Ohio Natural History Conference 2012 Livetweet

My livetweeting of the Ohio Natural History Conference on February 11, 2012.


  1. My poster was "A Biological Survey of the Assassin Bugs (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) at the Barbara A. Beiser Field Station," based on my summer research at the station near Marietta, Ohio. I also helped with another poster presented by Katy Lustofin entitled "UV Fluorescing Millipedes from Southeastern Ohio." (Note that there is a typo in the first Conclusions paragraph: E. leachii occurs in decaying wood, it was not found in leaf litter.) Dave McShaffrey, who presented a talk later that day, "The Ohio Odonata Survey 1989-2012: Citizen Science from the Stream to Publication and Beyond," helped with each poster as well.
  2. The insect cabinets at Ohio State University are pretty legit.
  3. Brian Armitage, the former director of the Ohio Biological Survey (ohiobiologicalsurvey.org), gave a talk entitled "Ohio Biological Survey: 100 Years of Service." It was a great summary of what OBS has been doing in the past 100 years, and its direction for the future.
  4. The next presentation was the keynote, given by David Bonter, from the Cornell Lab or Ornithology. His presentation was entitled "Citizen Science: Engaging the Public, Learning About the Natural World." For more information about what the Cornell Lab does, you can visit its website here: birds.cornell.edu. For Project Feederwatch, use this link: birds.cornell.edu/pfw/.
  5. The reason? Common wildlife can become rare later on (example: evening grossbeaks, Coccothraustes vespertinus). To facilitate this, a well-defined survey protocol needs to be used.
  6. Another apt quotation: "I have yet to come across a citizen science project that was adequately funded. If you find one, let me know."
  7. Richard Bradley, from The Ohio State University, Marion, gave the presentation "The Ohio Spider Survey: 18 Years with Spiders and People." He's hoping to improve the website for the OSS soon ( http://www.marion.ohio-state.edu/spiderweb/mainpage.htm ). If you can offer any help, he would probably appreciate that.
  8. A one week intensive spider workshop is held between June 10 and 16, just FYI.
  9. Anyone know the answer to Tyler's question?