Phenology, Biology, and Saving the World

October 28, 2017
Monroe Convention Center
Bloomington, Indiana 
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Keynote: Dr. Stanley Temple

Near the historic Aldo Leopold Shack in rural Baraboo, Wisconsin. Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison.

Dr. Temple is the Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For 32 years he held the academic position once occupied by Aldo Leopold. He is currently a Senior Fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation. 

Dr. Temple’s presentation will be on “Aldo Leopold, Phenology and Climate Change.” Aldo Leopold was a keen observer of the natural world. Throughout his life he kept daily journals recording observations of seasonal events, especially those occurring on the Leopold farm, the setting for many essays in A Sand County Almanac. Leopold’s meticulous phenological observations have provided us with an unparalleled record of when plants bloomed, birds migrated and other natural events. Comparing his observations of hundreds of natural events to recent records helps us understand how climate change is affecting the ecological community. 

Keynote: Douglas Ladd

 ©Renee Smejkal

Douglas Ladd is Conservation Biologist for The Nature Conservancy in Missouri. For 31 years he was Director of Conservation for Missouri, where he managed science, land management, and conservation real estate activities. Doug serves on the board of the Conservation Research Institute in Chicago, as well as the advisory boards of the Harris World Ecology Center and Shaw Nature Reserve. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis, and a research associate at the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Morton Arboretum. He is the author of two field guides, North Woods Wildflowers and Tallgrass Prairie Wildflowers, and coauthor of Discover Natural Missouri and Distribution of Illinois Vascular Plants.

Doug will take advantage of his years of experience managing natural areas to look at critical issues facing contemporary conservation. He will focus on the increasing importance of citizen naturalists and organizations such as native plant societies.  The title of his presentation is “Confronting the Darkness: Organismal Biology and Saving the World.” 

David Gorden, ASLA

We have not forgotten the gardeners in our group. David Gorden is a landscape architect with Mark M. Holeman, Inc. in Indianapolis. He has been designing and managing landscapes for over 25 years. David is a past president of the Indianapolis Museum of Art Horticultural Society and the Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. 

David says that “Not every property is conducive to the creation of a prairie or natural woodland. There either isn’t the space, the appropriate setting or the aesthetic inclination to have plantings that look too ‘natural’ or in some cases wild.”  This discussion will consider how to incorporate native plants into your “un-natural” setting.

Michael Homoya

Michael Homoya has been Botanist and Plant Ecologist for the Division of Nature Preserves since 1982. His primary responsibilities include assessing natural areas and conducting field surveys for rare species and state significant natural communities. Mike is the current president of INPAWS and a past president of the Indiana Academy of Science. He is also the author of Orchids of Indiana and Wildflowers and Ferns of Indiana Forests: A Field Guide.

Mike, AKA “The Big Hawaiian,” will be your host for a challenging but fun-filled trivia gameshow on all things about natural Indiana. Every conference attendee is invited to join teams and determine answers to questions on such topics as Indiana’s plants, animals, early landscape, natural communities, nature preserves, famous naturalists, and more. Come and compete for “big prizes” during what hopes to be an entertaining (okay, at least amusing) way to learn about our natural world.

Cheryl Coon

Cheryl Coon is the Forest Botanist on the Hoosier National Forest. She is a Steering Committee member on the Southern Indiana Cooperative Invasives Management (SICIM), and a past president of the Ohio Invasive Plant Council.

The Hoosier National Forest has 24 Special Areas designated for their special geologic, archeologic and/or biologic significance. These areas are managed differently than the rest of the Forest, with a focus on management that protects or enhances their special resources. Cheryl will discuss the history of these areas and some of the unique management activities used to protect them.