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The 79th Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference will be held January 27-30, 2019 at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio.

List of presentations and posters at the 25th Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society, October 7-11, 2018 in Cleveland, OH by wildlife faculty, staff and students in the School of Environment and Natural Resources' Terrestrial

Bird-based Habitat Conservation Workshop with the Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Region Joint Venture Science Office.

The Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology Laboratory (TWEL) hosted Greg Soulliere and Mohammed Al-Saffar from the Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes (UMR&GLR) Joint Venture science office in early April 2018. Greg and Mohammed, along with Drs. Chris Tonra (TWEL) and Robert Gates (TWEL) rolled out the Joint Venture's new waterfowl and waterbird conservation strategies, and discussed the biological foundations of all-bird habitat conservation planning, including the current land bird and shorebird conservation strategies.  There was lively discussion about incorporating human dimensions and ecosystem goods and services goals into the biological planning of bird conservation at the landscape scale during an afternoon session held at the 4-H center on the campus of The Ohio State University.  

The Ohio River Valley Woodland and Wildlife Workshop, designed especially for landowners in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, is set for March 17 near Cincinnati. (Photo: Red trillium, Joshua Moore, iStock.)

The emerald ash borer (EAB) has killed millions of ash trees in Ohio, the Midwest and eastern North America, including possibly yours. But there are ways to help your woods bounce back.  For starters, you should scout for invasive plants on a regular basis, said Kathy Smith, forestry expert at The Ohio State University. If you find any, you should root them out.  With fewer trees in your woods and more gaps in the canopy, “the concern is that non-native invasive species can quickly get out of hand,” Smith said. She named buckthorns, honeysuckles, garlic-mustard and kudzu as a few of the many invaders you should watch for.Woods hit by ash borers also may need selective thinning, seedling planting and changes in the owner’s management goals, Smith said, all depending on how many ash trees died and what kinds of trees remain. Harvesting timber may need to be reduced in some cases.  Smith will speak on the topic at the Ohio River Valley Woodland and Wildlife Workshop near Cincinnati on March 17. The event offers 15 sessions on subjects including birds, bats, trees, bees, ponds, and timber and wildlife management. It’s for landowners in the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana tri-state region. It’s also for anyone else interested in conservation.

Visit The Urban Coyote Research Project's refreshed website.

The Urban Coyote Research Project recently refreshed its’ online presence with a new look and a new opportunity to stay engaged with the project through their featured field notes. The goal of the refreshed website, according to Stanley D. Gehrt, director of the project and professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University continues to be to provide reliable information for the public, agencies, and other decision –makers and will share findings from the project’s long-term research and monitoring program on urban coyotes.

Visit the website at https://urbancoyoteresearch.com/ to learn all about coyotes and discover what the researchers are learning about urban coyote ecology and management.

Wildlife research by Ohio State researchers to be presented at Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Wisconsin. Photo credit: Jeremy Bruskotter

Wildlife research conducted by faculty and students in the School of Environment and Natural Resources will be presented at the 78th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin later this month.

The annual conference of the Ohio Community Wildlife Cooperative is Nov. 8 at Ohio State. It’s for city officials and others who work to manage conflicts with wildlife, like this white-tailed deer. (Photo: iStock.)

What’s a city to do about deer? Bats? Loose-running cats?  Experts will discuss answers at the Ohio Community Wildlife Cooperative’s annual conference, set for Nov. 8 on The Ohio State University’s Columbus campus.  The event, geared toward city officials, community leaders and others who manage conflicts between people and wildlife, will have nine sessions on topics including the status of white-tailed deer in Ohio, keeping bats healthy and out of belfries, or at least people’s homes, and the sometimes-heated issue of feral and free-ranging cats.

Canoe tour led by summer TWEL intern Andrew Wilk of Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve in Huron, Ohio is the focus of recent article in Outdoor News. 

 

A March 25 workshop near Cincinnati will help you help your woods and what lives there, such as birds like this Baltimore oriole. (Photo: iStock.)

If trees, deer, birds, butterflies, mushrooms and more are your things, check out this year’s Ohio River Valley Woodland and Wildlife Workshop. It’s on March 25 in Burlington, Kentucky, just south of Cincinnati. The public event, which brings in experts from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, offers 15 how-to sessions on forests and the life that lives there. Co-organizer Kathy Smith, forestry program director in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, said the aim is to “help you get the most out of your property.”

Scientists from The Ohio State University are part of the interdisciplinary group of wildlife biologists and social scientists compiling new data that supports a paradigm shift from lethal control of predators to coexistence via nonlethal deterrents. (Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, John and Karen Hollingsworth)

New evidence of the greater efficacy and social acceptability of nonlethal deterrents to livestock depredation by large carnivores is the focus of a series of papers published as a Special Feature in the Journal of Mammalogy.  Scientists from The Ohio State University are part of the interdisciplinary group of wildlife biologists and social scientists compiling new data that supports a paradigm shift from lethal control of predators to coexistence via nonlethal deterrents.

