FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 12, 2010
'IT ALL MAKES SENSE' IS
2010 WILDLIFE DIVERSITY CONFERENCE THEME
COLUMBUS, OH - Wildlife species and the senses will be the subjects of discussion at the 2010 Ohio Wildlife Diversity Conference, scheduled for Wednesday, March 10 at the Aladdin Shrine Center in Columbus. The conference, It All Makes Sense, is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. It is open to the public.
The keynote speaker this year will be Wil Hershberger, author of The Songs of Insects, speaking on how to interpret the sounds of various insects. His address will set the tone for a day of discussions about scent, sound, and taste and their effects on wildlife and humans.
"Our keynote speaker will provide insights to sounds we all hear, but don’t really recognize the creatures that make them," said Kendra Wecker, wildlife diversity coordinator. "Our audience has been requesting information on skunks for years and we sniffed out an expert from The Ohio State University, Dr. Stan Gehrt, who is also a great speaker. In fact, you won’t want to miss any of our speakers this year."
Other conference topics include discussions of the paddlefish caviar market, wild boar, saw-whet owls, and kids and conservation.
New this year will be the unveiling of the inaugural Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp. Featuring the Baltimore oriole, proceeds from the sale of the stamp will be used to support:
· endangered and threatened native species;
· habitat restoration, land purchases and conservation easements; and
· educational products for students and wildlife enthusiasts.
Anyone who pre-registers online for the conference may purchase this collectable stamp at a discounted price of $12 – a 20 percent savings. Details about the Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp can be found at wildohiostamp.com.
Representatives from a range of conservation and natural resource organizations, including the Black Swamp Bird Observatory and Ohio Biological Survey, will present displays and be available to answer questions.
The Wildlife Diversity Conference has steadily grown in popularity. The first conference, held in 1985, drew 40 people. Last year, 915 people attended the day-long gathering.
For more information or to register for the conference online, go to wildohio.com or call 1-800-WILDLIFE. The registration fee prior to February 26 is $25. After that date, the fee is $35.