A workshop to learn, share and collaborate on climate action in the Chicago Wilderness region
Presented by the Chicago Wilderness Climate Change Task Force
A one-day workshop for everyone working on conservation in the Chicago Wilderness region.
We discussed climate impacts in the region as well as current climate-related efforts to increase the region’s health and resiliency for people and nature. We worked together to identify assets find specific areas of collaboration to move climate action forward in the near-term.
If you were able to join us, thank you for taking part!
Join us as we plan for greater climate action in the Chicago Wilderness region.
12/8/17 CW Climate Education & Engagement Working Group meeting
animalia project, 1770 W. Berteau Ave, Suite 404, Chicago IL
RSVP to ask ~at~ animaliaproject ~dot~ org
1/2018 CW Climate Change Committee meeting
date and location to be determined.
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find workshop details and follow-up information below
More about projects discussed at the conference
Many of the projects discussed by presenters are collected here. If anything is missing, please contact Susan at ask ~at~ animaliaproject ~ dot~ org
from the morning sessions:
Climate Action Toolkit from the Field Museum
Connect! community + climate + action tools used at Brookfield Zoo
from the afternoon sessions:
Registration 8:30 – 9:00 am
Morning Session: Part 1 [9:00-10:15 am]
Welcome and Introduction
Best Available Science
Overview of current and expected changes in climate: Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute
Impacts to plants and animals: Abigail Derby Lewis, The Field Museum
Impacts to humans: Ashwin Ravikumar, The Field Museum
Impacts to Great Lakes water levels: Phil Willink, The Shedd Aquarium
Morning Session: Part 2 [10:30-11:50 am]
Taking Action (75-min session with 5-min presentations on recent climate action)
Climate impacts to nature
Rebecca Grill, Park District of Highland Park
Karen Murchie, The Shedd Aquarium
Katherine Moore Powell, The Field Museum
Lydia Scott, The Morton Arboretum
Desi Robertson-Thompson, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Phil Willink, The Shedd Aquarium
Municipal policy landscape
Deborah Shore, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
Jack Eskin, City of Gary, Dept. of Planning & Redevelopment
John Dickert, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative
Engagement and outreach
Susan Ask, Animalia Project
Mario Longoni, The Field Museum
André Copeland, Chicago Zoological Society
Lunch [11:50-1:00 pm] Lunch on your own, please pack a lunch or enjoy a nearby restaurant (scroll down for a list).
Afternoon Session [1:00-3:30 pm]
Climate considerations for landscape scale conservation: Next steps for the Chicago Wilderness Alliance, John Rogner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Facilitated small group breakout topics:
1) Tracking and measuring climate-related data for natural resource management
2) Developing best practices for regional and shared messaging on climate change
3) Designing communities with climate-informed stormwater considerations in mind
4) Collaborating on climate change research questions for urban ecology
Wrap up and adjourn [3:30 pm]
Download the full agenda:
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Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute – State Climatologist – researches climate related subjects for the State of Illinois
Dr. Abigail Derby Lewis, The Field Museum – Senior Conservation Ecologist, Senior Region Senior Program Manager – works on a variety of projects from climate change adaptation to monarch conservation
Dr. Ashwin Ravikumar, The Field Museum –Environmental Social Scientist – puts his efforts into improving people’s well-being through conservation
Dr. Phil Willink, The Shedd Aquarium – Senior Research Biologist – works in the field to evaluate list of threatened and endangered species
Rebecca Grill, Park District of Highland Park – Natural Areas Director at Highland Park District, Rebecca leads and oversees Ravine restoration in the North Shore communities
Dr. Karen Murchie, The Shedd Aquarium – Research Biologist and instructor focusing on fish migration and the fish ecology of the Great Lakes.
Dr. Katherine Moore Powell, The Field Museum – Climate Change Ecologist working on applicable climate change adaptation for Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Lydia Scott, The Morton Arboretum – Director of the Chicago Region Trees Initiative. Lydia works on tree ecology in urban settings
Dr. Desi Robertson-Thompson, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Research Coordinator, Great Lakes Research & Education Center at National Park Service researches various insect communities and ecosystems, lately focusing on ephemeral wetlands.
Deborah Shore, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, Commissioner
Jack Eskin, City of Gary, Dept. of Planning & Redevelopment, Deputy Director – oversees land use planning, sub area planning, brownfield redevelopment, vacant land management, building deconstruction in the City of Gary.
John Dickert, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, President and Chief Executive Officer
Susan Ask, Animalia Project – Director and Founder ecologist and who engages in research and education
Mario Longoni, The Field Museum- Urban Anthropology Manager who researches people’s attitudes toward environment and obstacles to using natural areas
André Copeland, Chicago Zoological Society, Interpretive Programs Manager at Brookfield Zoo and Chicago Zoological Society
Practical matters about the workshop
Lincoln Park Zoo at the Laflin Administration Building in the Ann Milligan Gray Conference Room 2001 N. Clark St (at Armitage Ave), Chicago IL
By train or bus
The workshop is easy to reach by public transit; use the route planner to chart your own path.
Bus #151 or #156 will drop you by the east door (Stockton & Armitage)
Bus #22 stops at the front door (Clark & Armitage)
Bus #73 travels along Armitage to the Zoo
Brown/Purple line: Armitage stop is a 15 minute walk to the Zoo or a 5 minute ride on Bus #73
Red line: North Ave stop is a 25 minute walk to the Zoo
Bike racks are readily available. If riding the Lakefront Trail, exit at Fullerton, then travel south on Stockton.
Divvy bike stations in several nearby locations, for short-term bike rental.
Parking is available at 2400 N. Cannon Drive (at Fullerton Parkway) for $20 – $35; open from 6 am to 11 pm. Street parking is possible, but difficult to get, within Lincoln Park.
Carpooling is encouraged– for more conversation, lower emissions, fewer cars, less cost.
More details from the Lincoln Park Zoo’s website
Lunch is on your own. Bring your own lunch and picnic indoors or at the zoo. Or, dine out.
Here are some restaurants within easy walking distance:
Park Place Café – Lincoln Park Zoo. Sandwiches, salads, burgers, and more. Vegetarian meals available. Cafe style seating.
R.J. Grunts – 2056 N Lincoln Park W. Sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads, and more. Vegetarian burgers and vegan chili available.
SaiMai Thai – 338 W Armitage Ave. Thai curries, noodles, and more. Vegetarian and vegan meals available.
A little further away, just north of Fullerton on Clark:
Cupbop + Ramen – 2439 N Clark Ave. Korean and Japanese cupbop, bibimbop, ramen, and more. Vegetarian and vegan meals available.
Sultan’s Market – 2521 N Clark Ave. Middle Eastern sandwiches, soups, salads, and more. Vegetarian and vegan meals available.
Chopo Chicken – 2460 N Clark Ave. Peruvian bowls with quinoa, rice and toppings, and more. Vegetarian and vegan meals available.
We tried hard to plan a workshop with a small climate footprint.
Thank you for bringing your own mug for a cup of coffee or tea in the morning and considering taking public transit or carpooling to the workshop.
Take a hike
The planning committee includes representatives of these organizations: Alliance for the Great Lakes, Animalia Project, The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Lincoln Park Zoo, The Wetlands Initiative and US Geological Survey.