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Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge HawaiiBret Wolfe/USFWS

The Conserving the Future: Wildlife Refuges and the Next Generation conference at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, WI, is the culmination of an extensive process to create a vision for the National Wildlife Refuge System for the next decade and beyond. This new vision will be discussed and honed at the conference.


Below are highlights of a tentative schedule for the main portion of the July 11–14 gathering.


Please note that all times are Central Daylight Time and that this schedule is subject to change. For the most upto– date, detailed schedule, go to www.AmericasWildlife.org.


Tuesday, July 12
Theme of the Day: Celebrating Our Legacy, Envisioning the Future

  • General Session: 8 a.m. to noon (all times are CDT)
  • Lecture Series, Douglas Brinkley: 1 to 2 p.m.
  • Lecture Series, Curt Meine: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Lecture Series, Ian Shive: 4 to 5 p.m.
  • Facilitated Discussions and Workshops: 1 to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, July 13
Theme of the Day: Implementation— Ratify Your Role

  • General Session: 8 to 10 a.m. (all times are CDT)
  • Lecture Series, Emilyn Sheffield: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Facilitated Discussions and Workshops: 10:30 a.m. to noon
  • Lecture Series, Juan Martinez: 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.
  • Lecture Series, J. Michael Scott: 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.
  • Facilitated Discussions and Workshops: 1 to 4:15 p.m.
  • General Session: 4:30 to 5 p.m.

Thursday, July 14
Theme of the Day: Call to Action

  • General Session: 8 to 10 a.m. (all times are CDT)
  • Lecture Series, Majora Carter: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Facilitated Discussions and Workshops: 10:30 a.m. to noon
  • Lecture Series, Jeff Salz: 1 to 2 p.m.
  • Facilitated Discussions and Workshops: 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • General Session: 3 to 4:30 p.m.

For Real–Time Remote Coverage, Go to www.AmericasWildlife.org/live


Much of the Conserving the Future: Wildlife Refuges and the Next Generation conference—including general sessions, lecture series talks and a midday news program—is scheduled to be broadcast live via streaming video at www.AmericasWildlife.org/live.