Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation - February 4 - February 8, 2019

Audience
natural resource professionals

Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation

McGraw's Pond Cottage

The natural setting of the Foundation combined with its first -class meetingdining and lodging facilities available at Pond Cottage make McGraw a perfect location to host company business sessions or private events. This serene setting where time seems to stand still, will help increase the productivity of your seminars and meetings and will provide a relaxed atmosphere for special private gatherings.

Pond Cottage is the focal point for these activities with three conference rooms, 2 superb dining rooms presided over by 2 excellent chefs, 10 fireplaces and comfortable lounge rooms. 

14N322 IL Route 25
Dundee, IL 60118
(847) 741-8000
Firearms and hunting safety instructor
NRA, Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Laura is a Certified NRA Shotgun,Rifle, Pistol, Personal protection in the Home, Personal Protection outside the Home, IL Conceal Carry instructor, and a Certified Volunteer Hunter Safety/Tree stand Instructor for Illinois DNR. Besides the shooting sports she enjoys teaching archery, fly fishing, cooking, beekeeping and various Boy Scout merit badges. She is a big and small game hunter, and has traveled extensively to hunt and fish. She is a Certified Master Gardener in Illinois and Florida, a beekeeper and a Nationally Certified Medical Technologist. Was an elected Trustee for the Village of Campton Hills, IL, former instructor at Country Garden Cuisine cooking school She is a member of Trout Unlimited, NRA, Boy Scouts of America, St. Charles Sportsman’s club, Rochelle Wildlife Conservation club, and Sisters on the Fly.
Conservation Officer
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Jacob Berl is a Conservation Officer with Idaho Department of Fish and Game. He earned a B.S. from Humboldt State University, M.S. from West Virginia University, and Ph.D. from Purdue University. Jacob enjoys hunting, fishing, and traveling as much as possible.
Professor Emeritus, Extension Wildlife Specialist and former Chair of the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Scott resides on 12 acres of restored prairie in Oregon, Wisconsin. A native of New Hampshire, he earned an undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He began hunting by following his father and grandfather around the mountains of northern New England in pursuit of deer and grouse. He has been hunting for more than 40 years for deer, wild turkeys, upland birds and waterfowl. Scott served as state leader of the Wisconsin 4-H Shooting Sports program for 13 years and is a certified instructor for rifle and shotgun. With the help of several colleagues and friends, he launched the Wisconsin Student Hunting Project in 1995, which received national recognition several years later; it is the model on which CLfT was based. Scott has taught many wild game cooking classes and enjoys promoting game utilization. He is very active in The Wildlife Society and belongs to numerous other conservation organizations.
Texas Game Warden
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Texas Game Warden since July 1988. Stationed on the lower Texas coast. Firearms Instructor, Standardized Field Sobriety Instructor, Marine Safety Enforcement Officer Instructor. I have been hunting creeks and fishing since a child with my grandpa and father. I enjoy migratory and waterfowl hunting. I also enjoy cooking. I am married to Jill Flores. We have 22 year old twins. Both pursuing grad school. My family and I take every opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Living on the coast provides almost full opportunities to fish and hunt waterfowl. I have been able to pass on my knowledge to CLFT workshop students in regards to roles of law enforcement in regards to wildlife conservation. I also provide preparation information and sometimes prepare wildgame meals for CLFT programs.
Southwestern Regional Wildlife Ecologist
USDA Forest Service
Karl grew up tromping around the hills and rivers outside his family home’s back door in rural northern Michigan. Throughout high school and college he funded his extracurricular adventures working as a first mate on a salmon boat, a fly fishing, canoeing, and hunting outfitter and guide, and as a professional consultant during the development of wildlife management and research programs. Karl’s interest in nature, conservation, wildlife, and protected area management led him to study the role of nature reserves in harboring large carnivores in southwestern China for his PhD in Wildlife Ecology, which he completed in 2011 through a joint appointment with the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. These experiences fostered a deeper and more informed appreciation for America’s public lands system and inspired him to pursue a career with the United States Forest Service. Karl’s professional interests include ecological research, applying science to natural resource management, and promoting personal connections between people and the natural world. He has taught about the relationships among humans, wild land, and wildlife in the U.S. and abroad, and has developed and hosted international conservation workshops for global business leaders, conservationists, and political leaders. In his free time Karl, his wife, and their daughter enjoy exploring wild spots off the beaten path with their bird dogs, fly rods, and backpacks.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Mississippi State University
