Dark Sky Conservation Conference is Nov. 6

Dark Sky Conservation Conference is Nov. 6

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The Wilderness Center in Wilmot began the Dark Sky Initiative last year and will host its second annual Dark Sky Conservation Conference via Zoom this year on Saturday, Nov. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The cost is $20 for an access code. Visit www.wildernesscenter.org to register.

Proceeds from the event will cover speaker fees and support TWC’s Dark Sky Initiative. The Zoom invitation code will allow participants to log in and out throughout the day as often as they wish.

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a welcome from Robin Gill, astronomy education specialist and Dark Sky project lead at The Wilderness Center, followed at 9:45 a.m. by Matthew Shumar, program coordinator at the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative, who will present “Lights Out for Birds: Community Solutions to Avian Conservation.”

At 11 a.m. Mark Newhouse from the National Science Foundation’s NOIRlab will present “Our Light or Starlight?”

Following a one-hour break for lunch, Brett Seymoure, a Grossman Family postdoctoral fellow with the Living Earth Collaborative, will present “Understanding Dark Sky Friendly Lighting Design and Applications,” followed by a short break at 2 p.m.

At 2:15 p.m. Buddy Stefanoff, vice president of engineering at Crossroads LED, will present “Preserving Our Dark Skies.”

Gill will conclude the program at 3:30 p.m. with “Dark Skies Start at Home.”