This will be a great conference for anyone interested in natural history in Ohio. Better yet, it is held in our auditorium here at the Ohio Historical Center in Columbus. Following are some details and highlights.
Ohio Natural History Conference, Saturday, February 15, 2014 (8:30 am 4:00 pm)
The Ohio Biological Survey welcomes Dr. Gene Kritsky as this year’s Keynote Speaker. Dr. Kritsky is Chair of Biology at the College of Mount St. Joseph, Adjunct Curator at the Cincinnati Museum Center, and Editor-in-Chief of American Entomologist. He is also the author of The Quest for the Perfect Hive: A History of Innovation in Bee Culture and will be signing copies of his book after the talk. Dr. Kritsky will discuss applied natural history, using the evolution of beekeeping as an example of how humans have always looked to nature for inspiration. Besides Dr. Kritsky’s book, the new Amphibians of Ohio will be available for purchase. There might even be a chance to win a free copy (a $90 value)!
In addition to the Keynote Address, Harvey Webster, Director of the Wildlife Resource Center at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, will present a special retrospective on the demise of the Passenger Pigeon (2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the species. The Ohio Historical Society will open an exhibit on the Passenger Pigeon and extinction/endangered species on July 1st of this year and on November 1st will host a seminar on the topic in cooperation with the Ohio Ornithological Society).
Additional talks include:
results from the “Lights Out Columbus” monitoring program;
status of Ohio’s timber rattlesnake;
bee diversity in Washington County;
the value of experiential learning in undergraduate classrooms;
interactive effects of deer and earthworms on understory plant communities.
The conference will also feature posters discussing research and efforts in all aspects of natural history including biodiversity, biogeography, conservation, field biology, systematics, and taxonomy. In addition, there will be vendors, a silent auction, and museum exhibits! Register Now!
Bob Glotzhober, Curator Emeritus of Natural History