Events 2015

All events in the Wisconservation Event Series are free and open to the public. The series is a curation of conservation-related events on campus. Events are not necessarily associated with the Office of Sustainability.

Return of the River
March 4, 2015
7 p.m.
Marquee Theater, Union South

WUD Film and the Social Cinema Series present Return of the River, a feature documentary that shares the story of the “largest dam removal and river restoration project in history,” currently unfolding on the Elwha River in Washington State. The film explores an extraordinary community effort to set the river free and shows an unlikely victory for environmental justice. Following the showing, audience members are invited to a post-film discussion with Helen Sarakinos from the River Alliance of Wisconsin. Watch the trailer here.

The Price of Sand
March 7, 2015
6:30 p.m.
Great Hall, Memorial Union

Climate Action 350 UW and WUD Society and Politic present The Price of Sand, a documentary about frac sand mining in Wisconsin and Minnesota. The showing will be followed by a panel discussion with Jim Tittle, the film’s director, Ken Schmitt, a resident near a frac sand mine, and Crispin Pierce, a professor of environmental public health at UW–Eau Claire. RSVP on Facebook.

Wisconsin Ecology 18th Annual Spring Symposium
March 11 and 12, 2015
Varsity Hall, Union South

Head to Union South on Wednesday and Thursday to hear about new and exciting research in ecology at UW–Madison. The keynote presentation will be given by Dr. J. Drew Lanham, Clemson University Master Teacher and Alumni Distinguished Professor in wildlife ecology. His research interests are in songbird ecology and conservation, integration of game and non-game wildlife management, and the African American land ethic and its role in natural resources conservation.

EnAct: Steps to Greener Living
A Presentation by Madison Environmental Group

March 11, 2015
5:30 p.m.
Caucus Room, Student Activity Center

Learn about sustainable living with a focus on community building from Madison Environmental Group. This short presentation is sponsored by the ASM Sustainability Committee. Light snacks will be provided.

Swap & Shop
March 11, 2015
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Northwoods Room, Union South

Is your wardrobe in need of some spring closet cleaning? Have some clothes or accessories that just don’t speak to you anymore? Swap in your wardrobe and shop everyone else’s. Something old to you is something new to everyone else!

Yahara Lakes 101 – can lakes change the global climate?
March 12, 2015
7:30-9 a.m.
Bluephies Café at Verex Plaza, Level B
$10 at the door or free to Friends of Clean Lakes

A number of recent studies have suggested that indeed lakes and streams around the world have a greater influence on weather and climate than we think. Guest speaker Ankur R. Desai, who is an associate professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at UW-Madison and a faculty affiliate at the Center for Climatic Research, will discuss a couple of these studies and the work his lab and collaborators at the University of Wisconsin North Temperate Lakes Long Term Ecological Research site have done to test these hypotheses.

Volunteers needed: UW/Native Nations Summit on Environmental Health
March 12 and 13, 2015
Fluno Center

Student volunteers are needed to serve as scribes as this event. Scribes will sit at the tables and take notes on the action plans that are to be developed at the summit. Volunteers will meet Wednesday, March 11 from 6-8 pm at the Indian House at 214 Brooks St. to go over specific scribe protocols.  Volunteers are also welcome to participate in the summit and other activities going on!

The scribe volunteers are needed to work from 1:30-2:45 p.m. and 2:45-4:30 p.m.

Flipping the Script: Tribal Nations Driving Research Agendas
March 12, 2015
7 p.m.
Howard Auditorium, Fluno Center

Tribal nations are using research and data to advance tribal sovereignty. Jacqueline Pata, Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians, argues that when tribes are in the driver’s seat stewarding research partnerships, the outcomes are more robust and meaningful. She will discuss NCAI’s efforts to build tribal research capacity and foster tribal-university research partnerships that inspire innovative, sustainable solutions and produce meaningful and appropriate outcomes for native nations.

Greenhouse Workshop
March 16, 2015
5 p.m.
King Hall greenhouses

Join F.H. King Students for Sustainable Agriculture to learn the basics of starting your own greenhouse. Stay tuned for more information.

March 20, 2015
4 p.m.
Lakeshore Nature Preserve

Join the Student Sustainability Council for a hike along Lake Mendota. Meet at 4 p.m. at the Memorial Union outside Outdoor UW’s main office. The hike will start at Muir Woods and end at Willow Creek. After the hike, the group will head over to Babcock Hall for ice cream.

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop
March 21, 2015
5 p.m.
Eagle Heights Community Gardens

Stay tuned for more information about this event.

Bird and Nature Walk
March 22, 2015
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Lakeshore Nature Preserve

It’s time to celebrate the Spring Equinox! Head out to the Lakeshore Nature Preserve for a stroll through the gardens, woods, and prairie along the lake to enjoy the sights and sounds of early spring migratory birds. Meet at the entrance to the Eagle Heights Community Gardens.