Jim has been a wildlife professional since 1965, with experience as a forester, wildlife biologist, educator, and administrator. Retired after 33 years of federal service, 23 in D.C., he then came to MSU in 2001 and continues as Professor Emeritus after retiring in 2005. Jim is a member of The Wildlife Society (TWS) since 1963, served as state President for two Chapters, as SE Section Representative to TWS Council, and as President of TWS in 1998-99. He has received numerous professional awards, e.g. two Secretary of Agriculture Honor Awards; the CW Watson Award from the SE Association; Mississippi Wildlife Federation Governors Conservationist of the Year Award; and from TWS, Honorary Member Award, and the professions most prestigious, the Aldo Leopold Memorial Award in 2007. Jim has been an inveterate hunter for over 70 years, spring gobbler hunting being his favorite since 1958. Hunting in multiple states annually he enjoys guiding family members, friends, colleagues, youngsters, and novice hunters. Married to the same considerate wife Doris, since 1962 they have two sons and one grandson. Jim is a Charter Instructor for CLfT from the initial workshop in 2005, and continues actively serving the profession as consultant, motivational speaker, and volunteer.
Extension Senior Wildlife Outreach Specialist
University of Wisconsin - Madison, Dept. of Forest & Wildlife Ecology
Jamie Nack has been a CLfT instructor since 2007. She received a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in Wildlife and Biology and a M.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Jamie considers herself very fortunate to have a father who was always willing to take his daughter hunting. The time spent and lessons learned helped instill a love for the outdoors at an early age, led to a career in wildlife, and nurtured a passion for hunting. Over the past 25+ years, Jamie has hunted deer, bear, bobcat, turkeys, rabbits, waterfowl, upland birds, fox and coyote. She is a member of numerous conservation organizations, including The Wildlife Society (state, section and national). Jamie resides in Columbus, Wisconsin with her husband, two daughters and two hunting dogs. Family time is often spent outdoors exploring, hunting, fishing, trapping, gardening, and catching toads and snakes in the backyard.
Master's Student
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Conservation Officer, Sergeant
Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Bureau
Joli began her career in conservation by volunteering and working seasonal positions in Colorado with the Student Conservation Association, the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and in Iowa with the Conservation Commission while attending and after graduation from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. In 1989, Joli left Colorado to return home to the Midwest to start her (now 28 year) career as an Iowa Conservation Officer. In 1999, she expanded her role as a law enforcement trainer with the IDNR, accepting the new position of Training Coordinator and eventually becoming Supervisor of Licensing and Training for fifteen years. She is now coming full circle, back in the field.
Joli’s passions have evolved from law enforcement training and “education through enforcement” to introducing new audiences to conservation and natural resources recreation and appreciation through programs including Outdoor Journey for Girls and Becoming an Outdoors Woman. She also enjoys working with Iowa State University in outdoor skills programming, Hunter Education, class presentations, and presenting for over two decades with ISU’s Program for Women in Science and Engineering (STEM).
Joli enjoys trailrunning, bicycling, and paddling with her partner and dogs. She finds great joy and deep value in bird hunting (especially behind her late, beloved springer, Abbey), firearm and bow hunting deer from a treestand, and sitting in the spring woods calling turkeys.
Professor Emeritus of Wildlife Biology
Purdue University
I taught at Purdue University in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources of 35 years, teaching several courses, including Habitat Management and Wildlife Techniques. Research interests were broad, and included white-tailed deer food relationships and avian breeding biology.
I have taught participants at Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow workshops since shortly after its inception, and try to bring my broad background and eclectic interests to the program.
Dendrologist-Retired
Purdue University
I taught Dendrology, native shrub, and herbaceous I.D. at Purdue University for 30 years in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. My classes were taken by sophomores to Graduate students studying Wildlife and Forestry. My goal was always to impress upon students the value of understanding the importance of plant identification in managing habitat.
My role in Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow is to teach and educate our participants to the best of my ability about wildlife conservation in our country. Every single workshop is a treat and I look forward to next season.