Continuing Education for OCVN's

Please Note: The Taking Flight with Citizen Science webinar series can be used as continuing education or service hours for OCVN certification. 

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: Bats


Bat Habitat:

Bat Conservation International:

Ohio Bat Working Group:

Bat Community Science Opportunities:

Bat Conservation in Ohio:


Taking Flight with Community Science: White Oak Acorn Collecting

Description: White oak acorn collections are needed from every state from Texas to Minnesota and east to the Atlantic Ocean for a large scale tree improvement project. Community scientists are helping in this effort in almost every state.   Dr. Laura E. DeWald will describe the ecological significance of white oaks and current threats to the species.  You will learn how to identify the species,  life cycle ecology basics, and how to participate in a community science effort to improve tree quality.    

Presenter Info:

Dr. Laura E. DeWald, Adjunct Professor and Tree Improvement Specialist, Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Kentucky 

Meeting Recording:

Resources:  2020 Acorn Collecting Instructions     

2020 Project Summary for Acorn Collectors

White Oak Genetics and Tree Improvement Program   

TreeSnap app


Virtual Kickoff for Taking Flight with Citizen Science
Session 1 - Keynote

Matt Shumar, Program Coordinator of the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative, has provided our keynote and kick off. Matt helps us explore the role citizen science is playing in bird conservation and how we can use the tools of citizen science to improve our naturalist skills and conserve bird habitat at our local patch and park.

Meeting Recording:

About eBird:

eBird Essentials (free online course):

eBird Breeding & Behavior Code definitions:


Session 2 - Building Curious Kids’ Local Connection and Global Perspectives with eBird Citizen Science

Session Leader: Jennifer Fee, Manager of K-12 Programs, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Description:  Citizen-science projects like eBird take students outside to carefully observe and document their local environment, notice patterns, and ask authentic questions. These projects help kids connect locally and see their environment in a global context. Jennifer will share free resources (including apps, hands-on activities, and multimedia resources) to put in your “engaging kids” toolbox as well as tips for successfully engaging young people in outdoor observations and citizen science using an inquiry mindset.

Meeting Recording:

Evaluation for Session 2 Building Curious Kids:


Leading Nature Walks: 5 Keys to Success

Science and Nature Activities for Cooped Up Kids

Bird Sleuth Explorers Guidebook


Session 4 - Taking Flight with Community Science: Bees

Denise Ellsworth, Pollinator Education, Department of Entomology/Extension, The Ohio State University leading the session.

Program Description:

How many bee species call Ohio home? We need community scientists to help answer this question! Denise will help us explore the role of community science in bee conservation, and how The Ohio Bee Atlas on iNaturalist can help us to improve ID skills and get enthused about the natural world. Denise will also share a smorgasbord of other community science projects.

Meeting Recording:


Ohio Bee Atlas:


The Great Sunflower Project:

Bumble Bee Watch:

Bees of Ohio—A Field Guide

Journey North

    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.