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There are also the Self-Study options. (see below)

* If you choose to attend the live in-person seminar, please note that the seminar manual will be provided as PDF document, which will be emailed to you shortly before the seminar. If you wish to pay $20 to obtain a paper copy of the manual, please call HalfMoon customer service at 715-835-5900.


Registration 8:00 am – 8:30 am

Friday, December 10, 2021
8:30 am – 4:30 pm EST (incl. a 60-min break)


Presented by:
Dr. Michael A. Liptak, Ph.D.

Ecological Rarity
Why some species are common and some are rare
Population viability

Wildlife Regulation in the U.S. and the Endangered Species Act
Brief history of wildlife conservation in the U.S.
Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918
Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act of 1940
Endangered Species Act of 1973
The role of federal agencies (US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Fish and Wildlife Service)
and state agencies (Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency)
What triggers agency involvement

What is the difference between endangered and threatened species?
Federally endangered vs. state endangered?
What other classifications area there?
Global, federal, and state definitions
The concept of “take”
Federal actions

The Regulatory Process
How are species proposed for listing?
Field surveys
Biological assessments
Biological opinions
Are public properties regulated differently than private properties?

Information Sources
County lists
Federal coordination letters
State resources
• ODNR coordination
• ODNR Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
State and federal survey guidance

Examples: Federally Endangered Mammals: Indiana Bat
Causes of population decline
White nose syndrome
Regulations on clearing activities
Types of surveys
• Mist net
• Harp net
• Hibernacula surveys
• Acoustic surveys

Federally Endangered Invertebrates: Native Freshwater Mussels
Freshwater mussels vs. nonnative mussel (zebra mussels)
Causes of population decline
Reproductive strategy
State and federal status
Mussel surveys
• Survey types
• Surveys by stream type

Federally Threatened Plants: Lakeside Daisy
Causes of population decline
Regulations on clearing activities

Federally Endangered Reptiles: Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake
Causes of population decline
Regulations on land activities

Federally Endangered Insect: Rusty Patched Bumble Bee
Historic range
Causes of population decline
Reproductive strategy
State and federal status
Survey types

Success Stories-Delisted Species
Kirtland’s warbler
Lake Erie watersnake
Running buffalo clover


Professional Engineers:
6.5 PDHs

6.5 HSW CE Hours

AIA:      (AIA credits only available for attending live Webinar or Seminar)
6.5 LU|HSW

Landscape Architects:
6.5 HSW CE Hours

LA CES:    (LA CES credits only available for attending live Webinar or Seminar)
6.5 HSW PDHs

Floodplain Managers:

Certified Planners:
CM | 6.5


Continuing Education Credit Information

Ohio Endangered Species:
Conservation, Coordination and Consultation
This seminar/webinar is open to the public and offers 6.5 HSW contact hours to architects and landscape architects, and 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers in most states, including Ohio. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Ohio.

Architects, engineers and landscape architects seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to apply the hours earned at this event, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility. HalfMoon Education is not seeking course approval for landscape architects in FL, NC, and NJ.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885) and the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System for 6.5 HSW PDHs. Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES and LA/CES.

The Association of State Floodplain Managers has approved this event for 6.5 CECs for Certified Floodplain Managers.

HalfMoon Education is an approved CM Provider with the American Planning Association. This course is registered for CM | 6.5 for Certified Planners.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar/webinar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Michael A. Liptak Ph.D.

EnviroScience, Inc., Northeast Headquarters, Stow, Ohio
Dr. Liptak is a member of the ecological survey team where he specializes in rare plant surveys, wetlands ecology, wetland restoration, and mitigation wetland design. He earned his Ph.D. degree at Ohio State University under the noted wetland ecologist Dr. William Mitsch, and completed his graduate research on the created wetlands at the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park in Columbus. Dr. Liptak has over 15 years of experience in wetlands research and ecological consulting and is a Certified Senior Ecologist (Ecological Society of America). His main responsibilities at EnviroScience include rare plant surveys, wetland restoration planning, wetland assessments and delineations, technical report preparation and permitting. Dr. Liptak has experience in preparing mitigation plans for many different projects, including wetland creation, restoration and enhancement, as well as preparing upland restoration and prairie planting plans. He has extensive experience with terrestrial, aquatic and wetland surveys for projects of all sizes. Dr. Liptak is a pre-qualified consultant certified to complete aquatic and terrestrial ecological surveys, wetland delineations, waterways permitting, and wetland mitigation design for Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) projects. He is a member of the Society of Wetlands Scientists and the Ecological Society of America. Dr. Liptak regularly gives seminars on ecological issues and regulations within the state of Ohio.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Ohio Endangered Species: Conservation, Coordination and Consultation

Delivery Method: Live Online/Live Webinar

Course Description: This course is designed to give design professionals an understanding of state and federal endangered species regulations and how this regulatory process can impact day-to-day design and construction work.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to describe the difference between an endangered and a threatened species, and examine the connection between land development and building activities and the viability, health and welfare of the environment and its inhabitants.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to describe the role of federal agencies in wildlife regulation in the US, and explain what environmental conditions and/or specific actions by design professionals participating in land development activities may trigger federal agency involvement on a project.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners who participate in land development and building activities that may potentially impact endangered or threatened species will be able to discuss and reference the state and federal regulatory process, and describe differences (if any) in the regulation of private vs. public lands.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to describe how loss of habitat due in part to land development activities and the expansion of the built environment has caused specific mammals, invertebrates, plants, reptiles, and insects in Ohio to become endangered or threatened, and will be able to benefit the environment by applying lessons learned from certain delisted species to their own design practice.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with site development concepts

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 10/12/2024

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.