Speaker Series April 5, 2016-The Importance of Conservation: Exciting New Natural History Discoveries with Jim McCormac
Several new species of native plants have been discovered, as has a gorgeous katydid with one of the most complex songs in the singing insect world – possibly new to science.
Program: “The Importance of Conservation: Exciting New Natural History Discoveries”
Presenter: Jim McCormac, Botanist and Naturalist
Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Rocky River Nature Center, 24000 Valley Pkwy, North Olmsted, OH 44070 Map
In spite of Ohio’s long history of natural history exploration, exciting new finds and rediscoveries still occur on a regular basis. Several new species of native plants have been discovered, as has a gorgeous katydid with one of the most complex songs in the singing insect world – possibly new to science. The 3,000 species of moths in the state represent an incompletely understood frontier and a rare Ohio habitat supports a beautiful species that was just described to science. Encouraging are rediscoveries of species thought to have long vanished from Ohio, such as the gargantuan Carolina wolf spider. These finds, and others, have a common denominator – they were found at sites which had been protected as natural areas.
Photos courtesy of Jim McCormac.
Join botanist and naturalist, Jim McCormac in his presentation, “The Importance of Conservation: Exciting New Natural History Discoveries.”
Visit Jim McCormac's celebrated blog, Ohio Birds and Biodiversity.
The Rocky River Nature Center is located at 24000 Valley Parkway, North Olmsted, Ohio 44070. For directions and a map, visit our Birding Hotspot Map and be sure to add it to your Google My Maps.
Jim McCormac works for the Ohio Division of Wildlife, specializing in wildlife diversity issues, especially birds. Prior to that, he was a botanist with the ODNR Division of Natural Areas and Preserves. He has authored or coauthored several books, including Birds of Ohio (Lone Pine 2004); and Wild Ohio: The Best of Our Natural Heritage (Kent State University Press 2009). The latter won the 2010 Ohioana Book award. He is a coauthor of the soon to be released Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas II book. Jim writes a column, Nature, for the Columbus Dispatch, and regularly publishes a natural history blog. He has written numerous of articles in a variety of publications, and has delivered dozens of presentations throughout the eastern United States. He was named 2014 Conservation Communicator of the Year by the Ohio League of Sportsmen.
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