Conservation Conference 2019
November 19-20 | Hilton Baltimore

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Join us for the 2019 WHC Conservation Conference, where we’re working on an agenda packed with timely and relevant learning sessions, social and networking opportunities, and of course, WHC Awards presentations and celebrations. Here are a few of the sessions just added:

Climate Change and Biodiversity: The Time to Act is Now
Sustainability Reporting: Leverage Your Conservation Efforts
Diversity and Inclusivity in Conservation
The Plight of Pollinators: How Partnership Actions Can Slow the Decline
Transforming Remediation Sites Into Conservation Assets
Saving Birds: Innovative Strategies & Solutions to Protect Species of Concern

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With 700 WHC-certified programs in 28 countries around the world, our collective reach can make a difference in our environmental and economical futures.

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Registration     5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Breakfast     7:00 am – 9:00 am

Exhibitor Setup     7:00 am – 10:00 am

Registration     8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Breakout Session     8:30 am – 11:15 am

Project WILD Workshop: Engaging Communities through Wildlife Education Technical Series

  • Marc LeFebre, Program Manager, Project WILD
  • Elena Takaki-Moschell, Director, Project WILD, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

Get trained in Project WILD, a hands-on curriculum for grades K-12 that emphasizes awareness, appreciation and understanding of wildlife and natural resources. Designed for learning in both formal (school) and informal (outdoor) classroom settings, Project WILD is one of the largest wildlife education programs in the world, having reached more than 100 million youth. In this session, engage in hands-on activities from each of the four curriculum guides: Project WILD, Aquatic WILD, Flying WILD, and Growing Up WILD, and walk away with six complete, ready-to-teach activities.

Breakout Sessions     8:30 am – 9:45 am

Back to Basics: Applying for Conservation Certification Starter Series

  • Caitlin Banigan, Manager, Conservation Certification, Wildlife Habitat Council
  • Emily Voldstad, Director, Conservation Certification and Technology, Wildlife Habitat Council

This session will cover the basics of WHC Conservation Certification, the website and application process. The WHC Certification team will explain what’s involved in applying for certification (both initial applications and renewals), requirements for projects to qualify, and how to build an application using the WHC Conservation Certification website. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in an interactive activity to facilitate understanding about how conservation activities fit into the different project types. This session is suitable for both beginners and experienced applicants who want to streamline their projects and ensure they are getting credit for their hard work. We recommend you also attend the session:Going for Gold: Tips for Strong Certification Applications.

How Are Your Plants? Using Floristic Quality Assessment to Determine an Area’s Ecological Integrity Technical Series

  • Martha Holzheuer, ECT Inc.
  • Tonya Hunter, ECT Inc.

Monitoring is an essential part of every habitat project, providing data that allows you to track your successes and make decisions about next steps. Several scientific methodologies exist to elevate vegetation monitoring data, including a Floristic Quality Assessment (FQA), a tool that assesses an area’s ecological integrity based on its plant species composition. Learn how to use data from FQAs and other types of vegetation monitoring to empower on-the-ground actions and evaluate progress to achieve desired conservation outcomes.

Exhibit Hall Open    10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Breakout Sessions     10:00 am – 11:15 am

Going for Gold: How to Strengthen Certification Applications Technical Series

  • Caitlin Banigan, Manager, Conservation Certification, Wildlife Habitat Council
  • Emily Voldstad, Director, Conservation Certification and Technology, Wildlife Habitat Council

The Plight of Pollinators – How Partnership Actions Can Help Slow the Decline Starter Series

  • Laurie Davies-Adams, President and CEO, Pollinator Partnership
  • Iris Caldwell, Program Manager, Sustainable Landscapes, Energy Resources Center, University of Illinois at Chicago

With pollinator species and habitats in decline, there is a worldwide focus on their conservation. This session provides an update on pollinator conservation efforts around the world, detailing the continued deterioration of numerous important pollinator species and the potential devastating impact on biodiversity. Learn how partnerships can make tackling pollinator conservation issues easier and more effective, while meeting business goals in sustainability reporting and storytelling. Also discussed will be the new CCAA (Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances), which promotes voluntary conservation for monarch butterflies on energy and transportation lands.

