2019 INVERTEBRATES IN EDUCATION AND CONSERVATION CONFERENCE
July 30 - August 3 • Tucson, Arizona

Hosted by


The Terrestrial Invertebrate Taxon Advisory Group


2019 Preliminary Program
Subject to Change
Tuesday,
July 30
9:00am - 4:00pm
TITAG Meeting
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Registration
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Ice Breaker

Wednesday,
July 31
6:30am - 8:30am
Registration
1:30pm - 5:30pm
Registration
FIELD TRIPS - Pre-registration required
7:00am - 4:00pm

Willcox Tigers and More (24 participants) Led by Doug Taron, Chicago Museum of Science

Join us as we head to the southeast Arizona’s premier tiger beetling spot. Willcox Playa is home to over 20 species of tiger beetles, as well as an array of grasshoppers, wasps, and other goodies. On the return trip we will visit French Joe Canyon in the Whetstone Mountains. Here we may find longhorn and buprestid beetles, including showy species like Gyascutus caelatus, Hippomelas sphenicus, and Dendrobias mandibularis. There may also be more grasshoppers, and giant mesquite bugs. Willcox is a white sand playa with no shade, so come prepared for lots of heat and sun. Responsible collecting allowed.

7:10am - 4:00pm

Ruby Road Gold - Border Bugs 2019 (36 Participants) Led by Jim Melli - San Diego Natural History Museum

Although collecting is allowed, focus of this trip will be based on the observation of the life forms unique and special to this area. We will follow Ruby Road as it winds its way through the beautiful mountainous wilderness just north of the border. We will investigate habitats ranging from Madrean woodlands, desert grasslands, streams, ponds, and rocky hillsides with cacti, ocotillo and agave. We may be greeted with something exotic and rare such as a brown vine snake or other Mexican specialty. For sure, we will find some great bugs. Whenever I start up Ruby Road, my heart races with excitement. One never knows what will show up next.

7:20am - 4:00pm

Bug-hemian Rhapsody (24 Participants) Led by Zack Lemann, Audubon Insectarium

There may be no better word than "rhapsody" to describe the feeling one gets when enjoying the monsoon-soaked canyons and grasslands of southeastern Arizona. This day long outing will travel to several terrific sites for collecting and observing wondrous desert arthropods. Whether you are brought to song or not, peeking at the cacti, turning some stones, or dipping in puddles will reveal many-legged critters that will make you feel as Sonora-ous as, well, Capnobates fuliginosus. (OK, that species is nocturnal and therefore unlikely to be spotted during daylight, but you get the idea.) Who knows? We might even spot a queen…butterfly, that is! If a rowdy van ride, searing temperatures, and awesome bugs sound like your idea of a billboard chart topper - join in! "I see a little silhouetto of a bug..."

7:30am - 4:00pm

CHIM-CHIMINY-CHIMENEA (Exploring Drainages and Tinajas of Saguaro National Park) (12 participants) Led by Tony Palmer, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Chim-Chiminy-Chim-Chiminy-Chimenea. When you’re with a geek, you’re in glad company. Nowhere is there a happier crew, than them what explore the drainage Chimenea flows through! This field trip will allow 10 people to explore some of the perennial and semi perennial water sources of Saguaro National Park’s, Rincon Mountain District. Come along on a visit to a magical area at the base of Chimenea Creek where Saguaros and the Sycamores grow together in an incredibly lush canyon, filled with all kinds of interesting flora and fauna. This area allows for exploration of both terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates and has even been known to be inhabited by Unicorns! This trip requires sturdy footwear and LOTS of water and snacks. The terrain can be challenging, with slippery rocks and uneven surfaces likely to be encountered. NO COLLECTING is permitted on this trip, however those that choose to participate will get a chance to go places where few people are permitted and to sample and photograph some of the aquatic diversity that can be found in Saguaro National Park. If participants are interested, and time permits we can drive the Desert Loop Trail and Stop by the Parks Visitor Center.

EVENING EVENTS
5:30pm - 9:00pm
Welcome, Keynote Presentation, and Reception

Thursday,
August 1
7:00am - 4:00pm
Registration, Vendors and Exhibits - Registration may close during paper sessions and lunch.
7:00am - 4:00pm
Silent Auction
PAPER SESSIONS
8:00am
Welcome and Announcements
8:10am - 9:30am
I, Naturalist

Renee E. Hazen- Saint Louis Zoo
Citizen Science in an Urban Meadow

Mitch Magdich- Toledo Zoo
Project PRAIRIE - Pollinators go to School

Nathan Brockman- Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University
What’s that Butterfly?

