2012 Conference

Saturday, February 25, 2012
Celebrating Things……With Wings!

A free educational conference on

Birds, Bats, Butterflies and Bees

The Arden Shisler Center for Education & Economic Development

1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio 44691

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Wayne County Visitors Bureau

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8:00 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome – Jay Brindo, OBS Director; Marcella Hawkins, Special Events Chair
9:15 – 10:00 Mel Bolt – Changing Behavior of Bluebirds
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:00 Don Plant – Bats… A Better Understanding
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:00 Chuck Jakubchak – Beautiful Birds
12:00 – 12:30 Medina Raptor Center
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch – Raffle – Vendors; Youth Nest Box Construction (limited to 20 participants). Age 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
1:30 – 1:45 Presentation of Blue Feather Award and Wildlife Conservation Award
1:45 – 2:30 Lynda Price – Butterflies as Beautiful as Bluebirds
2:30 – 2:45 Break – Last Chance for Raffle
2:45 – 3:30 Dr. James Tew – Bees and Bluebirds – Friends, Foes, or Both
3:30 Door Prizes – Announce Raffle Winners

Pictures will be taken at 1:15 for:
• All Life Members in attendance
• All Blue Feather Award recipients in attendance
• All Wildlife Conservation Award recipients in attendance


Be sure to mention “OBS” – Rooms for Friday (24th) and Saturday (25th) night are being held at each location.

Hilton Garden Inn
(across the road from Shisler Center)
959 Dover Road, Wooster, OH 44691
Phone – 330.202.7701; Fax 330.202 7781
$99/night plus tax

Best Western Wooster Plaza Hotel (downtown)
243 E. Liberty Street, Wooster, OH 44691
Phone – 330.264.7750; bestwesternwooster@gmail.com
$69/night plus tax

Econo Lodge
2137 E. Lincoln Way, Wooster, OH 44691
Phone: 330.264.8883;
search for Wooster area Econo Lodge

Bed and Breakfasts:
Market Street Inn
Phone: 330.262.4085
$90-$110/night (full breakfast included)
Book by 1/15/12 and get 10% discount

Mirabelle Bed & Breakfast
Phone: 330.264.6006
$75/night (full breakfast included)


Mel Bolt – Mel has over 35 years of experience in helping Bluebirds survive and reproduce. Most of his experience has been in the backyard Bluebird habitat, however he also does have trail experience. Mel currently maintains a small trail on the Wooster campus of OARDC. He is best known for his sparrow
trap referred to as the “Bolt Sparrow Trap” and his design nest box referred to as the “Bolt Box.”

Chuck Jakubchak – Chuck is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist and has conducted numerous bird programs throughout Ohio for several years. He has been an avid birder for 16 years and has had numerous nature articles published in various publications. Chuck and his wife Jeanne reside in Strongsville.

Don Plant – Don enjoys hobbies of gardening and the study of wildlife, including Bluebirds, Tree Swallows, Purple Martins, and Bats. He is also very active in the study of other song birds and has participated in the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count surveys for over 45 years, in Ashland, Wayne, and Richland Counties. He and his wife Diana maintain a large Bluebird and Tree Swallow trail and Purple Martin colonies at their residence. They also have established and maintain Purple Martin colonies at Pleasant Hill Lake and Malabar Farm.

Lynda Price – Lynda has over 20 years experience teaching children and adults about the natural history of Ohio. She works as a naturalist at The Wilderness Center in Wilmot and has been there for 17 years. She was employed by Mohican Outdoor School, a resident outdoor education program, for over seven years. She holds a Master of Science degree in Outdoor Education and Recreation. She lives in Shreve with her husband John and son Jacob.

James Tew – Dr. James E. Tew is a Consulting Professor for the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service, Auburn University. In this capacity, he serves as the State Beekeeping Specialist, conducts extension and outreach programs, and addresses honey bee issues through on-site visits and social media outlets www.onetew.com. Dr. Tew served as the State Extension Beekeeping Specialist in the Department of Entomology at The Ohio State University for 33 years. Since 1976, Dr. Tew has taught classes, provided extension services, and conducted applied research on honey bees and honey bee behavior – specifically pollination behavior. Additionally, he continues to contribute monthly articles for national beekeeping publications and has written two books: Beekeeping Principles and Backyard Beekeeping. Dr. Tew is a frequent speaker at state and national meetings and has traveled nationally and internationally to observe beekeeping techniques and offer suggestions.

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