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  1. Waxwing in the winter. Photo: Pixabay

    SENR Q&A: Winter Wildlife

    Dec 13, 2021

    As the transition from autumn to winter in Ohio is soon upon us - some may wonder What makes a wildlife friendly yard or landscape in the winter? What can I do to enhance my yard for wildlife in the winter?  

    SENR visited with Marne Titchenell, an OSU Extension wildlife specialist to discover more about Ohio wildlife in the winter.

  2. In the Media with a Buckeye

    Faculty Member Quoted in National Geographic

    Jul 26, 2021

    School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty member Mažeika Sullivan is quoted in the recent National Geographic article, "Extreme heat triggers mass die-offs and stress for wildlife in the West." Dr. Sullivan discusses the important role of context when seeking to understand the impacts of extreme heat on wildlife.

  3. In the Media with a Buckeye

    The New York Times features educational outreach on wildlife

    May 13, 2021

    Learn management strategies to deter backyard animals and “nuisance wildlife” with Wildlife Program Specialist Marne Titchenell in The New York Times article, “The Elusive Deer-Proof Garden” by Margaret Roach.

  4. A tree swallow perches atop a constructed nest box at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park in central Ohio. Photos by Joseph Corra

    Study finds health trade-offs for wildlife as urbanization expands

    Nov 18, 2020

    City living appears to improve reproductive success for migratory tree swallows compared to breeding in more environmentally protected areas, a new five-year study suggests. But urban life comes with a big trade-off – health hazards linked to poorer water quality.  “With urbanization expanding worldwide, we are transforming the landscape. And this isn’t going away,” said lead author Mažeika Sullivan of the new study featured in Ohio State News Sullivan is the director of the Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park at Ohio State. “My lab is looking at how urbanization affects multiple responses of ecosystems – what those changes are and quantifying them, but also seeing what this tells us about how we can manage and conserve ecosystems and wildlife in this context.

  5. SENR faculty, staff and graduate students presenting at 60th Ohio Wildlife Conference.

    Upcoming conference to focus on wildlife conservation

    Jan 13, 2020

    School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty, staff and students will be presenting at the Ohio Wildlife Management Association’s 60th Ohio Wildlife Conference, "Applying Wildlife Conservation Today - for Tomorrow" on January 24 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-Center. 

  6. Faculty member Mažeika Sullivan was recently interviewed by National Geographic on the impacts of the Amazon fires on wildlife.

    Faculty member interviewed by National Geographic

    Aug 27, 2019

    School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty member Mažeika Sullivan was recently interviewed by National Geographic on the impacts of the Amazon fires on wildlife.  It’s likely they’re taking a “massive toll on wildlife in the short term,” says Mazeika Sullivan, associate professor at Ohio State University’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, who has done fieldwork in the Colombian Amazon. 

  7. Student researchers (l to r) Liz Ames, Alicia Brunner and Jay Wright with aProthonotary Warbler tagged for the study. (Photo: Christopher Tonra)

    New songbird research featured

    Jun 19, 2019

    Research led by School of Environment and Natural Resources faculty member Christopher Tonra is featured in the June 19 Ohio State News release, "A songbird’s fate hinges on one fragile area." The news release highlights the findings of a study published by Tonra and colleagues in the journal The Condor: Ornithological Applications. Using geolocators the team tracked Prothonotary Warblers (a migratory songbird experiencing population decline) from six breeding sites in North America to determine where they go and what challenges they face during their annual migration.

    Read the full Ohio State News release to learn more about their findings here and the implications for bird and habitat conservation. 

    The Ohio State News release was authored by Jeff Grabmeier. 

  8. Photo credit:  Jeremy Bruskotter

    Americans' beliefs about wildlife management are changing

    Apr 30, 2019

    Abundant and healthy wildlife populations are a cultural and ecological treasure in the United States. Over time, however, the decisions about how agencies manage wildlife have become highly contested: How should managers handle human-wildlife conflict, endangered species restoration and predator control?   A new 50-state study on America’s Wildlife Values — the largest and first of its kind — led by researchers at Colorado State University and The Ohio State University describes individuals’ values toward wildlife across states

  9. NBC4 Broadcasts Story on Lights Out Columbus

    NBC4 Broadcasts Story on Lights Out Columbus

    Mar 26, 2019

    Lights Out Columbus – an innovative approach to bird conservation that seeks to reduce bird collision deaths during migration, and help building owners and managers to decrease their energy costs was featured on NBC4 ColumbusMatthew Shumar, program coordinator for the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative was interviewed for the story, “Group encourages turning lights off to help migratory birds” and highlighted the efforts of a growing number of partners helping to make sure birds are able to safely migrate through Ohio cities at night.

  10. Urban Coyotes Featured in Ranger Rick

    Mar 25, 2019

    The March 2019 issue of Ranger Rick magazine features an informative article on coyotes living in cities and features the Cook County Urban Coyote Research Project led by faculty member and wildlife expert in the School of Environment and Natural Resources Stan Gehrt. The article provides a glimpse into how he and his team of researchers locate, track and study urban coyotes over time.  Read the story here.

    Ranger Rick is a publication of the National Wildlife Federation.