Registration is now open for “Native trees and shrubs for wildlife” offered on March 12 via Zoom Webinar

A DAY in the WOODS presents “Native trees and shrubs for wildlife” on March 12 via Zoom Webinar.  This program will take place from 10 am to noon. It will focus on the food provided by native trees and shrubs for Ohio’s many species of wildlife.

 

Click here to register

 

Featured presenters include Ryan Boyer (District Biologist IN, MI, OH; National Wild Turkey Federation), Marne Titchenell (Wildlife Program Specialist, OSU Extension), and Dave Apsley (Natural Resources Specialist, OSU Extension).

 

Join us on March 12 at 10 AM to learn more about “Native trees and shrubs for wildlife” including:

  • Types of food provided by trees and shrubs for wildlife

  • Seasonality and nutritional value of food (mast) produced by trees and shrubs

  • Importance of providing a diverse mix native, woody plant species

  • Methods you can employ in your woodlands to enhance the production of mast and other wildlife benefits

  • Resources available help you to enhance these habitat elements in your woods

Registration is now open for “Advice from the Woods” a Q&A session with professional foresters and wildlife biologists (February 12- 10 am)

Registration is open for our 2nd Virtual A DAY in the WOODS program for 2021,   “ADVICE from the WOODS”.

“ADVICE from the WOODS” will take place from 10 AM to noon on Friday, February 12 in the form of a Virtual question and and answer session with professional foresters and wildlife biologists including Stephanie Downs (ODNR-Division of Forestry), John Morton (ODNR-Division of Wildlife) and Dave Apsley (OSU Extension).  Other foresters and NR professionals will be recruited to assist depending on expertized needed to answer questions submitted in advance.

The program will be offered via ZOOM Webinar.  Click here to register!

Submit your forestry, wildlife and other natural resources related questions to Dave Apsley ( apsley.1@osu.edu) on on before February 5, 2021.

 

 

 

 

Fall and Rise of Bald Eagle in Ohio Video and Other Resources

Eagle Presentation for Day in the Woods _PDF slides_20210108

Ohio Division of Wildlife – Wildlife Reporting Website:

Opening page: https://ohiodnr.gov/wps/portal/gov/odnr/discover-and-learn/safety-conservation/about-ODNR/wildlife/Report+Wildlife+Sightings

Direct link: https://apps.ohiodnr.gov/wildlife/speciessighting/

Ohio Division of Wildlife Bald Eagle page

https://ohiodnr.gov/wps/portal/gov/odnr/discover-and-learn/animals/birds/bald-eagle 

Ohio Bald Eagle Webcams

Eastlake: https://hdontap.com/index.php/video/stream/eastlake-ohio-eagle-nest-cam-aef-live-stream     

              Avon Lake: https://www.youtube.com/c/AvonLakeEagleCam/live

Cleveland Metroparks: https://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/about/conservation/natural-resources/bald-eagle-nest-livestream

Midwest Region Fish and Wildlife Service guidance for activities near eagle nests (e.g. logging, etc.):

               https://www.fws.gov/midwest/eagle/permits/index.html

 Reducing Lead

https://peregrinefund.org/projects/north-american-non-lead-partnership

More Birding with Brad Opportunities

             Warblers of Ohio: ID and Ecology https://mediasite.osu.edu/Mediasite/Play/1f715f51ea3c4421849fb8e19dcdc5991d

             Marsh Birds of Ohio: https://mediasite.osu.edu/Mediasite/Play/4e7ad0a1d73344b8962e49c9f932a5cd1d

             Raptors: https://mediasite.osu.edu/Mediasite/Play/a04c831d7de74776a2aed10f1a0633b51d

 

“The Fall & Rise of Bald Eagles in Ohio” offered on January 8 at 10 AM

Photo courtesy of Brad Perkins

Our first A DAY in the WOODS program for 2021 “The Fall and Rise of Bald Eagles in Ohio” will take place on January 8 at 10 am.  This program will be presented by Brad Perkins, Executive Directory of the Ohio Forestry Association, and Laura Kearns, Wildlife Biologist with ODNR-Division of Wildlife.

Brad is passionate about bald eagles and photography.  He has monitored eagle nests in Ohio for 25 years.  Laura is actively involved in bald eagle surveys and nest census work in Ohio.

Learn about the recovery of this magnificent bird and its current status in Ohio.   Brad and Laura will share stunning photography, current statistics and trends,  tips for observing and identifying eagles, rescue stories, as well as, their personal experiences studying and photographing bald eagles in Ohio.  The program will conclude with a question answer session.

