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Saturday, 1 August 2015 — Aullwood Audubon Center   


9:00am — 9:30am Registration

9:30am — Assembly, Greetings from Aullwood, OPA officials.

9:40am 10:25am: Presentation No 1 — Paul Knoop, Oral History of the Aullwood Prairie

Paul will wonderfully recount how he and his colleagues created Ohio’s first successful prairie planting — setting the future of Ohio prairie creations and restorations. Paul is an accomplished natural history writer and teller of natural history stories.

10:30am – 11:20am: Presentation No. 2 — Mike Cross, Innovative Planting of Prairie Vegetation at Dayton International Airport

Mike will tell how prairies are being planted and managed at nearby Dayton International Airport, to minimize bird/aircraft collisions, reduce maintenance costs, and provide prairie insect (pollinator) habitat. This may become a model for other airports.

11:30am – 11:40am:  Presentation No. 3 — John Blakeman, SHORT Illustrated Discussion of Joint Roles of Monarch Butterflies, Milkweeds, and Prairies

The mutually-supportive roles of monarch butterflies, milkweeds, and prairies will be briefly described, telling how created prairies can benefit declining monarch butterfly populations.

11:45am – NoonOhio Prairie Association Annual Meeting. Election of Board Members, etc.

12:15am – 1:00pm Lunch, collegiality.

1:00pm – 1:50pmPresentation No. 4 — Gale E. Martin, Prairie Plants of the Sandusky Plains — Discovered, Managed, and Retailed

Gale will tell how she has contributed significantly to the discovery, management, and accessibility of prairies and prairie plants in the Sandusky Plains. Wonderfully, she will have an abundance of propagated prairie plants for sale.

2:00pm – 2:45pm — Presentation No. 5 — Don Geiger, From a Barrow Pit to a Superb Prairie, at Mount St. John

Don Geiger will tell how he created a superb, large prairie on an otherwise useless site. Today, it is a high-quality prairie — illustrating how modern prairie creation and restoration techniques can be artfully implemented; a model for all.

2:55pm – 3:45pm — Presentation No. 6 — John Blakeman, Restoration of the Firelands Prairie; 3000 Acres at NASA Plum Brook Station

John will tell his part in restoring 3000 acres of native Firelands tallgrass prairie at NASA Plum Brook Station in Erie County, one of the largest tallgrass prairie restorations in America (with public visits he will announce).

4:00pm — Interpreted Visit to Aullwood Prairie

Aullwood prairie experts will lead us onto their on-site historic prairie, where questions can be asked and real prairie plants experienced close at hand.

4:30pm – Visits to other local prairies.

Those who wish will be lead to, or directed to the near-virgin Huffman Prairie at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and to The Brother Don Geiger Prairie at Mount Saint John.

Last updated 15 Jul 2015


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For questions, email us at OhioPrairie@aol.com, or call 419-602-0789 1000 Aullwood Rd,  Dayton, OH 45414 2015 Ohio Prairie Conference

Everyone Invited!

This will be one of the best Ohio Prairie Conferences, right where modern Ohio prairie creations and restorations began.

Conference registration is $15 per person, or registration and a catered box lunch combination is $22.50.

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Each must register separately. Register for conference only, or for  conference/box lunch combination. (Vegan and gluten-free Options not available.)