Every other year, the Cascadia Prairie-Oak Partnership (CPOP) hosts a conference focused on Pacific Northwest prairie-oak ecosystems. The workshops, discussions and networking opportunities make this event a must for conservation practitioners. The 2020 conference is scheduled for October 19-22 in Vancouver, Washington.
A lot of networking happens at these conferences, which really matters as the remaining prairie-oak habitats in the Pacific Northwest are scattered across California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. There will be sessions and speakers on the latest research, management, field techniques, indigenous practices and perspectives, partnerships and collaboration, outreach, and numerous other topics.
As part of our Oak and Prairie Habitats conservation priority, Pacific Birds has provided support to CPOP as well as five additional partnerships across the Pacific Northwest. A suite of bird species rely on prairie-oak ecosystems, so we will be interested in learning the latest related to birds and their habitats, as well as how to galvanize public support for conservation. We also want to figure out how we can better leverage resources and collaborate at the multi-state level to implement the high priority conservation strategies these ecosystems need.
We will see you at the conference! Visit the links below to see the main conference site, or the submission guidelines. Note the March and June deadlines.
Prairie-oak ecosystems refer to a variety of habitats that are associated with Oregon white oak (also known as Garry oak), including oak woodlands, prairies, savannas, and even isolated, urban oak trees.