Seminars

Wild About Raptors
Peggy Callahan, Wildlife Science Center
Bird watching is a way of life at the lake home or cabin and now you can see a special selection of raptors – live and up-close at the “Wild About Raptors” feature at the Lake Home & Cabin Show. You’ll learn about these fascinating and adaptable birds from Peggy Callahan, Executive Director of the Wildlife Science Center in Columbus, Minnesota.  See this special raptor presentation offered each day on the Cabin Life Stage. 
Friday, January 23 - 4:00 & 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 24  - Noon, 2:00 & 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 25 - 11:00 am & 1:00 p.m.

Keeping Your Cabin in the Family
Christine Rew Barden, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c..
The cabin is the setting for generations of shared family experiences and history.  It holds a special place in the hearts of those who have vacationed and summered there since childhood.  These strong emotional ties among family members can turn your idyllic vacation home into the perfect storm of sibling discord and family wars, if mom and dad are not careful in how they transfer this asset to the next generation.  Join estate-planning attorney Christine Barden as she outlines these issues, and presents solutions for governance and maintenance of this most treasured family asset into the next generation.
Saturday, January 24 - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday January 25 - 12:30 p.m.

Effective Strategies For A Clean Lakeshore & Healthy Lake
Bruce Wahlstrom, Weeders Digest.com
If you’ve had to trade in your valuable lake time and replace it with frustrating lake shore clean-up time or maybe you’ve even given up and given in to a weed choked waterfront – then you need to meet Bruce "The Weed Guy" at this seminar as he shares, "The Seven effective strategies for a clean beach today and a healthy lake forever!"
Friday, January 23 - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 24 - 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 25 - Noon

Outdoor Adventures in Wisconsin
Dan Small, Outdoors Radio & host of WMVS-TV’s Outdoor Wisconsin        
Dan Small has been communicating about Wisconsin's great outdoors for more than 35 years now.  His award-winning "radio magazine," Outdoors Radio with Dan Small reaches more than 100,000 listeners each week and he has been   host/producer of WMVS-TV's Outdoor Wisconsin since its premiere in November, 1984.   He is also contributing editor of Wisconsin Outdoor News, a bi-weekly newspaper that covers outdoor activities, environmental concerns and other items of interest to Wisconsin's sportsmen and women. Join Dan for his fascinating discussion about the amazing outdoor adventures and activities he's been involved with over the years in Wisconsin.
Saturday, January 24 at 1:00 p.m.

Getting a Vacation Property Loan
Neil Johnson, Northview Bank                              
Depending upon the parcel, it can be difficult to get a loan on vacation property. Is it bare land? Is it a seasonal cabin? Do you plan to build? Is it a log home? All of these questions can impact the type of loan you get and whether or not the property qualifies for long-term fixed rates. The experts at Northview Bank have a fast-paced presentation full of valuable information to help you navigate the world of vacation property financing.
Friday January 23 - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 24 - 5:00 p.m.

Citizen Science at the Lake
Paul Skawinski, University of Wisconsin Extension
For nearly 30 years, Wisconsin citizens have been systematically gathering valuable data about lakes to help the DNR and others understand how and why lakes behave the way they do. More recently, people have been learning how to identify plants and other organisms so that they can find and report aquatic invasive species on their lakes. Citizens are also leading the way for broad ecological monitoring around lakes and into their watersheds; tracking frogs, birds, and other signs of a healthy environment. This talk will introduce citizens seeking to learn more and to participate in volunteer science to the available resources and programs.  This seminar also looks at examples of how citizen data is used by researchers and others to better understand and manage lakes.
Friday, January 23 – 3:00 p.m.

Shoreland Zoining 101
Kay Lutz, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
While many waterfront properties haven’t changed ownership over time; the development on those family-owned parcels has changed. In the past, the small cottages seemed to blend right into the surrounding landscape. Today’s families are spending more time at the lake, have more outdoor gear and have changed that surrounding landscape. During this seminar attendees will learn why there is shoreland zoning and how it affects them.
Saturday, January 23 – 11:00am

>Homeowner Tips for Healthy Lakes
Eric Olson, University of Wisconsin Extension
Lake home and cabin owners have unique opportunities to help protect the water quality and other important features of the lakes they love. This seminar will highlight how water quality affects property values, and illustrates simple steps that owners can take to reduce polluted runoff and improve lake ecology. We will also highlight a new program from the Wisconsin DNR designed to give incentives to property owners who are doing the right thing for healthy lakes.
Sunday, January 25 – 2:00 p.m.