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Join in and watch our LIVE sessions with topics that include: aquaculture and aquatics; forests, woodlands and trees; natural resource planning; urban forestry; wildlife; and wood products. You will find question and answer sessions with our experts along with resources to keep moving you forward.

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Upcoming LIVE Sessions:

 

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April 15th: Ask an Expert – Indiana Herps
12:00 pm/Noon ET
Dr. Rod Williams – Professor of Wildlife Science – Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources; Mike Lodato, Member of Indiana Technical Advisory Committee for Herpetology; Nathan Engbrecht, Herpetologist, Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Join this Ask An Expert Live session and learn about herping (or the act of searching for amphibians or reptiles) in Indiana, including where to go, the do’s and don’ts in the field, and what equipment – field guides, apps and more – you need to get started on the right foot.

 

 

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April 29th: Ask an Expert – Cicada Emergence
12:00 pm/Noon ET
Dr. Elizabeth Barnes, Exotic Forest Pest Educator – Purdue Department of Entomology; Lenny Farlee, Purdue Extension Forester, and Jarred Brooke, Purdue Extension Wildlife Specialist
As the emergence of 17-year cicadas or Brood X is coming this spring, learn about this cicada population, its biology, eating habits and the potential damage they may cause in to trees and shrubs

 

 

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May 13th: Ask an Expert – Aquatic Plant Management
To be decided
Mitch Zischke, Clinical Assistant Professor, Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources
More information to come.

 

If you miss the live stream session, not to worry. All of our online sessions will be archived in our Purdue Extension-Forestry and Natural Resources YouTube playlist.

 

Recent Facebook Live Sessions:

 

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FNR Ask an Expert – Snakes & Turtles
Join this Ask An Expert Live session and learn about snakes and turtles, their natural history, interesting research happening in Indiana, and why you don’t need to worry about water moccasins in your pond!

 

Dr. Rod Williams – Professor of Wildlife Science – Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources; Dr. Bruce Kingsbury, Director of the Environmental Resource Center, Purdue Fort Wayne; Dr. Vicky Meretsky, Director of the Environmental Master’s Programs, Indiana University Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

 

 

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Ask an Expert – Anurans (Frogs and Toads)
Join this Ask An Expert Live session and learn interesting facts about frogs and toads, their natural history, interesting research about the threats they face, and what can you do to help frogs?

 

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

 

 

FNR Ask an Expert – What is Aquaculture?
Join this Ask An Expert Live session and talk with the aquaculture experts including different fish species, the benefits of fish, shrimp farming, aquaponics, and much more.

 

Bob Rode Aquaculture Research Lab Manager, Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources; Amy Shambach Aquaculture Marketing Outreach Associate, Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources

 

 

FNR Ask an Expert – Salamanders
Join this Ask An Expert Live session and learn interesting facts about salamanders, their natural history, interesting research happening in Indiana, and what can you do to help salamanders?

 

Dr. Rod Williams – Professor of Wildlife Science – Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources; Nick Burgmeier – Research Biologist and Extension wildlife specialist; Dr. Spencer Cortwright – Associate Professor of Biology, IU Northwest

 

 

FNR Ask an Expert – Planning Your Pond for Spring
Join this Ask An Expert Live session and Learn how to actively plan for your pond, instead of just fixing problems as they arise. What can you be doing now to get ready for spring?

 

Dr. Mitch Zischke – Clinical Assistant Professor – Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources, and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Fisheries Specialist; Dave Osborne – Ripley County Extension Director

 

 

FNR Ask an Expert – Prescribed Fire
Have you ever been interested in learning about how prescribed fire can be used to improve your woodlands and fields for wildlife? Join us to learn more about how you can use prescribed fire to improve forest health and wildlife habitat on your land. Bring your questions! Our experts will answer those questions and provide some practical tips and tricks about prescribed fire.

 

Jarred Brooke, Extension Wildlife Specialist, and Mike Saunders, Associate Professor of Ecology and Natural Resources – FNR

 

 

FNR Ask The Expert: Holidays In The Wild
Purdue Extension specialists Lenny and Brian will help you get ready for the holidays, while keeping your family and the wildlife around you safe. They’ll share resources about picking a real Christmas tree and how to access real trees locally in Indiana as well as collecting decoration materials like cones, seed pods, and nuts from the wild for crafting and decorations. They also will talk about how you can provide habitat and supplemental food for wildlife using Christmas trees and wreaths before, during and after the holiday season.

 

Brian MacGowan, Wildlife Extension Specialist, and Lenny Farlee, Sustaining Hardwood Extension Specialist, Purdue Extension – FNR

 

 

FNR Ask The Expert: Handling Harvested Deer, Processing & Cooking Deer After Harvest
Have questions about processing your own deer? You can improve the taste and enjoyment of your wild venison by following a few important tips that our extension specialists and educators shared with you in this Facebook LIVE session. 

