Wildlife

Below you find a variety of resources with information on woodland wildlife and how to attract them to your woods. Click on the images to watch the videos. 

 

Update on Ohio Bats (What you didn't learn watching Batman)

Join OSU's Extension Wildlife Program Specilist, Marne Titchenell, as she presents an update on Ohio's bat populations in this 30-minute video. Marne will address current threats to bat populations, Ohio species and their habitats and ecology, and the ways in which you can help our top predators of night-flying insects! 

 

 

 

NEW Bulletin! Managing Small Forest Patches for Birds

The Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative (OBCI) published a new guide for landowners with small forest patches on their property. The resource is intended to help landowners manage their woods in ways that provide resources to birds throughout the year. Despite global conservation efforts and successes, many bird species have continued to decline over the past century. These declines received a lot of attention last year with the published paper in Science, detailing the loss of 3 billion birds in North America, as well as Audubon’s report on climate change. Many of the species detailed in these reports rely on forests for part of or all their lives. Although many birds require large tracts of forests, particularly for breeding, during other stages of their life cycle, they can still benefit from smaller fragments, or “small patches,” of forest scattered throughout a non-forested landscape. Other bird species may also rely on these small patches throughout their life cycle. This new guide provides information on management techniques and contact information for local resources and financial assistance.

 

 

Who's Croaking? Identifying Ohio's Frog and Toad Calls - Part 1

This is the time of year when Ohio's frogs and toads are very vocal! One of the easiest ways to identify many of Ohio's croakers is by listening to their mating calls. Join Marne Titchenell, OSU Extension's Wildlife Program Specialist, as she guides you through identifying calls in this video presentation. 

 
 
NEW Division of Wildlife Online Educational Resources Tab

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife has a new tab on their education page, that contains a one-stop shop for all things online education from the Division of Wildlife. There are resources on gardening/pollinator habitat, birds and bird watching, endangered species, fish and wildlife management and research, invasive species and wildlife diseases, and citizen science programs. 

 

 

TREE TALK: Oak Acorns and the Wildlife Connection

The Ohio State University South Centers’ YouTube channel records Tree Talk programs on the second Thursday of each month.  Dave Apsley, Natural Resources Specialist with Ohio State University Extension, and Jamie Dahl, Forest Outreach Coordinator with Central State University Extension serve as the hosts.  Tree Talk covers a wide range of topics of interest to woodland owners and enthusiasts. On this episode, special guest OSU Extension's Marne Titchenell, Wildlife Program Specialist, discusses with Jamie Dahl the important of oak acorns to wildlife. 

 

TREE TALK: Oaks and the Insect Connection 

In this session of Tree Talk, OSU Extension's Marne Titchenell, Wildlife Program Specialist, talks with Jamie Dahl about the importance of oaks to certain groups of insects. Tree Talk is a program on the OSU South Center's YouTube channel hosted by Dave Apsley, Natural Resources Specialist with Ohio State University Extension, and Jamie Dahl, Forest Outreach Coordinator with Central State University Extension. Click on this link or search for 'OSU South Centers Tree Talk' in your web browser for a complete listing of programs. 

 

 
TREE TALK: Diversity is KEY - Other Food Resources for Forest Wildlife

This final session of Tree Talk discusses the importance of a diveristy of woodland food resources to wildlife and a bit about the threat of invasive plant species to wildlife. Tree Talk is a program on the OSU South Center's YouTube channel hosted by Dave Apsley, Natural Resources Specialist with Ohio State University Extension, and Jamie Dahl, Forest Outreach Coordinator with Central State University Extension. Click on this link or search for 'OSU South Centers Tree Talk' in your web browser for a complete listing of programs.