The Clarion Biology Department is involved in a number of educational and environmental initiatives to connect the university to the community at large. Both current and emeritus faculty are actively involved with various projects and initiatives that support the Clarion and western Pennsylvania areas.
Below is a list of various projects associated with the Biology Department
Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program
Regarding the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program in Clarion County, Dr. Andrew Keth, Clarion University's PNHP project leader, requests the public's assistance. Anyone in the community who has knowledge of interesting species or habitats in the county is asked to call Clarion's PNHP "tip-line" at 814-393-1734 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. These tips will allow the team to focus their fieldwork in the coming months and through summer 2009. A few examples might include the sighting of a fisher or rattlesnake crossing the road, large numbers of bats leaving a building or rock outcropping at dusk, or any lizard sightings.
Seneca Rocks Audubon Society
The Seneca Rocks Audubon Society (SRAS) is a recognized chapter of the National Audubon Society and is an active organization in northwestern Pennsylvania. SRAS members are dedicated to protecting wildlife and its habitats, providing outreach education programs to the community, and sharing their appreciation of birds and the natural environment. The chapter meets in 150 Becker, Clarion Campus, on the second Monday of every month during Fall and Spring semesters. A social begins at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by a program from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. All SRAS events are free and open to the public, so students and families are always welcome. Contact Dr. Regester or visit www.senecarocksaudubon.org for more information on meetings and membership.
Clarion University Vertebrate Collections
The Clarion University Vertebrate Collections and Museum contains approximately, 2000 specimens, including study skins, skeletal material, fluid-preserved specimens, and mounts available for loan. The collections are available as a teaching resource for regional educators. Taxonomically, the collection spans 18 bird orders, 11 mammal orders, 2 reptile orders, and 2 amphibian orders. In an effort to increase the accessibility of collection data and specimens to faculty and regional educators, CU students are developing an on-line searchable database.
The database is under construction and can be viewed at: http://cis.clarion.edu/biology