Beverly Paulan

Friday, June 2nd

  • Social Hour and Silent Auction: 6:30 pm
  • Presentation: 7:30 pm

University of Wisconsin – Stout’s Memorial Student Center




A Brief History of Time

(Trying to bring back the Whooping Crane in 4 not-so-easy steps)

As an iconic species, the Whooping crane has captured the imagination of generations of Americans.  When the population plummeted to a low of 15 individual birds in the mid 1940’s, conservationists came together to try to reverse these declines.  Many attempts have been made to reintroduce this species to historic habitats with differing level of success.  There are many components to the success, or lack thereof, of the individual projects and each will be discussed.  The lessons learned from the attempts, and the challenges confronting future populations will all be examined.  Interspersed in this program, Beverly will share her personal experience working directly with the birds, from egg hatch to letting go of “her babies” the following spring after spending nearly a year with the chicks.


Beverly was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago and escaped to Wisconsin at every opportunity.  She developed a love of all things nature related, followed closely by a passion for photography and flying.  After obtaining a degree in Biology, Beverly embarked on a very circuitous route to her current position as Conservation Pilot with WI DNR.  Along the way, the most interesting stop was as the official crane mama, otherwise known as Supervisor of Field Operations, for Operation Migration.

Craig D. Allen

Saturday, June 3rd

Presentation: 7:30 pm 

University of Wisconsin – Stout’s Memorial Student Center

Oconto County Woodlot to New Mexico Mountains, and the Fate of Earth’s Ancient Original Forests

Research Ecologist, USGS New Mexico Landscapes Field Station

Dr. Allen – raised in Wisconsin – is one of the world’s most renowned ecologists. Few people on Earth know as much about the health of the planet’s forests as he, and few have more insight into how those forests are faring.

Dr. Allen has worked tirelessly to bridge between the worlds of science and the public to foster high-quality societal conversations and achieve science-based conservation outcomes.

With the help of striking photos of wonderfully diverse forests and ancient trees from around the world, he traces his path from his family’s woodlot and maple-syrup operations in Northeastern Wisconsin, and an adulthood based in New Mexico studying the ecology of mountain forests across the Southwest US and eventually on all six forested continents – leading to planetary perspectives on the history and status of forests around the globe, current trends in forest ecology and conservation, and the challenges of preserving the remaining primeval forests of Earth.


Dr. Craig Allen, a conservationist in the conscientious mold of Leopold, Allen has deep Wisconsin roots (parents and grandparents from rural Oconto County, raised in Manitowoc, and a graduate of UW-Madison).  But Craig has spent his career as an ecological researcher based in the mountains of northern New Mexico, where he has become one of the world’s leading authorities on the ecology of forest health, forest fire, forest conservation, drought, and how all of those elements are tied to ongoing climate and land use changes on this wonderful Earth.  Check out this personalized story on some of his forest work, linking maple syrupping each spring in a family woodlot near Green Bay to the global issues of forests near and far:

Dr. Allen was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2010 “for outstanding leadership in synthesis of global forest responses to climate change, built from worldwide collaboration and a deep understanding of the environmental history of the southwestern United States.”

In March 2010, he was honored with the Meritorious Service Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior in recognition of his outstanding vision, initiative, and scientific contributions to the USGS, DOI, and the US Department of Agriculture in establishing a model science program to support adaptive land management at the new Valles Caldera  National Preserve in north-central New Mexico.