Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation - February 5 - February 9, 2018

Audience
natural resource professionals

This is a professional development workshop for agency and organization employees who have been selected by a CLfT identified liaison. Selected individuals must have met a set of selection criteria that includes but is not limited to the following:

Never had a hunting license

Willing to commit to a 40+ hour instructional program that includes long days in both classroom and outdoor exercise settings.

You will be staying at a nearby hotel. Transportation will be arranged. All meals are provided at the Foundation.

Please bring the following, important items:

  1. comfortable, warm, outdoor field clothing--not too bulky
  2. toiletries
  3. cap or headband for protection from the sun;
  4. waterproof, hiking boots
  5. rain gear

The outdoor field exercises will be conducted even if it is hot, cold, or raining, so come prepared for those possibilities. We recommend that you check the Chicago, IL area weather prior to arrival.

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.
Executive Secretary
Northeast Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies
Gordon retired as Chief Wildlife Biologist for the State of New York in 2015 following a 35 year career as a wildlife biologist with New York, and now serves with the Northeast Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies as Executive Secretary. Gordon is also very active on various committees of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. An enthusiastic deer and turkey hunter, Gordon especially enjoys taking novice hunters afield, and teaching about our trapping and hunting heritage during the CLfT workshops.
Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Kim Bogenschutz is the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program Coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). She has developed and directed the IDNR AIS Program since its inception in 2000. Prior to her current position, she worked for the Minnesota DNR, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Iowa Department of Transportation, and IDNR in a variety of capacities including fisheries management, private lands restoration, environmental review and permitting, and nongame wildlife. Kim is vice-chair of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Invasive Species Committee, past chair of the Mississippi River Basin Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species, and is on the Board of Directors for the Midwest Invasive Plant Network. A native of Minnesota, Kim earned a BA in Biology from Gustavus Adolphus College and an MS in Fisheries Science from South Dakota State University. In addition to CLfT, she shares her love of the outdoors as an instructor for Outdoor Journey for Girls and Becoming an Iowa Outdoors Woman. Kim, her husband, Todd, and their daughter, Veronica Brooke, reside on 50 acres along the bluffs of the Des Moines River in Madrid, Iowa, with their two bird dogs. In addition to fishing, hunting, and boating, she enjoys attending her daughter’s dance and sports events, spending time at the family cabin in Minnesota, and coaching cheer and dance teams.
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.
Retired Program Coordinator of the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education
NC Wildlife Resources Commission
Retired from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. Other jobs which are too numerous to mention but I will name a few. NC State Park Ranger, Education Director at the NC Museum of Forestry, Volunteer alligator researcher with Florida Fish and Game , Naturalist with SC Parks and Lenoir County Parks and Rec, and Boll Weevil Trapper. I love teaching at CLfT and meeting the new caretakers of our wildlife. I find it interesting to see the same problems and new problems in the Wildlife field. My hobbies are fishing, hunting, reading, writing and rehabbing wildlife.
Ph.D. Candidate
Michigan State University
Randy Knapik is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Fisheries and Wildlife Department at Michigan State University. He is an Indiana native, but considers himself to be a Michigander by default since he spent the majority of his life on the water at his family’s lake cottage in Van Buren County. He was introduced to wildlife conservation by chasing cottontails and whitetails in the fields of the Midwest with his father and uncle. Randy received his Bachelor’s degree at Purdue University and completed his Master’s degree at Ohio State University researching survival and microhabitat use of northern bobwhite. His Ph.D. research is a partnership between USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and focuses on demographics and movement of mute swans in Michigan. Randy began as an Intern with CLfT in 2009 and has been instructing at workshops since 2010.
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.
Director, Wildlife Policy & Programs
The Wildlife Society
Keith Norris is the Director of Wildlife Policy & Programs at The Wildlife Society, where he supports policies and professional development opportunities to empower, enable, and assist wildlife professionals in science-based management and conservation of wildlife and their habitats. He holds a B.S. degree in Wildlife from Purdue University, a M.A. degree in Public Policy & Management from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, and a M.S. degree in Environment & Natural Resources – Wildlife and Fisheries at The Ohio State University. Keith is certified as an Associate Wildlife Biologist® and is an alumnus of the National Conservation Leadership Institute. His career has included positions in wildlife research, education, policy advocacy, leadership development, and program administration.
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.