Tallgrass Prairie Center

Conference Program

2015 Iowa Prairie Conference Program

Maucker Union, University of Northern Iowa


PRE-CONFERENCE ACTIVITIESliatris aspera

Wednesday, July 15

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Workday at the TNC's Cedar Hills Sand Prairie

(You are welcome to stay after lunch to continue working with INHF & TNC intern crews.)

This is a partnership event between the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Whiterock Conservancy, Bur Oak Land Trust, Four Mounds Foundation, The Nature Conservancy of Iowa, and the Tallgrass Prairie Center.

1:00 -5:00  p.m.
State Preserves Advisory Board meeting, Tallgrass Prairie Center Conference Room

5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Set-up for conference exhibitors and poster presentations - Ballroom C, Maucker Union


IOWA PRAIRIE CONFERENCE
Maucker Union

THURSDAY, JULY 16

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.
Registration - Foyer Ballroom A
Set-up
for exhibitors and poster presentations - Ballroom C

8:00 - 10:10 a.m.
PLENARY SESSION - Ballroom A

8:00 a.m.
Welcome – UNI representative

8:10 a.m.
What is prairie?

Doug Ladd, Land Stewardship Director, Missouri Chapter of The Nature Conservancy

9:10 a.m.
Tweak, Adapt, Transform: Harnessing the Power of Prairie for Agriculture in Iowa and Beyond

Lisa Schulte-Moore, Associate Professor of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Iowa State University

10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Break - Ballroom C

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Symposium: 40+ years of prairie preservation and restoration, Laura Jackson, Moderator - Ballroom A

Dean Roosa, natural areas consultant
Carl Kurtz, prairie seed producer
John Pearson, Plant Ecologist, Iowa DNR

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)
Maucker Union Food Court, College Hill restaurants, Redeker Dining Center

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Symposium: IRVM, Kristine Nemec, Moderator - Ballroom A

Roadsides gone wild: A twenty-five year county perspective of roadsides meeting the prairie
Joe Kooiker
Working roadside prairies: Adding more public purposes to Iowa’s roadside vegetation
Rob Roman
Iowa Department of Transportation roadside management
Joy Williams

Presentation of Submitted Papers, Greg Houseal, Moderator - Ballroom B

Bird and butterfly community dynamics at an experimental prairie agroenergy site in Black Hawk County, Iowa
Mark Myers et al.
Impact of early mowing on prairie reconstruction in drought conditions
Russ Benedict et al.
Flora of Steele Prairie State Preserve, Cherokee County, Iowa
Mary Damm et al.
Quantitative effects of goat browsing and tree cutting on vegetation in a savanna restoration
Tom Rosburg

3:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Break - Ballroom C

3:15 - 5:00 p.m.
Open House, Tallgrass Prairie Center

5:00 p.m.
Iowa Prairie Network membership meeting - Ballroom A, Maucker Union
Visitors welcome!

6:00-8:00 p.m.
Friends, colleagues, students and general admirers of Daryl Smith ...
Join us at the Social House on "the Hill" for an informal event honoring Daryl's retirement. The pizza (catered in) and drinks are on you. We'll provide the cake. You provide the stories!

FRIDAY, JULY 17

8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
SESSION TWO - Ballroom A

8:00 a.m.
Greetings from UNI President Bill Ruud

8:10 - 9:40 a.m.
Symposium: 40+ years of prairie preservation and restoration, Pauline Drobney, Moderator

Kirk Henderson, IRVM Program Manager (Retired)
Paul Bockenstedt, Ecologist/Project Manager, Stantec Consulting
Pauline Drobney, Biologist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

9:40 - 10:00 a.m.
Break - Ballroom C

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Symposium: 40+ years of prairie preservation and restoration, Laura Jackson, Moderator

Scott Moats, Director of Stewardship, Iowa Chapter of The Nature Conservancy
Joe McGovern, President, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
Tom Rosburg, Ecology & Botany Professor, Drake University
Laura Jackson, Director, Tallgrass Prairie Center

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)
Maucker Union Food Court, College Hill restaurants, Redeker Dining Center

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Symposium: Writing the Tallgrass Prairie, John Price, Moderator - Ballroom A

John Price, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Mary Swander, Iowa State University
Benjamin Vogt, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Elizabeth Dodd, Kansas State University

Presentation of Submitted Papers, Eric Giddens, Moderator - Ballroom B

People in ecosystems/watershed integration (PEWI): A dynamic land-use and ecosystem service tradeoffs assessment tool
Carrie M. Chennault et al.
Applying historical lessons to shape the role of working prairies in the emerging multifunctional agricultural paradigm
Steve John
Beyond corn and beans: Shedding light on Iowa's fields of opportunities
Emily Heaton et al.
A communications strategy to interest farmers in providing grassland habitat for grassland birds
Karen Grimes et al.
Does diversity matter: Evaluating the relationship between native prairie plant species and ecosystem services
Emily K. Zimmerman et al.

3:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Break - Ballroom C

3:15 - 5:00 p.m.
POSTER PAPERS - Ballroom C

Impact of season of planting on prairie reconstruction in drought conditions
Russ Benedict et al.
Winners and losers: plant establishment during prairie reconstruction in drought conditions
Ashley Oblander et al.
Effect of predator satiation on seed predation in roadside prairie plantings
Jessica Riebkes et al.
Plant species associations in native and reconstructed Iowa tallgrass prairies
Mary Damm et al.
The utility of tallgrass prairie reconstructions as bioenergy feedstocks
Jessica Abernathy et al.
Birds and butterflies respond to soil-induced habitat heterogeneity in experimental plantings of native tallgrass prairie species in Iowa, USA
Benjamin J Hoksch et al.
Effects of Flooding on the Flora and Fauna of a Reconstructed Tallgrass Prairie
Andrew Ridgway et al.

5:00 p.m.
Iowa Native Plant Society membership meeting - Ballroom A
Visitors welcome!

6:30 p.m.
Barbecue – McLeod Center, UNI (Parking available west of McLeod.)

SATURDAY, JULY 18

8:00 a.m. - Meet buses in parking lot west of the UNI-Dome

8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
FIELD TRIPS (Learn more)

Cedar Hills Sand Prairie and Cedar Bend Savanna, northwest of Cedar Falls
Prairie Power Project plots, Washburn, Bearbower Prairie, southwest Buchanan County
Rowley Fen and Quigley-Slattery Heritage Prairie, Buchanan County