Jason Ward, host of ‘Birds of North America,’ will speak twice at Ohio State on Feb. 18

Jason Ward (pictured, left)—Bronx-born birder and host of the Birds of North America web series—will speak twice at the Ohio State Columbus campus on Tuesday, Feb. 18: first, from 7:15–9:30 a.m. as featured speaker at the Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) monthly breakfast program.; then, from 7–8:50 p.m. at a screening of episodes of Birds of North America as part of Ohio State’s Environmental Film Series.

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‘My goal is to capture a whole story in one frame’

A reminder that Ohio State’s annual Environmental Film Series kicks off on Tuesday, Jan. 21, with “A Life in the Wild,” a discussion with renowned wildlife photographer Tom Mangelsen, whose traveling retrospective exhibit opened Jan. 15 at COSI in Columbus. Enjoy 6 minutes with him and his art in the video above, 110 minutes (7–8:50 p.m.) on Jan. 21.

SENR film series to host renowned wildlife photographer Tom Mangelsen

The fifth Environmental Film Series, hosted by CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), starts on Tuesday, Jan. 21, with “A Life in the Wild,” an in-person appearance by and discussion with renowned wildlife photographer Tom Mangelsen timed to the opening of his traveling retrospective exhibit at COSI in Columbus (which opens Jan. 15 and runs to Jan. 3 of next year). He talks about the exhibit’s first appearance, at the Durham Museum in his home state of Nebraska, in the video above.

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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.)