As we expand our online content we are offering live webinars.  Once the webinars are complete, the recordings of those webinars are posted below. 

From Tree to Table: Ohio Maple Syrup

It's syrup season! Join OSU Extension's Les Ober and the School of Environment and Natural Resources' Gabe Karns and Kathy Smith to learn how tree sap becomes a tasty breakfast treat in this webinar. They will walk you through how to collect sap from trees in your yard to trees in the woods, and turn it into a versatile sweet treat.


Picking Pawpaw Patches - Managing Woodlands for Pawpaw Production

Join Matt Davies, Assistant Professor in Soil and Plant Community Restoration in the School of Environment and Natural Resources as we explore pawpaw production in Ohio woodlands in this webinar



Goatsuckers on the Move: Migration and Winter Ecology of the Midwest’s Eastern Whip-poor-wills

Chris Tonra, Assistant Professor in Avian Wildlife Ecology in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, will be presenting results from his lab’s work using GPS to track the rapidly declining Eastern Whip-poor-will from breeding sites across the Midwest along their migration to wintering sites in Mexico and Central America. He will also discuss the routes they take, the habitats they utilize, and how their distribution varies based on where they breed. In addition, Chris will discuss the conservation implications of these findings.

The recording of this webinar will be posted at a later date. We are sorry for the inconvience. 


Buckeyes – More than Just the State Tree: Reconsidering the Genus Aesculus

Join OSU Extension's Ann Chanon to explore buckeye biology and identification along with the species attributes and limitations in this webinar. She will also look at their importance for pollinators and wildlife.

The Importance of Dead Wood for Wildlife

Join Marne Titchenell, OSU Extension's Wildlife Program Specialist, within the School of Environment and Natural Resources for this webinar, as she shares how dead wood (standing and on the forest floor) is important to a variety of wildlife species. She will also discuss ways to create and maintain dead wood in your woodland.

Click here for a copy of Marne's presentation slides.

Timber Rattlesnake Ecology and Conservation in Ohio

In this webinar, Bill Peterman, Associate Professor in Wildlife Ecology and Management, in the School of Environment and Natural Resources shares ongoing research on the endangered timber rattlesnake in Ohio. Several videos on timber rattlesnake ecology are shared during the presentation. These videos were created by Andrew Hoffman, John Buffington, and Zach Truelock and can be viewed on their youtube channel called Life Underfoot. Life Underfoot also hosts videos on spiders, salamanders, turtles, frogs, and more! 

Spotting the Spot: A National and State Update on Spotted Lanternfly

In this webinar, Amy Stone, OSU Extension Educator for Lucas County and the State Spotted Lanternfly Coordinator, joins us with an update on the status of the non-native, invasive spotted lanternfly. Following Amy's presentation is a panel Q&A session with Amy, Maria Smith, Program Specialist in the Department of Horticultural and Crop Science, Erika Lyon, Extension Educator for Jefferson and Harrison Counties, and Tom DeHaas, Extension Educator for Lake County. 

Management: Deer and Habitat

Join Gabe Karns, Assistant Professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources in this webinar as he discusses white-tailed deer ecology and habitat needs, and how to manage their populations. Gabe also spends time discussing the challenges of deer management while balancing multiple stakeholders (i.e. hunting community, farming community, those living in urban areas) and their needs.

Birds of Ohio Shores: Diversity, Ecology and Management of Shorebirds in Ohio

Join Bob Gates, Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Management, in the School of Environment and Natural Resources as he guides us through the identification of Ohio's shorebirds from pipers to plovers and more in this video

Here is a copy of Bob's slides. Enjoy!

The Impacts of Climate Change on Forests and Wildlife

The climate is changing, and it is impacting forests in many ways. The magnitude of continued accelerated change requires adaptation strategies aimed towards maintaining healthy and productive forests. As forests are placed under additional stress it is also critical that we consider how wildlife may respond to a shifting climate and important forest habitats that they depend on. Join Steve Matthews, wildlife professor and ecologist with OSU's School of Environment and Natural Resources as he guides us through climate change impacts in this video.  

NOTE: In his talk, Steve referred to the Climate and Tree Atlas. This is a great resources to learn more about how climate is impacting tree species and birds. 

Want to learn more? Check out A Day in the Woods program "Forest and Wildlife History and Future Challenges" on Friday, September 11 at 10 am. Steve will be featured in this program as well as talks on the history of Ohio's forests and wildlife populations, and the impacts of invasive species on wildlife. 

The Great Lakes Early Detection Network: Helping Land Managers Track Invasive Species

Help track invasive species using the Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN) App. Join Kathy Smith, Amy Stone, Marne Titchenell, and Eugene Braig, specialists in forestry, horticulture, wildlife, and aquatic ecology as they share how to use the app to report invasive species in this webinar.

Here is the how-to video on using the GLEDN app that is played during the webinar. 

Beech Leaf Disease History, Treatment and Surveys

American beech have been declining in the presence of beech leaf disease (BLD) over the past eight years. BLD was first found in Lake County, Ohio in 2012 but has now been seen in more than 40 counties across multiple states as of 2019. Join Daniel Volk, Forest Health Project Coordinator for Cleveland Metroparks, as he shares information about the short history of BLD and what is being done to combat this devastating issue. Daniel was also joined by Enrico Bonnello, OSU Professor of Molecular and Chemical Ecology of Trees, and Connie Hausman, Senior Conservation Science Manager with Cleveland Metroparks for this webinar.  

The Ins and Outs of Ohio's Property Tax Reduction Programs: CAUV and Ohio Forest Tax Law

ODNR Division of Forestry Service Forester Jeremy Scherf, Coordinator of the Ohio Forest Tax Law program, explains the differences between the two property tax reduction programs in Ohio, the Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) and the Ohio Forest Tax Law (OFTL) in this webinar. Learn how you can improve the quality of your woods and save money.

Forest Insects: Native and Non-native - June 5, 2020

Join OSU’s Amy Stone and Joe Boggs as we look at some native forest insects and some non-native forest insects.  Insects that create ‘tents’, insects that dance, along with insects that create galls and insects that suck sap – something for everyone. Click the picture to view the webinar.


Programs Promoting Healthy Forests and Wildlife: Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Funding Programs - May 29, 2020

NRCS offers technical and financial assistance to improve resource conditions such as soil quality, water quality and habitat quality, through implementing conservation practices, or activities, such as conservation planning that address natural resource concerns on the land. Dave Libben, NRCS District Conservationist and Nick Schell, NRCS State Biologist, as they discuss how funding programs can help improve your woodland and wildlife goals. Click the picture to view the webinar.