Archive for February, 2017

Hooked on aquaponics

Matthew Smith, aquaculture specialist with CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, is one of the scheduled speakers at the Ohio Aquaculture Association’s March 10 Aquaponics Workshop in Columbus. (Image: Rainbow trout, iStock.)

Environmental Film Series ends with ‘Uprising’

Ohio State’s 2017 Environmental Film Series wraps up at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, with the coal-, energy- and climate change-focused “Uprising,” part of the National Geographic Channel’s “Years of Living Dangerously” series. Correspondents America Ferrera and Sigourney Weaver will explore the U.S. dependence on coal-burning power plants and China’s impact on the global environment. Free and open to the public. Free pizza and beverages at 6:45 p.m. Watch clips here (Ferrera) and here (Weaver). Location and other details here. (Image: National Geographic Channel.)

Watch: Great Backyard Bird Count in Olentangy wetlands

Graduate student Andrew Hoffman shows you Day 1 of the Great Backyard Bird Count in CFAES’s Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park in the video above.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a national citizen science project done once a year in mid-February. Its goal is collecting data on bird populations, habitats and any changes in them, such as those being caused by climate change.

Hoffman is a fisheries and wildlife science PhD student in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources.

Event to explore why we need healthy rivers

Ohio’s Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) is holding its next monthly breakfast program on March 7 in Columbus, and as the film title goes, a river runs through it.  Read More »

Water work

Here are five ways CFAES is working to stop harmful algal blooms and improve water quality (scroll down) …

‘When they saw all the fish dying, they tried to raise their voices’

Return of the River,” the story of a “remarkable campaign to set a river free, culminating in the largest dam removal in history,” screens at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in Ohio State’s 2017 Environmental Film Series. Set on Washington state’s Elwha River, the film offers a story of “hope and possibility amid grim environmental news,” its website says. “It is a film for our time: an invitation to consider crazy ideas that could transform the world for the better.” Watch the trailer above.

Free and open to the public. Free pizza and beverages at 6:45 p.m. Postscreening discussion led by CFAES’s Chris Tonra and Bryon Ringley of Stantec in Columbus. Details.

Can carnivores, livestock co-exist? Find out

Image of coyoteOhio State’s Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation presents a Workshop for Integrated Carnivore-Livestock Management — theme: “Balancing meat protein needs with animal welfare and biodiversity conservation” — on Feb. 24 in Columbus. Many of the speakers are scientists with CFAES. Admission is free and open to the public. Details, speakers and online registration. (Photo: Coyote, National Park Service.)

2 ways to grow your small farm

Young couple working in the gardenCFAES’s Small Farm Program is holding two conferences for the owners or aspiring owners of small farms. The Opening Doors to Success conference is March 10-11 in Wilmington in southwest Ohio. The Living Your Small Farm Dream conference is March 25 in Massillon in northeast Ohio. Find out more about both of them.

‘Climate change is real, and it’s disrupting how we care for plants’

Jim Chatfield, horticulture specialist with CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, looked at how climate change is affecting Ohio’s plants — including, very likely, ones in your own backyard — on Feb. 10 in the Akron Beacon Journal. He especially talked about CFAES scientist Dan Herms and his long-term phenology research, which tracks the bloom times of certain landscape plants and the development times of some of their pests. Hint: As shown by science, those times they are a-changin’. Great read. Check it out.

Care for your pond (and what’s in and around it)

Eugene Braig, aquatic ecosystems program director in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, presents a free program on managing ponds on March 16 in northeast Ohio. Sign up by March 13.Green frog (Rana clamitans)