The calls of gray tree frogs remind Marne Titchenell of “summer evenings spent outside watching lightning bugs.” Her favorite snake is the eastern hognose. “It actually plays dead like an opossum,” she says. But she can’t choose a favorite salamander: “They’re all incredible.” Titchenell is a wildlife specialist with The Ohio State University, and on Sept. 20, she’ll share what she loves about reptiles and amphibians, including why they’re good to have as neighbors, at the annual Farm Science Review trade show near London, Ohio.
Look for new features like wildflowers and a healthy streambank in Farm Science Review’s Gwynne Conservation Area. The nearly 70-acre facility, part of the Review’s host site, the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio, has two new projects underway — one to diversify its prairie plantings; the other, to protect the banks of Deer Creek, which flows through the grounds. Review Manager Nick Zachrich said the projects offer two benefits: They improve the Gwynne itself year round. And they demonstrate practices that farmers — especially the Review’s expected 100,000-plus visitors Sept. 19-21 — can take home and use on their own land, too.
Aeration often can do a pond good, says an expert at The Ohio State University. It can keep the pond from stratifying, which can make the water and the fish in it healthier. Stratification, a natural process, is when a pond forms a warm layer of water at the surface and a cold layer down at the bottom.
Eugene Braig, aquatic ecosystems program director in Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, will speak on the topic at the annual Farm Science Review trade show in London, Ohio.
Shale drilling’s biggest effect on Ohio’s environment might not come from the wells themselves but from the many new pipelines they need. So says watershed expert Joe Bonnell of The Ohio State University, who will speak twice on his research looking into the Ohio shale industry’s environmental impacts at the Sept. 22-24 Farm Science Review trade show in London, Ohio.
Flying squirrels have secrets, and an expert from The Ohio State University soon will spill the nuts, er, beans. Marne Titchenell, wildlife specialist in Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, will reveal “Nature’s Gliders: The Flying Squirrels” from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 23 at the annual Farm Science Review trade show in London, Ohio. The college is the Review’s sponsor. “In some woodlands, flying squirrels are the most abundant squirrel,” Titchenell said. “We just don’t see them that much because they’re nocturnal.”
Farm Science Review features more than farm science. The Sept. 22-24 event in London, Ohio, also will highlight the conservation of natural resources at a demonstration and education site called the Gwynne Conservation Area. The area is at the west end of the Review’s home, the 2,100-acre Molly Caren Agricultural Center. Called “the Gwynne” for short, the site’s 67 acres of prairie, woods and waters showcase a range of conservation practices year-round and, during the Review, will host dozens of talks and exhibits on trees, ponds, wildlife and similar topics. Visiting the Gwynne and attending the talks is included with admission to the Review. Free shuttle wagon rides are available to and from the Gwynne.
Joe Bonnell's Farm Science Review presentation "Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction" was recently covered by Civitas Media, a news source servicing communities in more than 11 states, including Ohio. Read the article, "The potential hazards of shale oil, gas drilling" online here. Joe Bonnell is a watershed management program director in Ohio State University’s School of Environment and Natural Resources for Ohio State University Extension.
Wonder why some of the trees on your property have died or are dying in higher numbers this summer? Do you have questions about the owls in your barn?
Some of the most knowledgeable minds in natural resources will be available to answer these questions and more during this year’s Farm Science Review.
Ever wonder what kinds of hawks and owls we have in Ohio? Want to enjoy wildlife in your own backyard? Have a well, but don’t know how to maintain it? Want to better understand the diagnostic details of invasive species? You are in luck – visit the Gwynne Conservation Area during the 2013 Farm Science Review held September 17 – 19 to learn about these topics and more! Held annually the Farm Science Review, a three-day farm trade show draws more than 130,000 farmers, growers, producers and agricultural enthusiasts from across the U.S. and Canada.