Jul 10

MidWest Native Plant Conference

Conference is closed as of 2/27/16. In 2016, we are planning to hold the 8th Annual Midwest Native Plant Conference at Bergamo Center on July 8, 9 & 10, 2016. We hope to focus on plant species that we haven’t seen in bloom during our later summer conferences, and we hope to catch some birding action while many species may actively be feeding a second brood.

Our keynote speakers are Thomas Rainer, Wil Hershberger and Benjamin Vogt. For the last few years, the conference has sold out at 175 attendees in just 4 weeks, so be sure to join our mailing list to be notified first of any future events!

2:30 pm14:30

Barrows Lecture Series at CZBG

Messing Around with Birds (For Fun and Science) – Scott Weidensaul, Ornithologist and author

Join naturalist Scott Weidensaul for a lighthearted exploration of his many avian research projects, from banding hawks and tiny saw-whet owls to studying the migration of western hummingbirds that aren’t supposed to be in the East in December (but are), and snowy owls down from the Arctic. Best of all, learn how anyone with some enthusiasm and time can make important contributions to the science and conservation of birds, and have a great time doing it.

Scott Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen books on natural history, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist “Living on the Wind,” about bird migration, “Return to Wild America,” and “The First Frontier: The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery and Endurance in Early America.” His newest book, “The Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean,” has just been published.  Weidensaul is a contributing editor for Audubon and writes for a variety of other publications; he lives in the mountains of eastern Pennsylvania, where he studies the migration of hawks, owls and hummingbirds.

Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2015
The First Frontier: The Forgetten History of Struggle, Savagery and Endurance in Early America; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2012.
Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding; Harcourt, 2007.
Return to Wild America: A Yearlong Search for the Continent’s Natural Soul; North Point Press, 2005.
The Ghost with Trembling Wings: Science, Wishful Thinking and the Search for Lost Species; North Point Press, 2002.
Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds; North Point Press (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), 1999.

May 8

Plant Sales at Civic Garden Center


Originating in 1960 as a plant swap, the sale has grown to include a Friday night ticketed event known as the Preview Party, coined “the best little plant party in town”, by Cincinnati Magazine.  On this first evening guests enjoy dinner by the bite, wine and beer, silent auction, entertainment, special attractions, and most importantly, first pick of the plants for sale. Saturday and Sunday are open to the public and customers line up before the sale starts at 9:00 am on Saturday morning. Sunday promises the same high quality, unique and expertly selected plants, with shopping beginning at 11:00 am.  For details click here.

2:30 pm14:30

Barrows Lecture Series at CZBG

Why Whales are Weird, Wacky, and Wonderful – Dr. Joy Reidenberg

Who doesn’t like whales?  They’re awesome!  This talk will dive into the wild world of their weird anatomy, wacky evolutionary story, and wonderful adaptations.  Through the science of comparative anatomy, you will learn about what makes whales (including dolphins and porpoises) unique.  We’ll explore why their body differs from other animals, how it functions underwater, and what we can learn from this to benefit human medicine and technology.

2:30 pm14:30

Barrows Lecture Series at CZBG

Blood, sweat and Photographic Tears – Greg du Toit, Kenyan wildlife photographer, author

Blood Sweat and Photographic Tears is a highly original presentation that includes a literal feast of unbelievable wildlife imagery as the photographer shares his extensive knowledge of one of Africa’s wildest regions, deep within the heart of Kenya’s south rift valley. Audiences are offered insight into the patience, passion, commitment and dedication that it takes for a wildlife photographer in the 21st century to capture truly unique imagery. The personable style of the presentation as well as the infectious story itself motivates audiences on a deeply personal level and there is also time afterwards for questions and answers. We invite you to come partake in another man’s ‘against all odds’ quest to accomplish the impossible and to find out how images that Greg captured in a remote corner of Africa, lead to a sellout solo exhibition with the National Geographic Society in London and to a cover story for the Africa Geographic Magazine.

To make your evening extra special, Cincinnati Zoo is offering an exclusive book signing of his coffee table book titled Awe, with all proceeds being donated to lion conservation in Kenya (more details about this project will be shared on the night).

3:30 pm15:30

Barrows Lecture Series at CZBG

30 years of integrated conservation work in Brazil: from a project to save black-lion tamarins from extinction, to IPE, an organization that works throughout the country. – Suzana & Claudio Padua

Suzana M. Padua has a Ph.D. in environmental educator from the University of Brasilia, Brazil, and a Master’s from the University of Florida. She was one of the co-founders and is the current president of IPÊ – Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas (Institute for Ecological Research), a Brazilian non-profit organization that works for the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable development.

2:30 pm14:30

Barrows Lecture Series at CZBG

The Barrows Conservation Lecture Series is made possible by the ongoing support of the family of Winifred & Emil Barrows. Since 1993, the Barrow's series has brought a slate of esteemed naturalists and scientists to Cincinnati to address wildlife issues and global conservation efforts. Tickets can be purchased online at http://cincinnatizoo.org/events/winifred-emil-barrows-lecture-series/

Wednesday, March 23 – Jennifer Gray, Director of the Melbourne Zoo

TDevils and Bandicoots – How Zoos can deliver Compassionate Conservation – Jennifer Gray, Director of the Melbourne Zoo

Jenny Gray, the formidably able CEO of Zoos Victoria, combines an impressive corporate background with a genuine passion for conservation.

Her move from the corporate sector into the zoo world – she was CEO of the electronic banking division at FNB Corp Bank- was the result of an epiphany when, disillusioned with making money for rich people with whom she didn’t share a value system, she realised she would prefer to be using her abilities to do some good in the world.

Future Speakers in the Series:

Wednesday, April 13 at 7pm – Suzana & Claudio Padua, Brazilian conservationists

Wednesday, April 20 at 7pm – Greg du Toit, Kenyan wildlife photographer, author

Wednesday, May 4 at 7pm – Dr. Joy Reidenberg, Ph.D., Professor

Wednesday, May 11 at 7pm – Scott Weidensaul, Ornithologist and author