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 2017 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 and 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.
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."



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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!


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The Arc of Appalachia - Highlands Nature Sanctuary is a new sponsor for Mothapalooza this year. The Arc of Appalachia does amazing work protecting Ohio's wild lands. They will have a table set up at the event to teach you about their current land campaigns and all of their beautiful preserves. The Arc of Appalachia’s largest land acquisition campaign EVER is happening now, composed of the following eight properties. Thanks to an already-awarded Clean Ohio grant and a substantial bargain sale, each dollar you give will leverage a total of four. Link up with a donation and help them complete this campaign by the goal date of August, 2017, adding 918 new acres of protected natural areas to Ohio.




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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. The Ohio Leps not only support Mothapalooza financially, but also with several members who serve as Field Guides.


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The Sierra Club is the nations oldest environmental organization with 2.4 million members. What began as a hiking club has grown into an extensive grass roots group with chapters in every state. Sierra Club volunteers are passionate about protecting the environment for the benefit of all species, supporting human health and the health of future generations. The Ohio Chapter works tirelessly in an effort to protect water, clean air, advocate for environmental justice, renewable and clean energy, mass transportation initiatives and intact healthy forests. The Forest and Public Lands committee of the Ohio Chapter is committed to the fight against fracking in Ohio's only national forest and is working to protect and preserve our state forests for the enjoyment of all including concentrated efforts here in Shawnee State Forest.




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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.




Thank you to our Sponsors and Vendors