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    "In the end we will conserve only what we love,
    we will love only what we understand
    and we will understand only what we are taught."
                                                 Baba Dioum
Adams, Ian  His breath-taking photography has been an integral part of our
educational Flora-Quests. He has several books in print on Ohio's natural
places and most picturesque locations. Once you have seen the beauty of
nature through Ian's camera, you'll never be the same. To browse his photos
and see his full bio, go to:

Bradbury, Kevin -He's back!  After a couple years off following his retirement
from ODNR- State Parks,  Kevin is returning as a Flora-Quest guide.  No one
knows the park flora better than Kevin and he is an excellent guide.  Ask him
about his cross- country bicycle trip from Washington State to Portsmouth.
You'll be impressed!

Bedel, Chris- Chris has been the Preserve Director at Edge Of Appalachia
(EOA) for 14 years and shares management of the 13,000 acre preserve
system with the Ohio Chapter The Nature Conservancy. His professional
interests focus on natural area management with an emphasis on protecting
endangered species and education towards conservation.

Daniels, Jaret-  Our farthest traveling guide, Jaret 's day job is at the  
University of Florida in Gainesville.  Jaret is not only an expert on butterflies, this
author of
Ohio Butterflies is extremely knowledgeable about flora as well.  Jaret
has a keen eye for spotting those rarities we all hope to see.

Denny, Guy -Guy is best known among the prairie plant crowd, for his   
expertise in growing and maintaining a home prairie.  He is also proficient with
butterflies, dragonflies, and reptiles as well. As past Director of Ohio Dept. of
Natural Areas and Preserves, he is extremely knowledgeable in of Ohio's flora
and geology.

Gardner, Rick- Rick is the Heritage Botanist for Ohio Division of Wildlife and  
one of the most knowledgeable botanist in Ohio. The Heritage program
manages a comprehensive database, which is the list of all of Ohio's rare plants,
animals and natural communities.  A favorite guide, Rick has many rare and  
unusual plant finds to his credit.

Gibson, Andrew-  He may well be our youngest guide, but Andrew has
worked diligently to learn the flora of Adams and Scioto Counties.  He is also an
excellent photographer. We are happy to welcome him aboard.

Howard, John- John is a freelance naturalist and wildlife/nature photographer
who lives in southern Ohio.  John specializes in prairie ecology, butterflies and
botany and is adept in many other facets of the great outdoors.  An avid
conservationist and one of Ohio's best naturalists, he is a former board member
of the Highland Sanctuary.

Knoop, Paul-  Paul worked as a naturalist and administrator at the Aullwood
Audubon Center and Farm for 35 years and has a life-long interest in natural
history, especially birds, native plants and insects. Other interests include nature
education for children, preservation of native Ohio ecosystems and tall grass
prairie restorations.

Jester, Nate-  Nate was the past Forest Manager for Shawnee State Forest,
and although he has been promoted to Southern Ohio District Forester, he is
still willing to come back to Flora-Quest to share his knowledge and expertise. He
has an advocate for the road-side flowers in the forest, we are happy to
welcome him back.

Larson, Jason-  Jason is well known among the bird and botany types.  He is a
first rate naturalist, who has compiled the flora of Salt Fork, and now he's the
Director of Richland County Park District. Not only a wealth of knowledge, Jason
has a reputation for being fun in the field as well.   AKA: Sunshine Boy II

McCarty, Rich - Rich works for The Nature Conservancy, and is the manager
of the Edge of Appalachia Preserve.  As such, he oversees one of the most
amazing collections of rare flora and fauna remaining in Ohio. Rich is very familiar
with not only flora, but many other aspects of Ohio's natural history.

McAllister, Martin  - Al long time employee of  Ohio Division of Natural
Resources, ODNR, Martin is a lifelong resident of the area, an outstanding
naturalist, and knows the flora and fauna of the region well. He is very active in
preservation efforts for Scioto Brush Creek, taking a lead role in the Friends of
Brush Creek Organization.

McKee, Steve- Grew up in Mansfield, Ohio and has been Director of Gorman
Nature Center and Richland County Park District since 1978.  A Miami graduate
with a degree in botany, Steve is enthusiastic about native plants and birds.  He
is currently working on a survey of Richland County plants and the breeding
birds of Mohican.

Miller, Greg- A main character of  a book: The Big Year (now turned movie),
Greg is a fun-loving birder who traveled extensively to compete for the record
of the most species of birds seen in the ABA. Birders and non-birders alike are
drawn to his warm personality and humble charm.  You want to spend time in
the field with this expert if you bird, and non-birders will want to meet this
well-known friend of Flora-Quest.

Placier, Bob Scott- A native of southern Ohio, Bob is an instructor at the
School of Natural Resources at Hocking College at Nelsonville.  His interests lie in
forest ecology , conservation, biology and ornithology, with specialties in bird
banding and Northern Saw-whet Owl studies.   Bob is currently the president of
the Athens Conservancy.

Snyder, Timothy  - Retired from Ohio Division of Natural Areas, Tim became
well versed in geology and flora.  His popular book, "Rainbows of Rock, Tables of
Stone"  sprung forth from a project started some 26 years ago.  Also active in
Ohio Sportmans Writers, Tim will bring his many years of expertise of Natural
Areas and geology to our trips.

Whan, Pete- has an arts degree from Ohio University and a Recreation and
Wildlife degree from Hocking College.  He worked at the Edge of Appalachia for
15  years, five years as an employee of the Cincinnati Natural History Museum
and ten with the Nature Conservancy, currently he is working at having a great
time in Florida.