Further fungi, a lotta lichens

The series called A Day in the Woods, co-sponsored by CFAES’s Ohio State University Extension outreach arm, continues from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, with “Fall Treasures from Your Woodland.” It’s in Vinton Furnace State Forest in McArthur in southeast Ohio.

The focus of the event will be on organisms such as fungi and lichens that grow in, work in and brighten a woods in autumn.

Registration is $12. Get more details (scroll down). (Photo: Getty Images.)

Come study woodland fungus amongus

CFAES’s Ohio Woodland Stewards Program holds a workshop called Fascinating Woodland Fungi on Friday, Oct. 12, on Ohio State’s Mansfield campus. Registration is $35 and includes lunch and handouts. The deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 5.

Unearth more details and register online. (Photo: Jack-o’-lantern mushrooms, beautiful but definitely not to be eaten, Getty Images.)

Learn to ID trees so you can care for them better

Knowing how to correctly identify trees is a key part of diagnosing any problems you might with them, such as pests or diseases.

So says the flier for Nature vs. Nurture Tree ID, an upcoming workshop taught by CFAES’s Ohio Woodland Stewards Program. It’s set for Wednesday, Oct. 3 in CFAES’s Secrest Arboretum in Wooster, and you need to register by Wednesday, Sept. 26. Registration is $35 and includes lunch and materials. There will be indoor and outdoor sessions, so dress for the weather.

Find details and register online. (Photo: Getty Images.)

Ohio chainsaw non-massacre

Millions of ash trees are dead in Ohio, victims of the emerald ash borer pest. Which means millions of chances exist for Ohioans to cut the trees down using chainsaws. Fortunately, demonstrations in the Gwynne Conservation Area at CFAES’s upcoming Farm Science Review, sawdust flying, will show how to do it safely and right. “Chainsaw Maintenance: Sharpening and Safety,” 11 a.m. to noon on all three days of the Review, Tuesday, Sept. 18, Wednesday, Sept. 19, and Thursday, Sept. 20. “Chainsaw Cutting Techniques,” 12:30-1:30 p.m., also all three days. See the full Gwynne schedule.

Tree pests: Which ones should you worry about?

CFAES’s Ohio Woodland Stewards Program presents Common and Uncommon Woodland Pests from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 17 at Ohio State’s Mansfield campus. It’s a workshop on two kinds of forest bugs and diseases: ones you probably don’t have to worry about, and ones you do. It’s all aimed at helping you keep your trees healthy.

Registration is $35, includes lunch and materials, and is needed by Aug. 10.

Get details. (Photo: Gypsy moth larva, one of the latter kind of buggers, by John Ghent, Bugwood.org.)

A Day in the Woods to improve your woods

The next program in the A Day in the Woods series, “An Introduction to Woodland Stewardship Opportunities,” is set for 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 10 in southeast Ohio’s Vinton Furnace State Forest. The focus: Techniques and resources for improving your woodland resources. Registration is $12. Learn more (scroll down). CFAES’s OSU Extension outreach arm is one of the co-sponsors of the series. (Photo: Getty Images.)

What you can see on a Day in the Woods

You’re invited to come see, hear and learn about breeding birds at a program in southeast Ohio’s Vinton Furnace State Forest on Friday, June 8. It’s part of the A Day in the Woods series co-sponsored by CFAES’s Ohio State University Extension outreach arm and a number of partners. Hours are 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration is $12. Learn more.

Fun fact: The beautiful cerulean warbler, pictured, an Ohio species of concern, is among the birds breeding in the area. (Photo: iStock.)

CFAES’s celebrity snakes are back tweeting

Warm weather’s here, and the rattlesnake stars of the @TimberTweets feed — Jimbo, Hope, et al — are back, active and tweeting. Follow their rarely seen daily lives in the woods of southern Ohio. It’s all in the name of research being done by CFAES’s Peterman Lab. Fun fact (unless you’re a rodent or a tick): Timber rattlesnakes eat rodents that carry Lyme disease ticks. (Photo: iStock.)