Now that the constant drone of cicadas is quieting and many of your trees are exhibiting broken and wilted branch tips, you may be wondering about the seriousness of any inflicted damage. What you may not have thought about are the effects of cicadas on wildlife populations. The “A Day in the Woods-2nd Friday Series” program on July 8 will investigate the phenomenon of the 17-year periodical cicada in detail. Featured speakers for this program include Joe Boggs, entomologist-OSU Extension; Mark Wiley, wildlife biologist-ODNR Division of Wildlife; and Tim McDermott, D.V.M-OSU Extension.
This program is designed to help you:
- Explore the life cycle of this amazing insect
- Learn about the damage that cicadas cause to your trees and shrubs
- Understand the relationships between cicadas, wild turkey and other wildlife
- Become familiar with some other insects and their interactions with forests and wildlife
- Learn about ticks, the diseases that they can transmit and how to protect your family and pets
“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, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.
This program will take place from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Vinton Furnace State Forest near McArthur. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by July 1.