Senior restoration ecologist and engineer, David Cordray, Owner of Environmental Returns LLC in Belleville, Wisconsin will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Toward Harmony with Nature Conference on January 19, 2019 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Was your youth rich in outdoor adventures? Did you use these adventures as your classrooms for your ecological goals today? Keynote speaker David Cordray was fortunate to be able to do so. Through his keynote, David will share his journey to finding ecological awareness and his insight into why we must actively participate in restoring the health of our lands. Wishing to give others the opportunity to participate in their natural heritage, he will share his knowledge of the ecology of restoring oak savanna, prairie, wetland and woodlands.
Our gardens and landscapes are becoming increasingly important refuges for pollinators, birds, butterflies and other creatures as their former habitats disappear. David will explore reasons for striving for ecological health, how the work benefits not only wildlife, but also ourselves and others, and how we can influence a greater ecological awareness.
As an engineer, David Cordray’s first career was working with environmental monitoring satellites. He changed careers in 2008, and brought his creative ideas, work ethic and knowledge to natural lands management. One of his research interests is native landscape design methods and planning to enhance the human outdoor experience. Since 2001, he and his wife, Debra, have been actively restoring their 100 acre homestead near Belleville to prairie and oak savanna.
Toward Harmony with Nature Conference
Hosted by Wild Ones Fox Valley Area Chapter, this is the 23rd annual Toward Harmony with Nature Conference, a day-long seminar on native landscaping held at the Oshkosh Convention Center. There will be nine other speakers on the whole spectrum of native plants and natural landscaping, as well as vendors and exhibitors and a silent auction.
Mailed pre-registration must be postmarked no later than Friday, January 11, 2019.
On-line pre-registration for lunch with the conference ends at midnight, Tuesday, January 15, 2019.
On-line preregistration for just the conference ends at midnight, Wednesday, January 16, 2019.
On-site registration day of the event is available: $40 member, $45 non-member, $20 student.