2021 July, August, and September classes, presentations, and listening hikes
As of June, 2021, in-person programs - indoors, outdoors, and both combined - are now being scheduled for July through October. A few programs will still be virtual, so watch for more information. I will update this program list as programs, dates, and locations are confirmed.
Sword-bearing Conehead, left, and Four-spotted Tree Cricket, right.
Wednesday, July 7, 2021. 6:30pm. "A Concert of Crickets and Katydids" Mahoning County OSU Extension virtual program. Program description and details are here: https://mahoning.osu.edu/events/naturalist-series-concert-crickets-and-katydids
Friday, July 23-Sunday, July 25, 2021. Midwest Native Plant Conference. Wendy Partridge and I will be leading an outdoor listening hike for conference participants on Friday afternoon. https://www.midwestnativeplants.org/annual-conference
Thursday, July 29, 2021. 4:00 pm (virtual program). "Listening for Singers in the Dark: learning the insect ensembles of Blue Heron Preserve." My experience as a singing insect field researcher in the Geauga Park District gives me a good idea of which crickets and katydids might be present at the Western Reserve Land Conservancy's Blue Heron Preserve that is opening in July. I will also lead a subsequent listening hike for the Western Reserve Land Conservancy at Blue Heron Preserve on Wednesday evening, August 18th. Whether you'd like to use the virtual introduction as preparation for the August hike or would like a virtual class in the singing insects common to Geauga County, this program will be beneficial and engaging. When registration becomes available, you can find more information and register here: https://www.wrlandconservancy.org/events/
Tuesday, August 10, 2021. 8:00 PM. "Crickets and Katydids at Morgan Preserve." This program will begin with an 8:00 PM indoor introductory program at the Morgan Operations Center (8505 Nicodemus Road, Ravenna OH 44266. We will then proceed directly outside at 8:30 for listening exploration at the Morgan Preserve. Wear shoes or hiking boots and bring a flashlight! When the program appears on their website, you will find it here: https://www.portagecounty-oh.gov/portage-park-district
Wednesday, August 18, 2021."The Chorus of Late Summer Evenings: meeting the Crickets and Katydids of Blue Heron Preserve." If you haven't already watched and listened to the July 29th virtual program, I'll do an overview of the singing insects we are likely to find at Western Reserve Land Conservancy's Blue Heron Preserve in Geauga County. Then we'll actually search for them with our eyes and ears. Wear hiking shoes or boots and bring a flashlight. The tentative start time is 8 PM, but when registration becomes available, you can find more specific information and register here: https://www.wrlandconservancy.org/events/
Thursday, August 19th, 2021, 7:45 PM. "Singing Insects Evening Concert" at Holbrook Hollows: a guided listening exploration walk. My 2020 survey of singing insects at the Geauga Park District's Holbrook Hollows revealed a delightful diversity of singing insects! GPD naturalist Linda Gilbert and I invite you to wear your hiking shoes or boots and bring a flashlight to search for 2021's Holbrook singing insect chorus. https://reservations.geaugaparkdistrict.org/programs/index.shtml?id=16389&sid=794020.24130&uid=
Friday, August 20, 2021, 1:00 PM: "Crickets at Katydids in Concert!" Elm Garden Club meeting at the Moebius Nature Center, 929 E Mennonite Rd, Aurora, OH 44202.
Saturday, August 21. "Crickets and Katydids in Concert." Keynote presentation for the Ohio Natural Areas and Preserves Association conference. The conference location is at The West Woods in Geauga County and the presentation will be at 12:30 PM for conference participants. I encourage you to read more about ONAPA and Ohio's Natural Areas and Preserves here: https://www.onapa.org/
Friday, September 10 - Sunday, September 12: Midwest Native Plant Society's Shawnee Nature Safari. Wendy Partridge and I will be leading singing insect night walks at Shawnee for program participants. Shawnee Nature Safari will be at Shawnee State Forest and Lodge Center, and the link for those interested in registering is https://www.midwestnativeplants.org/NatureSafari
Thursday, September 16: College of Wooster. I've been invited to present at a joint symposium for the biology department and music department in the morning and then to lead the entomology class on a singing insect field trip in the afternoon.