Spend the day with IWF members, partners, and friends as we hear from some of our region’s top experts and wildlife professionals at our annual wildlife-focused conference. This event will feature both a limited seating in-person event as well as a virtual attendance option. Don’t miss the silent auction, live bird demonstration, and outstanding speakers we have to share. Register below today and save your spot–whether you’re attending from your couch at home or with us at The Garrison**!
Dr. Mamie Parker is a professional fish and wildlife biologist and made history serving as the first African American U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) Regional Director of the 13 northeastern states after working in the Great Lakes and Big Rivers regions. She has received numerous conservation awards and is widely known for her tireless work on wildlife conservation and invasive species. She currently serves on numerous non-profit boards including the National Wildlife Federation.
Other speakers include Jim McCormac who served at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for 31 years as a botanist, and later specializing in wildlife diversity projects, especially involving birds. He shares his experience in nature through photography and interpretive storytelling that captivates and inspires. Jim has authored or coauthored six books, including Birds of Ohio, and Wild Ohio: The Best of Our Natural Heritage.
We’ll also hear updates from our agency partners at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources featuring the Division of Fish & Wildlife Director, Amanda Wuestefeld; and an update on Black Bears in Indiana from DNR Nongame Biologist Brad Westrich.
The day will also include a live bird demonstration from our friends at the Eagle Creek Ornithology Center and a delicious catered lunch from The Garrison at Fort Harrison State Park. Stay afterwards to network with other conservation-minded people with a cocktail or local craft beer–we’ll be hosting a cash bar directly following the event!
Register below to attend! This event is supported by our generous sponsors:
**The conference will be an in-person conference, with a virtual option for those who either cannot attend in person, or prefer the virtual format. Attendance in-person will only be available to those who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. A copy of your vaccination certificate will be required for entry the day of the conference. Facemasks will be required to be worn during the event, other than when eating or drinking. By registering for an in-person ticket you are agreeing to adhere to this policy.