“Improving Habitat for Game Wildlife” at the Vinton Furnace State Forest to woodland owners and enthusiasts on August 11th

Would you like to know more about white-tailed deer, wild turkey, squirrel, woodcock, ruffed grouse and other game species that inhabit woodlands in southeastern Ohio?  Woodland owners and enthusiasts in SE Ohio will have the opportunity to learn from biologists from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources- Division of Wildlife on August 11 at the Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest near McArthur.

Woodland owners and enthusiasts who attend this program will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about behaviors and habitat needs of common woodland game species
  • Understand the relationship between wildlife habitat and forest succession and how they influence wildlife populations
  • Visit and discuss a variety of woodland habitats found at the Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Interact with wildlife biologists and foresters, and become aware of the techniques and resources available to help improve woodland habitat in your woods

This program will take place on August 11th from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Vinton Furnace State Forest.  A registration fee of $10 will cover the cost lunch and program materials.  Please RSVP by calling OSU Extension Vinton County at 740-596-5212, or email Dave Apsley at apsley.1@osu.edu by August 7th.

“A Day in the Woods” and the “2nd Friday Series” programs run from May through November and are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest with support from Ohio State University Extension, ODNR-Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, Vinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, National Wild Turkey Federation, Glatfelter, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, Ohio Bird Conservation initiative and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

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Other programs scheduled for the 2017 ‘A DAY in the WOODS – 2nd Friday Series’ include:

  • Tips, Tools, and Techniques to Improve Your Woods, September 8 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • White Oak – Importance, Ecology, and Management, October 13 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • From Trees to Lumber, October 27 – Hocking College
  • Winter Tree & Shrub Identification, November 17 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Stargazing, November 17 (6:30-10:30 PM) – Vinton Furnace State Forest

Tree identification class offered on July 28 at Hocking College

One of the first steps to improving your woodland is to know the species of trees that grow there. With dozens of tree species on the typical woodland property in Appalachian Ohio, this can be a formidable task.  The program “Identifying the Trees in Your Woods” will introduce you a simple leaf key to guide you through the process. You learn to use the key to identify a wide assortment of tree samples in the classroom, then explore the Hocking College woodlands with foresters to reinforce your leaf identification skills and to learn to use other characteristics, such as bark, branching, tree form, and site to help identify trees.

This program is hosted by Hocking College and will take place at on July 28 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Natural Resources Building on the Hocking College campus located at 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764. The Natural Resources Building is located on the north end of the campus. Parking is available in the North Lot located on the east side of Hocking Parkway.  A registration fee of $10 will include lunch and program materials. To help prepare materials and plan for meals, please RSVP no later than Monday, July 24 by returning a registration form, calling 740-596-5212 (OSU Extension Vinton County) or emailing Dave at apsley.1@osu.edu

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“A Day in the Woods” and the “2nd Friday Series” programs run from May through November and are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest with support from Ohio State University Extension, ODNR-Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, Vinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, National Wild Turkey Federation, Glatfelter, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, Ohio Bird Conservation initiative and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

 

 

 

A DAY in the WOODS program “Crawley Creatures in Your Woods” offered on July 14th at the Vinton Furnace State Forest

A  DAY in the WOODS program “Crawley Creatures in Your Woods” offered on July 14th at the Vinton Furnace State Forest

McArthur, OH – Most of us are familiar with many of the larger organisms that live in the woods around us, but there is another world of animals that often escapes our attention. An amazing diversity of insects, spiders and other arthropods inhabit our woodlands. Many serve valuable roles like pollinating plants, decomposing plants and animals, and controlling pests. Others, especially the non-native ones, can cause serious harm to plants, animals and even humans if not properly managed. Program attendees will have the opportunity to:

• Explore the insects, arachnids, and other arthropods that live in your woodland.

• Learn about the important roles that these creatures play in the ecology of your woodland.

• Understand the current and potential impacts that non-native insects have on your woods and Ohio’s forest systems.

• Learn about Ohio’s efforts to manage and understand native and non-native insect pests.

Featured presenters include Donnie Peterson, Wright State University; Tom Macy, ODNR-Division of Forestry; Curtis Young, Ohio State University Extension; and Sarah Rose, The Ohio State University, School of Environment and Natural Resources.

“A Day in the Woods” and the “2nd Friday Series” programs run from May through November and are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest with support from Ohio State University Extension, ODNR-Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, Vinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, National Wild Turkey Federation, Glatfelter, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, Ohio Bird Conservation initiative and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

This program will take place on July 14th from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Vinton Experimental Forest. A registration fee of $10 will cover the cost of lunch and program materials. Please RSVP by calling OSU Extension Vinton County at 740-596-5212, or email Dave Apsley at apsley.1@osu.edu by July 10th.

Other programs scheduled for the 2017 ‘A DAY in the WOODS – 2nd Friday Series’ include:
• Summer Tree Identification, July 28 – Hocking College
• Improving Habitat for Game Wildlife, August 11 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
• Tips, Tools, and Techniques to Improve Your Woods, September 8 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
• White Oak – Importance, Ecology, and Management, October 13 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
• From Trees to Lumber, October 27 – Hocking College
• Winter Tree & Shrub Identification, November 17 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
• Stargazing, November 17 (6:30-10:30 PM) – Vinton Furnace State Forest

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Thanks to our partners for all of their support:

 

New Opportunties to Reach Woodland Owners in Southeastern Ohio

Thanks to Rio Grande University and The Ohio State University South Centers we now have a new avenue to reach woodland owners in Southeastern Ohio:

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A DAY in the WOODs program on Breeding Birds offered at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on June 9th

Spring is a busy time in the woods, and some of the most active and colorful inhabitants are the multitude of breeding birds. These species have impressive life histories and the use diverse habitat available in the forest. Program attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn to identify common forest birds by sight and song
  • Experience mist netting and understand the important information gained with birds-in-hand
  • Spend a day in the woods with experienced birders
  • Understand habitat requirements of many woodland song birds

Photo Courtesy of Stephen Matthews, The Ohio State University

Featured presenters include Kelly Williams, Ohio University; Matthew Shumar, Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative, Laura Kearns, ODNR-Division of Wildlife, and Stephen Matthews , The Ohio State University.

