Hello, friend; or, Froggy went a-helpin’

CFAES wildlife specialist Marne Titchenell presents “Common Frogs and Snakes of Ohio” from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in the Gwynne Conservation Area at Farm Science Review. It’s a look at your small, shy, helpful neighbors — American toads, green frogs, garter snakes and others — and the good they do for farms, yards and gardens. See the full Gwynne schedule. (Photo: Leopard frog, Getty Images.)

Details on deer disease in Ohio

In August, parts of Tuscarawas and Holmes counties in northern Ohio were declared Disease Surveillance Areas for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a fatal, easily spreadable illness of deer, elk, moose and caribou.

What does the declaration mean for deer farmers and deer hunters in those areas? What does the disease threat mean for Ohio hunters in general, including those who may travel to hunt in other states or in Canada?

Get answers to those questions in “Chronic Wasting Disease in White Tailed Deer,” a talk from 10:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the Gwynne Conservation Area at next week’s CFAES-sponsored Farm Science Review.

See the full Gwynne schedule. (Photo: White-tailed deer, Getty Images.)

This green land

Visitors to CFAES’s Farm Science Review, set for Sept. 18-20, can hop a free shuttle to the Gwynne Conservation Area, pictured below, home to nearly 70 acres of ponds, woods, prairies and a stream.

Called the Gwynne for short, it’s a perfect setting for more than 50 free talks and demonstrations on conservation, including trees, fish, soils, grasslands, water and wildlife.

Topics will range from bees to bats, chainsaw safety to year-round grazing, harvesting timber to making maple syrup.

One demonstration will even feature “electrofishing,” a method used by scientists to sample the fish in a lake or stream.

Find out more. (Photo: CFAES.)

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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