Ohio Avian Research Conference

We are happy to announce that the Ohio Avian Research Conference will be returning this year on Saturday, October 14th, 2023. The full-day event will be hosted by the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, in Columbus, OH, and will include an optional field trip, a full day of scientific presentations, and a keynote presentation by Dr. Nathan W. Cooper, Research Ecologist with the Migratory Bird Center at Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute.

Important Dates:

  • September 18: Submission deadline for oral and poster presentations
  • October 5: Registration deadline

Click on a heading below for more information:

7:00 am

Field Trip (optional)

Situated within the Scioto Audubon Metro Park, the diverse habitats surrounding the Grange Insurance Audubon Center provide excellent birding opportunities during peak migration. Join us for an informal hike around Center and Park before the conference kicks off. Please email Matthew Shumar at obcicoordinator@gmail.com if you are interested in joining the field trip. Limited space available.

8:00 am

Registration, poster set-up, exhibitors

Check-in, setup posters, and enjoy light refreshments while meeting our exhibitors and networking with other conference attendees.

9:00 am

Welcome & announcements

Welcome by Matthew Shumar (OBCI) and Leigh Ann Miller (GIAC).

9:15 am

Keynote presentation

Full annual cycle biology: Lessons from North America’s rarest songbird

Dr. Nathan W. Cooper
Research Ecologist, Migratory Bird Center
Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

10:30 am

Oral presentations

Session #1

12:00 pm

Lunch & poster session

Box lunch provided to all pre-registered attendees during the poster session. Enjoy your lunch and talk science and conservation!

1:15 pm

Oral presentations

Session #2

3:00 pm

Career panel

A panel discussion focused on academic and non-academic jobs in ornithology and wildlife ecology. Details coming soon.

4:15 pm

Student presentation awards & closing remarks

Final announcements and presentation awards for best oral and poster presentation by a student.

Dr. Nathan W. Cooper

Research Ecologist
Migratory Bird Center
Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute

Full annual cycle biology: Lessons from North America’s rarest songbird

Cooper will present his research on North America’s rarest songbird, the Kirtland’s Warbler. Over the past few decades, Kirtland’s Warblers have undergone a remarkable recovery, from just 167 males in the world in 1987 to more than 2,200 males today. In addition to having a compelling conservation story, its small population size and restricted breeding and winter ranges provide a truly unique opportunity to learn more about the fascinating and interconnected annual cycles of songbirds. Cooper will take us on a journey through the annual cycle of the Kirtland’s Warbler and share what we have learned from this rare species.

Nathan is a behavioral ecologist and conservation biologist. He studies how migratory birds interact with each other and their environments throughout the annual cycle. He is primarily focused on the ecology and conservation of the Kirtland’s Warbler and is currently involved in several science- and conservation-based projects with this recently delisted species. Cooper grew up in Michigan and earned a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University, a M.S. in Biology from Portland State University, and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Tulane University. He first joined the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center as a Ph.D. student in 2008, and then was awarded Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships there, before being promoted to Research Ecologist in 2020.

Grange Insurance Audubon Center
505 W Whittier St,
Columbus, OH 43215

The scientific committee of the Ohio Avian Research Conference invites you to submit an abstract for consideration as an oral presentation or poster. Submissions are open through 5 PM on Monday, September 18, 2023. Abstracts are limited to 250 words and should have a concise and informative title of no more than 100 characters. We have limited space for oral presentations, thus, depending on the number of submissions, posters may be recommended for some presenters. Oral presentations are limited to 15 minutes in length. Formatting details for the posters will be provided soon. Questions on the scientific program can be directed to Matthew Shumar at obcicoordinator@gmail.com.

Registration come with a boxed lunch, with your choice of roast beef sandwich, turkey sandwich, or vegan/gluten free salad. If you are a student and interested in volunteering to assist with the conference, we will cover your registration. Please email Matthew Shumar at obcicoordinator@gmail.com for more information.

Registration rates:

  • General registration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $35
  • Student registration (high school – PhD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $20