Pretty, pretty, pretty … bad

“It’s a beautiful sight unless you consider that the magic carpet rolls over native spring wildflowers, particularly spring ephemerals”—trillium, mayapple, Virginia springbeauty, and others. CFAES’ Joe Boggs writes about the non-native, highly invasive lesser celandine plant (flowering in yellow in the photo above) in his article today on Buckeye Yard and Garden onLine. (Photo: John M. Randall, The Nature Conservancy,

16 Farm Science Review talks about woodlands

If you own a woods and would like to know more about it, make it more sustainable, make more money from it, or all three, then check out these talks during Farm Science Review, Sept. 22–24. The Review’s Gwynne Conservation Area is organizing the lineup, along with series on forages and grazing and also on wildlife and aquatics. 

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ABCs of AIS; or, learning by the water

The Great Lakes-area AIS Landing Blitz campaign, a dockside effort to educate boaters and others about the risks from aquatic invasive species, and how to keep from spreading them, continues on Saturday, July 7, at the Mazurik State Access Area at Lakeside on Lake Erie.

Read more in a press release from Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program. Ohio Sea Grant is one of the campaign’s sponsors.

Two days later, and again with Ohio Sea Grant’s assistance, you’ll have another chance to learn about aquatic invasive species at Lakeside.

Don’t pick up these hitchhikers

Aquatic invasive species—which ones to watch for, how to stop them, and why—are the focus of “Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!” from 2–3 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at Lakeside Chautauqua on the Marblehead peninsula. It’s part of a summer series of Lake Erie science talks presented by staff from Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab. Admission to the talk itself is free but requires paid admission to Lakeside and a pass to park there. Learn more. (Photo: Invasive round gobies, Dave Jude, Michigan Sea Grant, via Flickr.)

Danger: Borer-killed ash trees overhead

It’s bad enough that the emerald ash borer has killed millions of native ash trees. “Now,” CFAES entomologist Joe Boggs says, “you have standing (dead) trees that are starting to break apart”—and that can threaten home, life, and limb. Here’s what you should know and do. (Photo: Getty Images.)