LEAPing for Biodiversity in 2023 and Beyond!
Speaker: Judy Semroc
May 23, 2023 at 7pm
Himelright Lodge, Cascade Valley Metro Park
1212 Cuyahoga St, Akron, OH 44313
Lake Erie Allegheny Partnership for Biodiversity, formed in 2004, is a broad-based consortium of conservation organizations whose goal is to enhance the biodiversity of our habitats and ecosystems across an area that geographically encompasses the glaciated lands and waters south of Canada from Sandusky Bay to the Allegheny Mountains. This region contains diverse habitats and rare ecosystems that harbor many unique and uncommon species. These natural communities are found within an extensive network of public and private lands throughout the glaciated region of northeastern Ohio, northwestern Pennsylvania, and western New York.
The Partnership was formed in order to recognize and collectively address the issues (challenges, obstacles and opportunities) that impede the various member organizations from conducting their work and achieving shared goals. Their work is dedicated to identifying, protecting and restoring ecosystems and habitats in our region and educating the public about the need for biodiversity.
Join us as Judy explains what biodiversity is and shares LEAP’s concerns that we’re facing in Northeast Ohio. What will it take to sustain the biological diversity of plants and wildlife in the future based on customized climate models? Hear the messages that LEAP’s Vision attempts to convey to all who live in our region and learn about what our top recommended priorities should be to help nature adapt and thrive so that our own health and quality of life are preserved. The conservation of nature is a great investment and a legacy for all; it’s also a most suitable topic to honor and pay tribute to Summit Metro Parks’ first naturalist, the late Bert Szabo.
Naturalist Judy Semroc
Conservation specialist, field biologist and naturalist Judy Semroc has 25+ years of experience offering hands-on exploration based learning programs. As a former Petroleum Geologist and science teacher, Judy loves to learn about and share her passion for the natural world through hikes, interpretive programs, and photography.
Judy is the founder of Chrysalis in Time‚ the first Ohio chapter of the North American Butterfly Association (NABA). Judy also serves on the board of the Ohio Bluebird Society & Ohio Ornithological Society (Conservation Committee). She has co-authored two natural history guides, “Dragonflies & Damselflies of Northeast Ohio” in 2008, and “Goldenrods of Northeast Ohio: A Field Guide to Identification & Natural History” in 2017.