Mothapalooza!

July 7-9, 2017

Our Sponsors are key to bringing together far-ranging natural history enthusiasts to learn about a topic that should be of great interest to all: moths. Moths, and their caterpillars, are beautiful, interesting, and ecologically important. This conference provides a unique opportunity for birders, plant enthusiasts, and butterfliers to learn about a fascinating but little known facet of the natural world.

A big thank you to our 2016 sponsors!

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We are able to bring you this Conference largely through the generosity of the Ohio Division of Wildlife. This project was supported by the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Wildlife Diversity Fund. The Division of Wildlife is dedicated to conserving and improving the fish and wildlife resources and their habitats, and promoting their use and appreciation by people so that these resources continue to enhance the quality of life for all Ohioans.

The Division is our primary sponsor, contributing not only generous funds to the conference but also vehicles, organizational and guide support via Jim McCormac and even some administrative support. Ohio does so much for wildlife education, please consider supporting their wildlife conservation efforts!

The Division also provides excellent resources and information for nature-lovers everywhere; you can find species lists, field guides, educator resources and more on this page.


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Crane Hollow Preserve is a privately owned, dedicated state nature preserve in the heart of the Hocking Hills of Southeast Ohio. The late William and Jane Ann Ellis founded the nonprofit organization Crane Hollow, Inc. in 1980 to establish a permanent nature preserve for the plants, animals, and natural communities of the Crane Hollow watershed to be used by future generations for scientific study and educational programming. Thanks to their diligent work, 1,300 acres of the 1,960 acres owned by Crane Hollow, Inc. are dedicated as a state nature preserve by ODNR, Division of Natural Areas and Preserves.
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The preserve is part of the unglaciated Allegheny Plateau, with elevations from 780 feet - 1,140 feet. Its rugged vertical cliffs, reentrant caves, and deep ravines are formed in Black Hand Sandstone. Scientific research is an important part of Crane Hollow's program with published reports completed on the preserve's geology, vascular plants, fungi, lichens, breeding birds, and insects. Crane Hollow has also supported an All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory since 2002 and as of December 2014, over 9,240 species have been identified at the preserve."

Thank you very much for your support!



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Ohio Prairie Nursery has been delivering high quality native wildflower and grass seed to its customers since 1998. They offer standard and custom seed mixes along with seed of individual wildflower and grass species. The natural cycles on the earth begin with and depend on native vegetation. Plants form the first trophic level and are the only living organisms capable of converting sunlight into the useable energy on which almost all other life forms depend. Native species feed the native herbivores, the most efficient of which are insects. Native insects pollinate flowers and supply the base food for numerous bird, reptile and amphibian species. Prairie On!!!

The more we can help support the natural cycles through the reintroduction of native ecosystems, the better. Come and see their offerings during Mothapalooza!


Wild Ones
Wild Ones - Columbus Chapter is a not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization. Their mission is to promote the importance of Native Plants, Natural Landscapes and environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities.

Please support their efforts and visit their booth at Mothapalooza. They are doing great work!


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Cedar Bog Nature Preserve is a unique fen with endangered plants and animals located in Champaign County just south of Urbana, Ohio, on Woodburn Rd. The fen was created by glaciers, which left it the most diverse ecosystem in the state. Bog Nature Preserve is a site affiliated with the Ohio History Connection and managed by the Cedar Bog Association, a nonprofit organization that serves the public in preserving and interpreting the natural history, geology and history of Cedar Bog. Cedar Bog is a unique treasure and The Friends of Cedar Bog Nature Preserve are working hard to make sure that it remains protected and secure. An endowment fund is set up for this purpose. Consider making a contribution via their website to help preserve this amazing spot. Here is a link that will show you biodiversity you can find at Cedar Bog as well - impressive!

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The purpose of The Ohio Lepidopterists society is to promote interest in the butterflies, skippers and moths of Ohio and neighboring states by engaging in activities designed to increase the general knowledge of the butterflies, skippers and moths, by disseminating scientific information on the Lepidoptera, by encouraging conservation of wildlife in general and of Lepidoptera in particular, and by achieving closer cooperation and understanding among all lepidopterists so that they may work together in the common cause of furthering the appreciation of Lepidoptera. The Ohio Lepidopterists is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in the State of Ohio.




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National Moth Week is a global celebration of moths and biodiversity. The organization brings together everyone interested in moths to celebrate these amazing insects. Every year, on the last full week of July, groups and individuals from all the over the world spend some time during looking for moths and sharing what they’ve found. Getting involved during National Moth Week is easy: attend a National Moth Night event, start an event, join friends and neighbors to check porch lights from time to time, set up a light and see what is in your own backyard, or read literature about moths,etc. But no matter what, participate; the richness of moths is sure to fascinate.




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The Midwest Native Plant Society is a non-profit organization of amateur and professional naturalists, botanists, teachers, researchers, gardeners, birders, and others who share a deep appreciation for our native flora and fauna.

Their mission is to promote awareness of the importance of native plants and the wildlife that depend on them, within biologically diverse ecosystems and in our own home landscapes.

In support of this mission, they host The Midwest Native Plant Conference annually and donate funds to conservation projects and organizations that are working to preserve native plant communities.


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Since 2007, we have been educating Ohioans to their unique botanical communities. It is Flora-Quest's goal to connect citizens with their natural heritage. In the words of Baba Dioum, "In the end we will only conserve what we love, love what we understand, and understand only what we are taught."







MonarchPathways
With the decline in Monarch Butterflies across the US, it’s time to take a stand and create a habitat where our Monarchs can travel to their destination without being harmed by pesticides. We owe it to our future generations to experience their flight across the US firsthand. Land owners across the United States can support “Monarch Pathways” by working with government agencies to create policies for NO SPRAY ZONES creating pathways for Monarchs to travel. PLANTING MILKWEED, as well as, nectar plants along the pathways will create a healthy habitat for Monarchs to not only thrive, but reproduce allowing them the opportunity to rebuild their population.

Learn more at our booth during Mothapalooza!




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National Wildlife Federation is America's conservation organization protecting wildlife for our children's future. At NWF, we envision a world where people work together to protect wildlife and are able to pass on abundant wildlife and wild places to our children.
We believe that helping wildlife survive the challenges of the 21st century like climate change and habitat loss is best done by:

  • Working with diverse groups to achieve our common conservation goals.
  • Forming resilient and sustainable solutions to problems facing our environment and wildlife.
  • Focusing on the future of conservation as well as the present, to ensure America's wildlife legacy lives on.

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