Mothapalooza will be a weekend of moth, butterfly and native plant appreciation, field trips and workshops in beautiful Adams and Scioto Counties, Ohio. The Conference will be based out of the Shawnee State Lodge in West Portsmouth, OH. Field trips will take place in various hotspots throughout the Edge of Appalachia Preserve System (owned by The Nature Conservancy and Cincinnati Museum Center ) and Shawnee State Forest.
We are excited to be partners with Mothapalooza and together spread the word on the facilitating world of moths!
Jim McCormac, one of Mothapalooza orgenizers, published and update on his blog: “Mothapalooza is a field trip-based celebration of moths the likes of which the world has never seen! Well, I don’t really know if that’s a fact, but it is going to be an awesome extravaganza, of that I can assure you. We entered into the hatching and planning of this event with a slight bit of trepidation, not absolutely knowing if there would be enough moth enthusiasts to draw much of a crowd. “.
“Obviously, moths will be a huge part of the aptly named Mothapalooza, but there’s more, much more. The conference is based at the lodge in Shawnee State Park, which is surrounded by 60,000+ acres of state forest. A crow’s caw to the west is the 15,000 acre Edge of Appalachia Preserve. We’ll be exploring throughout this incredibly rich region, which is loaded with cool and rare plants, interesting breeding birds galore, and blizzards of moths. Bring extra cards for your camera. We are excited to have bugman extraordinaire Eric Eaton on board and leading trips. That’s Eric, in green shirt and cap, facing away from the camera. Eric is the principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, which is the people’s favorite when it comes to easy to use references for identifying insects. Eaton was in the midst of teaching a wasp workshop when I took this photo. The building in the backdrop will be one of our moth-trapping sites at the Edge of Appalachia Preserve. We’ll get all kinds of cool stuff at this site.”
Recently joined the Mothapalooza team is Seabrooke Leckie, co-author of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths. Seabrooke will be leading field trips and mothing excursions throughout the event.
Mothapalooza is limited to 120 participants, and 102 are already registered. If you want to take part in this awesome weekend, register soon.
Mothapalooza webs site – http://www.mothapalooza.org/
Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/mothapaloozaohio