CFAES alum Alan Wentz receives Aldo Leopold wildlife award

W. Alan Wentz, PhD, who earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural and biological conservation from Ohio State in 1969 and is a 1999 recipient of CFAES’ Distinguished Alumni Award, was recognized with the Aldo Leopold Memorial Award for distinguished service to wildlife conservation in Reno, Nevada, on Oct. 1 at the joint meeting of The Wildlife Society and American Fisheries Society.

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Coming up: A day in the (fall) woods

The series called A Day in the Woods continues with “Woodland and Wildlife Research” on Oct. 11.

The event will feature research underway in southeast Ohio’s Vinton Furnace State Forest near McArthur, including on subjects such as blue jays, rattlesnakes, and sustaining oak-hickory forests.

Just as important, the flier says, you can also just “enjoy the fall woods.”

CFAES’ OSU Extension outreach arm is one of the series sponsors.

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One humdinger of a bird walk

On Saturday, Aug. 10, CFAES’ Secrest Arboretum in Wooster is holding a free public bird walk. You can see and learn to identify birds, such as the ruby-throated hummingbird shown here. And you can also see what the birds have to say about the arboretum’s plants and ecosystems. “One of the most useful things that birds can indicate,” an EnvironmentalScience.org webpage called “Birds as Environmental Indicators” says, “is overall habitat quality.” (Photo: Getty Images.)

What do Americans think about wildlife?

By Mary Guiden, Science Writer and Senior Public Relations Specialist, Colorado State University

Abundant and healthy wildlife populations are a cultural and ecological treasure in the United States. Over time, however, decisions about how agencies manage wildlife have become highly contested: How should managers handle human-wildlife conflict, endangered species restoration, and predator control?

A new 50-state study called America’s Wildlife Values—the largest and first of its kind—describes individuals’ values toward wildlife across states. Leading the study were researchers from Colorado State and Ohio State, including Alia Dietsch and Jeremy Bruskotter of CFAES’ School of Environment and Natural Resources.

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Student club watching, protecting campus birds

“A club at The Ohio State University is working to tackle the problem of birds colliding head-on with building windows.” So begins our latest CFAES Story, which features CFAES’ Ornithology Club and was written by Yianni Sarris. Sarris is an Ohio State political science major and a student writer with CFAES’ Marketing and Communications unit.

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‘So many snakes!’—and that’s a good thing

If you’ve been to the Lake Erie islands lately, you’ve probably seen Lake Erie watersnakes, which were brought back from the brink of extinction—to the benefit of the islands’ natural systems—by scientists and volunteers with CFAES’ Stone Laboratory.

Learn more in the video above and in our latest CFAES Story.

It’s spring, peeps! Check out this workshop

The 2019 Ohio River Valley Woodland and Wildlife Workshop is later this week: it’s Saturday, March 30, at Clifty Falls State Park in Madison, Indiana. It’s especially for woodland owners in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky; features natural resource experts from those three states, including from CFAES (CFAES is one of the event’s organizers); and offers 13 sessions on interesting aspects of the trees and wildlife that live on your land.

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