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 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

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

2017 A DAY in the WOODS Brochure: DAY in the WOODS -2-27 Final dka-20vq9o6

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,

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 or call 740-596-5212 by March 13th.




A Day in the Woods Tentative Program Schedule for 2017

This is just around the corner! Yellow buckeye breaking bud

It is hard to believe 2017 will mark the 6th year of programing for A DAY in the WOODS.  Since 2012 A DAY in the WOODS has delivered 40 programs, with more than 75 natural resources professionals presenting to more than 1,600 attendees.  Thanks so much for all of the partners and all of you who have supported A DAY in the WOODS in so many ways.

We are still working on the details and hope to have a brochure ready to distribute in the coming weeks, but this is what we’ve got planned for 2017.

2017 A DAY in the WOODS- TENTATIVE Schedule

March 17th – BONUS – Sky Dance- American Woodcock; Evening program starting at  6:30 PM, Space limited, No Registration Fee; Jackson County Ohio  near Coalton

April 14th – BONUS – Wild Culinary and Propagation Adventures; 9 am-3:30 PM; Sponsored by United Plant Savers, Hopewood Holistic Health, Rural Action and Ohio State University.  A Registration Fee $20 will be handled by UpS; Meigs County Ohio near Rutland

May 12th  Spring Night Creatures; 6:30 PM to 10 PM; Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest. Registration fee $10.

June 9th  – Breeding Birds; 9 AM – 3:30 PM; Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest. Registration fee $10.

July 14th – Crawley Creatures in Your Woods (Insects/ Arachnids: good, bad & ugly) ; 9 AM – 3:30 PM; Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest. Registration fee $10.

July 28th -BONUS – Summer Tree Identification.  9 AM – 3:30 PM; Hocking College School of Natural Resources. Registration fee $10.

August 11th– Improving habitat to Attract Game Wildlife Species; 9 AM – 3:30 PM; Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest. Registration fee $10.

September 8th – Tips, Tools and Techniques to Improve Your Woods; 9 AM – 3:30 PM; Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest. Registration fee $10.

October 13t – White Oak- Importance, Ecology and Management; 9 AM – 3:30 PM; Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest. Registration fee $10.

October 27th -BONUS – From Trees to Lumber; 9 AM – 3:30 PM; Hocking College School of Natural Resources. Registration fee $10.

November 17th – Winter Tree & Shrub Identification; 9 AM – 3:30 PM; Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest. Registration fee $10.

November 17th  -Evening BONUS – Stargazing; Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest. 5:30 to  PM to 9:30 PM; Registration Fee $10.










ForestConnect Webinar: The Future of Oak is in Your Hands-Power point and selected references

Click here for copy of the powerpointt Slides  from the 1-18-2017 Forest Connect Webinar: Forest Connect – Oaks final [Compatibility Mode]-10l5bjj

Oak Forest Ecosystems-Ecology and  Management for Wildlife;  Edited by W.J. McShea and W.M. Healy; 2002; The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore MD; ISBN 0-8018-6745-2

Prescribing Regeneration Treatments for Mixed-Oak Forests in the Mid-Atlantic Region; P.H. Brose et. al.  20o8; USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station; GT-NRS-33

Ohio Forests 2011. 2014. R.H Widmann et. al.; USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station; NRS-90

Characteristics of Mixed-Oak Forest Ecosystems in Southern Ohio Prior to the Reintroduction of Fire. Edited by E.K. Sutherland and T.H. Hutchinson. 2003. USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station; NE-299

Why Care about Oaks?; 2016. D.K. Apsley. Ohio Woodland Journal. Vol. 23 (4); Pages: 30-31. Why Care about Oaks OWJ Fall 2016-1sgmt59

White-tailed deer herbivory on forest regeneration following prescribed fire and thinning treatments in southern Ohio mixed oak forests. Apsley, K., & McCarthy, B. C.  14th Central Hardwoods Forest Conference. Edited by D. Yaussy, D.M. Hix, P.C Goebel, & R.P. Long, Newtown Square, PA, USDA FS. ( 2004 ): 61-69.

Opportunity to learn more about oaks on January 18, 2017—-The Future of Oak is in Our Hands!

propagaton-2I will be presenting an oak focused webinar next week (Jan 18-noon and 7 PM) via Cornell’s ForestConnect series.  This webinar series is targeted at woodland owners and others interested in private forest lands management.

Although the official title is “Oak Regeneration” my working title is “The Future of Oak is in Our Hands”.  See below for more detail on topics to be covered and information on how to connect.


Oak Forest Regeneration.  Dave Apsley, Ohio State University

Wednesday January 18, 2017

Presentations at 12:00 to 1:00 PM and again at 7:00 to 8:00 PM (webinars may run long with questions)

Oaks are the dominate species in much of the central hardwood region of the eastern US. They are also important components of northern hardwood and Appalachian hardwood forests.  Throughout the eastern US oaks are not only pivotal as a timber species and hard mast for wildlife, but they also provide important aesthetic attributes and most importantly stability to ecological communities.  As with many hardwoods, oaks are experiencing regeneration complications and failures.  This webinar will explore the ecological and economic importance of oak, establish the basis for the challenges of oak regeneration, factors that have contributed to regeneration decline, and steps that can be taken.  Collaborative efforts to ensure the continued prominence of oak in Ohio will be discussed as a case study with opportunity in other locations.  Presented by Dave Apsley, Natural Resources Specialist, The Ohio State University.




  1. Read all these instructions.
  2. You need to register for each monthly webinar.  There is unlimited space for participants, the ID simply provides you the necessary access.  Obtain your registration ID via:   If prompted for a password use “Cornell”.
  3. The registration page prompts you for CEU credits.
  4. After registration you will receive the link to the webinar and a password. The registration can be used for either/both the noon or 7PM presentation. It should go without saying that you should retain that email.
  5. The registration email provides the link you will use the day of the webinar, and can be used at either time.


You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Jan 18, 2017 12:00 PM (GMT-5:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: ForestConnect – Oak Forest Regeneration


Please register through the following link:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.