Friday May 9 Schedule


Living Together Along the Shores of Something Hemispheric

And WHEREAS Great Salt Lake and associated wetlands provide critically important habitat for brine shrimp, brine flies and millions of migrating and nesting birds

7:15 – Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 – Welcome

8:10 – KEYNOTE: Linking sites and people: The Importance of Great Salt Lake as a hub for migratory bird conservation, Rob P. Clay, Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network

8:50 – Gunnison: The Island and its Pelicans, Jim Parrish, recently retired from Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

9:15 – Wild Birds of Great Salt Lake, Rosalie Winard, photojournalist

9:40 – Quantifying the habitat needs of shorebirds and waterfowl during migration at the Great Salt Lake, Josh Vest, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


10:30 – Great Salt Lake Wetland Condition Assessment and Profile, Jennifer Jones, Utah Geological Survey

10:55 – Between Mangrove Forests and Marijuana Fields: Snowy Plover conservation in Mexico, Clemens Kuepper, University of Sheffield, UK

11:20 – West Nile Virus, How it affects birds and bird Watchers Sammie Lee Dickson, Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District

11:45 – 1:00 LUNCH/POSTER SESSION/Outstanding Student Poster Award (announced before PM session begins)

1:00 – Catalyst for Conservation: The Role of the Mitigation Commission at Great Salt Lake, Mike Weland, Utah Reclamation Mitigation Commission

1:25 – The Nature Conservancy: Legacy Preserve today and tomorrow, Chris Brown, Nature Conservancy of Utah

1:50 – The Bear River – Conservation action in Great Salt Lake’s largest tributary, Joan Degiorgio, Nature Conservancy of Utah

2:15 – Best Practices for Riverfront Communities – A “How To” guide for implementing the guiding principles of the Blueprint Jordan River, Laura Hanson, Jordan River Commission

2:40 – Impending Growth: Conservation easements in the Upper Weber River Watershed as a tool for maintaining health, Erin Bragg, Summit Land Conservancy

3:10 – BREAK

And WHEREAS there are many things to be learned from the work on other saline systems within the region and around the planet

3:35 – Turning Science into Solutions: Adaptive management and stream restoration progress at Mono Lake, CA, Geoff McQuilkin, Mono Lake Committee

4:00 – Iran’s Dying Lake Urmia: Lessons for the Great Salt Lake, Wayne Wurtsbaugh, Utah State University

4:25 – An Evaluation of Restoration and Recovery Within the Unending Aral (Uzbekistan) Sea Ecological Disaster, Brad Marden, Parliament Fisheries, Inc.

Now be it resolved we contemplate and discuss intelligent solutions to the challenges Great Salt Lake faces today and tomorrow

5:00 – Closing Remarks


Thank you everyone!