Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Ohio Avian Research & Conservation Conference

On Saturday, October 19th, the Denison University Biology Department is hosting the Ohio Avian Research & Conservation Conference 2013.

This conference will bring together professional ornithologists from museums and other academic institutions, high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, government agencies, as well as non-professional researchers and citizen scientists alike from all over Ohio to present and share their research projects with one another and with other interested individuals through oral and poster presentations.  The focus of this conference is to highlight Ornithological research by Ohioans within the state and abroad.
Our keynote speaker for this conference is Dr. Edward H. Burtt, Jr., the Cincinnati Conference Professor of Zoology at Ohio Wesleyan University, the 2011 Ohio Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, former President of the Wilson Ornithological Society and the American Ornithologist Union, and co-author of the recently released book titled "Alexander Wilson: The Scot Who Founded American Ornithology."

Why this conference is important for scientists and the public alike.

The cost of registration includes a boxed lunch (4 to choose from), a continental breakfast, any conference handouts, free parking on Denison's campus, and attendance to all presentations.  The cost for professionals, academics, and non-students is $25.00 +feeStudent pricing is $15.00 +fee

*The Licking County OCVN Chapter is offering 3 student scholarships for high school & undergraduate students who may need assistance with covering the cost of  attendance.  Contact Lori Swihart at the Licking Co. OSU Extension Office (740-670-5322) to apply.

*The Hocking County OCVN Chapter is offering 2 student scholarship for high school & undergraduate students who may need assistance with covering the cost of attendance.  Contact Rebecca Osburn, Hocking Co. OCVN Coordinator via e-mail or phone (740-603-6751) to apply.

**The Licking County Birding Fun and Nature (FAN) Club is sponsoring a student poster award for an exceptional research poster first authored by a student (high school, undergrad, or grad).
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Saturday, October 19th
(Live Tweeting of the conference by the OSU Ornithology Club @osubirds)
8:00-9:00 a.m.—Registration/Continental Breakfast/Meet-&-Greet/Hang Posters
9:00-9:15 a.m.—Welcome by Lyn Boone, Denison birder & member of East Central Ohio Audubon
9:15-9:30 a.m.—Welcome by Conference organizer/Introduction of Presenters
9:30-10:00 a.m.—"Population biology of Red-winged Blackbirds on the Lake Erie islands"--Sarah Winnicki, student, Denison University
10:00-10:30 a.m.—"Songbird responses to nest predators across a fragmented, urbanizing landscape"--Laura Kearns, School of Environment and Natural Resources, the Ohio State University
10:30-11:00 a.m.—"Using knowledge networks and data sharing to advance bird conservation and research"--Megan Seymour, USFWS
11:00-11:30 a.m.—"Migration, movements, and habitat use of greater Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis tabida) in Ohio"--Jason Tucker, School of Environment & Natural Resources, Ohio State University
11:30-12:00 a.m.—"Processing Nestbox Data for Future Analysis"--Richard M. Tuttle
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.—Lunch/Poster Presentations/Social Hour
1:00-1:30 p.m.—"Seasonal difference in water loss and lipid composition in the skin of House Sparrows (Passer domesticus)"--Alex Champagne, Graduate Student, Dept. of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, Ohio State University
1:30-2:00 p.m.—"Demographic response of the Hooded Warbler (Setophaga citrine) in forest stands with different habitat structure."--Kelly A. Williams, Ohio University
2:30-3:00 p.m.—Break (Posters/social/Restrooms)
3:00-3:30 p.m.—"Making sense of looney tunes: The role acoustic signals play in territory selection and defense by Common Loons (Gavia immer)."--Dr. Jay Mager, Ohio Northern University
3:30-4:00 p.m.—Ohio Winter Bird Atlas: The Country's First and Conservation Implications--Mark Shieldcastle, Research Director, Black Swamp Bird Observatory
4:00-5:00 p.m.—Keynote Presentation-"Alexander Wilson: journeys of a pioneer ornithologist, 1804-1813."--Dr. Jed Burtt, Jr., Ohio Wesleyan University
5:30-7:30 p.m.—Reception in Upper Floor of Slayter Student Union (*food & adult beverages available for purchase)
Sunday, October 20th
8:00-10:00 a.m.--Bird Walk at The Dawes Arboretum with local Birding Fun and Nature (FAN) Club
Where to Stay & Nearby Attractions:
For questions, help with registration, or to submit a presentation/poster title and abstract, contact Casey Tucker.