Thursday in Wooster: Alpacas and the Quechua of Peru

Peru is a fair haul from northeast Ohio. CFAES’s Shauna Brummet (pictured) will take you there — by camelid — at the next Wooster Science Café.

Brummet, director of CFAES’s BioHio Research Park by day, an alpaca breeder after hours, will present “A Peruvian Adventure: Alpacas and Their Quechua Shepherds” at 7 p.m. this Thursday, Dec. 7, in Spoon Market and Deli, 144 W. Liberty St. in downtown Wooster. Admission is free and open to the public.

The ongoing Wooster Science Café series, aimed at spurring discussion and insight on science topics, is being sponsored by the College of Wooster and CFAES.

How honey bees get through winter; or, why don’t bees’ knees freeze?

With cold weather here, WOSU Public Media’s Phil Deoliveira looked at how Ohio beekeepers and their charges get through winter. CFAES entomologist Reed Johnson was one of the experts quoted, speaking on the importance of bees storing enough honey to eat to last through winter. “It’s not freezing to death that kills bees,” he said. “It’s running out of food and then freezing to death that kills them.” (Photo: Johnson in warmer times by Ken Chamberlain, CFAES Marketing and Communications.)

‘I believe in science-based decisions’

Jeff Reutter, special advisor to Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program, and Jay Martin, a CFAES ecological engineer, commented on Ohio’s recently released Domestic Action Plan 1.0 in a Nov. 19 Columbus Dispatch story. The new plan is part of a bi-national effort to fight Lake Erie’s harmful algal blooms.