Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference Returns to Michigan

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A conference on Midwest fish and wildlife designed for biologists, students, and natural resource agencies will be held in Grand Rapids at the end of the month.

“(This conference will) facilitate opportunities for natural resource professionals to share their knowledge with each other,” says Bill Moritz, director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. “It also provides a great opportunity for us to highlight our state’s world-class resources and the work being done to manage and conserve them.”

Moritz says the 76th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference is expected to draw more than 1,000 attendees from 13 midwestern states and Canadian provinces. He says the conference, to be held Jan. 24-27, will feature nearly 500 technical presentations, poster displays, plenary sessions, networking opportunities, and social events.

Technical sessions include topics such as the population dynamics of bald eagles in Michigan, strategies for the early detection of non-native aquatic species, and predicting the spread of sea lampreys. Speakers include author Randy Olson; William Demmer, president of the Boone and Crockett Club; and Frank Lupi, professor of environmental and natural resource economics at Michigan State University.

The conference, to be held at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, costs $415 to attend or $230 for a one-day pass. The opportunity to host the conference rotates among midwestern states and Canadian provinces, with Michigan hosting every 10 years.

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