Where it winters, why that matters

The prothonotary warbler, which in summer breeds in eastern and central North America, including Ohio, spends winter in just one country in South America. So says a new study led by Christopher Tonra, assistant professor in CFAES’ School of Environment and Natural Resources. The finding, Tonra said, “speaks to how important habitat protection in this one country is to the (birds’) overall population.” Read the story. (Photo: Male prothonotary warbler, Getty Images.)

‘Women across the globe are leading the way’

Nicole Jackson, Frances Beinecke, and Heather Taylor-Miesle preview 2019’s Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) Signature Event, “Women in Conservation,” in the video above. The free public event is set for April 8 in Columbus.

Jackson is EPN’s program coordinator. Beinecke is a former president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, a 2007 winner of the Rachel Carson Award, and one of the event’s featured speakers. Taylor-Miesle is executive director of the Ohio Environmental Council and will serve as the event’s facilitator.

Find details about attending.

On women, leadership, and conservation

“Women in Conservation” is the theme of this year’s Signature Event by CFAES’ Environmental Professionals Network, set for April 8 in Columbus, and in that spirit, check out this 2012 conversation between Nina Simons and Terry Tempest Williams, which was serendipitously mentioned in an email today from the environmental group Bioneers. Simons co-founded Bioneers and is the author of Nature, Culture, and the Sacred: A Woman Listens for Leadership. Williams is a conservationist, educator, and author, including of 2012’s When Women Were Birds. In their conversation, the email said, the two discuss Williams’ book, “how women find their voices, and the relationship between inner reflection and outward activism.”

Find out more about the April 8 event.

Monday night: ‘Conservation heroes of the American heartland’

CFAES’s 4th Environmental Film Series, presented by the School of Environment and Natural Resources, kicks off tonight, Monday, Oct. 15, with “Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman,” called the “inspiring story of heartland conservation heroes who are feeding the world while stewarding the land and water.” It’s from 7-8:45 p.m. in Room 130, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry (CBEC) Building, on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. You can watch the trailer above.

Admission to the film is free. A panel discussion led by Montana rancher Dusty Crary, who’s featured in the film, and conservation farmer Fred Yoder of Plain City in central Ohio follows the screening. Enjoy free pizza and beverages at 6:30 p.m.

Find details, including the full series schedule.

This green land

Visitors to CFAES’s Farm Science Review, set for Sept. 18-20, can hop a free shuttle to the Gwynne Conservation Area, pictured below, home to nearly 70 acres of ponds, woods, prairies and a stream.

Called the Gwynne for short, it’s a perfect setting for more than 50 free talks and demonstrations on conservation, including trees, fish, soils, grasslands, water and wildlife.

Topics will range from bees to bats, chainsaw safety to year-round grazing, harvesting timber to making maple syrup.

One demonstration will even feature “electrofishing,” a method used by scientists to sample the fish in a lake or stream.

Find out more. (Photo: CFAES.)

Endangered Species Act works, is wanted

About 4 out of 5 Americans support the Endangered Species Act, according to a new study led by Jeremy Bruskotter of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. The act, approved by Congress in 1973, protects plant, animal, insect and fish species threatened by extinction, along with the habitats they need.

“Every time the ESA is in the news, you hear about how controversial it is,” Bruskotter said in a July 19 Ohio State press release about the study. “But the three most recent studies show that, on average, approximately 83 percent of the public supports it, and that’s sort of the opposite of controversial.”

Shown here is a bald eagle, America’s national bird, whose recovery is considered one of the act’s greatest success stories.

Read more about the study. (Photo: Getty Images.)

Celebrate ‘food, sustainability, community’

The next Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program, 7 a.m. to noon June 12, involves a field trip. Participants will ride a bus from Ohio State’s Columbus campus, or drive on their own, to the town of Mechanicsburg, 40 miles west of Columbus, where they’ll visit and hear from local food supporters The Hive Market and Deli (for breakfast), Hemisphere Coffee Roasters (for coffee), In Good Taste Catering and an associated family farm (for walking and wagon tours of its crops, livestock and conservation practices). It’s a celebration of “food, environmental sustainability and community,” says the event’s website.

Find details and a link to register.