According to an article by Jennifer Folwell on the Marietta College website, Dr. Dave McShaffrey, Professor of Biology “received the Herbert Osborn Award during the recent Ohio Natural History Conference held in Columbus, Ohio. The award is named after the Ohio Biological Survey’s founder and recognizes significant accomplishments and service in the field of biology specific to Ohio.”

Professor McShaffrey and his students are involved in the development of the College’s biology field station located off of Ohio 26 near the Hill Covered Bridge. They have also created a database of living things on iNaturalist for the Broughton Nature and Wildlife Education Area. Click on our link to see what it’s all about and to get access to the iNaturalist app for yourself. iNaturalist is pretty powerful and has a number of virtues. One of the biggest is in identification. Someone with no idea what they are looking at can take a picture with a phone or camera equipped with GPS and upload the picture to iNaturalist. The GPS data plots it on the map and sometimes within minutes the image is identified. It’s another way to enjoy the Park and do your bit for science!