Louise I. Lynch-O'Brien / Michael Weissmann - University of Nebraska-Lincoln / Kallima Consultants, Inc.
Is What We Know To Be True Really True Just Because We Know It Is True?

9:30am - 9:50am
Announcements and Break -- Please visit the Exhibit Hall!
9:50am - 11:30am
Inverts in Education

Stephanie A. Dole, PhD- Beetle Lady
Beetlelady: The first 3 years

Patricia Nichols – Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion
Clubs, Camps, and Gardens: Diversifying Your Educational Programs

Dr. Faith J. Weeks - Towson University
Using live arthropods with in-service elementary teachers to enhance hands-on science in the classroom

Dr. Ron Wagler - The University of Texas at El Paso
Future Middle School Science Teacher’s Emotions and Beliefs toward Cockroaches

Karen Verderame - The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (Short)
Invert Cart to Bugs on the Big Screen and Beyond

Tabitha Long - Thanksgiving Point Institute (short)
Small but Significant: Methods of Evaluating Insect Conservatories and Exhibits.

Winnifred Wolfe - Topa Topa Elementary (short)
Perspectives on Arachnids Around the World

LUNCH
11:40am-1:30pm
COMPLIMENTARY lunch provided for conference participants
AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Spider Bites (25 participants)
Led by Dr. Craig Ira Goldstein, M.D., Rush Oak Park Hospital

Participants will learn about the biology of offending spiders as it pertains to human bites. The epidemiology, symptoms and sign, and treatment of bites will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on recluse and widow bites. Less time will be devoted to uncommon bites (real and imagined) and to the consequence of contact with urticating hairs.
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Improv(e) your interpretations- How comedy and story telling can make you a more effective science communicator (16 participants)
Facilitated by Catherine Bartlett, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Presentations whether formal, informal, large, or small can be intimidating! In this workshop we will explore ways to build confidence, authentically connect with audiences, and craft vivid messages. Through exercises, and a little silliness, you'll get out of your head and into the moment. We'll break down the best ways to present your love of bugs, and include some tips on how to deal with the naysayers. Come equip yourself with practical approaches for teaching, and have some laughs in the process!
1:30pm - 5:30pm
DNA Barcoding: Citizen Science in Action PART 1 
Leaders: Jeffry Petracca- Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center

In this workshop, participants will learn how to use DNA barcoding for student and citizen science projects to study local biodiversity. Just as the unique pattern of bars in a universal product code (UPC) identifies a consumer product, a short “DNA barcode” is a unique pattern of DNA sequence that allows even novices to potentially identify any living thing. In this practical workshop, you will perform simple methods to extract DNA from invertebrate specimens, amplify the barcode region by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), confirm amplification by gel electrophoresis, and analyze barcode sequences using the DNA Learning Center’s bioinformatics tool, DNA Subway. Please also register for workshop session Part 2 on Friday.
ROUNDTABLE
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Get more from your Volunteers: Tips and tricks to increase Volunteer satisfaction and improve public interactions
Facilitated by Lisa Porter- Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History and Chris Mooney (NMNH)

In this roundtable the co-facilitators will lead a discussion on effective strategies to sustain volunteer involvement and increase satisfaction by discussing methods: providing enrichments for gaining new knowledge; creating volunteer facilitated activities that allow for volunteer choice while maintaining core messages; offering “level-up” experiences for volunteers after hitting milestones; supplying opportunities for volunteer involvement in decision making. By providing these opportunities/offerings to volunteers, they become more engaged in the activities or conversations with the public and are better able to disseminate the messages of your institution. The audience is educators and administrators.

1:30pm - 3:00pm
Invertebrate Welfare Roundtable
Facilitated by Erin Sullivan, Woodland Park Zoo and Paige Howorth, San Diego Zoo

This informal discussion will be focused on applying established concepts of animal welfare to enhance the lives of invertebrates in managed care.

