Annual Meeting


Our 2023 annual meeting will be on January 23 from 9:30 am -3:30 pm in Columbus, Ohio at the ODNR Offices on Morse Road.

Tentative Agenda

9:30 – 9:40:         Welcome

9:40 – 9:55:         Ohio Bat Conservation Plan overview – Sarah Stankavich, Bat Conservation International

9:55 – 10:55:       First Ohio Bat Blitz Results – Jeff Brown, Stantec, and Lisa Zoromski, Five Rivers Metroparks

10:40 – 10:55:     Species Profile: Seminole bat – Theresa Wetzel, Copperhead

11:10 – 11:20:       Break

11:20 – 11:40:      Little Brown Bats Marina – Joe Johnson, University of Cincinnati

11:40 – 12:00:    First Ohio Bat Festival – Gerry Carter, The Ohio State University

12:00 – 1:00:      Lunch

1:00 – 1:50:         Breakout groups for Bat Conservation Plan discussion

1:50 – 2:00:         OBWG next steps – Jeff Harr, Lukuru Foundation

2:00 – 3:00:       Lightning Talks – TBD

3:00 – 3:30:       Agency Updates – Ohio Division of Wildlife, Eileen Wyza and U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Angela Boyer

A little bit about our annual meeting….

OBWG’s annual meetings are primarily targeted at professional biologists and land managers, researchers, environmental contractors, educators, and university students. The meetings are open to everyone, but our content is science- and education-based. The intent of these meetings is generally to share agency updates related to bat management and research, research projects and results, education materials and opportunities, and to provide networking opportunities for professionals and students.

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Below are recordings of past annual meetings that were held virtually due to the pandemic. Future meetings may not be recorded and posted.

January 2022 Virtual Annual Meeting

2022 Ohio Bat Working Group Meeting Agenda – January 25, 2022

Recording of Morning Presentations

00:11:30 – Bat Responses to Management in Hardwood Forests – Joy O’Keefe, Illinois State University

01:08:06 – Three Winters of Traditional and Non-traditional Hibernacula Surveys in Ohio – Joe Johnson,  Ohio University

01:37:26 – Building Partnerships through Bat Conservation – Kathryn Conner, Hueston Woods State Park

02:00:36 – Fat Bat Program – Sarah Stankavich, Bat Conservation International

Recording of Afternoon Presentations

00:00:10 – Update on Ohio Bat Blitz – Jeff Brown, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.

00:16:15 – Detecting Bat Occurrence with Environmental DNA from Water-filled Road Ruts in Upland Forests – Nathaniel Marshall, Stantec Consulting, Ltd.

00:41:17 – Lightning talks Session

  • Collaboration with Wildlife Rehabilitation Center to Enhance Bat Care, Research, and Conservation – Rachel Handy, Oregon State University
  • Acoustic Surveys are an Important Supplement to Visual Surveys of Winter Habitat for Bats – Lucille Williams, Ohio University
  • Spring Migration of Little Brown (Myotis lucifugus) and Tricolored (Perimyotis subflavus) Bats in Ohio – Mattea Lewis, Ohio University (presented by Joe Johnson)
  • Summary of Over Ten Years of Acoustic Data from Driving Transects Across Ohio – Gregg Janos, Copperhead Environmental Consulting, Inc

01:13:57 – Agency Update – ODNR, Division of Wildlife – Erin Hazelton

01:18:00 – Agency Update – USFWS – Angela Boyer

01:26:34 – Agency Update – USDA, Forest Service – Katrina Schultes


2021 Virtual Ohio Bat Working Group Meeting – January 28

Ohio Working Group 2021 Meeting Agenda
Recording of Morning Presentations
Recording of Afternoon Presentations