The conference was designed to share success stories of habitat rehabilitation and conservation, including ecological results, and to address key habitat issues (see Appendix 1 for Conference Program). The target audience for the conference was habitat practitioners and advocates (i.e., Detroit River stakeholders representing academia, government, industry, business, and non-governmental organizations, students, and other citizens who have an interest in rehabilitating and conserving habitats). Over 170 people attended the conference (Appendix 2).
The conference began with four success stories of habitat rehabilitation and conservation in the Detroit River (Appendix 1). Figure 1 presents a locator map for all case studies presented at the conference. Following these presentations, an interactive panel discussion was held on the topic of "Habitat Needs and Priorities". This panel discussion was initiated with an introductory talk on the need for a strategic approach to habitat rehabilitation and conservation and the need to set clear priorities. Six panelists representing academia, government, conservation groups, and industry then entered into an interactive discussion with the audience.
In the afternoon portion of the conference, five more success stories of habitat rehabilitation and conservation were presented to the audience (Appendix 1). Following these success stories, another interactive panel discussion was held entitled "Coupling of Research and Management for Habitat Rehabilitation and Conservation". As in the morning session, the panel discussion was initiated with an introductory presentation, in this case on the scientific challenges of habitat rehabilitation and conservation. Four panelists representing four different universities then entered into an interactive discussion with the audience. The conference program was designed to provide numerous opportunities for questions and discussion, and for sharing perspectives.