27th annual Everglades Coalition Conference to be held at Hutchinson Island Marriott, Jan 5-8

Noted author and journalist Carl Hiaasen will be the keynote speaker for Saturday evening’s dinner and awards ceremony. Hiaasen’s novels have been classified as “environmental thrillers.” His books have been published in 33 different languages.

The conference schedule, including field trips, is below.

Thursday, January 5th

1:00 pm-7:30 pm Conference Check-In and On-Site Registration
6:00 pm-7:30 pm Opening Reception with Keynote Speaker

Friday, January 6th

7:00 am Conference Check-In and On-Site Registration begins
7:45 am-8:40am Breakfast with Guest Speaker
8:45 am-10:15 am Plenary Session I: Expediting Return on Restoration Investments: Connecting Lake Okeechobee and Everglades National Park. Moderator: Eric Draper, Audubon of Florida
10:30 am-11:30 pm Plenary Session II: Emerging Issues Before the Florida Legislature
11:30 am-12:30 pm Plenary Session III: Federal Legislative Roundtable
12:45 pm-2:30 pm Lunch with Keynote Speaker
3:00 pm Field Trips Depart from Hutchinson Island Marriott. Field trips will be offered free of charge. Reservations are required and space is limited.
3:00 pm-6:00 pm Ecotour Operators Showcase. Meet with ecotour operators and business owners who share first-hand knowledge of the economy’s connection with the health of the Everglades.
6:30 pm-7:30 pm Reception
7:30 pm-9:30 pm Dinner with Keynote Speaker Carl Hiaasen- Bestselling Author and Miami Herald Contributor

Saturday, January 7th

7:45 am-9:00 am Breakfast with Guest Speaker
9:00 am-10:30 am Plenary Session IV: Stopping Water Pollution in the Everglades. Moderator: David Guest, Earthjustice
10:45 am-12:15 am Breakout Sessions A
Sustaining Natural Capital: Protecting Society and the Economy. Moderator: Andy Hill, Conservancy of Southwest Florida
Restoration Indicator Species: What Are They Saying, and Are We Listening?
Moderator: Brad Cornell, Audubon of Florida/Collier County Audubon Society
The Future of the Everglades Agricultural Area
Moderator: Joanne Davis, 1000 Friends of Florida
Valuing Ecosystems Through Natural Resources Damages
Moderator: Jane Graham, Audubon of Florida
12:30 pm-2:30 pm Lunch with Keynote Speaker
2:30 pm-4:00 pm Breakout Sessions B
Advancing Restoration Through Local Contributions: The Martin County Story
Moderator: Mark Perry, Florida Oceanographic Society
Restoration in Lean Times: Doing More With Less
Moderator: Kahlil Kettering, National Parks Conservation Association
You Can’t Get There From Here: Proposed Road Projects That Sabotage Everglades Restoration
Moderator: Laurie Macdonald, Defenders of Wildlife
Operating Projects to Benefit the Southern Estuaries
Moderator: Megan Tinsley, Audubon of Florida
4:15 pm-5:45 pm Plenary Session V
Managing Lake Okeechobee for Shared Prosperity: Who Gets What, When, and How Much?
Moderator: Daniel DeLisi, South Florida Water Management District
6:30 pm-7:30 pm Reception
7:30 pm-10:00 pm Dinner and Keynote Speaker
Annual Awards Ceremony

Conference Registration:
Register online now or download registration form at www.evergladescoalition.org/conference. If you would like a registration form faxed or mailed to you, please contact us at (305) 371-6399 x136 or e-mail patricia.k.carr@gmail.com.
Registration Fees:
After December 10, registration is $190 ($110 for one day registration).
Registration fee includes conference materials, admittance to all plenary and breakout sessions, field trip attendance (space permitting) and admittance to all receptions. Tickets for optional meal functions must be paid in advance.
Meal function costs: breakfasts = $20, lunches = $25, dinners = $50.

Please reserve hotel accommodations by calling 1-800-775-5936.

Field Trip Options:

Visit to the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center
Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center is a 57-acre marine life nature center situated between the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean. Participants will be given a guided tour of the Center, will cast seine nets and discuss the oyster hatchery, water quality issues and estuary ecosystems.

Boat Trip to the St. Lucie Inlet
Travel in a pontoon boat to view sea grass beds, a bird rookery and other features of the magnificent local estuaries. Learn about the importance of these resources and potential impacts from nutrient pollution and freshwater discharges.

Beach Walk
Participants will be treated to a guided tour along the beach and views of shorebirds and limestone outcroppings with tidal pools at the House of Refuge. This trip will provide an opportunity to learn more about coastal ecosystems and water quality.

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