Lunch and General Session 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Sponsored by Bayer

State of Corporate Conservation

  • Margaret O’Gorman, President, Wildlife Habitat Council

Breakout Sessions     1:50 pm – 2:50 pm

Climate Change and Biodiversity: The Time to Act is Now Corporate Series

  • Daniel Herms, Vice President for Research and Development, The Davey Tree Expert Company

The conversation around climate change has become more and more urgent as we look to communicate the impacts and act on solutions. We know that conserving and sustainably managing biodiversity is critical to addressing climate change, but what can we specifically do? Can land management on corporate lands make a difference? In this session, we examine how WHC member companies can take the lead to mitigate or adapt to the climate change impact on trees, insects and birds with on-the-ground actions. We’ll also discuss strategies on how to best communicate climate change adaptation efforts and outcomes.

Diversity and Inclusion in Conservation Technical Series

  • Deeohn Ferris, Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, National Audubon Society
  • Lori Neufeld, Land Use and Biodiversity Lead, Imperial Oil

Biodiversity and climate change issues affect all people regardless of race, income, class, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion. But traditionally, the conservation movement in the U.S. and Canada has attracted wealthy, white Americans. This limitation reduces the reach and impact of conservation to constituencies that care deeply about the environment and could have a profound effect on its future. In this session, we will explore how mainstreaming conservation to become more inclusive can have positive business, biodiversity and community outcomes. Learn how to better understand cultural challenges and differing worldviews to build long-lasting partnerships, including a look at how a collaboration between Indigenous communities, government and industry led to a historic agreement to protect Canada’s northern boreal forest.

Break      2:50 pm – 3:30 pm

General Session      3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Registration     7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Breakfast and General Session     7:30 am – 9:00 am

Exhibit Hall Open     8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Breakout Sessions     9:15 am – 10:30 am

Learning for All Ages: Providing Accessible Education in Nature Starter Series

  • Vanessa Brewer, Environmental Scientist, Freeport-McMoRan
  • Karen Kish, Project Assistant, Jacobs
  • Richard Raid, Professor of Plant Pathology, University of Florida

Education as part of a corporate conservation program allows companies to share their knowledge of conservation topics, encourages community members to participate in local, regional and national conservation initiatives, helps build relationships, and offers access to greenspace. Corporate habitats of all types and sizes can be used as a vehicle for teaching; from bird watching events for seniors to tree planting days for elementary school students, there are many ways to engage all learners of all ages. In this session, learn how WHC members built successful community outreach and education projects by making conservation education accessible to a variety of audiences.

Sustainability Reporting: Leverage Your Conservation Efforts Corporate Series

  • Matthew Brian Silveira, Sustainability & Public Affairs Manager, CEMEX USA

Moderator: Sita Daavettila, Sustainability Manager, Summit Materials
Sustainability reporting is an important tool for companies to promote corporate responsibility and to display transparency to shareholders, stakeholders, employees and the general public. But what’s the best way to report your initiatives? In this session, learn about key conservation metrics and how they can be leveraged for sustainability reports and connect to the Global Reporting Initiative and the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, we will explore The Sustainability Toolkit, a systems approach to integrating conservation actions into a corporate sustainability reporting strategy.

Breakout Sessions     10:45 am – 11:45 am

Off the Shelf STEM: Accessing and Using Ready-Made Lessons and Curricula Starter Series

  • Jaclyn Stallard, Director of Curriculum and Partnerships, Project Learning Tree
  • Leah Sunna, Environmental Scientist, Freeport-McMoRan

Ready to add a STEM learning project on your site? Enhance the lessons you already offer? The good news is there are a multitude of out-of-the-box lesson plans and curricula for all ages readily accessible to you. With just a little bit of research, find lessons that correlate with your site’s conservation goals and habitat. We’ll show you how to access and use several free tools for outdoor learning. We’ll also discuss how to build relationships with local schools to further enhance the learning activities on your site.

Transforming Remediation Sites Into Conservation Assets Technical Series

  • Mark Laska, Founder and President, Great Ecology
  • Michael Linton, Vice President, Properties and Land Development, Vulcan Materials Company-Western Division
  • Steve Szura, Environmental Specialist, FCA US LLC

Moderator: Monty Lovejoy, Principal and Director of Industrial Key Accounts, Ramboll
Environmental remediation approaches are moving beyond simply meeting regulatory requirements. Increasingly, companies are utilizing their remediation sites to create wildlife habitat, support local conservation priorities, and build green spaces for the community. In this session hear how several WHC corporate members used conservation-based approaches to site restoration that focused on more than returning sites to their former states, but transformed liabilities into ecological, community and corporate assets.

