Tip 1: Lake Erie algal bloom forecast: Last year’s Lake Erie algal bloom was the third-largest on record, according to scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Ohio Sea Grant, a program based at The Ohio State University. How are things looking for the summer ahead? On July 12, Stone Lab, part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), will host a media briefing at which NOAA experts will announce their Lake Erie algal bloom forecast. Learn more at go.osu.edu/NOAAforecast. Register to attend at go.osu.edu/HABSatStoneLab. Register to participate by webinar at go.osu.edu/habs2018. Contact Ohio Sea Grant’s Jill Jentes, firstname.lastname@example.org, 614-937-0072, for more information.
Tip 2: On fish, Lake Erie, teaching and women in science: A June 22 CFAES story featured Suzanne Gray, a scientist with the college who studies fish and how water quality changes (including harmful algal blooms) affect them. She’s a recent winner of one of Ohio State’s top awards for teaching. She’s currently teaching at CFAES’s Stone Lab, located at Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie. Gray would be happy to talk with you about Lake Erie’s water quality as it relates to fish (such as walleye), as well as her thoughts on experiential learning and on getting more women involved in science. The best way to reach her is by email: email@example.com.
Tip 3: Meet Ohio’s urban pollinators: A June 27 New York Times story carried the headline “Bumblebees Thrive in the City but Struggle on the Farm.” Featuring a study done in England, it said bumblebees in London “may be faring better than their relatives in the English countryside.” CFAES entomologist Mary Gardiner studies urban pollinators, too, along with other beneficial arthropods, and can talk about Ohio’s. Their variety might be surprising. Which ones live in cities? How are they doing and why? Why are they good to have around? Some of her research on pollinators has been done in the Cleveland area. She’s the author of the 2015 book Good Garden Bugs. She’s at firstname.lastname@example.org, 330-601-6628.
July 2018 events
5 Stone Lab Guest Lecture, 7-9 p.m., Stone Lab, The Ohio State University, Put-in-Bay, Lake Erie. 7 p.m., research brief by Rachel Gabor, assistant professor, School of Environment and Natural Resources, 8 p.m., guest lecture by Jeff Sharp, director, SENR. Free admission. Requires ferry ride or own boat or air transportation to Put-in-Bay and $6 round-trip water taxi ride from Boardwalk Restaurant dock to Gibraltar Island at 6:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Also can be viewed online. More information: go.osu.edu/CSu5.
7-8 Macro Photography Workshop, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days in the Jack and Deb Miller Pavilion, Secrest Arboretum, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Features an introduction to macro photography, field sessions and critiques. More information and a link to register: go.osu.edu/CVPd. OARDC is the research arm of CFAES.
10 Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program, “Wetlands, River and Restoration: A Walking Tour of the Lower Olentangy,” 7:15-11:30 a.m., meet at the Fawcett Event Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, for free shuttle bus ride to Wilma H. Shiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park. Registration: $10; includes breakfast. More information and online registration: go.osu.edu/CVNN.
12 Identifying Summer Weeds, 8-10 a.m., Secrest Arboretum, Miller Pavilion, OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Registration: $10 for arboretum members, $15 for nonmembers. More information: Gwen Zimmerly or Paul Snyder, 330-263-3761, or go.osu.edu/CSxX.
12 Lake Erie Algal Bloom Forecast, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Stone Lab, The Ohio State University, Put-in-Bay, Lake Erie. Annual NOAA summer forecast for Lake Erie harmful algal blooms. Nutrient loading projections, expert commentary and research updates will also be featured. Free. Also can be viewed online. More information: go.osu.edu/CSvJ.
12 Whiz Bang Science Show, 7-8:30 p.m., John Streeter Garden Amphitheater, Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Free, fun science show for kids. Cancelled in case of bad weather. More information: go.osu.edu/CVPx.
13 Name That Tree, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Ohio State University Mansfield campus, 100 Ovalwood Hall, 1760 University Drive, Mansfield. Workshop on identifying trees. Registration: $35; includes lunch and materials. More information: email@example.com or 614-688-3421.
14 Ohio Sheep Day, Eastern Agricultural Research Station, 16870 Bond Ridge Road, Caldwell. Registration: $15 for Ohio Sheep Improvement Association members; $25 for nonmembers. Cost includes lunch. Memberships can be purchased during registration. More information: Roger High, 614-246-8299 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
14 Intensifying Pond Production of Fish, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Millcreek Township Hall, Millcreek Perch Farm, 10420 Watkins Road, Marysville. Registration: $50 for Ohio Aquaculture Association members; $75 for nonmembers. More information: Matthew Smith, 740-289-2071, ext. 121, or email@example.com.
