Mothapalooza will be a weekend of moth, butterfly and native plant appreciation, field trips and workshops in beautiful Adams and Scioto Counties, Ohio. The Conference will be based out of the Shawnee State Lodge in West Portsmouth, OH. Field trips will take place in various hotspots throughout the Edge of Appalachia Preserve System (owned by The Nature Conservancy and Cincinnati Museum Center ) and Shawnee State Forest.
There is nowhere else in the state that a person can so quickly see as great a diversity of plants and animals, including many that cannot be found elsewhere in Ohio. Visit our Field Trips page for more information and to see a video introduction to the area.
Sponsored by the Ohio Division of Wildlife, The Midwest Native Plant Society, Flora-Quest and National Moth Week, the Conference will feature Keynote Speakers/leaders including David L. Wagner, author of “Caterpillars of Eastern North America”, Dr. David Horn, President of Ohio Lepidoptera Society and Jaret Daniels, author of “Butterflies of Ohio”.
All of the species featured on these pages are ones that can be found in this area during Mid-June! (Photos courtesy of John Howard, who will also be leading field trips and co-conducting our Moth Photography workshop with Jim McCormac.)
Expect more than just moths! We will be leading daytime field trips to enjoy the area's unique native plants and the scores of butterflies and other insects they host as well.
We anticipate great birding as well. Expert guides will lead a Saturday morning bird walk around the lodge. Over 100 species breed in Shawnee State Forest, so there are plenty of birds to see.
We hope you will join us for what should be a one-of-a-kind Nature Experience!
Mothapalooza 2013 is now full!
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