Archive for April, 2016

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.)

Ohio’s worst woodland invaders and how to stop them: May 20

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACFAES’s Kathy Smith and Marne Titchenell want to give honeysuckle the boot. Along with garlic mustard, autumn olive, buckthorn and many others. They’ll show how to do it in a workshop in northeast Ohio. Read More »

Ohio State to host workshop for businesses on measuring sustainability

Image of sustainability in business 2How does your business or organization measure and account for sustainability?

Faculty with CFAES would like to help your organization learn to better implement, measure and evaluate sustainability efforts at a workshop on May 19 at Ohio State’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Read More »

Watch: ‘We can pretty much grow year-round now’

Dana Hilfinger of Urban Farms of Central Ohio talks about using structures called high tunnels to increase food production — and how scientists with CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, helped make it happen — in the new video above.