Thursday, January 16, 2014

Wildlife Diversity Conference: March 12!

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Ohio Wildlife Diversity Conference, and this is an event you won't want to miss. From humble beginnings, the conference has morphed into a 1,000 attendee celebration of Ohio's rich natural heritage. There are always interesting talks, and this year's slate looks to be one of the most interesting in quite some time.

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, March 12th. The conference is held at the Aladdin Shriner's Center on the east side of Columbus, and it's a snap to get to. The cavernous interior has one of the best audio-visual setups going, with a topnotch professional sound system and three huge screens. There is vendors and exhibitors galore, and a whole lot of like-minded people.

On to the talks:

The inimitable David FitzSimmons is the keynote, talking about wildlife photography. Dave's an awesome lensman, and his book Curious Critters, attests to his innovative skills. I've heard Dave talk a number of times, and it'll be a great presentation packed with awesome images.

There are also talks about Barn Owls, American Woodcocks, cavity-nesting birds, fishes, museum specimens and their importance, and aviation's role in wildlife management. CLICK HERE for the agenda.

Finally, those trail cam masters themselves, Laura and David Hughes, round out the day. If you've followed this blog for a while, you've seen their work here. The Hughes excel at camera placement and technical mastery of their equipment, and the results are stunning. They've obtained amazing footage of bobcats, river otters, long-tailed weasels, beaver, ravens, and much more. We'll be treated to some spectacular wildlife footage, and hear about the tricks of the trade that allow one to get quality recordings with an inexpensive trail cam. To see some of their footage, click HERE, and HERE.

To register for the conference, CLICK HERE.

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