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Meeting Description: The goal in organizing the Ohio Avian Research Conference is to promote the idea that direct involvement and support of scientific research at multiple levels is necessary for furthering our knowledge of birds for the benefit of their conservation. This conference is an opportunity to bring together professional academic and agency researchers with students and citizen scientists to share their work with one another and with interested audiences seeking new information & potentially new opportunities. Due to the success of last year's conference this year's conference will be even better: •This year's conference will be an official state-level conference of the American Ornithologist's Union (AOU). •Secondly we are working with the Ohio Young Birders Club to highlight more first-hand bird research by high school students. This includes a specially designated oral presentation, and hopefully more poster presentations as well. •Last year over $300 was awarded in student presentation awards to undergraduate and graduate presenters be several different organizations, including the Ohio Biological Survey (OBS). OBS has again committed to offering another student presentation award this year. We are also working to establish an endowed presentation award that will be awarded annually as part of this conference. This award will honor Dr. David Osborne of Miami University, who's previous grad students are considered some of the most successful and leading ornithologists in academia and conservation today ( This award has been set up through the Oxford Ohio Community Foundation. •The keynote presenter this year is Dr. Bernadette Plair of the College of Mt. St. Joseph, in Cincinnati, and the Center for Reproduction of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) at the Cincinnati Zoo. Dr. Plair will be presenting her work on restoring Blue-&-Gold Macaw's back to her native Trinidad, where they had been formerly extirpated In addition to the AOU the Ohio Avian Research Conference 2014 is financially supported by Kaufman Field Guides and Columbus Audubon, and is endorsed by the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative (OBCI), USFWS in Ohio as well as the Migratory Bird Division of the USFWS Meeting Website: http://tuckercasey.wix.com/aacri-birds/#!oarc2014/cd8o Click here to view the meeting