 

Jarred Brooke, Extension Wildlife Specialist, Rod Williams, Professor of Wildlife Science, Purdue Extension – FNR, and Dave Osborne, Ripley County Extension Director, Purdue Extension and Jonathan Ferris, Wayne County Extension director, Purdue Extension

 

 

FNR Ask The Expert: It’s Fall, What’s Happening Outdoors?
Join Purdue Extension specialists Brian MacGowan and Lenny Farlee as they talk about what’s going on with wildlife and wildlife habitats this fall, fall color and trees in bloom, and some fall/winter prep to-do’s.

 

Brian MacGowan, Wildlife Extension Specialist, and Lenny Farlee, Sustaining Hardwood Extension Specialist, Purdue Extension-FNR

 

 

FNR Ask The Expert: Bats on the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment
Join Dr. Joy O’Keefe and PhD candidate Elizabeth Beilke as they share about their studies of Bats on the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment. Leave your questions in the comments below.

 

Joy O’Keefe – Assistant Professor and Wildlife Extension Specialist at the University of Illinois, Lizz Beilke – Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Illinois

 

 

Ask An Expert – Planning & Resources Conservation Tree Planting
Healthy forests provide many benefits for private landowners and for society at large. Talk with the experts in this Facebook LIVE session as they share materials, information, and assistance available for conservation tree planting.

 

Joy O’Keefe – Assistant Professor and Wildlife Extension Specialist at the University of Illinois, Lizz Beilke – Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Illinois

 

 

Ask An Expert – Camera Trapping
Pat is the project coordinator for the Integrated Deer Management Project and with his expertise of animal tracking and equipment techniques, he will share how he gathers the wildlife data needed to best manage your properties.

 

Patrick McGovern – Project Coordinator

 

 

Ask An Expert – Tree Inspection
Join urban forester Lindsey Purcell, exotic forest pest educator Elizabeth Barnes and entomology extension specialist Cliff Sadof as they share about how to inspect trees, what to look for, who to contact, etc., as well what invasive pests and diseases you should be keep your eye out for.

 

Lindsey Purcell – Urban Forester , Elizabeth Barnes – Exotic Forest Pest Educator, and Cliff Sadof – Pest Management Extension Specialist

 

 

Fall Food Plots for Wildlife
Food plots are useful for attracting wildlife and can be a great addition to your landowner habitat management practices. Learn techniques, resources and “ask an expert”.

 

Dr. Jarred Brooke – Extension Wildlife Specialist

 

 

Ask an Expert – Rainscaping
In this Facebook LIVE session you will find out what rainscaping is, how you can use it to improve your home landscaping issues and how it can be added to your community landscaping management practices as it can help prevent polluted runoff.

 

Sarah Hanson – Ag & Natural Resources Educator, County Extension Director for Purdue Extension Johnson County and Kara Salazar – Assistant Program Leader and Extension Specialist for Sustainable Communities

 

 

Ask an Expert – Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment: Episode 2 – Birds & Salamander Research
Our experts within the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (HEE) will answer your questions as they share their forest research regarding birds and salamanders.

 

Allison Ochs – Graduate Research Assistant and Danielle Williams – HEE Field Coordinator

 

 

Ask an Expert: Wildlife Myth Busters
Hellbenders and mudpuppies are the same thing, both salamanders, myth or true? Do we really have cougars in Indiana? Join our experts on this Facebook LIVE session as they share the facts regarding wildlife myths and answer your wildlife questions.

 

Rod Williams – Professor of Wildlife Science and Brian MacGowan – Wildlife Extension Specialist

 

 

Ask The Expert: What’s Buzzing & Not Buzzing About Pollinator
Learn about the different types of pollinators, a specific look at bee biology, the pollination game, the role of bees and their importance to our health, what to plant to attract pollinators, conservation, research, habitat and more.

 

Bee Overbey – Graduate Research Assistant and Megan Benage – Regional Ecologist for the Division of Ecological and Water Resources with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

 

 

Ask The Expert: Intro to the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment
Join Mike Saunders and Charlotte Owings of the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment as they share about the 100-year old project that aims to study and regenerate the oak-hickory population in Indiana and beyond.

 

Mike Saunders – Associate Professor of Ecology and Natural Resources
and Charlotte Owings – Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment Project Coordinator.

 

 

FNR Ask The Expert: Pests in Your Wood
FNR Ask The Expert: Pests in Your Woods – Join Purdue Extension specialist Liz Jackson and exotic forest pest educator Elizabeth Barnes and ask all of your questions about invasive insects and diseases affecting your woods.

 

Elizabeth Barnes – Exotic Forest Pest Educator and Liz Jackson – Manager Walnut Cncl/IFWOA & Engage Spec
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