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Research to Practice Webinar Series for Ohio’s Certified Volunteer Naturalists

Join OCVN for this webinar on Research to Practice with presenters Matthew Shumar, Research Associate, and Stephen Matthews, Assistant Professor, both at SENR. Join the meeting at You do not need to pre-register.

Citizen science has been playing an important role in bird conservation in Ohio.  This research to practice webinar will highlight two current examples of the role of citizen science in bird conservation:

  1. the Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas II; and
  2. Urban backyard bird research on the role of vegetation, feeders, and how birds and their nest predators interact. (Jennifer Malpass, PhD, is a recent graduate of The Ohio State University in the School of Environment and Natural Resource. Steve Matthews will be presenting the findings from Jennifer’s dissertation.)  

OCVNs and OSU students will increase their awareness of current research on bird conservation and the role of citizen science. Our presenters will also address opportunities to engage in citizen science, best practices for citizen scientists, as well as talking points OCVNs can share with audiences while they are on the trail or in programs addressing the research findings.

12:00—12:05 Introduction/Welcome (Anne Baird, OCVN State Coordinator)
12:05—12:30 Case I:  Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas II (Matthew Shumar, OSU)
12:30—12:40 Questions
12:40—1:00 Urban backyard conservation research (Steve Matthews, OSU)
1:00—1:10 Questions
1:10—1:15 Wrap up/evaluation

To join the meeting:
Matthew B. Shumar, Research Associate, The Ohio State University
Matthew is a wildlife biologist specializing in ornithology and landscape ecology, with specific interests in assessing anthropogenic effects on wildlife.  He was the Coordinator for the Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas II, and is incoming Program Coordinator for the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative.
Stephen N. Matthews, PhD, Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University, School of Environment and Natural Resources
Stephen is Assistant Professor of Wildlife Landscape Ecology. His research primarily focuses on understanding the responses of birds and trees to changing landscapes; ranging from exploring habitat relationships in forested regions to inform forest management  to quantifying climate and land use change (such as urbanization) impacts on birds and trees across the eastern US.