Canoecopia is presented by
Alliant Energy Center
1919 Alliant Energy Way
Friday: 3 PM to 8 PM
Saturday: 9 AM to 6 PM
Sunday: 10 AM to 4 PM
Ages 17 and under are FREE
Cash or check only for tickets purchased at the event
Access for 90 days
Cash or credit, fees collected by Alliant Energy Center
||Laura Holder, CPDT-KA, CNWI
Laura's lifelong fascination with canines, especially their unique ability to work alongside humans, inspires her every day in the field. She loves training and deploying the CDCI Finder-Keeper teams to support clients in their critical conservation efforts. Driven by her boundless curiosity about how dogs think, learn and detect scent, Laura has been nose-deep in the professional fields of scent-detection, nose work and dog training since 2009.
Ellen is passionate about water and everything that lives in it, and in 2018, she left academia for the nonprofit world to protect and advocate openly for Wisconsin's freshwater resources. Serving as River Alliance of Wisconsin's Aquatic Invasive Species Program Director, she has a background in fisheries, aquatic ecology, and native species conservation.
Professional scent detection dogs have been trained to sniff out everything from cancer to narcotics, and in 2020, another target odor was added to the list: New Zealand mudsnails. These tiny snails first showed up in Wisconsin nearly a decade ago, and they've been slowly expanding their territory ever since, very likely with the unintentional help of paddlers and anglers. Current detection methods are slow and expensive, and "man's best friend" could be an invaluable ally in early detection efforts. Conservation Dogs Collective, Inc., River Alliance of Wisconsin, and statewide partners teamed up to see if K9s could be trained to use their incredible noses to detect one of the most worrisome aquatic invaders to Wisconsin's waters.
This presentation will highlight the project, the team, and how detection dogs were trained to sniff out these snails from substrate samples to assist conservation efforts. A live detection dog demonstration will follow the presentation, highlighting the incredible sniffing powers of conservation dogs! Paddlers and anglers will also be shown simple actions they can take each time they head out on the water to keep the rivers they love safe from invasive species.