Saturday: See Earth-friendly insects up close

The Scarlet, Gray, and Green Fair on Saturday, April 23, will hold tours of the CFAES Wooster Campus’s new United Titanium Bug Zoo. You can get a sneak peek of what you can see on the tour in the video above. Or check out these photos and story in the Ohio State Alumni Magazine.

Tours will be offered, too, of the new building that the zoo is in, the Wooster Campus Science Building, which is LEED-certified. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Learn more about the Scarlet, Gray, and Green Fair.

Pretty, pretty, pretty … bad

“It’s a beautiful sight unless you consider that the magic carpet rolls over native spring wildflowers, particularly spring ephemerals”—trillium, mayapple, Virginia springbeauty, and others. CFAES’ Joe Boggs writes about the non-native, highly invasive lesser celandine plant (flowering in yellow in the photo above) in his article today on Buckeye Yard and Garden onLine. (Photo: John M. Randall, The Nature Conservancy,

Out in the darkness the whip-poor-wills cry

Using GPS tags attached to the birds, associate professor Chris Tonra and graduate student Aaron Skinner, both of CFAES’ School of Environment and Natural Resources, helped discover some surprising facts about the long migrations that eastern whip-poor-wills make from their Midwestern (including Ohio) breeding grounds.

Read the full story.

(Photo: Eastern whip-poor-will, Getty Images.)

I looked a coyote right in the face

The next monthly program by CFAES’ Environmental Professionals Network (EPN), “Coyotes, Coffee, and Carnivores” is Tuesday, Feb. 15, online or in person. The theme is “exploring human-animal coexistence in a crowded world.” The esteemed speaker lineup includes Stan Gehrt, CFAES’ own world-renowned expert on urban wildlife.

Get details about the EPN program, including how to register.

CFAES sustainability news, Nov. 9, 2021

NOAA authorizes $1.77 million to research harmful algal blooms

Cleveland Plain Dealer, Oct. 27; projects include researchers from Ohio State

‘Crop diversity underpins food security’: Scientists flag ‘enormous’ diversity loss

Food Navigator; Oct. 26; Kristin Mercer, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, is one of the study’s co-authors

CFAES sustainability news, Aug. 30, 2021

Where have fireflies gone?

Youngstown Vindicator, Aug. 23; featuring Dave Shetlar, CFAES Department of Entomology

Hundreds of U.S. cities adopted climate plans. Few have met the goals, but it’s not too late.

USA Today, Aug. 10; featuring Aaron Wilson, OSU Extension

‘Stinkweed’ could be used for green jet fuel

Bio Market Insights, Aug. 9; featuring Ajay Shah, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering