Our lab recently had the privilege to host Ignazio Graziosi’s visit to our department. Dr. Graziosi provided an overview of the ongoing research within the University of Kentucky’s Forest Entomology Lab, and discussed some of his recent outreach efforts at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary in Fayette County, Kentucky!
EKU grad students recently participated in the NPS’s annual ‘bat night’ festivities at Mammoth Cave National Park. Our group helped out with demonstrations related to bat surveys, insect sampling, and helped out with inventorying efforts at the park! Many thanks to Shelby Fulton, Rachael Griffitts, Natalia Maas, and Carson McNamara for helping to make the night a success!!!
Our lab recently put on a workshop in conjunction with the great people at Floracliff Nature Sanctuary and the EKU Division of Natural Areas. The workshop focused on the Lepidoptera of Kentucky and, after dodging some rain on the first night, I think it is safe to say a good time was had by all… Even the moths! If you haven’t had a chance to make it out to either Floracliff or Maywoods, do yourself a favor and make it a point to visit this fall! Many thanks to Shelby Fulton for co-organizing this workshop, and for the moth images in this post!
Our lab recently participated in an ongoing series of talks about conservation issues in Kentucky. It was a blast! If you happen to be a Kentuckian, consider attending the final talk of the season. Tara Littlefield, a botanist with the KSNPC, will give a talk on some of the state’s rare and unique flora.
Our lab contributed 3 papers at the recent Mammoth Cave Research Symposium. The proceedings for this conference will be available shortly at this link!
Another busy weekend! Katie Fletcher and Megan Chandler (undergraduates in our lab) took charge with the rest of the EKU Chapter of The Widlife Society, organizing and hosting the annual TWS Southeastern Conclave. This was a big event, with 20+ schools represented and hundreds of students in attendance! After many rounds of Quiz Bowl and a slew of team and individual competitions on Friday, students were able to participate in field trips at various locations on Saturday. Below is a slideshow of some images from the introductory banquet on the first night, as well as a field trip to Floracliff Nature Sanctuary, a great spot on Kentucky Palisades just up the road from EKU.
As we begin to prep for the field season, we’ve also been able to fit in a couple meetings:
Annual spring meeting of the Kentucky Organization of Field Stations at Hancock Biological Station (Murray State University)
Kentucky TWS’s Bat and Forest Management Workshop