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While the information learned from presentations is an important part of the conference, past attendees tell us that the networking opportunities provided by a gathering like this are the most rewarding benefit of attending. As a result, we work to make sure we include plenty of time for networking, whether in hallway chats or through structured opportunities such as those below. You won’t want to miss these great chances to network.


Conference kickoff program and social

Tuesday, February 28, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

O’so Brewing Company
3028 Village Park Drive
Plover, WI 54467

Catch up with your wetland colleagues and friends while enjoying light snacks and cash bar at O’so Brewing Company at this fun event that kicks of Wisconsin Wetlands Association’s 2017 Wetland Science Conference.

Hear highlights from WWA’s work in 2016 during a brief annual membership meeting. Learn about O’so Brewing Company and what it’s doing to protect water quality and quantity in central Wisconsin while brewing up some of Wisconsin’s finest beers. Savor the offerings of O’so’s Tap House, which offers 40 Wisconsin beers on tap. Non-alcoholic beverages also available.

Attendees can pick up registration materials, review presentation abstracts, and plan their conference schedule ahead of time. Presenters are encouraged to load their presentations.

This is a FREE event.

Conference kick-off event schedule:

6:00 – Doors open

6:20 – WWA Annual Membership Meeting

6:40 – Brewery tour and talk by owner Marc Buttera

7:00-9:00 – Socializing and networking

Continue your conversations over dinner at one of several restaurants located within easy walking distance of O’so Brewing Company.


The Million Dollar Duck film screening

Tuesday, February 28, 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Dreyfus University Center Theater
1015 Reserve St
Stevens Point, WI 54481

Attend a free screening of The Million Dollar Duck, a documentary about the Federal Duck Stamp Contest, at UW-Stevens Point.

Million Dollar Duck is an award-winning documentary that focuses on the strange and wonderful world of the Federal Duck Stamp Contest, the only juried, art competition run by the U.S. government. This film explores the eccentric nature of the contestants who enter each year for a chance at wildlife art stardom, while also reflecting upon the history and challenges facing the continued existence of this successful conservation program.

Stevens Point is hosting the Federal Duck Stamp Contest September 15-16, 2017. This is the first time the contest has ever been held in Wisconsin.

The stamp, formerly known as the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, is required for waterfowl hunters over the age of 16. The stamp is a revenue stamp, not a postage stamp, and revenue from stamp sales is used to buy and lease wetlands and upland nesting habitat on national wildlife refuges and waterfowl production areas.

Don’t miss this early peek at what hosting the contest will mean to the city and how the stamp has benefited (and continues to benefit) wetlands and the wildlife that depend on them.

Doors open at 3:30, showing begins at 4:00.


Poster session

Wednesday, March 1, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Learn from and talk with poster presenters, mingle over a cash bar, and network with exhibiting organizations, agencies, and companies.



Wednesday, March 1, 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Following years of conference banquet tradition, we invite you to join with your colleagues and friends for our banquet. This is a ticketed event that is open to the public. Bring a friend!

More information about the banquet and presentation, including how to purchase tickets

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