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. 

 

Owls of Ohio

Looking for a quick refresher on Ohio's owls species and how you can manage for them in your woods? Check out this 7-minute video from Marne Titchenell, OSU Extension's Wildlife Program Specialist. This video was part of the 2020 Farm Science Review Online. For more conservation-related talks from FSR, check out the schedule

 
Birds with Silviculture in Mind

Check out this guide that keeps foresters in mind as it explains the habitat requirements of several focal bird species. The Focal Birds Pocket Guide for Massachusetts Foresters is from Massachusetts Audubon's Forests for the Birds program. Along with great visuals and descriptions of habitat, this guide also lists management recommendations and silvicultural treatments for each species. 

Remember, Ohio also has two guides for managing forest birds. Find them here

 

Birding with Brad: Raptors

Brad Perkins, Director of the Ohio Forestry Association, birder extraordinaire, and amateur photographer is back again with a video on bird ID. In this video, Brad takes us through an identification journey of Ohio's birds of prey - the raptors! Enjoy and happy birding! 

 
Birding by Ear: Tips for Beginners

In this article, Marne Titchenell, OSU Extension's Wildlife Program Specialist, shares some tips and resources for identifying bird calls. Birding by ear can be challenging, especially in the beginning, but with practice this is a great skill to acquire to bring your bird watching excursions to the next level. Happy birding!

 
Birding with Brad: Marsh Birds of Ohio

Brad Perkins, Director of the Ohio Forestry Association, birder extraordinaire, and amateur photographer is back once again with another video on bird ID. In this video, Brad takes us though ID tips to identify Ohio marsh birds by sight and by sound! Enjoy and happy birding! 

 
OSU Partners for Pollinators Webinars

Denise Ellsworth with the Ohio State University Extension and Department of Entomology has been offering some great webinars on pollinators. In case you missed them, visit the Partners for Pollinators site to view them at your leisure! 

 
Ohio Department of Natural Resources Webinars

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is offering a series of webinars on a variety of subjects. These webinars are designed for all ages, so grab your kids before you start watching. Webinars are being offered twice a week and this month wildlife are featured. The easiest way to access these events is to visit ODNR's Facebook page (@ohiodnr). 

 
 
Managing Forest Patches for Birds

Join Matt Shumar, Program Coordinate of the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative as he talks about the importance of providing forest habtiat for birds in this video. Matt will share information on the current status of many birds, and offer recommendations for woodland owners interested in enhancing their forest patches for birds. 

 
Warblers of Ohio: ID and Ecology

Join Brad Perkins, Director of the Ohio Forestry Association, birder extraordinaire, and amateur photographer,  in this video as he guides us through 36 species of Ohio warblers. Brad shares easy identification tips and information on habitat and ecology for each of these beautiful songbirds. Enjoy and happy birding! 

 
 
Who's Croaking? Identifying Ohio's Frog and Toad Calls - Part 2

Marne Titchenell, OSU Extension's Wildlife Program Specialist, is back with Part 2 of Who's Croaking. Join her as she guides you through identifying calls of the less common and less known members of Ohio's frogs and toads. Did you miss Part 1? Scroll down to find it, or click here

 
NEW Ohio Bee Guide

Check out this new guide on Ohio's bees. It's packed with information about Ohio's native species - did you know Ohio has over 500 species of native bees?? This guide is modeled after the Maryland Bee Guide and edited by Denise Ellsworth, OSU Extension's Native Bee and Pollinator Specialist, Amy Schnebelin, and MaLisa Spring. 

 
Landscaping for Birds

Join OSU's Extension Wildlife Program Specilist, Marne Titchenell, as she talks about Birdscaping - incorporating bird-friendly plants into your backyard. This webinar was originally part of the Master Gardener Volunteer Horticulture Lunch and Learn seminar series. (We did have a few technical difficulties in the beginning of the webinar, apologies, so feel free to skip to around the 4 mins and 15 second mark to avoid it.)

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.