Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories hosted the Organization of Biological Field Stations 2017 Annual Meeting in late September. The meeting rotates among member stations and this year it was held at Itasca. More than 100 station directors, managers, and other station administrators from over 90 field stations throughout North America attended the five-day meeting.
While at Itasca, participants discussed a range of topics from outreach to art/science collaborations at field stations, toured the station and Itasca State Park, took a canoe trip to Lake Ozawindib and were treated to local menus created by our dining hall staff as well.
The Organization of Biological Field Stations advocates for field stations and works to increase their effectiveness in supporting critical research, education, and outreach programs.
College of Biological Sciences alums Darby and Geri Nelson were awarded the 2017 OBFS Mary Hufty Local Hero Award, which was presented by Director David Biesboer. The Nelsons are longtime supporters of Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories and have worked to advance conservation efforts for decades. The pair met at the station as students and later married.
“The Nelsons have been long supporters of the Itasca Biological Station and Labs, and they have pledged significant funds for desperately needed renovations at the Field Station, specifically for the Biome Center. The Auditorium is named in their honor," says Itasca Director David Biesboer.
Actor Mark Ruffalo received the Friend of OBFS Award, which goes to an individual whose support and assistance have helped to further the organization’s scientific mission and educational goals. Ruffalo was given the award for his work promoting scientific literacy and involvement on college campuses and in the national realm. He accepted the award via Skype.