Blue birds? Happiness

Members of the Greater Mohican Audubon Society lead a guided bird walk from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, in CFAES’s Secrest Arboretum in Wooster, home to species like the indigo bunting shown here.

Admission is free and open to the public. Find out more. (Photo: Getty Images.)

4 ways to visit Stone Lab

CFAES’s Stone Lab, located at Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie, is offering public tours of its Gibraltar Island, Aquatic Visitors Center and South Bass Island Lighthouse at various times and days this summer and fall. Find details and the schedules.

You also can visit Sept. 8, when the lab hosts its 20th annual Friends of Stone Lab Open House.

Especially in summer, Stone Lab is home to teachers, students and scientists exploring Lake Erie, its water, and what lives in and around it. (Photo: Stone Lab open house, 2016, Frank Lichtkoppler, Ohio Sea Grant, via Flickr.)

Thursday night at Stone Lab: SENR’s big 5-0; improving urban water quality

Tonight in Stone Lab’s guest lecture series, Jeff Sharp, director of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), will present “50 Years of Environmental and Natural Resource Education at The Ohio State University: Looking to the Next 50” (he speaks in the video above); and Rachel Gabor, assistant professor with SENR, will discuss “Watersheds and Sewersheds: Identifying Controls on Water Quality in Urban Environments.” Admission is free and open to the public. Find out more.

Stone Lab, part of CFAES, is located at Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie.

SENR is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Algae forecast to be announced July 12

Last year’s Lake Erie algal bloom was the third-largest on record, according to scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Ohio Sea Grant, a program based at Ohio State.

So how are things looking for this summer?

On July 12, CFAES’s Stone Lab, shown here, located at Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie, will host a media briefing at which NOAA experts will announce their forecast. Get details and find links to register to attend in person and by webinar. (Photo: Lisa Rice, Ohio Sea Grant.)

Follow our student farm on Twitter

The tweet below includes a video update on Ohio State’s Student Farm, which is located at CFAES’s Waterman Agriculture and Natural Resources Laboratory in Columbus. Watch to the end for an interesting way to control weeds without using chemicals.

See what’s new at the farm, and all throughout CFAES, by following @CFAES_OSU on Twitter.

You also can follow the farm on Facebook.

Explore the Lower Olentangy close up

The next breakfast program by the Environmental Professionals Network (EPN), set for July 10, will take you on a walking tour of the Lower Olentangy River in Columbus. You’ll learn about wildlife, forestry, invasive species, water quality and the benefits of lowhead dam removal. You’ll visit CFAES’s Wilma H. Shiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, check out invasive-species removal and elm research projects in Tuttle Park, learn about the 5th Avenue dam removal and river restoration process, and get a close-up look at a field collection of aquatic macroinvertebrates. Registration is open to both EPN members and the public. Find out more.

CFAES’s Mažeika Sullivan, director of the Shiermeier wetland park and one of the walk’s guides, talks about the facility in the video above.

CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources is the organizer of EPN, which is a statewide professional group. Joining is free and open to anyone studying or working in an environmental field.