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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.

Bees in Your Backyard

Sunday, October 7, 2-4 pm
Location: Keeler Theater at Cincinnati Country Day School 
(6905 Given Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45243)Click Here for directions and campus map. Contact with coconnor@cincynature.org with location questions.

Native bees, essential for healthy ecosystems, are usually gentle, solitary, and under-appreciated by homeowners. Dr. Olivia Messinger Carril, co-author of The Bees in Your Backyard, will reveal the charming mysteries of these busy little creatures which provide a critical service as pollinators for so many edible and ornamental plants.  Join us at John Whitman Keeler Theater at Cincinnati Country Day as Dr. Carril introduces buzzworthy facts about the bees in your backyard and beyond.

Dr. Olivia Messinger Carril received her PhD in plant biology and has been studying bees and the flowers they visit for nearly 20 years. 

Following the lecture, Dr. Cory Christopher, Director of the Center for Conservation will moderate an open discussion between the presenter and the audience. Moving beyond the traditional Q&A, audience members will have the opportunity to network with each other about local initiatives relevant to the topic, and share ways that everyone can contribute. 

Free for all.  Please register below for a ticket for general seating at Keeler Theater at Cincinnati Country Day School. 

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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
Chris Bedel, Preserve Director, Edge of Appalachia
DeVere Burt, Retired Director Emeritus, Cincinnati Museum of Natural History
Dr. Theresa Culley, Professor in Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati

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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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