Oaks, aquaculture, flood-tolerant forages: Wednesday in the Gwynne

Wednesday, Sept. 18, in the Gywnne Conservation Area at Farm Science Review features 21 presentations, including Utilizing Aquaculture for Conservation (10:30–11 a.m.), Forages for the Extremes—Drought and Flood Tolerant Options (12:30–1 p.m.), The Future of Oak Is in Our Hands (2–2:30 p.m.), and The Basics of Tree Identification (2–3 p.m.). See the full schedule.

Farm Science Review continues through Thursday, Sept. 19, at CFAES’ Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio.

The Gwynne Conservation Area is hosting free talks and other activities—on topics related to woods, wildlife, aquatics, and forages and grazing—on all three days of the event.

Keeping deer out: Tuesday in the Gwynne

The 17 free sessions set for Tuesday, Sept. 17, in Farm Science Review’s Gywnne Conservation Area include Landscaping for Wildlife (10­–10:30 a.m.), The Exclusion Solution—Mesh Fence to Protect Plantings from Deer (noon to 1 p.m.), Soil Testing to Increase Yields (1:30–2 p.m.), and Things You Should Know Before Selling Your Timber (2-3 p.m.). See the full schedule.

The Review runs from Sept. 17–19 at CFAES’ Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio.

The Gwynne Conservation Area is hosting free talks and other activities—on topics related to woods, wildlife, aquatics, and forages and grazing—on all three days of the event. (Photo: White-tailed deer, Getty Images.)

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.)