The first Oklahoma Biodiversity Forum on March 5, 2016 attracted 67 attendees representing 7 universities and colleges, 4 state agencies, 3 federal agencies, 3 consulting firms, several non-profits, 1 high school, and an rural electric cooperative. The expertise at the Forum covered mammals to lichens, climate change to citizen science, and land managers to homeschool educators.
The discussion questions were intentionally open-ended for this first meeting of conservation biologists. In the morning, small group discussions covered the importance of education, making connections with landowners, involving others through citizen science projects, and better ways to share information within the Oklahoma Biodiversity Network and with the public.
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