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Field Seminar: "Prairies of the Chicago Region" Class of 2017

2018 Field Seminars

1) Woodlands of the Chicago Region Tentative Dates:  April 21; May 05; May 19

2) Wetlands of the Chicago Region Tentative Dates: June 16; June 23; Sept. 08

 

Conservation Research Institute (CRI) is offering two new three-day field seminars, both taught by Dr. Gerould Wilhelm, internationally renowned botanist and ecologist. Jerry has been studying the Chicago region flora for over 40 years and has spoken and written passionately on native plants and plant communities. He is the senior author of the recently completed Flora of the Chicago Region: A Floristic and Ecological Synthesis (Wilhelm and Rericha 2017). Jerry will be assisted by Ken Johnson, a botanist and landscape restoration ecologist with over 25-years of experience working on numerous restoration projects throughout the Chicago region and Midwest.

 

Woodlands of the Chicago Region covers several types of woodlands that comprise the region’s remnant, timbered landscapes. These habitats vary from open savanna to mesic forest. The seminar is an intensive field study of numerous remnant landscapes, with an emphasis on how soils, geology, and floral composition influence our region’s woodlands; including discussions regarding successional theory, woodland “mesophication,” and land management.

Wetlands of the Chicago Region covers several types of wetlands found across the Chicago region. These remnant wetland landscapes vary tremendously, from minerotrophic discharge seeps, to oligotrophic glacial lakes – from palustrine marshes, to bogs. The seminar is an intensive field study of numerous remnant landscapes, with an emphasis on how soils, geology, and floral composition influence our region’s wetland habitats. Contact Ken Johnson for seminar status and attendee availability.

For more information about the three-day

Wetlands of the Chicago Region: field seminar,

and to register, use this link.

Speaking Engagements

 

Gerould Wilhelm, PhD, is available for speaking engagements through Conservation Research Institute (CRI). Jerry is an internationally renowned botanist and ecologist who has been studying the Chicago region flora for over 40-years. He is coauthor, with Laura Rericha, of Flora of the Chicago Region: A Floristic and Ecological Synthesis, published by the Indiana Academy of Science in 2017.

Dr. Wilhelm has been requested to speak to many groups over the past several decades, from professional botanical societies, to workshops and seminars, conservation groups, and local garden clubs. Topics close to his heart are listed below, but presentation topics can be tailored to a specific request. The base fee-stipend for a speaking engagement is $1000, necessary to compensate Jerry for preparation, presentation, and travel (for locations within a 25-mile radius from Glen Ellyn, Illinois). Speaking engagements are approximately 2 to 3 hours in length.*

 

• Floristic Quality Assessment and Species Conservatism

• The Ecology and Culture of Water

• Biblical Environmental Wisdom

School of Athens Painting by Raphael

• Consilience

• Other topics have included: The Dune Flora; History of Botany in Chicago Region

 

Book Signings: Jerry and Laura are available for book signings for the Flora, which can include a brief 35 minute presentation.*

 

 

* Please note that all initial inquiries and scheduling are handled by Ken Johnson, at: Phone: (630) 640-2169 / Email: consresearchinst.johnson@gmail.com

Educational Products

 

The Conservation Research Institute (CRI) is proud to offer the following special educational resources that are available for purchase:

Flora of the Chicago Region: A Floristic and Ecological Synthesis by Gerould Wilhelm and Laura Rericha (2017) All of the information of the 4th edition of the Plants of the Chicago Region by Floyd Swink and Gerould Wilhelm (1994) was retained and updated, with new features including: newly-described species and range updates, re-evaluation of our region's coefficients of conservatism, original illustrations for every genus, morphological descriptions, taxonomic etymology, re-evaluations of many problematic genera, an entirely new section of associate flora and fauna such as bryophytes, lichens, insects, birds, and mammals, and much more.

The Flora is available for purchase from the Indiana Academy of Science and the Morton Arboretum bookstore in Lisle, Illinois.

Root Systems of Prairie Plants Poster This much loved illustration by Heidi Natura displays the deep root systems of our natural grasslands and all that implies about the importance of rainwater infiltration and soil organic production. CRI owns the copyright for this image.

 

To pay for Prairie Plants Poster by check, download this pdf form and mail to CRI, W59 N412 Hilgen Ave, Cedarburg, WI 53012

If you have any questions about this poster, contact Margot Mazur. To purchase a copy of the poster to be mailed to you, purchase here online:

Posters

Ongoing Research

 

 

Research at Conservation Research Institute is ongoing. Currently, our researchers are in need of support to pursue the completion of floristic and faunistic works on the lichens, bees, ants, and ongoing work with the vascular plants. Donors will be acknowledged in
upcoming publications.