Zombie Raccoons: Strange-acting so-called “zombie” raccoons are being reported in parts of the United States, including now in Youngstown. The animals apparently are sick with distemper. Stan Gehrt of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences can speak on the subjects of raccoons specifically and urban wildlife issues in general. Gehrt, firstname.lastname@example.org, 614-292-1930, is a professor and wildlife specialist who does research on, among other things, raccoons in cities. He was a featured expert on the 2012 PBS Nature film “Raccoon Nation.”
Renewable Energy – Given the negative environmental consequences of generating electricity for homes and businesses from fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas, renewable energy options are increasingly being considered. Also, renewable energy can be less expensive for homes and businesses than electricity from the grid. Fred Michel, a professor of biosystems engineering in Ohio State’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and instructor of the Solar Energy Systems course at Ohio State ATI, can discuss trends in solar and other renewable energy sources. He can be reached at email@example.com or 330-263-3859.
April is Garden Month. To learn how April showers bring May flowers, how to make your own garden grow, or about the beautiful Secrest Arboretum on the CFAES Wooster campus, contact curator Jason Veil at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-202-3582.
April 2018 Events
25-27 National Farm to Cafeteria, Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Cincinnati, 5:30-7 p.m. on April 25, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 26, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 27. Registration: $300; additional costs for field trips and short courses. More information: go.osu.edu/farm2school-conference. On April 25, a CFAES-sponsored Ohio Farm to School Pre-conference will be held at Duke Energy Convention Center from 3-8 p.m. The pre-conference program will include a panel discussion on increasing Farm to School programming and funding in Ohio.
26 Renewable Energy Workshop, 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, Room 111, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Free. Held in conjunction with Wooster Campus Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair. More information: Mary Wicks, email@example.com, 330-202-3533. OARDC is the research arm of CFAES.
26 Wooster Campus Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in and around Fisher Auditorium, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Free. Renewable Energy Workshop takes place as part of the event. More information: Gwen Zimmerly, firstname.lastname@example.org, 330-263-3761, or u.osu.edu/sggf.
27-28 Ohio 4-H LGBTQ+ Summit, Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, The Ohio State University, Columbus. Professional Development Day, April 27, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., for 4-H-affiliated adults including post-high school participants, 4-H professionals, parents and volunteers. April 27 registration: $50 for adults, $10 for currently enrolled college students. Youth Summit, April 28, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., for youth only (and designated 4-H professionals), including middle school and high school students and youth not enrolled in 4-H. April 28 registration: $10. More information: Kayla Oberstadt, 614-292-3758, or go.osu.edu/CJDv.
27 The Good, the Bad and the Hungry: Managing Wildlife Conflict Around Your Home, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 229 Riedl Hall, 1760 University Drive, The Ohio State University’s Mansfield campus. Registration: $35; includes light breakfast, lunch and materials. Registration deadline is April 23. Details and link to register: go.osu.edu/CN93.
27 Guided Spring/Pollinator Walk, 2-3:30 p.m., Seaman Orientation Plaza, Secrest Arboretum, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1680 Madison Ave., CFAES’s Wooster campus. Free. Details: go.osu.edu/CPAD.
May 2018 Events
7-8 National Conference on Diversity, Race and Learning, Hale Hall, The Ohio State University, 154 West 12th Ave., Columbus. Pre-conference Diversity Training with Eddie Moore Jr. on May 7, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 8 session at The Fawcett Conference Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration for the preconference workshop: $125. Registration for the conference: $185. To register: odi.osu.edu/about/conferences/national-conference-on-diversity-race-and-learning/.
8 Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program, “May Is All About Maple! Perspectives on the Maple Industry Through the Lens of Forestry, Business and Policy Development,” 7:15-9:30 a.m., Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, The Ohio State University, Columbus. Registration, which includes breakfast, is $10 or free for Ohio State students. Registration required. Details and link to register: go.osu.edu/CN9v.
11-12 Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens Spring Plant Sale and Auction, northwest corner of Lane Avenue and Fred Taylor Drive, just east of State Route 315 on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. May 11, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; May 12, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
More information: cfaes.osu.edu/news/events/spring-plant-sale.
11 Plant Discovery Day Pre-Sale for members of the Friends of Secrest Arboretum. Fisher Auditorium, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1680 Madison Ave., CFAES’s Wooster campus. Free admission. Details: go.osu.edu/CPAJ.
12 Plant Discovery Day Plant Sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1680 Madison Ave., CFAES’s Wooster campus. Free admission. Details: go.osu.edu/CPAN.
15 Environmental Policy and Outlook Conference, Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, The Ohio State University, Columbus. Free. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More information: aede.osu.edu/events/environmental-policy-and-outlook-conference.