Get ready to learn more about crayfish than you ever thought you wanted to know! We’ll delve into the hidden lives of these childhood favorites and learn about their great variety, life histories, ecological significance, and the conservation issues that they face today. I will focus mainly on the crayfish of our region, but will also cover the international crayfish scene, having just returned from the international astacology (study of crayfish) conference. And yes, you will hear about the relationship between crayfish and birds!

Emily Imhoff is the Zoology Collections Manager at the Cincinnati Museum Center. She was raised by biologists in the Hocking Hills, surrounded by forests and streams (containing crayfish). She studied at Oberlin College in northern Ohio and the University of Leeds in England, attaining her PhD in ecology and evolution, specializing in crayfish ecology. Prior to starting at the Museum, she worked for the Missouri Department of Conservation and Thomas More College. She also serves as an adjunct professor of biology at local universities, instructor for the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist program, and chair of the Green Umbrella Watershed Action Team.

Audubon programs are held on the third Monday of the month (not including January, July, August or December). We meet at 7:00 p.m. for light refreshments, with the program beginning at 7:30. We meet at the Winton Woods visitor center, located at 10245 Winton Road. To reach the visitor center from I-275, take the Winton Road exit, and go south. Just before the lake, turn right into the park. From the Ronald Reagan Highway, take the Winton Road North exit, and turn right into the park just after the lake.

Note that a Park District auto sticker is required – $3.00 daily or $10.00 annual for Hamilton County residents, or $5.00 daily or $14.00 annual for non-residents.

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