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Conversations on Conservation

About  | Hosted by the Center for Conservation at Cincinnati Nature Center, this new series promotes science with solutions by sharing information about conservation research and initiatives and by connecting like-minded people who want to help make a difference.

Basic Bugs 101 with the Bug Chicks

Sunday, April 28, 2019,  2-4 pm

Why are butterflies, ladybugs and even honey bees so beloved, while their hardworking peers are poisoned, squished and squashed? That adorable baby bird in the nest by your back door depends on bugs for its very survival—ninety percent of its diet consists of insects, including the ‘creepy’ ones like spiders, beetles, grubs and caterpillars. Only a tiny percent of insects cause problems for humans; the rest are either benign or helpful. In their informative and very entertaining way, entomologists Jessica Honaker and Kristie Reddick will help shed light on why and how we can embrace the diversity, uniqueness and intrinsic beauty of the insects which call our yards and gardens their home.

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A Force for Nature

Sunday, June 9, 2019, 2-4 pm

Our program begins with a viewing of the documentary A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun. Braun (1889-1971) was a Cincinnati botanist, ecologist and expert on the forests of the eastern United States. A groundbreaking 20th century scientist, she advocated tirelessly and passionately for preservation. At the film’s conclusion, a panel of area conservation experts will lead a discussion about Braun, her legacy and the documentary.

Meet the Panel
Meg Hanrahan, Writer/Producer/Director, A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun
DeVere Burt, Retired Director Emeritus, Cincinnati Museum of Natural History
Dr. Theresa Culley, Professor in Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati
Martin McAllister, The Nature Conservancy, Appalachian Forests Project Manager at Edge of Appalachia 

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The Wood Panel: BIG Ideas on Trees

Sunday, October 6, 2019, 2-4 pm

Join us for this fast-paced, informational session about the largest plants on the planet! Four tree experts will have five minutes each to share their BIG ideas about trees and forests. The audience will participate along the way with feedback and discussion to make this Conversations a memorable event that will change the way you think about trees and their importance in our lives.

Meet the Panel
Tom Kimmerer, author of Venerable Trees. “Old growth trees have many lessons to teach us.”
David Burke, Research Scientist, Holden Arboretum. “Trees communicate with and support one another.”
Joe Boggs, Assistant Professor of Entomology, Ohio State University. “Invasive beetles impact our forest infrastructure.”
Scott Beuerlein, Horticulturalist, Cincinnati Zoo. “Trees have significant benefits for human health.”

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