2019 Community Forestry Awards Luncheon

Trees are for the Birds

Join us for the annual Tree City USA luncheon and learn why Trees are for the Birds!

 

You know that trees make excellent homes for our feathered friends, but did you know that some tree species provide more benefit to birds than others? Or that when possible, leaving a dead tree standing might attract even more birds to your yard or community? Besides being beautiful and fun to watch, birds can mean money for Iowa communities - wildlife-watching expenditures in Iowa were reported to be $868,662,000 in a 2011 report from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, with the majority spent by birders. This is almost twice as much as spent by hunters or anglers in Iowa!

 

At this year’s Tree City USA luncheon, we’ve invited a panel of experts to talk about birding in Iowa towns - small and large, caring for trees while also caring for the birds that call those trees home, and the best trees to plant in your community to attract and support birds. 

 

If you want to learn even more, join us for the workshop prior to the Tree City USA luncheon to find out about a new program called Bird Friendly Iowa, the benefits of becoming a Bird Friendly community, how to apply, and more. Plus, you’ll learn how to balance the benefit of creating wildlife habitat vs. potential risks that might arise. The workshop costs $15 and is worth 1 ISA CEU.

 

When & Where:

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center

1800 50th Street

West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

 

Schedule:

8:30 Registration opens

9:00 - 10:30 Bird Friendly Iowa Optional Workshop ($15)

10:00 - 11:00 Tree City Photos

11:00 - 2:00 - Keynote Presentation and Luncheon

 

Luncheon Speakers:

Ryan Gilpin, Consulting Ecological Arborist for HortScience | Bartlett Consulting which is a division of the Bartlett Tree Expert Company. Ryan is experienced in all phases of tree preservation and specializes in managing and analyzing large data sets and GIS mapping.  Ryan has always been interested in wildlife, trees and how they interact with each other.  He was co-author of the Tree Care for Wildlife Best Management Practices in California and founding member of the Tree Care for Birds group which was recently adopted as a program of the Western Chapter of the ISA.  Ryan’s Master’s degree in International Nature Conservation is from a University in Germany and his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology is from University of California Davis.

 

Douglas Harr, retired from Iowa DNR where he served as a wildlife biologist for 30 years and then was chief of the Wildlife Diversity Program for 8 1/2 years.  He is currently president and C.O.O. of Iowa Audubon, serves on the board of the National Audubon Society's Minnesota office, belongs to many other conservation organizations and was one of the co-founders of Bird Friendly Iowa.

 

 

 

 

 

Workshop Speakers:

Lisa Hein - How and why communities should consider applying for Bird Friendly Iowa designation.
Lisa Hein is the Senior Director for Conservation Programs at Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF).  For 30 years, Lisa has worked with community groups, volunteers, landowners and agencies on multiple aspects of land conservation, river and greenway protection, and trail development. Lisa is a founding steering committee member for Bird Friendly Iowa.
 
Loren Lown - Why he worked to gain BFI designation for Pleasant Hill (including what he sees as the advantages to the community) what were some of the challenges he faced, and what might community leaders expect as they seek designation.
Loren Lown was born and raised in Iowa Falls, in the heart of what became known as the Iowa River Greenbelt.  He grew up with a canoe paddle or a fly rod in hand and an unfailing love of the natural world. After attending the University of Iowa and following a few detours, he eventually spent 28 years working for the Polk County Conservation Board before retiring in 2018 to grow heritage tomatoes. He recently helped Pleasant Hill become Iowa’s 2nd community to receive the Bird Friendly Iowa designation.
 
Ryan Gilpin – Balancing Wildlife Habitat and Risk; Thinking through the pros and cons of preserving more dead and dying trees in the urban forest.
Ryan Gilpin is the Consulting Ecological Arborist for HortScience | Bartlett Consulting which is a division of the Bartlett Tree Expert Company. Ryan is experienced in all phases of tree preservation and specializes in managing and analyzing large data sets and GIS mapping.  Ryan has always been interested in wildlife, trees and how they interact with each other.  He was co-author of the Tree Care for Wildlife Best Management Practices in California and founding member of the Tree Care for Birds group which was recently adopted as a program of the Western Chapter of the ISA.  Ryan’s Master’s degree in International Nature Conservation is from a University in Germany and his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology is from University of California Davis.

 

 

 

Registration is now closed.

If you have a question about your existing registration, please contact Tracy Feldmann at 515-287-7021.

 

Sponsoring Organizations

 

 

Alliant Energy

 

Bird Friendly Iowa

 

Black Hills Energy Corp.

 

Iowa Arborist Association

 

The City of Clive

 

The City of Des Moines

 

The City of Johnston

 

The City of Pleasant Hill

 

The City of Urbandale

 

The City of Waukee

 

The City of West Des Moines

 

Xtreme Tree

 

Questions?

Contact Tracy Feldmann at 515-287-7021