She works to help bumbles bee well

Doing good for bumble bees takes finding out what’s bad for them.

Sarah Scott, a CFAES entomology doctoral student, is studying how the fuzzy, buzzy, black-and-yellow pollinators get exposed to heavy metals in their environment—and what it can mean to their survival.

Scott, at CFAES’ Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory, poses near hives housing bumble bees’ domesticated cousins. (Photo: Ken Chamberlain, CFAES.)

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Coyotes looking at you (oh-oh, oh-oh)

Is city life changing coyotes? In a new study underway in Cleveland, Chicago, Columbus, and Cincinnati, Stan Gehrt, CFAES’ renowned urban coyote expert, is hoping to find out. He says whether you’re a rabbit, a rat, or typical city dweller or suburbanite, “coyotes spend a lot of time watching us.” Read the story.

Jason Ward, host of ‘Birds of North America,’ will speak twice at Ohio State on Feb. 18

Jason Ward (pictured, left)—Bronx-born birder and host of the Birds of North America web series—will speak twice at the Ohio State Columbus campus on Tuesday, Feb. 18: first, from 7:15–9:30 a.m. as featured speaker at the Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) monthly breakfast program.; then, from 7–8:50 p.m. at a screening of episodes of Birds of North America as part of Ohio State’s Environmental Film Series.

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Restoring a river, restoring hope

Jason Atkinson, producer of 2014’s A River Between Us, about the conflict and coming together of the Klamath River restoration project in Oregon and Washington, the largest river restoration project in American history, appears in person at a screening of the film from 7–8:50 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Ohio State Columbus campus. A discussion follows the screening, which is being presented as part of Ohio State’s fifth Environmental Film Series. Admission is free and open to the public, with free pizza and beverages at 6:30 p.m. Learn more.

‘My goal is to capture a whole story in one frame’

A reminder that Ohio State’s annual Environmental Film Series kicks off on Tuesday, Jan. 21, with “A Life in the Wild,” a discussion with renowned wildlife photographer Tom Mangelsen, whose traveling retrospective exhibit opened Jan. 15 at COSI in Columbus. Enjoy 6 minutes with him and his art in the video above, 110 minutes (7–8:50 p.m.) on Jan. 21.

In Mansfield, 5 short films about nature

The EcoLab at Ohio State’s Mansfield campus is hosting a Nature Film Night from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. The event will feature five short films and discussion. Nicole Jackson of CFAES’ School of Environment and Natural Resources will moderate the discussion. Admission is free and open to the public. Find details and check out the flyer.

How you can ID a tree with no leaves

The series called “A Day in the Woods” concludes on Friday, Nov. 8, with “Identifying Trees in Winter.” Set for southeast Ohio’s Zaleski State Forest, the event will give tips on how to identify trees based on their bark, buds, twigs, nuts, and overall shape; will explore the forest’s Moonville Tunnel area; and, by visiting habitats ranging from wetlands to dry ridges, will showcase the diversity of Ohio’s Appalachian woods.

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Coming up: A day in the (fall) woods

The series called A Day in the Woods continues with “Woodland and Wildlife Research” on Oct. 11.

The event will feature research underway in southeast Ohio’s Vinton Furnace State Forest near McArthur, including on subjects such as blue jays, rattlesnakes, and sustaining oak-hickory forests.

Just as important, the flier says, you can also just “enjoy the fall woods.”

CFAES’ OSU Extension outreach arm is one of the series sponsors.

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