Banquet hall filled with people


Wednesday, February 19th, at 6:30 pm
Osthoff Resort Grand Libelle Ballroom

Join us for an evening of good food, great company, and interesting conversations about wetlands and nature at our conference banquet. Open to people attending the conference and anyone else who is interested, this memorable evening offers something for everyone.


Dam It: Seeing Beavers as Restoration Partners

Wisconsin Wetlands Association is pleased to welcome Ben Goldfarb as our banquet speaker this year. Ben Goldfarb is the author of Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, winner of the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award and named one of the best books of 2018 by the Washington Post. Goldfarb will reveal how our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is amiss, distorted by the fur trade that trapped out millions of beavers from North America’s lakes and rivers. The consequences of losing beavers were profound: streams eroded, wetlands dried up, and species from salmon to swans lost vital habitat. In his presentation, Goldfarb will describe beaver biology, ecology, and history; detail the many environmental benefits provided by beavers, including habitat creation, water storage, and pollution filtration; and explain how landowners and municipalities around the country are learning to coexist with these challenging rodents. The presentation will also touch upon beavers’ role in Wisconsin ecology and their unique management status within the state.


The banquet is open to all! You needn’t be attending the conference to attend the banquet. Tickets for the banquet and presentation are $50 per person. Tickets are non-refundable but may be transferred to another guest.

If you would like to attend the banquet but do not plan to attend the conference, use this link to purchase your ticket.

If you plan to attend the conference, add a banquet ticket to your registration when you sign up for the conference.