Member Meeting and Speaker Program 'Lichens: An Overlooked Organism' with Tomas Curtis, Kent State University, December 2020 Recording
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society Member Meeting and Speaker Series 2020-2021
Program: “Lichens: An Overlooked Organism”
Presenter: Tomas Curtis, undergraduate at Kent State University, studying Botany
Date & Time: Tuesday, December 1, 2020.
Description: What is a lichen? Is it a plant? A fungi? An algae? During this program we will find out and become lichenologists ourselves. Tomas Curtis, student at Kent State University, will discuss the history of studying lichens including the work and accomplishments happening in Northeast Ohio. In addition, we’ll discover why lichens are important to ecosystems. Lastly, Tomas will cover information on some of the most significant finds of his current study.
[00:00:00] Nancy Howell, Treasurer & Membership, Chair, WCAS, welcomed everyone to the meeting, talked about Giving Day 2020 and provided updates about chapter administration, introduced Board members present, and reviewed upcoming programs. Nancy also reviewed answers to the pre-program Bird Quiz questions.
[00:11:00] Michelle Brosius, WCAS Board Member & Field Trip Co-Coordinator, provided updates about the November 2020 Second Saturday Bird Walk Report. In addition, Michelle reviewed Virtual Field Trip updates: the October Meetup and she encouraged people to attend the November Meet Up, scheduled for Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (EST) at the WCAS Virtual Conference Center. Michelle talked about the December virtual field trip to Sandy Ridge Reservation and in January to Ohio Erie Canal & Reservation. Michelle also reminded viewers of the chapter's Social Distancing Birding Guidelines.
[00:15:30] Gloria Ferris, Director-at-Large & Fundraising, Chair, WCAS, introduces a new program, the Guardians of Nature Junior Membership, provided an update on recent Guardian of Nature Meetings and invited the public to attend the next meeting on Thursday, December 10th at 7:00 p.m. (EST). Gloria went on to introduce the December Bird of the Month Fundraiser and Photo Contest, the November Bird of the Month Photography Contest winner, and encouraged viewers to attend the Saturday, December 5th at 10:30 a.m. (EST) Youth Story & Activity Hour featuring Katie Fallon, author of "Look, See the Farm!" and to meet "H.D" (or 'Humpty-Dumpty), Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia's live, non-releasable screech-owl. Gloria closed by inviting viewers to the Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (EST) Author Speaker program featuring renowned science communicator and author, Laura Erickson.
[00:25:55] Nancy Howell introduced the Mitchell's HomemadeIce Cream Gift Card Fundraiser, reviewed details of fall 2020 birding challenges and contests and the recent Fledgling Birding Challenge hosted Friday, November 27, the day after Thanksgiving which required birders to find the 19 species of birds provided on the WCAS Fledgling Bird List AND that participants get to add the 20th species. Nancy closed by reviewing the details of multiple pre and post programs for this year's 121st Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, December 27, 2020. Nancy concluded with a brief introduction to theJanuary 5, 2021 speaker before introducing the evening speaker, Tomas Curtis.
[00:35:33] The speaker program commences, 'Lichens: An Overlooked Organism' with Tomas Curtis, Kent State University, December 2020.
Discussion and Questions:
[01:08:24] Questions and answers were discussed with the presenter, Nancy Howell thanks the speaker, closes the meeting, and thanks all participants for attending.
Presentation Slides: Member Meeting and Speaker Program 'Lichens: An Overlooked Organism' with Tomas Curtis, Kent State University, December 2020 (PDF)
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