“A Day in the Woods” and the “2nd Friday Series” programs run from May through November and are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest with support from Ohio State University Extension, ODNR-Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, Vinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, National Wild Turkey Federation, Glatfelter, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, Ohio Bird Conservation initiative and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

This program will take place on June 9th from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Vinton Experimental Forest. A registration fee of $10 will cover the cost of a lunch and program materials. Please RSVP by calling OSU Extension Vinton County at 740-596-5212, or email Dave Apsley at apsley.1@osu.edu by June 5th.

 

For brochures, maps and directions, and more information about our programs for woodland owners and enthusiasts in SE Ohio, visit http://go.osu.edu/seohiowoods.

Other programs scheduled for the 2017 A DAY in the WOODS – 2nd Friday Series include:

 

  • Crawley Creatures in Your Woods, July 14 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Summer Tree Identification, July 28 – Hocking College
  • Improving Habitat for Game Wildlife, August 11 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Tips, Tools, and Techniques to Improve Your Woods, September 8 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • White Oak – Importance, Ecology, and Management, October 13 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • From Trees to Lumber, October 27 – Hocking College
  • Winter Tree & Shrub Identification, November 17 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Stargazing, November 17 (6:30-10:30 PM) – Vinton Furnace State Forest


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Night Creatures program offered at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on Friday, May 12th, 2017

Photo Credit: ODNR-Division of Wildlife/Tim Daniel

As spring awakens the forest, the creatures of the night begin their songs and calls during this important time for mating.   This special evening program is designed to give you insight into the nocturnal animals that live in the forest.   Program attendees will have the opportunity to

  • Experience the spring forest at night during an almost full moon
  • View and learn about flying squirrels
  • Listen for coyotes and other night sounds in the forest
  • Learn about common frogs, toads, and birds active at night in the spring

Featured presenters include Don Althoff, Professor of Wildlife Conservation at Rio Grande University; Mike Graziano, Herpetologists at The Ohio State University; and Laura Kearns, Wildlife Biologist with ODNR-Division of Wildlife.

“A Day in the Woods” and the “2nd Friday Series” programs run from May through November and are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest with support from Ohio State University Extension, ODNR-Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, Vinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, National Wild Turkey Federation, Glatfelter, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, Ohio Bird Conservation initiative and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

This program will take place on May 12th from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm at the Vinton Experimental Forest.  A registration fee of $10 will cover the cost of a light evening meal and program materials.  Please RSVP by calling OSU Extension Vinton County at 740-596-5212, or email Dave Apsley at apsley.1@osu.edu by May 8th.

For brochures, maps and directions, and more information about our 2017 slate of programs for woodland owners and enthusiasts in SE Ohio, visit http://go.osu.edu/seohiowoods.

Other programs scheduled for the 2017 A DAY in the WOODS – 2nd Friday Series include:

  • Breeding Birds, June 9 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Crawley Creatures in Your Woods, July 14 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Summer Tree Identification, July 28 – Hocking College
  • Improving Habitat for Game Wildlife, August 11 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Tips, Tools, and Techniques to Improve Your Woods, September 8 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • White Oak – Importance, Ecology, and Management, October 13 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • From Trees to Lumber, October 27 – Hocking College
  • Winter Tree & Shrub Identification, November 17 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Stargazing, November 17 (6:30-10:30 PM) – Vinton Furnace State Forest

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Directions to the Vinton Furnace State Forest: Directions – Experimental Forest

More opportunities for woodland owners to to learn about songbird and game bird management..

OSU Extension is partnering with the Appalachian Mountain Joint Venture, the Wayne National Forest, ODNR Divisions of Wildlife and Forestry, and the National Wild Turkey Federation to bring you three opportunities to learn about bird management.  An evening introductory program will be offered in Ironton and Athens on April 25 and 26,  respectively.  This will be followed by a longer session that will include field visits on June 24.  More details about the June program will be posted here soon.

Click here for a brochure for the April programs:  AMJV_USFS OH Management Workshop Flyer_EveningWorkshops (2) [Read-Only]-vca7z1

Sky Dance -American Woodcock Program Offered March 17th

Ricky Layson, Ricky Layson Photography, Bugwood.org

Join us on March 17 near Coalton, OH to experience the timberdoodle (a.k.a. American woodcock).  This odd and amazing bird appears each spring to perform it’s mating ritual the Sky Dance.   Aldo Leopold dubbed it the  Sky Dance in his Sand County Almanac essay.

Learn about the life-history of this amazing bird from wildlife biologists from the National Wild Turkey Federation and the ODNR-Division of Wildlife.   Take a leisurely walk and visit the habitats that the timberdoodle frequents.    Enjoy and the Sky Dance as the sun sets and the timberdoodle takes the stage (assuming  the weather and the birds cooperate).

When:  March 17, 2017- 6:30 PM to approximately 9 PM

Where:  19704 State Route 93, Wellston, OH 45692 (located 1.25 north of the intersection of US 35 and State Route 93).

Link to Location Map

Due to parking limitations and to enhance the experience space is limited to the first 20 registrants.

To register: email apsley.1@osu.edu or call 740-596-5212 by March 13th.