I remember my older daughter, who was 3 at the time, finding and gently holding a red eft like this one after a thunderstorm while camping in Pennsylvania. (Red efts tend to come out after rain.) That was 15 years ago. Today, red efts and all of North America’s salamanders are in peril. The threat of a deadly disease is looming. Tomorrow, you can hear about scientists’ efforts to protect them. (Photo: iStock.)
Mary Evelyn Tucker, senior lecturer and research scholar at Yale University, presents “The Emerging Alliance of Religion and Ecology” at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in the spring seminar series by CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Attend in Columbus or watch in Wooster by video link.
Tucker teaches a joint master’s degree program between Yale’s Divinity School and School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; directs the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale with her husband, John Grim; and served on the Earth Charter International Council. In the video above, she talks about the emergence of an “ecological theology.”
A recent USDA grant is good news for hungry people in northeast Ohio, for farmers in the region and for efforts to grow the connection between them. The Cuyahoga County office of CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, is involved. So is the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition, which the Cuyahoga County office helps convene. Find details in an April 2 story in Ohio’s Country Journal. Read more about the coalition and its work fighting food deserts in Cleveland in the spring issue of CFAES’s Continuum magazine, coming in June.
What is Ohio doing to stop toxic algae? Kristina Smith answers that question in her April 2 Port Clinton News-Herald story.
Biofuels, bioproducts and growing the crops needed to make them in Ohio are the focus of a CFAES workshop April 9. Among the topics: Growing switchgrass (shown here) to make ethanol and growing dandelions and guayule for rubber and latex. Read the press release. Check out the speakers and topics in the flier. It’s free, but sign up by Monday, April 6, if you want the free lunch. (Photo: iStock.)
Speaking of saving salamanders, there’s some good work being done in Ohio. It helps a big, endangered Buckeye State native, the eastern hellbender, and, in its way, the people who are doing the work. Read the story. It quotes Joe Greathouse, among others, who speaks at Ohio State April 9. (Photo: Eastern hellbender by Brian Gratwicke, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.)