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imageThe Prairie Enthusiasts will hold our 27th Annual Prairie Conference & Banquet on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at the Lee Sherman Dreyfus University Center in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

The conference, held close to the Marquette County boyhood home of John Muir, will focus on  connections, as in:

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” --John Muir, 1911

The conference will be hosted by the Prairie Sands Chapter of The Prairie Enthusiasts.

Conference highlights include a distinguished set of speakers and panelists, six concurrent sessions on prairie/savanna management, a silent auction, a photo contest, and a growing list of chapter and vendor displays. And, of special note, Mike O’Connor will demonstrate his latest ‘Cool New Gadget’ – a pint-sized version of his larger drone used to document restoration projects. This on-site aerial demonstration in the 250-seat auditorium will dramatically show how the drone is used to record photographs and videos.
Check out the conference website where you'll find all the details including registration information. The deadline for Registration is March 10, 2015.

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8th International Oak Society Conference 2015

The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois will host the next International Oak Society Conference October 18 through 21 of 2015. The meeting will be particularly meaningful, as it commemorates the 20th anniversary of the IOS, which held the inaugural meeting at the Arboretum in 1994.

The Mysteries of the Driftless Area

On Saturday, February 21, the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society is sponsoring a showing of the short feature, "Mysteries of the Driftless." The film portrays a team of movie-making scientists who kayak, spelunk, hike, climb bluffs, and hop a plane to experience the geological "mysteries" of the Upper Mississippi Driftless Area. The film credits TPE for contributing to its production.

Tim Jacobson, the film's executive producer, will introduce the film. Later, University of Dubuque geologist Dale Easley and JDCF Executive Director Steve Barg will join Jacobson for a discussion of how you might experience these "mysteries" in the tri-state area.

Location: Galena Territory Association Owners' Club, 2000 Territory Drive, Galena, IL. There is a large parking lot which is kept free of snow. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and is expected to conclude by 9 p.m. Popcorn, cookies and coffee will be served, and beer, wine and soda will be available for purchase.

For more on the Driftless Area, check out Untamed Science.