16 Western Ohio Precision Agriculture Field Day, starts at 8 a.m., 9060 Versailles, Southeastern Road, Versailles. Free. More information: go.osu.edu/CVNQ.
18 Bee Lab Webinar, 9-10 a.m., featuring “Insect-Animal Husbandry: What You Do and Don’t Do Matters!” by Alex Zomchek, master beekeeping instructor. Join by using the “Guest Login” at go.osu.edu/theOSUbuzz at 8:55 a.m.
18 Western Agronomy Field Day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Western Agricultural Research Station, 7721 S. Charleston Pike, South Charleston. Free admission; includes lunch. Participants must preregister by July 11. More information and online registration: go.osu.edu/CVNX.
19 Northeast Ohio Grape Field Day, 1-4:30 p.m., at the Ashtabula Agricultural Research Station, 2625 South Ridge Road East, Kingsville. Free and open to the public. More information: Andrew Kirk, 440-224-0273 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
19 Stone Lab Student Research Presentations, online starting at 6 p.m. Presentations by seven students participating in the Research Experience for Undergraduates program at Ohio State’s Stone Lab, Put-in-Bay, Lake Erie. More information: go.osu.edu/CSvN.
25 Summer Grafting Workshop, 8 a.m. to noon, Secrest Arboretum, Miller Pavilion, OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Registration: $35 for arboretum members; $45 for nonmembers. More information: Paul Snyder, 330-263-3761 or email@example.com, or go.osu.edu/CSxZ.
25 Manure Science Review 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Watkins Farm, 18361 Township Road 90, Forest. More information: Mary Wicks, 330-202-3533, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit ocamm.osu.edu.
26 Muck Crops Field Day, 9 a.m. to noon at the Muck Crops Agricultural Research Station, 4875 State Route 103 South, Willard. More information: Bob Filbrun at email@example.com or 419-935-1201.
26 Stone Lab Guest Lecture, 7-9 p.m., Stone Lab, The Ohio State University, Put-in-Bay, Lake Erie. 7 p.m. Research brief to be announced. 8 p.m. Guest lecture by Craig Butler, director, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Free admission. Requires ferry ride, own boat or air transportation to Put-in-Bay and $6 round-trip water taxi ride from Boardwalk Restaurant dock to Gibraltar Island at 6:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Also can be viewed online. More information: go.osu.edu/CSvS.
August 2018 events
2 Stone Lab Guest Lecture, 7-9 p.m., Stone Lab, The Ohio State University, Put-in-Bay, Lake Erie. 7 p.m., research brief, “Invasive Species Management and Research: Are We Working at the Same Scales?” by Jonathan Bossenbroek, professor of ecology, University of Toledo; 8 p.m., guest lecture by Rich Carter, executive administrator, Fish Management Group, Division of Wildlife, Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Requires ferry ride or own boat or air transportation to Put-in-Bay and $6 round-trip water taxi ride from Boardwalk Restaurant dock to Gibraltar Island at 6:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Also can be viewed online. More information: go.osu.edu/CVNZ.
7 Turfgrass Research and Technology Field Day, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF) Research and Education Facility, 2490 Carmack Road, The Ohio State University, Columbus. Registration, which includes lunch, is $20 for OTF members and $40 for nonmembers. More information and online registration: go.osu.edu/CVNb.
9 Ohio Lawn Care Association (OCLA) Summer Seminar, 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., OTF Research and Education Facility, 2490 Carmack Road, The Ohio State University, Columbus. Registration for OLCA members: $50 for first preregistrant by Aug. 3; $40 for each additional preregistrant from the same company by Aug. 3; $55 per registrant on site or after Aug. 3. Registration for nonmembers: $85 per participant by Aug. 3; $100 per participant on site or after Aug. 3. More information and online registration: go.osu.edu/CVNd.
9 Composting in Ohio: A Tour of the Industry, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring tours of the Allen-Oakwood Correctional Facility Compost Complex in Lima and Andre Farms Composting in Wauseon. Meet at Allen-Oakwood Correctional Facility, 2338 North West St., Lima; or ride in free van leaving from OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Registration is $40, or $20 for students; includes lunch. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 330-202-3533, or go.osu.edu/CVNg.
9 Whiz Bang Science Show, 7-8:30 p.m., John Streeter Garden Amphitheater, Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Free, fun science show for kids. Cancelled in case of bad weather. More information: go.osu.edu/CVPx.
11 Guided Bird Walk, 9-11 a.m., Seaman Orientation Plaza, Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Free. More information: go.osu.edu/CVPs.