where you will learn the basics of nesting structures and construct one of your own. You can choose to build a song bird box, bat box or a bee block which features a new design making them easier to monitor. Completed nesting structures will be donated, in honor of the Wildlife Habitat Council’s 25th anniversary, to the Baltimore Project, an effort between WHC, the US Forest Service and other non-profits working with Baltimore residents and the corporate community to restore the urban forest and protect the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Sign your completed nesting structure and leave your company mark for this important urban reforestation project. Whether you attend the workshop as a team-building experience or for personal interest, you will learn skills that are applicable to your WHC programs while creating a product that can be part of a local initiative for environmental restoration and community engagement.
Moderator/Speaker: Rob Campbell, Education Specialist, Wildlife Habitat Council
- Julie Napolitano, Education & Event Assistant, Wildlife Habitat Council
Wonderful Wetlands Workshop
Come learn about wetland plants, soil, and wildlife! Expert speakers will cover wetland ecology and the importance of wetlands in our daily lives. Participants will discover creative ways to go beyond regulatory requirements, such as incorporating monitoring, education, and outreach into their wetland habitat project. Groups will rotate through hands-on stations, exploring the surprising components of wetland ecosystems. A demonstration of the innovative “floating wetland” concept will also be on display.
Moderator/Speaker: Maaike Schotborgh, Southwest Regional Ecologist, Wildlife Habitat Council
- Katie Basiotis, Regional Wildlife Biologist, Wildlife Habitat Council
- Rebecca Culler, Education Specialist, Wildlife Habitat Council
- Dan Taylor, Water for Wildlife Coordinator, Bat Conservation International
Small Sites, Small Staffs, and Big Security Concerns
This panel focuses on the different ways companies with unique properties can meet challenges and pursue WHC certification. Featured success stories will highlight challenges such as: low to no employee presence such as on a closed site, facilities with high security concerns and properties with minimal acreage to work with. It is possible to reach WHC certification despite these obstacles. Representatives of such programs will speak to how they met and conquered a challenge and discuss their plans for continued success.
Moderator: Corinne Lackner Stephens, Certification Manager/Wildlife Biologist, Wildlife Habitat Council
- Don Ingerson, Vice President, Sales and Marketing – Roanoke Cement Business, Titan America LLC
- Brenda Korth, Sr Environmental Engineer, GM Milford Proving Grounds, and Emily Baker, Environmental Engineer, GM Milford Proving Grounds
- Phil Stedfast, Operations Manager, Kinder Morgan-Elizabeth River Terminals
Connecting Your Habitat to STEM
Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education is critical to our shared future. Corporate members from all sectors agree that a skilled and educated work force, fluent in science and technology is necessary to our continued prosperity and to meet growing environmental, health, and engineering challenges. This panel will share the findings of the “Helping STEM Blossom with Corporate Habitat Projects” leadership conference held in June 2013, and will also feature speakers from two corporations who have made a commitment to using their habitats as the integrating context for STEM learning.
Moderator: Rebecca Culler, Education Specialist, Wildlife Habitat Council
- Judy Archibald, Waste Management
- Douglas Reid Green, Ecology & Safety Department Snr. Environmental Specialist, BASF Corporation
- Eric Larson, Deputy Operations Manager, US Retail, Pipelines and Terminals, Atlantic Richfield Company
- Thelma Redick, Director of Conservation Education and Outreach, Wildlife Habitat Council
Leveraging Resources: Alignment of WHC Programs with Other Recognitions
Achieving certification in a WHC program such as Wildlife at Work or Corporate Lands for Learning is a big accomplishment by itself; however, many WHC members are discovering that the principles established with WHC programs also overlap with other recognitions. Learn how to leverage resources from a WHC program and align with other national, local, or industry-based certifications, awards, and recognition programs.
Moderator: Kristin Salamack, Wildlife Biologist, Rockies, Wildlife Habitat Council
- Josiane Bonneau, Director of Field Programs, Wildlife Habitat Council
- John Goodfellow, Right-of-Way Stewardship Council
- Tien Peng, Senior Director, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
Elements to Make Your Program Work
When planning a habitat and/or education project, intuitively, our initial attention is often directed to developing a “budget”— because it anchors the foundation of any project. Securing a solid funding source for non-operational projects can be a challenge, but identifying and allocating additional resources are integral to making a program both successful and sustainable. Join members and partners of the Wildlife Habitat Council and learn how to add elements of innovation and design to your program, through processes such as integrating internal business support models, augmenting engagement with community partners, and securing financial support from grants.
Moderator: Sumita Prasad, Director, Southwest Region, Wildlife Habitat Council
- Chris Boehle, Sr. Environmental Engineer, General Motors
- Ernie Nelson, Site Specialist, BP Cooper River
- Richard Woods, Advanced Scientific Associate, ExxonMobil
Your Questions Answered
The staff of the Wildlife Habitat Council is ready to answer your questions—about any topic related to our programs and practices. We’ll be collecting frequently-asked questions throughout the year and during Symposium 2013, and there will be breakout sessions to meet with Wildlife Habitat Council biologists, conservation educators, certification staff, and others who serve our members and work with our many partners. Bring your inquiring mind, your burning questions, and join us for lively conversation focused on the topics of your choice.
Moderator: Josiane Bonneau, Director of Field Programs, Wildlife Habitat Council