Lunch and General Session     12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Breakout Sessions     1:50 pm – 2:50 pm

Dive-In to Aquatic Species Projects: Tactics to Get Started Technical Series

  • Teal Richards-Dimitrie, Herpetologist, EnviroScience, Inc.
  • Ron Heun, Senior Environmental Specialist, Exelon Generation

Do you currently have a wetland or marine intertidal habitat and are looking to add a new project? Looking for ways to enhance your existing conservation program? Hear from WHC members on how they developed and managed successful aquatic species projects including the development of habitat enhancement activities for reptile and amphibian species already on-site, and creation of artificial oyster reefs in the Chesapeake Bay. You’ll also learn about funding opportunities through the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program, which provides challenge grants, technical support and opportunities for information exchange to enable community-based restoration projects.

Saving Birds: Innovative Strategies and Solutions to Protect Species of Concern Starter Series

  • Yoko Miyaoka, Analyst, Ricoh USA
  • Chuck Priestley, Principal, STRIX Ecological Consulting for Lafarge Canada

Moderator: Marc LeFebre, Program Manager, Project WILD
Avian-related projects are one of the most popular activities to include in a conservation program. Often these projects are focused on conserving bird species and their habitats. In this session, hear from WHC members in the U.S. and Canada on how they applied innovative thinking and collaborative problem solving to develop successful recovery efforts for avian species of concern, including how one company challenged employees to develop solutions for bird-strike prevention using their own products, and how another enhanced habitat for the American kestrel through a systematic process spearheaded by employee volunteers.

 Breakout Session     3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

How’s Your Tech? Enhance Data Collection with the Latest and Greatest Equipment and Apps Technical Series

  • Gene Huntington, Lead Consultant, Steward Green

If you aren’t using technology for data collection as part of your project management, then you could be wasting valuable time, resources and money. Learn how everything from the latest in high-tech equipment to free smartphone apps can enhance your monitoring techniques which can have a positive impact on your biodiversity goals. In this session, we’ll take a look at how to utilize drones in invasive species mapping and reporting, and what free and paid smartphone apps will best fit with your needs.

WHC Certification Photography Sessions     3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Networking Reception    5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Dinner and Awards Presentation    6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Sponsored by ExxonMobil

Please note that agenda and speakers are subject to change.

Hilton Baltimore
401 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

The Hilton Baltimore offers luxurious accommodations in the exciting Baltimore Inner Harbor district downtown, a prime business, historic and cultural district in Baltimore.

Reservations can be made online or by calling direct at 443-573-8700. Be sure to mention you’re attending the Wildlife Habitat Council 2019 Conservation Conference. Rooms are $234 per night and a one night deposit is required on all room reservations. (Deposit is fully refundable up to 72 hours prior to your reservation).

The hotel is attached via enclosed walkway to the Baltimore Convention Center and adjacent to Camden Yards. Just minutes away are the Hippodrome Theatre, University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins and M & T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens.

Area Attractions

Join us in Baltimore – a city with a rich, diverse history, culture and amenities that offer visitors a unique and positive experience. All of Baltimore’s major tourism assets, from the Convention Center and hotels, to restaurants, attractions and retail venues, are open for business and available for you to enjoy. The proud Baltimore residents who staff all of those venues are eager to share them with you. For more information visit www.baltimore.org.

Just a few of the many places to see in Baltimore during your visit:

      • Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum
      • Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum
      • Baltimore Museum of Art
      • Baltimore Zoo
      • Camden Yards – home of the Baltimore Orioles, including Sports Legend Museum
      • Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum
      • Federal Hill
      • Fell’s Point
      • Fort McHenry National Monument
      • Gallery Shops at Harborplace
      • Inner Harbor
      • M&T Stadium – home of the Baltimore Ravens
      • National Aquarium
      • Maryland Science Center
      • Star Spangled Banner Flag House

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PRICING DEADLINES August 27
Biggest Savings!
August 28 – October 18  October 19 – November 19
Includes on-site registration
Member $600 $725 $850
Non-Member $675 $799 $925
Non-Profit, Government $375 $425 $475

Registration Policies
Registration includes five (5) meals, including the WHC Awards Dinner, and admission to all sessions. Registration is not final until payment has been received. Substitutions will be allowed. Refund Policy: 100% before August 1, 2019; 50% between August 1 and September 1, 2019; no refunds after September 1, 2019. All requests for substitutions and refunds must be made in writing to conservationconference@wildlifehc.org.