Posts Tagged ‘conservation’

Earthkeeping Summit is Saturday

Columbus-based Ohio Interfaith Power & Light, CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, which is in Delaware near Columbus, are teaming up to co-sponsor the 2016 Earthkeeping Summit, which is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 24, on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. It’s a chance, the event publicity says, “to discover how we can work together, with hope, for climate and social justice.” Learn more and register here.

Americans’ growing love for animals, including big fierce ones

Great white shark fings and teeth“Americans love animals more than they used to — even ‘scary’ ones,” says the headline of a Sept. 20 story in the Washington Post. It’s on a recent study by CFAES scientists called “Changes in attitudes toward animals in the United States from 1978 to 2014,” which the journal Biological Conservation recently published. Americans’ changing attitudes, the scientists wrote, “may be indicative of growing concern for the welfare of animals — both wild and domestic.” The scientists are with the Department of Animal Sciences and the School of Environment and Natural Resources. Read their study here. (Photo: Great white shark by Ramon Carretero from iStock.)

Farm sustainability review

A reminder that CFAES’s big Farm Science Review kicks off tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 20. It goes through Thursday, Sept. 22. Of note are a number of talks related to sustainable agriculture and conservation in the Small Farm Center and Gwynne Conservation Area.

All about caring for your land

Senior man with spade in gardenFarm Science Review’s 67-acre Gwynne Conservation Area offers more than three dozen talks and demonstrations related to a farm’s natural resources — from planting trees to selling timber to stocking a pond to bringing in wildlife. They’re free and included with your admission to the Review, which is set for next month in London, west of Columbus. Find out more.

40 good reasons to go to the Gwynne

Monarch Butterfly on PrairieSee woods, ponds and prairie — and prairie plant compadres like this monarch butterfly — in the Gwynne Conservation Area during the Sept. 20-22 Farm Science Review in London, Ohio. Then check out the 40-some talks in the area that are scheduled throughout the Review. Many of the speakers will be experts from CFAES. Trees, fish, wetlands and wildlife will be among the topics — plus managing pastures, safety with chainsaws and even Zika mosquitoes. See a complete schedule of the talks here. Read more here.

‘Nature as a necessity’

Laura Arenschield reports on M. Sanjayan’s talk at Ohio State last night in today’s Columbus Dispatch. She quotes, among others, CFAES student Emma Grace Matcham: “Dr. Sanjayan calls on each of us to see nature not as a luxury, but as a necessity.” Matcham is a forestry, fisheries and wildlife major in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Details about that major are here.

Feb. 11: Sanjayan available to talk to media

Photo of M Sanjayan and panda 3M. Sanjayan, executive vice president and senior scientist with Conservation International, will give a free public talk, “Earth and People: Lessons in Living Together,” to more than 1,500 people — including students, faculty and staff from The Ohio State University and members of the surrounding community — at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Ohio Union on Ohio State’s campus in Columbus. Reporters are welcome to attend.

Sanjayan will be available for media interviews starting at 4:15 p.m. Contact Molly Bean at 614-688-8798 or bean.21@osu.edu to make arrangements. Read More »

‘True Colors’: Environmental Film Series continues tonight

Ohio State’s Environmental Film Series continues tonight with the “True Colors” episode of the Showtime series “Years of Living Dangerously.” Actress Olivia Munn (profiling climate-conscious Washington state Governor Jay Inslee) and New York Times columnist Mark Bittman (on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s views about manmade climate change and coastal rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy) are the on-screen correspondents. Kate Bartter, director of Ohio State’s Office of Energy and Environment, and Craig Butler, director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, will lead the post-screening discussion. Learn more.

‘Plains,’ ‘Forests’: Environmental Film Series continues tonight

Plains episode of Earth A New WildOhio State’s Environmental Film Series continues tonight with “Plains” and “Forests.” Both are episodes from the PBS series “Earth: A New Wild.” Rebecca Swab, director of restoration ecology at The Wilds in Cumberland, Ohio, and Peter Curtis, professor in Ohio State’s Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, will lead the discussion afterward. Get details. (Fan of “Earth: A New Wild”? Read this.) (Image: PBS.)

So I thought we were getting away from this

Cell phone useWould you want Wi-Fi in the wilderness? If so, why? Fresh from an ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro, Jay Zagorsky, a scientist with Ohio State though not with CFAES, writes about “Why Google’s Plan to Blanket Wilderness With Wi-Fi Is a Bad Idea.” It’s in yesterday’s Huffington Post Tech blog. Your thoughts?