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.)

Yes, there’s giant hogweed in Ohio (in some places): What to know and how to spot it

Giant hogweed, the nasty invasive plant that’s currently in the news — experts discovered it for the first time in Virginia recently — has been found in scattered places in Ohio for a number of years, especially in Ashtabula County in the state’s far northeastern corner.

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Here are the swans that a-swim in Ohio

Depending on the time of year, your true love can find up to three swans a-swimming in, a-flying over or a-breeding in Ohio. The tundra. The trumpeter. The mute. One is an invasive species. One is the result of a successful reintroduction. Read more beneath the “7 th day” heading (scroll down). (Photo: Trumpeter swans, iStock.)

The carp at the door

“Asian carp remain an important threat to Great Lakes fisheries, especially Lake Erie,” says the lede of a Nov. 6 story by the Sandusky Register’s Tom Jackson. The story, covering a recent report by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network, looked at the possible negative impacts, should the carp invade, on the lakes, their fish and their fishing. Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program is a member of the network. The program’s Chris Winslow, Tory Gabriel and Jeff Reutter were among the coauthors of the report. Gabriel and Winslow have partial appointments with CFAES.