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GRI Oak Openings Science Summit 2022

Please join us for presentations, poster sessions, and networking with researchers, students, and land managers working in the Oak Openings with the goal of increasing connections between stakeholders in the Oak Openings region.
REGISTER HERE: https://forms.gle/KFaxEDFKyywub4hg8

WHEN: November 10th from 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm

WHERE: Ward Pavilion at Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 4830 Central Ave, Toledo, OH 43615

DETAILS: All are welcome – adult public, students, volunteers, landowners, environmentalists, and conservation supporters!

Come early for an exciting variety of presentations and stay late for a casual BYOB happy hour to network with regional partners and to view scientific posters describing the research, conservation, and stewardship in the Oak Openings Region. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by the Green Ribbon Initiative. Note: Alcohol may only be consumed INSIDE of the Ward Pavilion.

2022 Presentation topics are:
Oak Wilt: Challenges and Opportunities
Jay Wright, Director of Conservation Science at Metroparks Toledo

Early Detection Rapid Response of Invasive Plants in the Oak Openings Region
Peter Blank, Northwest Ohio Restoration Manager at The Nature Conservancy in Ohio

Connecting Students to Our Waterways – With Science!
Sara Guiher, Water Quality Planner at Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments

Using Amphibians to Inform Wetland Conservation Under Anthropogenic Development Conditions in NW OH
Brian Kron, Biological Sciences PhD Student, Root Lab at Bowling Green State University

Status and Assessment Updates for Threatened Turtles in Northwest Ohio
Matt Cross, Conservation Biologist, at The Toledo Zoo & Aquarium

This is an in-person event, masking is recommended.
Questions? Contact us at brittani.furlong@tnc.org