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The mission of the Appalachian Wildlife Research Institute is to conduct and present conservation research on threatened wildlife in Ohio, and to provide education and conservation recommendations for both public and private land owners.


AWRI was formed to enable research on imperiled wildlife species. We are dedicated to directly addressing reasons for species declines with the overarching purpose of determining the mechanism of the decline and developing potential methods to reverse it. We also seek to accumulate knowledge regarding the biodiversity of the Appalachian region, which includes species distribution and abundance, and the composition, structure, and function of wildlife communities. The interaction of species and the functioning of wildlife communities in today’s changing habitats (e.g., land use, climate change) are potential reasons why some species flourish, whereas others decline.

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Inherent in AWRI's mission is to share our study findings and knowledge with the communities in southeastern Ohio. 

Our current research involves the Status of gray foxes in Ohio and the Midwest, and the Microstructure of carnivore community interactions. 

Additional seminars or workshops include:

The recovery of bobcats in Ohio.

The status of black bears in Ohio.

Carnivores on your land and how to manage for them. 

The decline of gray and red foxes in Ohio.

Citizen-based wildlife management and conservation.

Additional topics will be considered if within the speaker's expertise.

Given restrictions due to COVID, I am more than willing to give virtual presentations.

There is no fee for presentations; however, donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. 

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