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Posted on March 3rd, 2021 in How To, Wildlife | No Comments »

frogLearn interesting facts about frogs and toads, their natural history, interesting research about the threats they face, and what can you do to help frogs?

Date: March 18th, 2021
Time: 3 p.m. EST.
Speaker: Dr. Rod Williams, Professor of Wildlife Science, Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources; Dr. Jason Hoverman, Associate Professor of Invertebrate Ecology, Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources; Dr. Michael Lannoo, Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Indiana University School of Medicine
Contact: Diana Evans, Extension and Web Communications Specialist, evans44@purdue.edu

For the Facebook live link and more information, visit Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources Facebook event page.

Resources
Ask An Expert, Playlist, Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources YouTube channel
Frogs and Toads of Indiana, The Education Store, Purdue Extension resource center
Indiana Amphibian and Reptile ID Package (4 softcover books), The Education Store
Appreciating Reptiles and Amphibians in Nature, The Education Store
Amphibians: Frogs, Toads, and Salamanders, Purdue Nature of Teaching Website

Rod Williams, Professor of Wildlife Science
Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources


fisheriesMyDNR Newsletter, Indiana Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (IDNR): This year’s four Free Fishing Days are May 2, June 5-6, and Sept. 25. Indiana residents do not need a fishing license or a trout stamp to fish in public waters on these days. Free Fishing Days are a great opportunity to give fishing a try or share fishing with a friend or family member.

The Indiana DNR also offers instruction for learning more about fishing, teaching new anglers, and finding places to fish close to home through the Learn to Fish Program.

For more information, please view the event page.

Resources
Free Fishing Days, Webpage, IDNR
Fish and Wildlife Properties, Webpage, IDNR
Best Practices Guide for Charter Fishing and COVID-19, The Education Store, Purdue Extension resource center
Fishing 1: Take the Bait, The Education Store
Fishing 2: Reel in the Fun, The Education Store
Fishing 3: Cast into the Future, The Education Store

Indiana Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (IDNR)


PurdueExt2020ImpactReportPurdue Extension: Purdue Extension is your educational partner for life. The 2020 Impact Report shows how Extension delivers practical, research-based information and events for Indiana’s residents in agriculture and natural resources, health and human sciences, and community development, and trains tomorrow’s leaders through Indiana 4-H Youth Development.

Check out the Purdue Extension-Forestry & Natural Resource highlights on the following programs and extension specialists:

  • Keeping our forests healthy, pg. 5. Program: Forest Management for the Private Woodland Owner taught by Ron Rathfon, Purdue Extension Forester at the Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center. For the northern counties Lenny Farlee, sustaining hardwood extension specialist with Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources, teaches the Management for the Private Woodland Owner Course.
  • A comprehensive approach to community development, pg. 43. Program: Enhancing the Value of Public Spaces, Kara Salazar, program leader and extension specialist for sustainable communities, and Dan Walker, community planning extension specialist, both with Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources.
  • Actively managing natural resources, pg. 52. Programs in partnership with Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG): Tipping Point Planner, Conservation Through Community Leadership and Sustainable Communities, Kara Salazar, program leader and extension specialist for sustainable communities.

Resources
Woodland Stewardship for Landowners, Playlist, Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources YouTube channel
A Woodland Management Moment, FNR – Ext Playlist
Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment – Wildlife Responses to Timber Harvesting, The Education Store, Purdue Extension resource center
Forest Improvement Handbook, The Education Store
Community Planning, FNR -Ext Playlist
Enhancing the Value of Public Spaces: Creating Healthy Communities, The Education Store
Community Planning for Agriculture and Natural Resources: A Guide for Local Government, The Education Store
Tipping Point Planner, Website
Tipping Point Planner, The Education Store

Purdue Extension

Ron Rathfon, Regional Extension Forester
Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

Lenny Farlee, Sustaining Hardwood Extension Specialist
Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

Kara Salazar, Assistant Program Leader and Extension Specialist for Sustainable Communities
Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

Dan Walker, Community Planning Extension Specialist
Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural Resources


shrimp, Purdue ExtensionTalk with the aquaculture experts including different fish species, the benefits of fish, shrimp farming, aquaponics, and much more.

Date: March 4th, 2021
Time: 3 p.m. EST.
Speaker: Bob Rode, Aquaculture Research Lab Manager, Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources; Amy Shambach, Aquaculture Marketing Outreach Associate, Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources
Contact: Diana Evans, Extension and Web Communications Specialist, evans44@purdue.edu

For the Facebook live link and more information, visit Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources Facebook event page.

Resources
Ask An Expert: Hot and Cold, Video, Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources YouTube channel
Ask An Expert, Purdue Extension – FNR Playlist
Walleye Farmed Fish Fact Sheet: A Guide for Seafood Consumers, The Education Store, Purdue Extension resource center
Sustainable Aquaculture: What does it mean to you?, The Education Store
Fish: Healthy Protein Handout, The Education Store

Rod Williams, Professor of Wildlife Science
Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources


GreatLakesUndergroundRailroadMapIllinois-Indiana Sea Grant: Freedom Seekers were environmentalists who learned to navigate the land as they escaped slavery. Songs like “Wade in the Water” and “Follow the Drinking Gourd” remind us that history has always been connected to the land we occupy. The lessons featured in this free curriculum, Freedom Seekers: The Underground Railroad, Great Lakes, and Science Literacy Activities, acknowledge the enslaved Africans who had to rely on environmental science principles in their quest for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These lessons provide educators with cross-curricular teaching opportunities for middle and high school students.

“I didn’t realize that the Great Lakes were linked to the Underground Railroad at all,” said Megan Gunn, aquatic education specialist with Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and Purdue University Forestry and Natural Resources. Gunn worked with partners across the region to finalize the curriculum. “I grew up near Lake Michigan and never learned how my cultural roots were so closely connected to the natural world, so I’m excited for the next generation to have this educational opportunity.”

The Freedom Seekers curriculum is a collaborative project between several organizations and schools throughout the Great Lakes. It is part of a professional development effort for educators to increase their knowledge of the Great Lakes and environmental issues while incorporating Environmental Justice Education (EJE) approaches to K-12 teaching. These EJE approaches leverage cross-curricular connections that focus on increasing the awareness of local issues and history in the Great Lakes region.

Full article >>>

Resources
Center For Great Lakes Literacy (CGLL), Website
Ask An Expert: Hot and Cold, Video, Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources YouTube channel
Diets of Lake Michigan Salmonids, The Education Store, Purdue Extension resource center
Informing the Development of the Great Lakes Region Decision Support System, The Education Store
Salmon and Trout of the Great Lakes: A Visual Identification Guide, The Education Store
New website: Eat Midwest Fish, Got Nature? Blog, Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources
Scientists bring the Great Lakes to students learning from home, Got Nature? Blog
ID That Tree: Alternate Leaved Dogwood, Got Nature? Blog

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG)


Posted on February 2nd, 2021 in Forestry, How To, Plants, Wildlife, Woodlands | No Comments »

A variety of different types of regeneration openings can be created on properties to provide different structures and species of plants that are suitable to a wild variety of wildlife species. In this episode of Woodland Stewardship for Landowners, Purdue Extension forester Lenny Farlee talks about two types of regeneration openings – clearcuts and shelterwoods. These two techniques produce an even-aged forest, where all the plants regenerating in that area are approximately of the same age.

If you have any questions regarding wildlife, trees, forest management, wood products, natural resource planning or other natural resource topics, feel free to contact us by using our Ask an Expert web page.

Resources
Woodland Stewardship for Landowners, Playlist, Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) YouTube Channel
Woodland Management Moment, Purdue Extension – FNR Playlist
Woodland Stewardship for Landowners: Single Tree and Patch-Cut Harvesting, Purdue Extension – FNR Video
Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment: Uneven-aged Management, Purdue Extension – FNR Video
Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment: Even-aged Management, Purdue Extension – FNR Video
Finding help from a professional forester, Indiana Forestry & Woodland Owners Association
Forest Improvement Handbook, The Education Store, Purdue Extension resource center

Lenny Farlee, Sustaining Hardwood Extension Specialist
Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resource


Posted on February 2nd, 2021 in How To, Land Use, Safety, Wildlife, Woodlands | No Comments »

Browsing by deer on planted and naturally regenerated hardwood seedlings is one of the greatest obstacles to seedling establishment in many parts of the central hardwood region. In this Woodland Stewardship For Landowners, Purdue Wildlife Extension Specialist Brian MacGowan talks about different types of deer damage and how landowners could mitigate the damage.

If you have any questions regarding wildlife, trees, forest management, wood products, natural resource planning or other natural resource topics, feel free to contact us by using our Ask an Expert web page.

Resources
Woodland Stewardship For Landowners, Playlist, Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources YouTube Channel
Woodland Management Moment, Purdue Extension – FNR Playlist
A Woodland Management Moment – Deer Fencing, Purdue Extension – FNR Video
Wildlife Habitat Hint: Exclusion Cage, Purdue Extension – FNR Video
How to Build a Plastic Mesh Deer Exclusion Fence, The Education Store, Purdue Extension resource center
Forest Improvement Handbook, The Education Store
Finding help from a professional forester, Indiana Forestry & Woodland Owners Association

Brian MacGowan, Wildlife Extension Specialist & Extension Coordinator
Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural Resources


Posted on January 28th, 2021 in Forestry, How To, Wildlife, Woodlands | No Comments »

Join this edition of Ask an Expert video series with Dr. Joy O’Keefe and PhD candidate Elizabeth Beilke as they share about their studies of bats on the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment.

The HEE is in its initial stages and is planned as a 100-year project. Data were collected for two years prior to the first round of timber harvests and inventories have been conducted annually since, allowing us to quantify the varied responses of plants and animals to active forest management. This data will ultimately be used to develop management prescriptions that provide for resilient and sustainable managed forest ecosystems in Indiana.

If you have any questions regarding trees, forests, wildlife, wood products or other natural resource topics, feel free to contact us by using our Ask an Expert web page.

Resources
Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (HEE) Highlights: Bats, Video, Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources YouTube Channel
Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (HEE), Playlist, Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources
Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment, Website
Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment – Wildlife Responses to Timber Harvesting, The Education Store, Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources
The Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment: Indiana Forestry and Wildlife, The Education Store
Ask An Expert: Bats on the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment, Video, Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources Facebook
Bats in Indiana, Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)
Bat Houses, Bat Conservation International

Joy O’Keefe, Assistant professor and Wildlife Extension Specialist,
University of Illinois (Champaign) Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences


Posted on January 27th, 2021 in Forestry, Plants, Urban Forestry, Wildlife, Woodlands | No Comments »

IWShomeThe new Indiana Woodland Steward Newsletter has been published and is now available to read on our website, Indiana Woodland Steward. This new edition includes:

2020 Indiana Consulting Foresters Stumpage Timber Price Report
“This stumpage report is provided annually and should be used in association with the Indiana Forest Products Price Report and Trend Analysis. Stumpage prices were obtained via a survey to all known professional consulting foresters operating in Indiana…”

Woodland Management – Plan not Panic
By Dan Shaver
“When walking through the woods as a Forester for The Nature Conservancy in Indiana my senses are being flooded by the forest; past, present and future. Details that may be lost to many but allow me to draw on…”

Restore Prairie on Your Property to Protect History, Wildlife, and Humanity
By Zach Finn
“Landowners in northwest and west-central Indiana have the opportunity to create significant real-world change on their properties. This can be done through…”

Yellowwood Cladrastis kentukea Restoration and Recovery at Yellowwood State Forest
By Michael Spalding
“Yellowwood is the only tree species within the genus Cladrastis in the United States. It was discovered in March 1796 by Andre Michaux near Fleen’s Creek, 12 miles from Fort Blount, which is on the north bank of the Cumberland River near the present town…”

Ask the Steward Summer 2020
By Dan Ernst
“Question: Foresters often talk about ‘basal area’, but I don’t know what that means. Can you help?…”

Days Gone By
“Farm in Tippecanoe County, circa 1931. A.B. Redmond is splitting out oak staves…”

The Indiana Woodland Steward Newsletter is a resource that’s full of a variety of valuable information to foresters, woodland owners, timber marketing specialists and any woodland enthusiasts. The Indiana Woodland Steward Institute is an entity made from 11 organizations within the state including Purdue UniversityIndiana DNR, and Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s Association, that works to promote best usage practices of Indiana’s woodland resources through their Woodland Steward publication.

Resources
Forest Improvement Handbook, The Education Store, Purdue Extension resource center
Marketing Timber, The Education Store
Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment – Wildlife Responses to Timber Harvesting, The Education Store
Woodland Stewardship for Landowners, Playlist, Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources
A Woodland Management Moment, Playlist

Dan Shaver, President
Indiana Woodland Steward

Brian MacGowan, Extension Wildlife Specialist
Department of Forestry & Natural Resources, Purdue University


Join Purdue Extension forester Lenny Farlee and extension wildlife specialist Brian MacGowan with another new video added to the Ask an Expert YouTube Playlist. This episode of Ask an Expert covers everything from the change in fall foliage to invasive species identification and control, fall foods for humans and wildlife, habitat prep and management and planning ahead for spring plantings.

If you have any questions regarding trees, forest management, wildlife, wood products or other natural resource topics, feel free to contact us by using our Ask an Expert web page.

Resources
Ask An Expert, Playlist, Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) Youtube channel
A Woodland Management Moment, FNR Playlist
Woodland Stewardship for Landowners, FNR Playlist
Invasive Species, FNR Playlist
Fall Color Pigments, FNR Video
Wildlife Habitat Education Program – Teaching and Learning Wildlife Management Practices, The Education Store, Purdue Extension resource center
What Nurseries Need to Know About the Invasive Species Regulation, The Education Store
Invasive plants: impact on environment and people, The Education Store

Lenny Farlee, Sustaining Hardwood Extension Specialist
Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resource

Brian MacGowan, Extension Wildlife Specialist
Department of Forestry & Natural Resources, Purdue University


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