2019 AGLOW ANNUAL CONFERENCE

LaCrosse, Wisconsin

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2019 AGLOW Annual Conference

LaCrosse, Wisconsin
September 16 – 19, 2019

The 63rd Annual Meeting of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers will take place along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin September 16-19, 2019.

The AmericInn La Crosse will be the host facility for this event, sponsored by Explore La Crosse and the La Crosse County CVB. To receive the AGLOW group rate you must call the front desk of AmericInn La Crosse directly by calling 608-781-7000 and dial 0 for reservations. The group name to refer to is “AGLOW” and this will allow guests to book in the block under the group rate $94.99+tax per night.

Americinn La Crosse
1835 Rose St.
La Crosse, WI 54603
608-781-7000 

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2019 Conference Schedule

 

Monday, September 16

Morning Trips Afield
7:00am – 10:30am
-Trips and Activities to be announced.

AGLOW Board of Directors Meeting
8:00am – Noon

Registration Table Open
Lobby: 8:30am – 4:00pm

Press Room Open
8:30am – 2:30pm

Keynote Tourism Workshop (Tourism Members Only)
10:00am – 11:00am
Tourism members will hear about how to get the most from their AGLOW membership from Past President Jim Zaleski.

National Wildlife Federation Welcome Lunch
11:00am – 12:30pm
NWF Speaker and John Anfinson with Mississippi National River & Recreation Area-National Parks Service

New Member Orientation
1:00pm – 1:30pm

Past Presidents Meeting
1:00pm – 1:30pm

Spouse Reception
1:00pm – 1:30pm
Spouses who plan to attend any of the spouse activities planned for the week should attend this reception to find out details of these excursions in and around Bismarck.

General Membership Meeting
1:30pm – 2:15pm

Busses depart for Afternoon Afield
Lobby: 2:45pm

Afternoon Afield
3:00pm – 6:00pm

USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center Tour-1.5 hours
The USGS is a federal government agency that serves the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life. Every day the 8,000 scientists and staff of the USGS are working for Americans in more than 400 locations throughout the United States. The Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center in La Crosse, WI is one of 16 ecosystem centers conducting research on the Upper Mississippi River, Great Lakes and Midwest ecosystems. Tour will provide insight on access to research, monitoring, and mapping information about the Upper Mississippi River, its habitats and the diverse species that call it home.

Inland Trout Stream Shocking-1.5 hours
The inland trout crew from the Wisconsin DNR will host this field trip that includes a stream shocking demonstration and insight into the restoration work that has been ongoing in the Coulee region for many years. 

Genoa National Fish Hatchery—Tour 1.5hrs
Genoa NFH works with 6 states, 5 tribes, and 1 country in restoring 6 separate strains of lake sturgeon for ongoing restoration programs to assist in this long-lived and interesting species. In addition to fish, Genoa assists in a multi-agency program to recover two federally endangered mussels to their historic range and works to restore 11 other native mussel species throughout the nation. Genoa is considered a national leader in the development of techniques and methods to forward freshwater mussel propagation.

Genoa’s location and its ability to create different rearing environments, makes it one of the most diverse hatcheries in the nation. Twenty ponds ranging in size from one-tenth of one acre to 33 acres, six raceways, and seven intensive rearing buildings make it capable of collection, culturing, and rearing cold, cool, and warm water fish species. Genoa raises, holds, and rears more species of fish (15) and freshwater mussel (15) than almost any other federal fish hatchery! Join this tour to get a behind the scenes look at a fish hatchery and a hands-on experience in fish and/or mussel rearing.

La Crosse Welcome Reception
6:30pm – 7:00pm

La Crosse Welcome Dinner
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Hospitality Room
9:00pm – Midnight

Tuesday, September 17

Delta Defense Shooting Day Breakfast
6:30am – 8:00am

Conference Registration Table Open
Lobby: 8:30am – 11:30am

Press Room Open
8:30am – 11:30am

Spouse Tour Departs
Lobby: 9:00am

Busses to Shooting Day Depart
Lobby: 8:30am

Delta Defense Shooting Day Morning Activities
9:00am – 11:00am

Whitetails Unlimited Shooting Day Luncheon
11:00am – 12noon

Delta Defense Shooting Day Afternoon Range
12:00noon – 3:00pm
The shooting day committee from Delta Defense and United States Concealed Carry Association has put together an action packed afternoon at the range. Visit with some of the top shooting industry representatives while experiencing hands on instruction with the newest products in the world of shooting sports.

