Continuing Education for OCVN's

Please Note: You can now count continuing education and/or service to OCVN certification.  Here are some recent recordings created in 2020 and 2021 for the OCVN program.


Herpetology (1 hour and 26 minute base session on Reptiles and Amphibians in Ohio) by Andrew Hoffman, Post Doctoral Researcher School of Environment and Natural Resources, OSU 

Bird Videos

created by Matt Shumar, Program Coordinator, for the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative for the OCVN program

Quick Tip: To improve the view once you click on the videos make sure you expand to full screen (click the icon in the bottom right corner of YouTube to expand. Note Part 1: Introduction starts at about 14 seconds into the recoding). 

OCVN Birds - Part 1: Introduction

OCVN Birds - Part 2: Understanding Location

OCVN Birds - Part 3: Habitat Association

OCVN Birds - Part 4: Full Life Cycle Ecology and Observing



Taking Flight with Community Science: Bats

Presenter: Sarah Stankavich, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife technician

Join Sarah as she leads us in learning about the life cycle ecology and conservation of Ohio bats including how ODNR is studying Ohio bats with acoustics and roost monitoring with community scientists and how you can participate. 


Taking Flight with Community Science:



Bat Habitat:

Bat Conservation International:

Ohio Bat Working Group:

Bat Community Science Opportunities:

Bat Conservation in Ohio:


Journey North-Monarchs

Taking Flight with Community Science:  Monarchs

Presenter:  Jennifer Thieme, Monarch Joint Venture


    Journey North is a citizen science migration tracking database.  The Monarch butterfly is a focus, but they track sightings of other migratory wildlife as well. This database is timely to share as warm weather is on the horizon and the Monarch butterflies current position surely means Ohio will be getting our first in the next 7-10 days.

    The Monarch butterfly is currently being considered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for potential listing under the Endangered Species Act and the reasons for the butterfly's steep decline are complex.  Monarchs complete an annual multi-generational journey from Mexico to the United States and Canada and back every year.  Monarch butterfly reproduction is dependent upon milkweed as a host plant and connecting plant phenology (when plants grow and bloom) with migratory timing is an important component of understanding the species' dynamics.  The Monarch butterfly is an iconic species, continentally recognized by nearly all citizens, and will take a whole group effort to conserve.