2021 Presentation Descriptions

Monday, November 8

2021 Update on Ticks in Ohio – Tim McDermott, OSU Extension

Did you know that we have gone from one medically important tick in Ohio twenty years ago to five today including adding two new ones in 2020?  Learn the state of ticks in Ohio right now as well as how to protect you, your family, and your animals from tick-vectored disease.

Thanks, Eugene…Non-native Bird Damage Management – Thomas Butler, USDA-Wildlife Services

This presentation will discuss history and damage management strategies for European starlings, house sparrows, rock pigeons, and mute swans.

Impacts of Non-Native Earthworms in Hardwood Forests – Tara Bal, Michigan Technological University

Did you know that over much of North America, most of the earthworms present today are exotic invasive ones?  Learn about different types of earthworm groups and the impacts of these ecosystem engineers on forest soils, nutrients, plants, microorganisms, and wildlife communities.  Being aware of what you can do is an important step in forest management considerations.

The Unwanted And Unloved Invasive Insects That Should Be On Your Radar – Amy Stone, OSU Extension

While invasive species are nothing new, this session will be covering several non-native invasive insects that should be aware of and watching for. From leaf feeders like the viburnum leaf beetle and the gypsy moth, stem feeders like the spotted lanternfly, and wood borers like the Asian Longhorned beetle, you will hear the latest information about each species including where they are lurking, what to look and how to report and/or manage.

Tuesday, November 9

Bobcats in Ohio – Katie Dennison, ODNR-Division of Wildlife

After being largely absent for over a century, bobcats have made an impressive recovery in Ohio over the past 20 years. In this presentation, Katie will provide a brief introduction on bobcat ecology, then go more in-depth into the history and current status of bobcats in Ohio, including an overview of findings from research and monitoring, and information for government leaders who may have bobcats in or around their community.

Crafting Code – Sarah Esala, City of Dublin

Occasionally we need to address wildlife issues through a written ordinance. Knowing when and how to create a quality proposal that city councils or commissions will want to address requires a few simple but important considerations.  This session will present some steps to planning and writing great proposals for the best chance for success with residents and in council chambers.

Coexisting with Squirrels – Stormy Gibson, SCRAM! Wildlife Control

Learn about ways to prevent uninvited squirrels from invading your attic, how to mitigate them and coexist with them in a humane way.

Ohio’s White-tailed Deer: An Update on Herd Health and Condition – Mike Tonkovich, ODNR-Division of Wildlife

Mike will share an update on white-tailed deer in Ohio, including information on diseases that impact white-tailed deer, and current challenges.

Wednesday, November 10, 1 pm – 3 pm – How Communities Manage Urban Coyotes

1 pm – Coyotes and Communities: Denver Metro Area Coyote Study – Mary Ann Bonnell, Denver Metro Area Coyote Study, Jefferson County Open Space, CO

Explore best practices and lessons learned through community-based urban coyote management informed by collaboration, research, and real life.

1:45 pm – The Transition from Catch and Kill to Research and Community Education – Josh Henderson, Galveston, TX Police Department

Coyotes’ ability to adapt to their environment is remarkable indeed. Over the last ten years, we have transitioned from trap/catch/kill to a proper coyote management program. Galveston is now on the cutting edge of coyote research and no longer employs a knee-jerk reaction form of coyote management. This presentation will discuss how and why we do what we do. I will explain both the research that is ongoing and discuss the community education programs that are necessary to make this program a success.