Do backyard feeders help — or possibly hurt — birds like this northern cardinal? A new study of nesting success says the answer is complicated. (Photo: iStock.)

Backyard bird lovers may want to take note: Putting out feeders full of seed may also attract predators that eat eggs and nestlings. But the feeders may also help satiate predators so they’re less likely to target nests.  In a new study published in The Condor: Ornithological Applications, scientists from The Ohio State University and Cornell University investigated the consequences of supplemental bird food on predator-prey relationships.

Ohio State research to be presented at upcoming wildlife conference. (Photo credit: Jim Richardson)

Several sessions at the upcoming 57th Ohio Fish and Wildlife Conference will feature research from School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty, staff and graduate students.

Jeremy Bruskotter, associate professor in The Ohio State University’s School of Environment and Natural Resources is one of seven scientific experts featured in a new film that raises concerns about removing federal endangered species protections for Yellowstone’s iconic Grizzly Bears.
Jeremy Bruskotter, associate professor in The Ohio State University’s School of Environment and Natural Resources is one of seven scientific experts featured in a new film that raises concerns about removing federal endangered species protections for Yellowstone’s iconic Grizzly Bears.  The scientists describe the current threats facing Greater Yellowstone grizzly bears, make recommendations on recovery efforts and describe public  support for these efforts.
SENR Graduate Student Alicia Brunner presenting at the 2016 Ohio Avian Research Conference (Photo credit: Casey Tucker)

School of Environment and Natural Resources graduate students Alicia Brunner and Kristie Stein were recognized with the Dr. David R. Osborne Research Award for their presentations at the 2016 Ohio Avian Research Conference held October 22, 2016 at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. The award recognizes excellence in graduate research focusing on furthering our understanding, or the conservation, of migratory birds.

An upcoming event for city officials and others aims to help them better manage urban wildlife, including coyotes like the one shown here. (Photo: iStock.)
Nov. 15 event at The Ohio State University aims to help Ohio’s cities, towns and suburbs limit conflicts between people and wildlife, from deer to geese to coyotes.  Organizers say the 2016 annual conference of the Ohio Community Wildlife Cooperative is for local government officials, community leaders, town planners and others. Its theme is “Living with Wildlife and Resolving Conflicts in Ohio.”  Urban wildlife conflicts are increasing, and so are the challenges for local governments in managing them, said co-organizer Marne Titchenell, wildlife program specialist with Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). The headline of a recent story by the Associated Press, for instance, said U.S. cities are “increasingly dealing” with the problem of “messy goose poop.
A new study of timber rattlesnakes seeks to better understand their habitat use and response to forest management and land use. (Photo courtesy of William Peterman)

A timber rattlesnake study in southern Ohio is the focus of a recently released WildOhio video. The study seeks to better understand the habitat use of timber rattlesnakes and their response to forest management and land use. The study is a partnership between The Ohio State University, Ohio Division of Wildlife, Ohio Division of Forestry and the Columbus Zoo.

The grizzly, or brown, bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is posed to lose protections under the Endangered Species Act. Photo credit:  Jim Peaco, Yellowstone National Park

School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty members Jeremy T. Bruskotter and Robyn S. Wilson are co-authors with Professor John A. Vucetich, Michigan Technology University, on an article recently published in The Conversation. The article focuses on grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) and seeks to gain insight into the role bias may play in listing decisions of species under the Endangered Species Act.

 

 

Wildlife Specialist in the School of Environment and Natural Resources quoted in Columbus Dispatch article on project to install bat boxes.

Marne Titchenell, a wildlife specialist with Ohio State University Extension is one of the experts quoted recently in The Columbus Dispatch arcticle on a project to install bat boxes or houses. The article describes residents efforts to install these houses on the North side of Columbus to help with insect control.

A new article in National Geographic highlights the urban coyote research Wildlife Ecologist and Associate Professor Stan Gehrt and his team have been conducting in Chicago, Illinois. The article, How Wild Animals Are Hacking Life in the City, sheds light on how coyotes and other species are adapting to life in urban areas. 

A songbird species that flourishes on the salmon-rich side of dams in the western United States struggles when it tries to nest on the side closed off from the fish and the nutrients they leave behind.  But the songbird and the rest of the divided ecosystem rebounds, faster than some experts expected, when dams come down and rivers are allowed to resume their natural flow.  Two new studies led by Christopher Tonra, assistant professor of avian wildlife ecology at The Ohio State University, illustrate the stress dams impose on species that rely on salmon and the impact of dam removal on the well-being of that wildlife.

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