Sept. 18: Ecosystem characteristics and bird abundance

rodenhousen-squareWellesley College’s Nicholas Rodenhouse presents “How Well Do Ecosystem Characteristics Predict Bird Abundance at the Landscape Spatial Scale?” in the School of Environment and Natural Resources’ seminar series, 4-5:15 p.m., Sept. 18. Details. Rodenhouse is a professor of biological sciences. His research, his faculty bio says, “explores how climate change affects forest songbirds and the environments in which they live.” (Photo: Wellesley College.)

‘World’s largest archive of climate data,’ and how it can help you

The next webinar by Ohio State’s Climate Change Outreach Team features Doug Kluck and Deke Arndt, both of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center. The center is the world’s largest archive of weather and climate data. Their talk, “NOAA Climate Resources,” noon to 1 p.m., Sept. 25, will cover how NOAA monitors climate change and how citizens can tap into the agency’s information.

Dean announces $1 million water quality initiative

CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron, speaking at the college’s annual Farm Science Review trade show, today announced the creation of a new university-wide water quality initiative. Called Field to Faucet, the effort will seek end-to-end solutions to hazardous algal blooms and water quality issues.

“Toledo was a wakeup call,” said McPheron, speaking to a crowd of 700 at the Review’s opening-day luncheon. “Just over a month ago, the city of Toledo awoke to the news that parents could not draw water from their taps for their children. Restaurants were shuttered, parks were closed, citizens wondered whether to eat food washed in tap water and whether to shower.”

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Spotlight on trends in Ohio’s dairy industry

picture of curious dairy cowCFAES alumnus Scott Higgins, CEO of American Dairy Association Mideast, presents “New Technologies and Trends of Ohio’s Dairy Industry, from Grass to Glass” from 7:30-9 a.m. on Sept. 26 at Der Dutchman Restaurant, 720 State Route 97 West, in Bellville, part of the Northeast Ohio Agribusiness Forum series. Details. CFAES is a sponsor of the talk.

Founder of Youngstown’s Big Cricket Farms, first edible insect farm in U.S., to speak Wednesday

“Insects May Be The Most Sustainable Food Source,” said a headline last year in the Guardian, and on Wednesday, Sept. 10, you can hear from someone who’s making it happen. Kevin Bachhuber, founder of Youngstown, Ohio’s Big Cricket Farms, called America’s first edible insect farm, and an urban farm at that, will speak on “Entomophagy: Research and Career Opportunities in Edible Insects” from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in 121 Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Ave., on the Wooster campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC. There’s also a live video link to 244 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Road, on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. The New York Times and others have featured him recently. Details: piermarini.1@osu.edu.

Sept. 9: How to continue Ohio’s clean energy progress

solar panelThe Environmental Professionals Network, a service of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, hosts its next monthly breakfast program, “Challenges and Opportunities: Achieving Ohio’s Clean Energy Potential,” on Sept. 9 in Columbus. You’re invited to attend. Details.

Oil and gas drilling impacts? Talk aims to show bigger picture

The environmental impacts of oil and gas production “are much broader than what most people consider,” says Joe Bonnell, who hopes to show farmers, landowners and others the bigger picture. Bonnell, who is watershed management program director for CFAES’s statewide outreach arm, OSU Extension, will present “Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction” twice at the upcoming Farm Science Review. Times and other details. Sponsored by CFAES, the Review goes from Sept. 16-18 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio.