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2019 News Articles


 

 Celebrating Ohio Wildlife: Barred Owl

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist 

Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org 

 

Whoooooooo wants to learn about more Ohio wildlife? Whooooo has heard this animal sounding its call in the middle of the night? You may already be able to guess the species that we have chosen for this week’s news article.

 

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Celebrating Ohio Wildlife: American Black Duck

 

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist 

Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org 

 

 

So, what animal got picked for this week’s feature? The American Black Duck is the spotlight species for this week. Where do they live? What do they eat? What are their behaviors? Read on to find out more!

 

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Getting Your Yard Environmentally Ready for Spring

 

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist 

Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org 

 

With winter now in the rear-view mirror the time has come to prepare our lawns for the spring and summer seasons. It’s time to once again mow the yard, fertilize it, revamp the landscaping, among many other things but have you ever considered on caring for your lawn in an environmentally friendly way that will benefit you and nature?

 

Many of the methods described in this week’s column are relatively easy to implement not taking too much time on your part. We will also look at things to consider following winter.  

 

 

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Celebrating Ohio Wildlife: American Bullfrog

 

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist 

Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org 

 

“Jeremiah was a bullfrog, he was a good friend of mine,”. How many of us want to sing along to that song right now? How many have it stuck in their head now? As you may have guessed, we are once again looking at some of the amazing wildlife that find a home right here in Ohio. Read on to learn about the American Bullfrog!

 

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Celebrating Ohio Wildlife: American Badger

 

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist 

Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org 

 

  It’s time once again to make a trek to the great outdoors and learn about some great Ohio wildlife. Have you been following our journey about the animals that call Ohio home? We have covered a vast array of native Ohio animals such as the big brown bat, river otter, smoky shrew, prairie vole, hummingbirds, and turkeys, just to name a few recent features, but we are certainly not done! For this week, our feature animal is the American badger. Let’s learn about their habitat, identifying characteristics, behaviors, and so much more!

 

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Celebrating Ohio Wildlife: Vole

 

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist  

Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

 

For this column, we will come back to ground level for our feature animal, which is the prairie vole. Where does this animal live? What do they eat? Who a re their predators? Let us answer all of those questions and more as we learn about the prairie vole.

  

 

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Erosion: Losing a Valuable Resource

 

 By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist 

Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

   

 In a matter of minutes, one rainstorm can undo thousands of years of hard work of building a fertile soil surface and carry it away. What are we talking about? Soil erosion of course! Soil is a precious natural resource that we rely upon every single day to grow the products we use such as our food, fiber, and fuels.

This natural resource provides the water and nutrients that are needed to have a productive crop but is a resource that can be lost very easily through the process or erosion. Through this article, we will cover what soil erosion is, how it is caused, types of erosion, and very importantly, how we all can work to prevent soil erosion. 

 

  

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Watershed Wonders 

 

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist 

Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

    

This term may or may not be familiar to many of you reading this article. Let us get one thing covered: a watershed is not a shed that has water in it, but is a term that has a very important meaning when we delve into the realm of water movement through the environment and also water quality. It is important to know that water quality is certainly everyone’s business as we all play a role in how good or bad that our water quality is based on our daily activities.

 

Through this week’s article, we will explore what the term watershed means, how water moves through our environment, basics about factors influencing water quality, why we need healthy watersheds, and what we can all do to ensure a healthy water source.

 

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Ohio Wildlife: Hummingbirds 

 

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist 

Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

 

Hummingbirds are truly something to admire not only for their beauty but also for the services they provide to their environment especially when we think about the work they do as pollinators. How much do you know about hummingbirds? Where do they live? How did they get their name?

 

Just how fast do their wings move? What all do they eat? These are just a few of the many questions that I will answer as we learn about one of nature’s amazing creatures, the hummingbird. This article will focus on one hummingbird that calls Ohio home, the ruby-throated hummingbird.

     

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 Basics of Composting

 

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist 

Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

  

The first question that many of you likely have is what in the world does the word vermicomposting even mean? In the programs that our office offers on this topic, many students and adults alike turn their heads when they see this word appear.

 

Vermicomposting is a unique concept that is gaining popularity as people are looking to ways they can be better stewards of the environment and our natural resources. In this article, we will look at what vermicomposting means, how it works, how you can get started, and the benefits of composting.

 

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Vernal Pools

 By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist 

 Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

 

Surely many read the title to this article and may have instantly been left wondering if this was truly an article about nature. Fear not, this is an article about a unique natural feature that dots the landscape of Ohio. Vernal pools are found in many forested areas of Ohio and find themselves home to a wide variety of both plants and animals.

 

Through this article, we will answer several questions by explaining what vernal pools are, the functions they serve, the plants and animals of vernal pools, where they are located, and how to maintain them. Let’s look at a little-known feature of our natural landscape.

   

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Mourning Dove

 

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist 

 Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

 

Have you been following along with our Ohio Wildlife Series? Check out the latest installment as we take a look at the Mourning Dove!

 

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 Ohio Wildlife: The Muskrat

 

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist 

 Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

 

The time has come for another installment of our Ohio Wildlife Series. This week we will feature an animal that some might be familiar with while others may not be, the muskrat. Many of you may have seen this animal before but may have confused with a beaver, which is a close guess, as they are both members of the rodent family.

