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OCVN Webinar: Volunteer opportunities at the Wilds

October 11 - 12 noon—1:00 pm - Volunteer opportunities at the Wilds, presented by Stephen Spear, Director of Wildlife Ecology Wilds is a 10,000 acre reclaimed mineland that is a center for ecological research and restoration in eastern Ohio. Our ecology work is focused both on wildlife and restoration, with overlapping projects between the two departments. Restoration efforts focus on removing invasive and exotic species and replacing with natives: prairies in the grassland area, woodland species in the forest. Wildlife projects involve environmental DNA surveys for hellbenders and other aquatic species, monitoring American burying beetle reintroduction, bird surveys and nest box maintenance, wetland surveys and restoration, and bat conservation work. Volunteer labor is an integral part of our efforts here. Volunteers help us to improve this habitat for wildlife while improving ecosystems and conserving native plants. The Wilds offers volunteer opportunities for a range of experiences and interests, and we are happy to work directly with volunteers to tailor projects to their interests.

Dr. Stephen Spear is the Director of Wildlife Ecology at The Wilds. He received his B.S. at the University of Richmond, M.S. from Idaho State University, PhD from Washington State University, and now works on a variety of wildlife conservation projects incorporating field ecology, genetic laboratory work, and GIS modeling. His background is primarily focused on reptile and amphibian conservation, but enjoys the challenge of working on multiple species and systems at The Wilds. He also serves in positions in a number of conservation groups, including as secretary for the Ohio Fish and Wildlife Management Association and as Deputy Chair for the IUCN global Viper Specialist Group. He can be contacted at

Recording will be located at:


Stephen Spear, Ph.D

Director of Wildlife Ecology

The Wilds

14000 International Road

Cumberland, OH 43732

Office: 740.638.5030 ext 2301

Fax: 740.638.2287


Please join me in an Adobe Connect Meeting. Meeting Name: Volunteer Opportunities at the Wilds
Summary: This is a one hour webinar that can be used as one possible source of continuing education (CE) for the OCVN program. We hold this series quarterly. Our theme this year is "profiles of service." We are looking into the volunteer service that OCVNs are involved in or could be in Ohio.
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