REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR BERNHEIM MEETING, 1-2 MARCH 2019!

We are excited to announce the annual meeting of the Kentucky Organization of Field Stations will take place March 1st and 2nd at the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest! Activities kick off Friday with an optional Jim Beam Distillery tour at 3pm, followed by a pizza dinner, video presentation and campfire discussion at Bernheim in the evening. Saturday morning Andrew Berry, forest manager of Bernheim, will provide an overview of the field station and lead a hike. Following the hike we will hear from several guest speakers, who will discuss a number of exciting research and collaboration opportunities. At lunch, we will feature posters of work at KOFS member stations. Students or field station partners interested in sharing a poster should indicate this on the registration form. This is a great way to share your findings and have meaningful discussions with others from across Kentucky!

Please see the meeting agenda and registration form linked in this blog post. Free lodging is available at the Berneim Bean House, but limited to 10 people (reservations will be filled based on receipt of the registration form). Camping is also an option at Bernheim, or overnight accommodations can be made on your own in nearby Shepherdsville, KY.

Please return the registration form to KOFS secretary, Kelly Watson (kelly.watson@eku.edu) by Monday, February 25th. Look for logistics, directions, and additional information as the meeting draws near. If you have questions, please feel free to email! We look forward to seeing you!

Access KOFS_Meeting_Agenda_2019 here!

Access KOFS_Meeting_Registration_2019 here!

Upcoming Meeting at Bernheim Forest, 1-2 March 2019

The annual meeting of the Kentucky Organization of Field Stations (KOFS) will take place at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest on March 1 and 2. Activities begin with a pizza dinner followed by a video presentation and/or campfire discussion the evening of March 1. Saturday morning Andrew Berry, forest manager of Bernheim, will provide an overview of the field station and lead a hike after breakfast. Mid-morning business discussions will include summaries of recent efforts related to outreach, education, and research. This year’s featured speakers are Michaela Rogers and Shelby Fulton, of Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves respectively, who will discuss pollinator monitoring and conservation in the state. Presentations of student research conducted at KOFS member stations will follow lunch, and the meeting will conclude at approximately 5:00 PM following discussions of any new business. The meeting is open to any interested individuals and organizations.

More information regarding registration will be added to this page blog post as the date draws closer!

Annual KOFS Meeting on Feb 23 – 24, 2018, @ WKU’s Green River Preserve

Dr. Albert Meier has graciously agreed to host the meetings this year at Western Kentucky University’s Green River Preserve.

The 1,520-acre WKU Green River Preserve stretches across both banks of the Green River in Hart County, Kentucky, and helps protect a high concentration of endangered species, including mussels, cave shrimp, and bats. The habitats of the Preserve include bottomlands, uplands, barrens, caves, limestone glades, and of course, the river itself. The Green River and its tributaries are centers of biological diversity for freshwater mussels and fish, hosting over 150 fish species and 71 mussel species.

The tentative agenda (found here) includes the Friday evening fireside social, a tour and hike of the Green River Preserve early Saturday morning followed by meeting activities in the Cave Research Foundation Lodge.

Lodging Friday night:

1. Green River Preserve has dorms that hold up to 14 people, which is free but only available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

2. Cave Research Foundation (CRF) Lodge (http://www.cave-research.org/hvuse.php), which is $12/night per person.

Directions to the Green River Preserve can be found here: https://her.is/2EBnfh4.

Directions to the Cave Research Foundation’s lodge at Hamilton Valley can be found here: https://goo.gl/maps/vX5ghVtiihx. Additional, step-by-step instructions for traveling to Hamilton Valley can be found here.

Submit Meeting Registration Form (found here) via email to: durtsche@nku.edu or Zeb.Weese@ky.gov.

We hope to see everyone there!