To register for this Zoom Webinar visit: http://go.osu.edu/ditw2021

 

Winter 2021 programming schedule now available

We are pleased that so many of you participated in our Virtual A DAY in the WOODS programming in 2020.  Thank you for helping to make it a success in spite of the challenges presented by COVID-19!

Since we are uncertain about how COVID-19 will affect our 2021 programming, we’ve decide to just release our virtual winter programing schedule at this time.  These programs will be offered via Zoom Webinar on the 2nd Friday of each month (January-March) in 2021.  We intend to convene our planning committee in February to game plan for the remainder of 2021.   We hope to be able to offer some live programming in the WOODS later in 2021.

  • January 8, 2021 –  10 am to 11:30 am- “ The Fall & Rise of Bald Eagles in Ohio” , Brad Perkins, (Ohio Forestry Association),  and  Laura Kearns (ODNR-Division of Wildlife).
  • February 12, 2021 – “Advice from the Woods”   question and answer session with professional foresters and wildlife biologists,  Stephanie Downs (ODNR-Division of Forestry) and many others based on questions submitted.  Submit your questions in advance by email apsley.1@osu.edu
  • March 12, 2021 – “Native trees and shrubs for wildlife”,  Ryan Boyer (National Wild Turkey Federation),  Dave Apsley (OSU Extension), and Marne Titchenell (OSU Extension and SENR)

 

Winter Tree Identification virtual DAY in the WOODS Resources now available

Our November 13, A DAY in the WOODS program Winter Tree Identification was offered virtually via Zoom Webinar.  

Recording of the PowerPoint presentation with Dave Apsley, OSU Extension and Jim Downs, Hocking College

Topics included in this presentation:

  • twigs, buds, fruit and other characteristics,
  • using bark to identify trees
  • resources available to aid in Winter Tree Identification

PDF of PowerPoint with notes: Winter ID Virtual 2020

PDF of PowerPoint without notes: Winter ID Virtual 2020 no notes

Link to playlist of short bark clips: bark id short clips  (note these are currently being uploaded, check this link soon)

Link to Tree ID short videos: http://go.osu.edu/treeid

 

 

Fall is in the air, and many of the trees in Southeastern Ohio have already shed their leaves. This makes tree identification more difficult, but there are still many clues that you can use to identify trees in their leafless state.

Dave Apsley (Ohio State University Extension) and Jim Downs (Hocking College) will provide you with the information and tips to help you to differentiate among the variety of trees on your property in the coming winter months.    This program will take place from 10:00 to 11:30 am, and participants in this program will:

  • Learn to use bud and twig characteristics to identify trees
  • Become familiar with many tree fruits like acorns and other clues that can be found on the ground
  • Begin to develop an eye for bark to aid in winter tree identification

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

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“A Day in the Woods” and the “2nd Friday Series” 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, USDA-Forest Service (Northern Research Station, State and Private Forestry and the Wayne NF), USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Vinton-Hocking-Athens Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Central State University Extension, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Pixelle Specialty Solutions, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, the Ruffed Grouse Society, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee. Since 2012, “A Day in the Woods” has offered 70 programs with more than 100 presenters for nearly 3,000 woodland owners and enthusiasts just like you.

Mapping Your Woodland- New videos and resources from October 9th now available

 Mapping you woodland focuses on tools that you can use to locate boundaries and other land features, and to create digital maps from location data using free GPS (Global Positioning System) phone applications and online mapping tools.

Recording of October 9 Virtual DAY in the WOODS program including (75 min):

  • Using Ohio county auditor web resources – Eric Hayes, Athens Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Collecting location information from your woodland using AVENZA maps – Stephanie Downs,  Ohio Department of Natural Resources-Division of Forestry
  • Overview of online mapping tools including My Land Plan, Google Earth Pro and other free or low cost mapping tools – Dave Apsley, Ohio State University Extension, Stephanie Downs,  Ohio Department of Natural Resources-Division of Forestry, and Eric Hayes, Athens Soil and Water Conservation District

How to use My Land Plan to map and manage your woodland Resources

Dave Apsley, Ohio State University Extension

Mapping- Using My Land Plan- powerpoint slides

PowerPoint presentation on My Land Plan (13 min):

Demonstration on how to use My Land Plan (14 min):

Creating interactive maps using Google Earth Pro

Dave Apsley, Ohio State University Extension, and Eric Hayes, Athens Soil and Water Conservation District (30 minutes)

