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Tuesday, January 29 • 9:10am - 10:00am
Plenary Session II: Ignite Session - Sponsored by Sovereign Sportsman Solutions, LLC

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The Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference is pleased to present the 4th Annual Ignite Session.  Started at the Grand Rapids conference in 2016, Midwest Ignite Sessions highlight current efforts in resource management, challenge and engage session attendees, and tell passionate stories about successful programs.  Speakers come from diverse backgrounds with diverse perspectives, fanning the flames of contemporary conservation and management.

Please join us for another exciting round of 5-minute presentations with only 20 automatically advancing slides!  Speakers include:

Title: What the Heck is R3 (and Why does it Matter)?
Presenter: Johanna Dart, National Wild Turkey Federation

Title: Burning Rivers, Dead Zones, Fisheries, AIS and HABs: Managing Our Aquatic Resources Past, Present, and Future
Presenter: Jeffrey Reutter, The Nature Conservancy in Ohio

Title: Restoration of Lake Sturgeon in the Maumee River
Presenter: Kent Bekker, Toledo Zoo

Title: How a Shift in Wildlife Values Can Affect Wildlife Management in the U.S.
Presenter: Alia Dietsch, The Ohio State University

Title: One Turtle, One Frog, One Snake
Presenter: Jen Brumfield, Cleveland Metroparks

Title: Open Your Ears and Shut Your Mouth
Presenter: Greg Lipps, The Ohio State University

Plenary Speakers
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Kent Bekker

Toledo Zoo
Kent Bekker is the director of Conservation and Research at the Toledo Zoo.  Kent earned his Master of Science from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio and his Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.  Kent worked in... Read More →
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Jen Brumfield

Cleveland Metroparks
Jen Brumfield is a naturalist with Cleveland Metroparks, a bird illustrator, author of several natural history field guides, and a representative with Leica's Birding Optics Pro Staff team.  Jen eagerly combines a passion for extreme birding, field studies, outdoor education and... Read More →
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Johanna Dart

National Wild Turkey Federation, in partnership with Ohio DNR, Division of Wildlife
Johanna Dart grew up enjoying outdoor recreational activities but was never exposed to hunting. While attending graduate school, she was selected as a Glassen Scholar at Michigan State University and was placed in an internship with the Boone & Crockett Club. During this time, Johanna... Read More →
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Alia Dietsch

The Ohio State University
Dr. Alia Dietsch is an assistant professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University.  Her research primarily focuses on applying theories and methodologies of social psychology to understanding human values, attitudes, and behaviors in the context... Read More →
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Greg Lipps

The Ohio State University
Greg Lipps is the Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Coordinator for the Ohio Biodiversity Conservation Partnership at Ohio State University.  For the past decade, Greg has spent much of his time investigating the status and distribution of Eastern Hellbenders and Eastern Massasaugas... Read More →
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Jeffrey Reutter

The Nature Conservancy in Ohio
Dr. Jeffrey Reutter began working on Lake Erie in 1971, retiring as Director of Ohio Sea Grant, F.T. Stone Laboratory, and the Center for Lake Erie Research in 2017.  During his time as director he awarded scholarships and fellowships to over 2,200 students; authored over 150 papers... Read More →

Tuesday January 29, 2019 9:10am - 10:00am EST