There’s a buzz in the city. And you can help it

Image of bumblebee 2Michigan State University Extension has just updated Protecting and Enhancing Pollinators in Urban Landscapes for the US North Central Region (30 pp.), which you can download as a free PDF here. Among the new bulletin’s six expert authors is Dan Herms, a scientist with CFAES.

Can carbon farming save us?

CFAES scientist Rattan Lal was quoted last week in a story on carbon farming (aka carbon sequestration) called “Soil Matters” in Comstock’s magazine. The question: Can carbon farming really save us?

“It won’t be easy,” Lal says. “First of all we must stop adding carbon to the atmosphere. We must end fossil fuel combustion and deforestation, but it’s not happening yet.”

A world expert on carbon sequestration, Lal is a Distinguished University Professor in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources.

Comstock’s covers the region around California’s capital, Sacramento. Read the story.

Researcher seeking soybean fields for pollinator study

Although soybean crops are self-pollinating, some species of bee and fly pollinators can enhance soybean yields, says a CFAES researcher.

The question is, what pollinator insects are active in Ohio soybean crops?

That’s what Kelley Tilmon, a field crop entomologist with OSU Extension and OARDC, wants to know. OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms of the college, respectively.

Tilmon is conducting a study on the issue and is seeking conventional or organic soybean growers willing to allow insect sampling equipment to be placed in their fields to identify what pollinator insects are flourishing there. Read More »

Has Rocky met his match?

Speaking of urban wildlife, check out this video from yesterday’s Globe and Mail (Canada). Can two hungry, motivated raccoons break into Toronto’s new raccoon-proof garbage can?

In the city there’s a thousand faces all shining bright

ANI007-00072Urban coyote expert Stan Gehrt of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources is quoted in a recent National Geographic story on how certain wild animals are adapting to living in cities. A mountain lion in front of the Hollywood sign? A coyote on a rooftop in New York City? Wild boars in Berlin? They’re there. There’s also a slideshow of city-dwellers from photographer Joel Sartore’s Photo Ark project. Sartore, you might remember, spoke at Ohio State last year. Learn about Gehrt’s coyote work here. (Photo: Coyote puppies, joelsartore.com.) (Tip o’ the headline hat to The Jam.)

Wooster Science Café is tonight : ‘Reducing our carbon footprint’

The next Wooster Science Café is tonight. CFAES scientist Fred Michel will present “Reducing Our Carbon Footprint.” It’s at 7 p.m. at Muddy’s Restaurant, 335 E. Liberty St., in Wooster. Admission is free. Michel works for CFAES’s research arm, OARDC in Wooster, where he studies composting and bioenergy. He’s also president of the Wayne County Sustainable Energy Network. He spoke on the solar panels on his own home and car at last week’s Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair.

Which way to go in your woods?

Image of path in forest 2What can you do with your woods? On May 24, the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program is giving a workshop with that exact question as its title. Read More »

Let’s go to the hops

… on the first Fridays of May, June and July at CFAES’s Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon.

‘We’re downright obsessive’ about energy efficiency. Hear how you can be, too

Image of scanning for heat loss 2Green is good. Renewable rocks. But don’t forget energy efficiency, says the organizer of an upcoming event at Ohio State. Read More »

And now for something completely different …

OARDC Secrest Arboretum Wooster Campus OSU Roses of Legend & RomanceAt OARDC in Wooster, which is CFAES’s research arm, more than 600 crabapple trees like this one are starting to blossom and should be at their peak this weekend. (Photo: Royal Raindrops crabapple, Ken Chamberlain, CFAES.)