On Saturday, June 9, you can see birds functioning within the specific ecosystem of CFAES’s Secrest Arboretum. Members of the Greater Mohican Aududon Society will lead a guided bird walk there from 9-11 a.m. Admission is free. The arboretum is on CFAES’s Wooster campus.
Get details. (Photo: Scarlet (but not much gray) tanager, iStock.).
Got a live Christmas tree? Now’s the time to prepare for planting it. So says Paul Snyder of CFAES’s Secrest Arboretum, who gives tips in the video above. (Hint: It’s best to dig the hole before the ground freezes.)
Visit Secrest Arboretum and see 18 examples of big, tall, still-growing Christmas trees. Read more, get their GPS locations and see photos of all 18. (There’s a slideshow, too, of their needles close up.) The arboretum is on CFAES’s Wooster campus. (Photo: Eastern white pine, Ken Chamberlain, CFAES.)
Follow Skeate, Arwen, Hermione and Mr. Darcy, among others — radiotagged timber rattlesnakes living in southeast Ohio woods — on the @TimberTweets Twitter feed by CFAES’s Peterman Lab. Lab staff are tracking the secretive snakes, an Ohio endangered species, to see how forest management affects them. Venomous but shy, with a taste for eating small rodents (including ones spreading Lyme disease), timber rattlers help ecosystems and, quietly, people.
You’ve read about CFAES insect scientist Mary Gardiner’s research on Cleveland’s vacant lots here, for example, and here. Now you can hear her in person. She presents “Managing Vacant Land to Support Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services” in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Sciences’ spring seminar series from 11:30 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. Wednesday at Ohio State in Columbus. You can watch by video link, too, at CFAES’s research arm, OARDC in Wooster. Find out more. Gardiner is also the author of last year’s Good Garden Bugs: Everything You Need To Know About Beneficial Predatory Insects (Quarry Books).
Columbus’s “Main Street bridge is crawling with spiders” — especially, it seems, its handrails. And in terms of the growing health of a restored section of the Scioto River, that’s good. CFAES’s Dave Shetlar is quoted. Mark Somerson of the Columbus Dispatch has the story. (Photo: Nathan Lovegrove, iStock.)
CFAES scientist Reed Johnson, Entomology, presents a seminar called “Corn, Soybeans and Honey Bees: Risks and Benefits for Pollinators in Today’s Agricultural Landscape” this Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 11:30 a.m. Get details. (Photo: beti gorse, iStock.)