Explore the Lower Olentangy close up

The next breakfast program by the Environmental Professionals Network (EPN), set for July 10, will take you on a walking tour of the Lower Olentangy River in Columbus. You’ll learn about wildlife, forestry, invasive species, water quality and the benefits of lowhead dam removal. You’ll visit CFAES’s Wilma H. Shiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, check out invasive-species removal and elm research projects in Tuttle Park, learn about the 5th Avenue dam removal and river restoration process, and get a close-up look at a field collection of aquatic macroinvertebrates. Registration is open to both EPN members and the public. Find out more.

CFAES’s Mažeika Sullivan, director of the Shiermeier wetland park and one of the walk’s guides, talks about the facility in the video above.

CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources is the organizer of EPN, which is a statewide professional group. Joining is free and open to anyone studying or working in an environmental field.

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.)

Sure, you love seeing wildlife, but what should you do when THIS happens?

Today (April 23) is the deadline to register for “The Good, the Bad and the Hungry: Managing Wildlife Conflict Around Your Home,” a workshop offered by CFAES’s Ohio Woodland Stewards Program on Friday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in 229 Riedl Hall, 1760 University Drive, at Ohio State’s Mansfield campus. Registration is $35 and includes lunch. Register online.

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Speaking of salamanders (and their friends)

The 2018 Ohio Amphibian and Reptile Conference is tomorrow, Tuesday, March 20, in the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Online registration has ended, but you can still register at the door, space permitting ($45; $25 for students; lunch not included). Learn more.

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Salamander gander, part deux (slideshow)

See seven Ohio salamanders in the slideshow below, whose photos come from CFAES’s Getting to Know Salamanders in Ohio bulletin, now out of print but available as a PDF.

Spring means a salamander gander

Matt Reese of Ohio’s Country Journal recently went on his first salamander search and “could not believe what we found!” He quotes Marne Titchenell, wildlife specialist in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, and mentions the college’s Getting to Know Salamanders bulletin.

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