Events Calendar

Hefner Lecture and iNaturalist BioBlitz

From Evolving Dragonflies to Invading Lanternflies: How Your Observations Can Lead to Amazing Discoveries

If you are looking for a fun, socially distanced, all-ages activity, you might enjoy the Hefner Museum's iNaturalist BioBlitz. This is an easy app for any age or knowledge level that allows you to look at the nature in your neighborhood in a scientific way.  Simply take a picture of any kind of organism then, using artificial intelligence and crowdsourcing, you can identify that organism and record your observations in a way that makes them scientifically useful.
Community results will be discussed at the 46th annual Hefner Lecture, along with recognition of productive contributors, and the importance of citizen science data.  The Lecture  "From evolving dragonflies to invading lanternflies: how your observations can lead to amazing discoveries,"  by Dr. Michael P. Moore and  Dr. Carrie Seltzer will show how observations like yours make a difference to our understanding of the world.
You can start submitting your observations today.  The unique, all-ages lecture will be presented digitally October 21 at 6:30pm. 
The technical seminar on October 22nd at 4:15, presented by Dr. Michael P. Moore, will also be presented via zoom.  I

Dr. Michael P. Moore is a Biodiversity Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Living Earth Collaborative at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Moore’s research addresses why some organisms are better than others at adapting to their habitats. In his current studies, Dr. Moore is using citizen-science observations of dragonflies to explore how warmer climates affect mating, reproduction, and color.  Read more about his work here:  

Dr. Carrie Seltzer is the Stakeholder Engagement Strategist at iNaturalist, a social network where people explore nature through sharing photos of biodiversity, crowdsource species identifications, and use artificial intelligence to jumpstart the identification process. By engaging people all over the world in sharing observations and expertise, the iNaturalist community has generated one of the largest, openly accessible datasets of biodiversity records that is used extensively in research and management. 


We look forward to your digital participation in the BioBlitz and the Lecture!

For questions about the presentations or BioBlitz, please call or email the Hefner Museum, or 513-529-4617 

Dial-In Information

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Virtual Event