Stark Park District Presents 5th Annual Wildlife Conference

April 22, 2010

The Stark County Park District presents its 5th Annual Wildlife Conference on Ohio's Native Plants and Animals, hosted by Malone College and in conjunction with Mount Union College, Quail Hollow State Park and the Stark County Educational Service Center on Thursday, September 30 from 8:30 a.m. ' 2:30 p.m.

The conference is a free, one-day event, recommended for teachers and other professionals, high school and college students and nature enthusiasts. Stay for the entire day or choose the activities that match your interests.

Various topics will be discussed including: the foraging behavior of crocodilians, GLOBE phenology, using outdoor education for inquiry-based learning, creatures of the night and forest regeneration.

Registration will be held from 8:30 ' 9 a.m. in Timken Science Hall/Silk Auditorium. Guided Serpentarium Tours will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Hundreds of Indonesian and Australian pythons, various crocodilians and monitor lizards can be viewed up close. Learn about the behavioral ecology and natural history of these creatures. Sign up for these tours at the Registration Booth.

All presentations will be held at Malone College, with the exception of the keynote address and lunch, which will be held at First Christian Church. Opening remarks will be made by Bill Robinson of Stark Parks at 9 a.m. 'The Foraging Behavior of Crocodilians: Nature's Perfect Predator,' will be presented by Dr. Chris Carmichael of Malone College in Silk Auditorium from 9:30 ' 10 a.m. In Room 160, Christy Morgan of Stark County Park District will be presenting 'Wildlife Rehabilitation' from 9:30 ' 10:30 a.m. 'Globe Phenology' will be presented by Nancy Baker-Cazan of the Stark County Educational Service Center in Room 120 from 9:30 ' 11 a.m. Dr. Brandon Sheafor of Mount Union College will present 'Amphibian Decline and Emerging Infectious Diseases: What is the Status in Ohio' from 10 ' 10:30 a.m. in Silk Auditorium. Todd Ascani of Stark County Health Department will be presenting 'Rabies Updates: A Local and State Review,' from 10:30 ' 11 a.m. in Silk Auditorium. Darrin Petko and Jason Yost of Stark County Park District will be presenting 'Eradication of Invasive Species,' from 10:30 ' 11 a.m. in T100.

The keynote address and lunch will begin at 11 a.m. at First Christian Church. Bob Fonte, park director of Stark County Park District, will present 'Drainage Symposium Task Force.' Local college and high school students will be giving poster presentations. The lunch is $5.75 and will be provided by First Christian Church. Lunches must be purchased in advance by contacting Stark County Park District at (330) 477-0448. Lunches must be ordered and paid for by September 23.

From 1 ' 1:30 p.m., Mark Burgan of Stark County Park District will present 'French Voyageur Program' in Silk Auditorium. Jim Elze of the Division of Forestry will present 'Forest Regeneration' from 1 ' 1:30 p.m. in T100. Bill Robinson of Stark County Park District and Tammie Lamp of Timken Senior High School will present 'Animals in the Classroom' from 1 ' 2 p.m. in 140. Dr. Tom Freeland of Walsh University will present 'Medical and Useful Plants' from 1:30 ' 2 p.m. in T100. In Silk Auditorium from 1:30 ' 2 p.m., Dan Kramer of the ODNR ' Division of Wildlife will present 'The History of Wildlife in Ohio.' 'Using Outdoor Education for Inquiry-Based Learning' will be presented from 2 ' 2:30 p.m. in Silk Auditorium by Dr. Claudia Klourey Bowers of Kent State University. Brian Rice of Rice's Nursery will present 'Backyard Habitats' from 2 - 2:30 p.m. in T100. Nancy Owen will present 'Creatures of the Night' from 2 ' 2:30 p.m. in 160.

Teachers will receive a 'Certification of Attendance' which can be used to meet continuing education requirements. Door prizes will be given throughout the day.

For more information, contact the Stark County Park District at (330) 477-0448.

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