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  1. The red panda will be one of the animals studied by CFAES students at the Columbus Zoo. (Getty Images photo)

    Bedtime or go time? Observing what animals do during a total solar eclipse

    Apr 1, 2024

    By: Emily Caldwell / Ohio State News

    When darkness falls on central Ohio during the total solar eclipse on April 8, will animals think it’s time to go to bed? Will they be anxious? Will they care?

    Scientists from The Ohio State University and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium are taking advantage of the rare celestial event to find out.

    “It’s a unique opportunity to understand how so many different animals respond to a weird thing,” said Courtney Anderson, a PhD student in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) who is spearheading the effort for Ohio State College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Her counterpart at the zoo is Adam Felts, director of animal well-being. Learn more about this unique opportunity >>

  2. A colorful wood duck surveys an Ohio marsh habitat. (Photo provided by Ohio Division of Wildlife)

    Gift cements collaborative alliance in wetland, waterfowl, and wildlife ecology

    Mar 4, 2024

    A longstanding partnership and shared vision of protecting, restoring, and enhancing wetland habitat and wildlife is the impetus behind a new gift of $1 million to The Ohio State University.

    The donation from Winous Point Marsh Conservancy of Port Clinton, Ohio, and investment from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife to Ohio State cements a longstanding relationship to support and advance partnership-driven collaborative research and educational opportunities in wetland, waterfowl, and wildlife ecology.

    The gift establishes the Winous Point Wetlands and Waterfowl Endowed Faculty Support Fund and will fuel innovative solutions to wetlands and waterfowl conservation and management challenges. Learn more >>

  3. A person standing with a microphone presenting in front of a seated audience.

    Bats draw incredible showing

    Feb 2, 2024

    Bats Incredible held on January 25 in Geauga County, Ohio drew great interest – with 138 individuals in attendance. The workshop was a dynamic and collaborative effort involving Marne Titchenell, wildlife program director, OSU Extension, Geauga County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. Learn more about the event >>

  4. Eight people standing in a row outside on a sidewalk.

    Making a mark in wildlife sciences

    Nov 20, 2023

    Students, staff and faculty in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) made their mark at The Wildlife Society’s 30th Annual Conference held in Louisville, Kentucky.  

  5. Green salamander on rock habitat.

    Faculty member to study unique and rare salamanders

    Jun 12, 2023

    Research will inform management and conservation of state endangered species 

    Bill Peterman, associate professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University has received funding through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife to study Green Salamanders (Aneides aeneus).

  6. Creating living landscapes with Native Trees

    May 8, 2023

    A new Factsheet, "Native Trees: Creating Living Landscapes for Birds, Butterflies, Bees and Other Beneficials" is now available via Ohioline. Discover trees and shrubs that offer multiple benefits to a variety of creatures, support biodiversity, and create "Living Landscapes."

  7. Coyote 1288 on a bridge in Chicago is featured in National Geographic magazine. Photo by Corey Arnold.

    Coyote 1288 on National Geographic Magazine covers – worldwide

    Mar 8, 2023

    What does it take to capture an iconic wildlife image –appearing on covers of an iconic magazine with a worldwide readership and in circulation for over 130 years?

    Find out what it takes with Wildlife Ecologist Dr. Stanley Gehrt

  8. Creek flows through a landscape of wildflowers and fresh spring vegetation

    Workshop Offers Insights for Woodland Owners

    Feb 23, 2023

    The annual Ohio River Valley Woodland and Wildlife Workshop is right around the corner. If you are a woodland owner, don't miss this opportunity to attend!
    Participants will gain insights into woodland, pond, and wildlife management and learn about opportunities and strategies to improve your woodland.

  9. A group of people learning about turkey habitat management.

    Wild turkey management workshops draw engaged interest

    Sep 21, 2022

    The Ohio Woodland Stewards Program and the Terrestrial Wildlife and Ecology Lab partnered with ODNR’s Division of Wildlife to host two wild turkey management workshops for natural resources professionals and landowners.

  10. A cake with icing that says 1st Ohio Bat Blitz 2022 with a black bat and yellow and black stars

    Bat Blitz nets wins for conservation research and habitat management

    Sep 1, 2022

    The Ohio Bat Working Group and Five Rivers MetroParks hosted their first ever summer blitz.

    Over two nights in late August, nine teams set up mist nets to capture bats in various locations around Germantown MetroPark. The goal of the blitz was to survey in a short period of time Ohio bat populations, especially in areas of the state where information is lacking, such as Southwest Ohio.