 

Where do these animals live? What do they eat? What do they look like and how do I tell them apart from the beaver? Read on in this article to find out more about another animal that calls Ohio home. 

 

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Basics of Pond Care 

 

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist 

 Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

 

So you may have had a pond for some time, recently purchased property with a pond, or are thinking about digging a pond. For those of you who may be getting into pond care, you will likely first wonder where you should even start. Whom can I go to in order to find information on caring for my pond? How do I control weeds and algal blooms around my pond? What tips are out there to keep my pond healthy?

 

These are questions that loom in the minds of many pond owners, so let us look at how we can have healthy, vibrant ponds that aid to the aesthetics of our properties and that are good for recreational opportunities such as swimming or fishing.

 

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Getting Value from Soil Testing

  

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist 

Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

  

With the recent news that the Ohio EPA designated the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) as impaired due to high nutrient levels found in the area, the time seems right to talk about one very important best management practice (BMP), soil testing.

 

While many producers and landowners already employ such practice, do we know how to get the most value from a soil test that will help manage soil nutrients? Soil testing is an excellent practice to employ as it helps to gauge the nutrient levels of the field and fine tune practices with nutrient management. 

 

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 All About Cicadas

By: Patrick Troyer

 

Have you been sitting outdoors recently and heard a droning buzzing sound coming from the trees? What is making that sound? Is it the power lines buzzing and making that sound? Why is it making that sound? Does it mean anything? The sound that you are hearing is the cicada, a small insect with a small and stout body. The cicada is an interesting insect and one that is always able to be heard in the late summer months with the sign that summer is getting close to its end. Follow along with this article as we learn about the cicada and the unique characteristics that come along with it.

 

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The Bobcat

 

By: Patrick Troyer

 

Time to put your learning hats on and explore more about the wonderful animals that call the great state of Ohio home! While we have covered many animals of Ohio, the list continues that we must cover. For this week’s animal, we look at one that was once a mascot of one of our former county high schools that is of the feline kind. As I am sure, you have already guessed that we are talking about the bobcat as this week’s feature animal! Let’s learn more about this unique feline seeing where it lives, what it eats, and some of its behaviors.

 

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 All About Reindeer

By: Patrick Troyer

 

The Christmas season is upon us and there are many holiday traditions and sights that can be connected to nature with the holiday. Animals such as reindeer are a common topic discussed among children during the holidays as they begin to make their Christmas lists for Santa Claus. Another sight of nature that is common to see around the holidays is the Christmas Tree that finds its way into our homes each holiday season.

 

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The Baltimore Oriole

By: Patrick Troyer

 

 

“Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the crowd”. Many of you are likely now wondering if this article is going to be about baseball or have something to do with nature. Rest assured it is the latter! For this week’s article on Ohio Wildlife, we take a look at a member of the bird family that is also the mascot for a major league baseball team in Baltimore, Maryland, Sit back and relax as we learn about the Baltimore Oriole and its habits right here in Ohio.

 

 

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All About Turkey Vultures 

 

By: Patrick Troyer

 

For this week’s article, we feature a species that many are likely familiar with that often circles the sky as it gets ready to eat a dead animal. It is likely a species that is not a favorite of some, but this species has many characteristics that truly make them unique. This week we feature the turkey vulture, which is an animal that is common in the skies of Ohio throughout the summer months. Where does this animal live? What are its behaviors? Read along as we learn about the turkey vulture.

 

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Pardoning the Thanksgiving Turkey

 

By: Patrick Troyer

 

 In the blink of an eye here we are at one of the favorite holidays for many, Thanksgiving! With this holiday, there are many traditions that we all have but how much do you know about the main course? The turkey has been an animal utilized by humans for hundreds of years for both its meat and feathers. Native Americans valued the wild turkey as it was a source of food, sport, and clothing for them. If it was up to one of our founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, the turkey would have been chosen over the bald eagle as the national symbol of the United States. Franklin revered the magnificent feathers and stature of the wild turkey.

 

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Nutrient Needs & Soil Health

 

By: Patrick Troyer

 

In recent years, an intense focus has been placed on excess nutrients making their way into our streams, rivers, and lake leading to algae blooms becoming a problem. It is not necessarily the nutrients themselves that we are placing our concern on, it is when these nutrients show up in excessive amounts when the alarm bells sound. Algae blooms block sunlight from reaching into the water and deplete oxygen levels which harms fish and other aquatic life in the water as well as our enjoyment of the water.

 

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 What You Need to Know About Algae Blooms

 

By: Patrick Troyer

 

Recently, some may have noticed areas along the rivers and streams may have looked a bit on the green side like you would see for St. Patrick’s Day in many towns and cities. Well, we are a bit removed from that holiday where rivers are artificially died green. So what is the issue? That green color is one culprit that we have seen dominate the agricultural headlines for the last few years which would be none other than a Harmful Algal Bloom. What causes this? Is it toxic? How could we have these blooms if we are below average on rain? What are the effects? All these questions may have crossed your mind at one point or another, so let’s get some answers.

 

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