Forests play a complex role in keeping the planet cool, one that goes far beyond the absorption of carbon dioxide, according to new research co-led by a scientist with CFAES. (Photo: California giant redwood trees, Creatas.)
If trees, deer, birds (like this brilliant Baltimore oriole), butterflies, mushrooms and more are your things, check out this year’s Ohio River Valley Woodland and Wildlife Workshop. It’s this Saturday, March 25, near Cincinnati.
Why we need spiders, how a disease that kills trees could help forests, and what’s really going on when people and wildlife butt heads are just a few of the topics at the Ohio Woodland, Water and Wildlife Conference. It’s March 1 in Mansfield. Registration is $60 by Tuesday, Feb. 14, $80 by Feb. 22.
Chris Winslow, pictured, who’s been serving as interim director of Ohio Sea Grant and Ohio State’s Stone Lab since April 2015, has been named permanent director of the programs effective Feb. 1. (Photo: Ohio Sea Grant.)
Mike Hogan, an educator with CFAES’s OSU Extension outreach arm, will discuss hunger, food insecurity and food system inequities in the U.S., how those challenges are changing, and what farmers can do to help in a session at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s annual conference, which starts today in Dayton.
Hogan is based in the Columbus area, where he works a great deal to assist local food production and urban farming. “Understanding Food Insecurity in the U.S.,” Session V, 1:30-3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11. Complete conference schedule. Other presenters from Ohio State.
Ohio State’s 2017 Environmental Film Series continues at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, with “Red Gold,” a documentary on the fight to save Alaska’s Bristol Bay salmon fishery from a massive open-pit mine proposed in the bay’s headwaters. An article on Outside Online called the controversy the “fiercest battle over wilderness and resources” since the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge. The film has won awards at festivals in Banff, Vancouver and Telluride, among others.
Admission is free and open to the public. Get location and other details here.
Read a 2009 Outside story on Bristol Bay here.
Bird lovers may want to take note: Putting out feeders full of seed may also attract predators that eat eggs and nestlings. But the feeders may also help satiate predators so they’re less likely to target nests. In a new study published in The Condor: Ornithological Applications, scientists from CFAES and from Cornell University evaluated the consequences of people-provided bird food on predator-prey relationships. Read the story …
“Before the Flood” — the 2016 climate change documentary featuring actor/environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio — screens at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, in Ohio State’s 2017 Environmental Film Series. Some 60 million people have seen the film so far.
“Paradise has been degraded and destroyed,” DiCaprio says in the film’s trailer above. “I just want to know how far we’ve gone, and if there’s anything we can do to stop it.”
Bryan Mark, an Ohio State geography professor and Ohio’s state climatologist, and Heather Taylor-Miesle, executive director of the Ohio Environmental Council, will lead a discussion after the screening. Location, series schedule.
… and salamanders, soras and others. Faculty, staff and graduate students in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources will be among the presenters at the 2017 Ohio Fish and Wildlife Conference in Columbus this Friday. (Photo: Bobcat, USFWS.)