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Tax deductible contributions to the Green Ribbon Initiative will be used to support education and stewardship work in the Oak Openings Region.

To donate to the Oak Openings Habitat Protection and Restoration Fund, click here.

To donate to the Oak Openings Carbon Offset Fund, click here.

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2020 Science Summit

The 3rd annual Green Ribbon Initiative Science and Management Summit will be held virtually this year. Please join us for presentations, poster sessions, and discussions by land managers, researchers, and students working in the Oak Openings with the goal of increasing connections between stakeholders in the Oak Openings region.


There will be a main presenter and two short talks each of the following days from 3:00 –4:30 PM


Tuesday, November 3  – Watch Recording Here

Wednesday, November 4 – Watch Recording Here

Thursday, November 5- Watch Recording Here




Patterns in Oak Savanna Nectar Landscapes- Dr. Helen Michaels, Bowling Green State University

Parasitic Wasp Release as BioControl for Emerald Ash Borer Beetle- Dr. Rachel Kapplar, Biology Department, Bowling Green State University

20 Years of Vegetation Monitoring at Oak Openings Preserve- Dr. Tim Schetter, Director of Natural Resources, Metroparks Toledo



Evaluating the Effects of Anthropogenic Land Use and Habitat Fragmentation on Bat Diversity and Activity in the Oak Openings Region- Kelly Mei-Feung Russo Petrick, Bowling Green State University

Breeding Birds in the Oak Openings – Kathryn Ware, M.S. Candidate in Biological Sciences, Bowling Green State University

Raptor Monitoring in the Oak Openings- Karen Menard, Research and Monitoring Supervisor, Metroparks Toledo

Restoring Open Canopy Habitats From the Ground Up; What Does Soil Have to Do With It? – Dr. Jessica Miesel, Assistant Professor, Fire and Ecosystem Ecology, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, Michigan State University



Nesting Ecology of Female Eastern Box and Spotted Turtles- Sara Carter, Graduate Assistant, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Toledo

Restoration Insights: Stories from Sandhill Crane Wetlands – Alexis Sakas, Conservation Project Manager, The Nature Conservancy; Dr. Enrique Gomezdelcampo, Bowling Green State University

Efficient approach to locating drainage tile network and variations in soil properties within the Oak Openings Region- Kennedy Doro, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, The University of Toledo

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