Wednesday Evening Lectures Special Event

Natural History & Identification of Conifer Species of the Northwoods

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

7:00pm to 8:00pm

 Free and open to the public!

Madeline Island Wilderness Preserve  In association with Madeline Island Wilderness Preserve.

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Speaker: Dr. Sarah Johnson, Associate Professor of Natural Resources and Biology at Northland College.

Conifers are iconic members of the Northwood’s and boreal forests.

  • Why are conifers so successful up North?
  • What are helpful tricks for identifying the tree families and 13 native species of conifers in the Great Lakes region?
  • Where can you find them growing?
  • How are your favorite northern conifers responding to ecological change?
  • Also, what’s flavoring your gin?

Ms. Johnson will have us touch, taste and smell conifers.

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Sarah Johnson, Associate Professor of Natural Resources & Biology, Northland College

I am a plant ecologist/botanist who studies long-term dynamics and patterns of diversity and composition in plant communities spanning the continuum of habitat types from wet to dry, forests to sandscapes.  To interpret these patterns, I study the roles of multiple interacting drivers of ecosystem changes at local and landscape scales including succession, habitat fragmentation, invasions by pests and pathogens, changes in natural disturbance regimes, and climate change.  Much of my research has benefited from important long-term data sets, so in turn I have enjoyed collaborating with agencies to design new vegetation monitoring programs being implemented in the Great Lakes region.



Madeline Island Museum
Madeline Island Museum, 226 Colonel Woods Ave
La Pointe, WI 54850-0009

Location Information

The museum, composed of three historic island structures and the modern Capser Center, contains exhibits detailing Wisconsin history from 17th-century exploration and the era of the fur trade to the arrival of summer tourists, known as cottagers, in the early 20th century.

Accessibility Information

Reasonable accommodations will be made for individuals requiring wheelchairs for mobility. Call ahead to make arrangements.