FIELD TRIPS
6:00pm - 10:00pm
Peppersauce del Noche (24 participants)
Leader - Howard Byrne - Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Peppersauce Canyon is nestled in the Santa Catalina mountains in a riparian area at a cool, mid-elevation that rises above the warmer desert floor. This night-time excursion is occurring at a very opportune time of year; arthropod diversity should be seriously impressive! It’s a great opportunity to go iNat crazy, to collect for your institution, or just take some unforgettable photos with friends and bugs, not necessarily in that order. Peppersauce should be hotter than last year, bug-wise!

EVENING EVENT
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Insect Trivia and Game Night

Friday,
August 2
7:00am - 4:00pm
Registration, Vendors and Exhibits -Registration may close during paper sessions and lunch.
7:00am - 4:00pm
Silent Auction
PAPER SESSIONS
8:00am
Welcome and Announcements
8:10am - 9:30am
The Invertebrate Conservation Landscape

Bob Merz - St Louis Zoo
Should You Stay or Should You Go?

Adrienne Brewster, Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory (Short)
Conservation of Ontario's Endangered Mottled Duskywing Butterfly

Jaret Daniels - Florida Museum of Natural History
Experimental Reintroduction of the Federally Endangered Miami Blue Butterfly in South Florida

Brandon Quinby, Purdue University (Short)
Evaluation of the Vertebrate Carrion Resources Used by the American Burying Beetle (Nicrophorus americanus)

9:30am - 9:50am
Announcements and Break -- Please visit the Exhibit Hall and Posters!
9:50am - 11:20pm
From The Field

Greg Courtney - Iowa State University
Psammophiles and shutter speeds: Searching for crabwalkers and sand minnows in western and central North America.

Hannah Riskas - Northern Arizona University
Arthropod Communities of the Pinyon-Juniper Life Zone

Sneha Vissa - Northern Arizona University
The micro-invertebrate biodiversity of bark beetles

Jarek Sarnacki - Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (short)
Does handling affect mortality? A look at stick insect welfare

Derek Uhey - Northern Arizona University
Climate and vegetation effects on ant communities

11:20am - 12:00pm
USDA Permitting for Insect Zoos and Butterfly Houses Roundtable
Facilitated by Wayne Wehling - USDA APHIS PPQ
LUNCH
12:00pm-1:30pm
COMPLIMENTARY lunch provided for conference participants
AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Evaluation on the fly: Observing and measuring outreach outcomes in informal settings (30 participants)
Led by Louise Lynch-O'Brien University of Nebraska-Lincoln

We all pour our creativity and energy into public outreach. Evaluating the outcomes of these efforts is how we show their value. But evaluation can be difficult for various reasons. Part I of this workshop will introduce assessment and evaluation approaches for informal education settings and provide participants with examples of high-, low-, and no-tech tools. Participants will be invited to discuss additional tools and experiences. Resource lists and take-home examples will be provided. In Part 2 we will develop evaluation plans for participants’ own outreach programs through worksheets, group discussion and presentation.
1:30pm - 4:00pm
If You Would Only Look Them in the Eyes
Led by Anne Baxter-Johnson- Henderson County Public Schools (Retired)

Scientists are seeing evidence that numbers of invertebrates such as spiders and insects are beginning to dwindle for various reasons. But it is easy to ignore or destroy out of fear the “faceless” tiny animals that we are so dependent on. How do humans connect to invertebrates so that we can stop our knee-jerk responses and become partners with them in saving our planet? In this workshop participants will explore human prejudices against invertebrates and use animals from the field, puppetry, and role-play so that they can make the human-to-creature connection needed to become aware and active partners with invertebrates.
1:30pm - 4:30pm
DNA Barcoding: Citizen Science in Action PART 2 
Leaders: Jeffry Petracca- Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center

In this workshop, participants will learn how to use DNA barcoding for student and citizen science projects to study local biodiversity. Just as the unique pattern of bars in a universal product code (UPC) identifies a consumer product, a short “DNA barcode” is a unique pattern of DNA sequence that allows even novices to potentially identify any living thing. In this practical workshop, you will perform simple methods to extract DNA from invertebrate specimens, amplify the barcode region by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), confirm amplification by gel electrophoresis, and analyze barcode sequences using the DNA Learning Center’s bioinformatics tool, DNA Subway. Participants must also sign up for Part 1 of this Workshop.
ROUNDTABLES
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Invertebrate Conservation Roundtable
Facilitated by Erin Sullivan, Woodland Park Zoo & Jaret Daniels

Many conservation programs have the same questions “What stage should we put the animal out? What is the best way to record temperature? What diet should I use for butterflies in the lab? Data sheets? In this round table we will all share our favorite ricks of the trade and try to tackle some of the commonly pondered lab questions to see if we have some commonality and document some best practices to share.