Busses depart for Hotel
3:15pm

Busses Depart for RAM Trucks Evening Away and AIC Awards
Lobby: 5:15pm

Ram Trucks Reception/Dinner & Ducks Unlimited/Clam AIC Program
5:30pm – 9:00pm

Hospitality Room
9:00pm – Midnight

Wednesday, September 18

Newsmaker Breakfast
7:00am – 8:30am

Press Room Open
8:30am – 2:30pm

Learn It Seminars
8:45am – 11:30am

Spouse Tour Departs
Lobby: 9:00am

Sure Shot Morning Break Coffee & Donuts
9:15am – 9:30am

Toyota Scholarship Luncheon
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Curt McAllister is your host for lunch as he recognizes this year’s Toyota “Let’s Go Places” Scholarship recipients.

Learn It Seminars
1:30pm – 5:00pm
1:30pm – 3:30pm State of the Art Communication Panel

Roselein Alternative Energy Golden Glow Reception
6:30pm – 7:00pm

NSSF Golden Glow Banquet
7:00pm – 8:45pm

Hospitality Room
9:00pm – Midnight

Thursday, September 19

Breakfast
6:00am – 7:30am

Morning Afield Activities
8:00am – 12:30pm

Upper Mississippi River Restoration – Boat Field Trip 4 hours
Upper Mississippi River Restoration Program – Boat Field Trip 4 hours
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Upper Mississippi River Restoration Program (UMRR) celebrates over 30 years of large river ecosystem restoration, intensive monitoring and research on the Upper Mississippi. To learn more about the Upper Mississippi River, and how the fish, wildlife and habitat conservation support outdoor recreation opportunities, plan to join this ½ day river field trip. River management and research professionals will provide a hands-on boating experience to see habitat projects and river health monitoring of fish, water quality and vegetation on the river.

Genoa National Fish Hatchery—Tour 1.5hrs
Genoa NFH works with 6 states, 5 tribes, and 1 country in restoring 6 separate strains of lake sturgeon for ongoing restoration programs to assist in this long-lived and interesting species. In addition to fish, Genoa assists in a multi-agency program to recover two federally endangered mussels to their historic range and works to restore 11 other native mussel species throughout the nation. Genoa is considered a national leader in the development of techniques and methods to forward freshwater mussel propagation.
Genoa’s location and its ability to create different rearing environments, makes it one of the most diverse hatcheries in the nation. Twenty ponds ranging in size from one-tenth of one acre to 33 acres, six raceways, and seven intensive rearing buildings make it capable of collection, culturing, and rearing cold, cool, and warm water fish species. Genoa raises, holds, and rears more species of fish (15) and freshwater mussel (15) than almost any other federal fish hatchery! Join this tour to get a behind the scenes look at a fish hatchery and a hands-on experience in fish and/or mussel rearing.

Inland Trout Stream Shocking-1.5 hours
The inland trout crew from the Wisconsin DNR will host this field trip that includes a stream shocking demonstration and insight into the restoration work that has been ongoing in the Coulee region for many years. 

Press Room Open
8:30am – 4:00pm

Spouse Tour Departs
Lobby: 9:00am

Board of Directors Meeting
11:15am – 12:00pm

Super Break-Out and Destination Outdoors Tourism Break-Out
1:00pm – 4:00pm
No doubt the most popular event every year! Come on in and visit with our Corporate and Tourism Members and check out all of the latest and greatest they have to offer.

Real Avid Super Break Out Open Bar
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Visiting the booths at Super Break Out can work up a powerful thirst, Real Avid has you covered, stop by for a little refreshment.

Nexus Outdoors Pizza Buffet & Auction
6:30 – 10:00pm

SAVE THE DATE!

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