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Banquet & Socials

Schedule of Conference Social Events


5:30 PM | Welcome Social: hors d’oevres and no host bar
6:30 PM | Presentation: Art and Ecology Unite!


5 PM | Poster Session Social, hors d’oevres and no host bar


5:30 PM | Happy Hour
6:30 PM | Banquet & Presentation

Monday Presentation – Art in Restoration

“Art and Ecology Unite! – How Art is necessary in Ecological Restoration” (link to poster)
Restoring our land involves the integration of people and their ideas with the biotic and abiotic community. Published scientific papers and field trials can inform our decisions as land managers, but we are also driven to act based on our own perceptions and education about the environment. Many artists seek to explain, document, and shift thinking about our relationship to land which can affect how we approach and conserve our natural areas. This symposium highlights artists from various disciplines that are communicating humans’ connections to our land through painting, sculpture, film, music, and dialogue. We will come away with the need for ecologists to work with artists, and how ecologists should start thinking more like artists to respond to our changing climate and changing priorities. Artists have unique skills that can broaden our understanding of the ecosystem and help heal our land beyond standard ecological approaches. The artists will highlight a few projects and demonstrate their importance in our understanding of human/nature interactions and how these projects can add value to restoration ecology. These artists have strong credentials in the art community and all are leaders in working with ecologists and the environment. – Toby Query, Ecologist, City of Portland

Wednesday Banquet Speaker – Robert Pyle:” Pollinators, Plants and People on the Edge of What’s Left”


… Both as a writer and a biologist, I have long had a love affair with damaged lands. Having grown up myself as a denizen of the farmed-out drylands on the outskirts of Denver, I gained an appreciation for scrappy habitats and the adaptable organisms they can support. Looking at an array of pollinators and their needs, we see that there is no such thing as a wasteland. But if we are to be successful in restoring richer populations of native plants and pollinators, we must first attend to the worth of what’s left now–including, sometimes, exotic plants to which native butterflies and other animals have adapted in the absence of their indigenous hosts. If it weren’t for such adaptive shifts, many more of the building blocks of future ecosystems would have been lost by now. This unpopular truth may cause us to question our assumptions about “weed control,” and look to more imaginative ways of working with what’s left to preserve and enhance what we hope to keep.



Don’t miss this exclusive powerpoint presentation with noted lepidopterist Robert Pyle! Robert Michael Pyle is a lepidopterist and writer who has published hundreds of papers, essays, stories and poems. His twenty books include Wintergreen, winner of the 1987 John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing, which describes what’s left and what comes next after heavy logging in Washington’s Willapa Hills; The Thunder Tree, Chasing Monarchs, Mariposa Road, and the Butterflies of Cascadia, and most recently, Chinook and Chanterelle: Poems. Coming this fall is Through a Green Lens: Fifty Years of Writing for Nature. In 1971 Pyle founded the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation while studying butterfly conservation as a Fulbright Scholar in England. A Guggenheim Fellow and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, he has received a Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Conservation Biology. For many years he has dwelled along Gray’s River, a tributary of the Lower Columbia, observing and writing about its natural history, including humans.


To register for the Conference Banquet, please log into the Registration Page. The Banquet cost is $48 per plate with a choice of entrees.

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