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Monday, February 6 • 1:20pm - 5:00pm
Overview of Symposium (S2). Restoring Heritage and Expanding Horizon: Midwestern Agroecology and the Conservation of Grassland Birds

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Tom Will, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Midwest Region; tom_will@fws.gov
Kristen Nelson, University of Minnesota, College of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Kelly VanBeek, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 

Abstract: Despite decades of conservation action, Midwest grassland birds continue on a precipitous trajectory of decline. A fundamental problem has been the inability to replicate local conservation successes at a scale large enough to influence regional or range-wide populations. With most of the acreage in the Midwest in private lands, we argue that a successful change strategy in predominantly agricultural landscapes (1) must be grounded in sound agroecological science; (2) requires movement along multiple dimensions simultaneously—biological, economic, social, ethical, and cultural; (3) should be community-based and build on social movements informed by justice and biodiversity outside the norms of prevailing conventional sociopolitical structures. This symposium brings together a series of presentations designed to challenge current conservation sideboards and stimulate discussions of viable alternatives for creating sustainable landscapes for healthy human and wildlife communities.

Monday February 6, 2017 1:20pm - 5:00pm CST
Arbor I/II

Attendees (5)