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Learn how to name that bee

CFAES is co-sponsoring a bee biology and identification workshop on four dates in August in northeast and central Ohio.

The workshop is called Bees in Your Backyard … and the Plants They Visit, and the instructor will be Olivia Carril, biologist and co-author of The Bees in Your Backyard (Princeton University Press, 2015).

Register for the workshop online.

A blue lake means green for the economy

A clean Lake Erie is vital to Ohio’s economy, a panel including Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab Director Chris Winslow told U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio) Monday in Toledo.

Lake Erie algal bloom research at risk

A June 14 Great Lakes Today story by Elizabeth Miller said the proposed 2018 federal budget would “cut all federal funding for Sea Grant programs, including Ohio’s.” At risk, among other things, would be crucial health-related research on harmful algal blooms.

Miller, for example, interviewed two Ohio Sea Grant-funded researchers, Stuart Ludsin and CFAES’s Jiyoung Lee, who are trying to determine if toxins produced by harmful algal blooms can get into food — specifically, into fresh vegetables irrigated with bloom-tainted waters and fish such as walleye that swam in such waters.

Here, there be hidden jumpseed … for now

On a certain summer day in CFAES’s Secrest Arboretum — July 6 — you can learn how to spot, ID and give the heave-ho to weeds.

Not so pretty in pink; or, ways to waylay wayward weeds

It’s pretty. And pretty hard to control. A class in CFAES’s Secrest Arboretum will help you win your war on weeds. (Photo: Canada thistle by John M. Randall, The Nature Conservancy,

Study: ​Where climate change is most likely to induce food violence

While climate change is expected to lead to more violence related to food scarcity, new research suggests the strength of a country’s government plays a vital role in preventing uprisings. “A capable government is even more important to keeping the peace than good weather,” said study co-author Bear Braumoeller, an associate professor of political science at Ohio State. Read the study in the Journal of Peace Research.

June 12: Composting at home

CFAES’s Secrest Arboretum in Wooster is giving a home composting workshop June 12.

Electronic labeling of GMOs: How well would it work?

A survey by CFAES researchers shows that some seniors and low-income individuals may have trouble accessing electronic product codes on food labels indicating the item contains genetically modified ingredients.

Where to launch and paddle around Lake Erie’s islands

A new guide by a partnership including Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program will help you explore Lake Erie’s islands by kayak, canoe and SUP. There’s a launch of it (that you can launch at) June 9.

Outdoor recreation represents a “major service by which the public identifies with and better understands natural resources,” a 2013 U.S. Forest Service report says, “even to the extent that it can foster environmental stewardship.” (Photo: iStock.)

So you’ve got lots of pots to get rid of …

CFAES’s Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens are hosting their annual Plastic Pot Recycling Event from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 10. You can drop off horticultural plastics (pots, trays and cell packs) and non-food-grade styrofoam. It’s free and open to the public in front of Howlett Hall, 2001 Fyffe Court, on Ohio State’s campus in Columbus.

“We engage with partner Phoenix Recycling to keep these plastics out of the waste stream and landfills,” an article on CFAES’s faculty-staff website says, “and they render them into useful products.”

Visit the event’s webpage. (Photo: iStock.)