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Planning and Implementation of Emergency Procedures
Facilitated by Julie LaTurner – Houston Zoo

What types of emergency plans do institutions have in place? Have they had to implement them, and in what situations. This keeper can share what happened prior and post-Harvey in Houston, plans the zoo had in place, and how they worked.

POSTER SESSION
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Poster Session
EVENING EVENT
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Evening Adventures TBD

Saturday,
August 3
7:00am - 1:00pm
Registration, Vendors and Exhibits -Registration may close during paper sessions and lunch.
7:00am - 1:00pm
Silent Auction
PAPER SESSIONS
8:00am
Welcome and Announcements
8:10am - 9:30am
Shiny and New—Invertebrate Facility Design

Paige Howorth, San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo's McKinney Family Invertebrate Propagation Center

Amanda Ballard, Jordan Miner, Butterfly Biosphere at Thanksgiving Point
Introducing the New Butterfly Biosphere at Thanksgiving Point

Raymond A. Mendez, Work As Play and Bugarium, Albuquerque Biopark
From design to intent to implementation at the Bugarium Part 1

Jason C Schaller, Bugarium, BioPark, NM
Bugarium - Public reaction and issues Part 2

9:30am - 9:50am
Announcements and Break -- Please visit the Exhibit Hall!
9:50am - 11:10am
Tinkering: Problem-solving with Invertebrates

Tim Wong - California Academy of Sciences
A Multifaceted Approach to Horticulture in the Osher Rainforest Butterfly Exhibit

Kathryn Hokamp - Butterfly Pavilion
An Institutional Comparison of the Processing of Butterfly and Moth Pupae

Dylan Cebulske - Saint Louis Zoo
Punching Their Way Into Your Heart: Husbandry and Display of Mantis Shrimp

Spencer Rennerfeldt, California Academy of Sciences
Developing Husbandry Protocols for Rearing & Exhibiting Regal Jumping Spiders, Phidippus regius, at the California Academy of Sciences

Jon Bertolas - Milwaukee Public Museum
Arthropod Scents: An Interactive Exhibit Upgrade at the Milwaukee Public Museum

Marcie Hardin - HCPSS, Columbia, MD
What are you so sensitive about? Doing Pest Control in sensitive environments!

WORKSHOPS
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Bugs of Pokémon: Using the game to engage the public
Led by Stephanie A. Dole, PhD – Beetlelady LLC

Pokémon creator Satoshi Tajiri spent his childhood collecting bugs in the Japanese countryside. His love of entomology pervades Pokémon from the “pocket monsters” that are inspired by real arthropods, to Pokémon attacks and abilities that actually exist in the arthropod world. This workshop will introduce participants to the Pokémon universe and give an overview of the Pokémon that are inspired by real arthropods. We'll explore using the public's knowledge of Pokémon to engage them in arthropod biology and conservation. Workshop participants will create their own Pokémon cards and displays using pinned arthropod specimens for use in education and outreach.
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Introducing squiggly wigglies to young children (10 participants)
Led by Led by Catherine Short - Math Science Innovation Center

We will use a combination of storytelling, crafts, games and other activities to teach children about invertebrates. Participants will be introduced to a variety of activities which introduce children to the wonders of small critters. Be prepared to act silly, get creative and develop out of the box activities.
ROUNDTABLE
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Imports/Exports, ESA and CITES. How can US Fish and Wildlife help with the Regulatory Alphabet Soup?
Facilitated by Bob Herndon and Jane Herndon - US Fish and Wildlife Service

A chance to dialogue with a pair of USFWS Wildlife Inspectors. We'd like to address any of your questions, comments, problems (...or even compliments!). We'll also try to have the newest information on Endangered Species listings, Lacey Act enforcements, and anything pertinent that comes out of the 18th meeting of the CITES Conference of Parties, taking place at the end of May in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

BANQUET
6:00pm
Final Silent Auction bids, Cash Bar and Banquet
9:00pm
Dancing until...?