Mapping – How to use Google Earth Pro- powerpoint slides

PowerPoint presentation on Google Earth pro (13 min):

“Mapping your woodland” virtual A DAY in the WOODS offered on October 9

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Our October 9, A DAY in the WOODS program Mapping you woodland will once again be offered  virtually via Zoom and YouTube videos.    This program will focus on tools that you can use to locate boundaries and other land features, and to create digital maps from location data using free GPS (Global Positioning System) phone applications and online mapping tools.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

These topics will be presented during a live Zoom Webinar:

10:00 AM – Welcome and Zoom Orientation – Julie Strawser and Dave Apsley (Ohio State University Extension)

10:05 AM –  Using Ohio county auditor web resources – Eric Hayes, Athens Soil and Water Conservation District

10:30 AM –  Collecting location information from your woodland using AVENZA maps – Stephanie Downs,  Ohio Department of Natural Resources-Division of Forestry

11:15 AM  Overview of online mapping tools including My Land Plan, Google Earth Pro and other free or low cost mapping tools – Dave Apsley, Ohio State University Extension, Stephanie Downs,  Ohio Department of Natural Resources-Division of Forestry, and Eric Hayes, Athens Soil and Water Conservation District

11:30 Question and answer session with all presenters.

 

Additional videos which  provide detailed instructions on how to use online mapping tools will be available after the October 9 program : 

How to use My Land Plan to map and manage your woodland Resources, Dave Apsley, Ohio State University Extension, Stephanie Downs,  Ohio Department of Natural Resources-Division of Forestry (30 minutes)

Creating interactive maps using Google Earth Pro, Dave Apsley, Ohio State University Extension, and Eric Hayes, Athens Soil and Water Conservation District (30 minutes)

 

 

Videos and resources now available from 9-11-2020 virtual A DAY in the WOODS program”Forest and wildlife history and future challenges”

Videos and other resources from our virtual  A DAY in the WOODS program Forest and wildlife history and future challenges  offered on 9-11-2020 can be found below:

Change in age, structure, and composition of Ohio’s forests –  Tom Macy and Cotton Randall, Ohio Department of Natural Resources-Division of Forestry

Wildlife history – trends in land use and influence on Ohio’s wildlife populations– Mark Wiley, Ohio Department of Natural Resources-Division of Forestry

Impacts of climate change on forests and wildlife, Steve Matthews,  The Ohio State University, School of Environment and Natural Resources OSU (approximately 60 min):   Impacts of climate change on forests and wildlife-video

Impacts of Non-native invasive species on wildlife, Marne Titchenell, Ohio State University Extension, and School of Environment and Natural Resources (approximately 30): https://go.osu.edu/manageinvasives

Forest and wildlife history and future challenges

Photo courtesy of Jeff Hoffer, Public Safety Supervisor, Ohio State University Mansfield

Our September 11th, A DAY in the WOODS program Forest and wildlife history and future challenges will once again be offered via Zoom.    This program will focus on the only constant in nature, change.  Our wonderful lineup of panelists will discuss the history of Ohio’s forests and wildlife, as well as, some of the current and future challenges facing our woodlands and wildlife.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

These topics will be presented during a live Zoom Webinar:

10:00 AM – Welcome and Zoom Orientation with Marne Titchenell and Dave Apsley (Ohio State University Extension)

10:05 AM –  Change in age, structure, and composition of Ohio’s forests – Cotton Randall, Ohio Department of Natural Resources-Division of Forestry

10:40 AM –  Wildlife history – trends in land use and influence on Ohio’s wildlife populations– Mark Wiley, Ohio Department of Natural Resources-Division of Forestry

11:15 –  Q/A session with Steve Matthews (OSU SENR), Cotton Randall (ODNR-DOF), Marne Titchenell (OSUE and SENR) and Mark Wiley (ODNR-DOW)

Additional Videos produced for this program:

Impacts of climate change on forests and wildlife, Steve Matthews,  The Ohio State University, School of Environment and Natural Resources OSU (approximately 60 min);  This webinar will air live as part of Ohio Woodland Stewards’ Friday’s Escape to the Forest Series. You can attend this webinar live on 9/4/2020 at 11 AM. To register http://go.osu.edu/climatefw .  The video will also be available on Monday 9-7-2020 at:  https://woodlandstewards.osu.edu/resources/webinars

Impacts of Non-native invasive species on wildlife, Marne Titchenell, Ohio State University Extension, and School of Environment and Natural Resources (approximately 30); This video is available now at:  https://go.osu.edu/manageinvasives