In the overwhelming crush of media about the COVID 19 pandemic we don’t want to lose sight of the profound importance of the environment.
#OWUENVS is a collective effort to push environmental news and ideas and advocacy and creative efforts out through social media and other media by students, faculty, and staff in the Environment & Sustainability Program at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Find or create relevant stuff. Anything having to do with the environment anywhere. Links, ideas, videos, maps, photos, music, data, artwork, etc. Focus on the stuff you care about.
Put it out there: use the hashtag or tag #OWUENVS so we can track the effort. Focus on the media you use. On social media, video sites, music sites, whatever. Be creative.
Please let Meg Edwards or John Krygier or Laurie Anderson know if you have any questions, ideas, or suggestions.
This effort is what we make it. It keeps us connected, and it matters.
Last year President Trump and President Macron of France planted a lovely oak tree on the White House lawn. Sadly, the tree is now dead.
Let’s do better!
Tree planting and spring clean up opportunities abound. No big commitment. Please sign up soon and often:
A Scioto River Clean-up March 15th organized by a Buckeye Valley H.S. Student: Register here
OWA’s Earth Day Program April 4th at Delaware State Park: Register here
Blue Limestone Park Stream Clean-up from 4:30-5:30, April 15th: (weather back-up date is scheduled for April 16th same time and place) registration can be completed by emailing Caroline Cicerchi (here).
The Scioto River if we didn’t do the river clean up every year:
The Environment & Sustainability Program is very pleased to invite students to a pizza lunch with Cria Kay at 12-1 PM, Friday, February 28, 2020, in Science Center Room 207.
Cria has a Masters of Science in Environmental Informatics and Environmental Justice from the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, Comparative American Studies, and Geology from Oberlin College. She is now working at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago as the coordinator for the growing Urban Wildlife Information Network.
Cria will give a short presentation titled “Urban Studies and Environmental Work: Water and Wildlife” and then will answer student questions about graduate school and careers focused on the environment.
To learn more about Cria, go here.
SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES
Thursday, February 6 at 4:10 p.m.
Science Center 163
Citizen Scientist & Former Middle School Biology Teacher
“The Beaver Hypothesis: Bluebirding Before the Seventeenth Century”
Dick Tuttle is a retired middle school life science teacher and lifelong conservationist with a particular interest in cavity nesting songbirds. Over the past 50 years, Dick has raised more than 55,000 native birds from 10 different species! In this seminar, he will discuss how birds were able to find suitable cavities for nesting before humans began building bird boxes and placing them in their backyards. Specifically, he will investigate the role of beavers as engineers of suitable nesting habitat and describe the effects of early fur traders on populations of beavers and songbirds. He will conclude by linking all of these ideas to modern conservation efforts by arguing that sometimes to move forward you need to look backward.
SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES
Thursday, January 30 at 4:10 p.m.
Science Center 163
Dr. Nathan Amador Rowley
Assistant Professor of Geology & Geography, Ohio Wesleyan University
“It’s Getting Hot In Here: Assessing Greenland’s Melt Behavior Driven by Wind Events”
Over the past few decades, the acceleration of meltwater production along the periphery of the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) is driving the observed increase in global sea level. During the summer months, surface meltwater is driven by air temperature above the melting point and solar radiation receipt at the surface – melting accumulated wintertime snow. The orographic nature of the GrIS has shown to significantly influence wind patterns at automated weather stations in the melt zone, near the fast-flowing Sermeq Kujalleq (formerly known as Jakobshavn Isbræ) Glacier. I have identified a particular set of synoptic conditions, known as piteraq events, that are surface winds that bring adiabatically-warmed air from the interior of the ice sheet. Piteraq winds, through compressional heating, warm the ablation (or melt) zone and thus enhance melt; beyond what would be done by solar radiation alone. Commonly mislabeled as katabatic winds, piteraq winds resemble the Föhn winds of the Alps, or Chinook winds of the Rockies. During the 2011 and 2012 summer months, a series of piteraq events in the Sermeq Kujalleq Ablation Region, or SKAR, lead surface temperature at nearby weather stations to be nearly 2°C higher than the 1980-2010 mean.
Wednesday, November 6
12 p.m. Science Center 207
Ryan holds a degree in Zoology and is a dedicated conservationist. Currently, he works in Activism and Outreach at the World Wildlife Fund, one of the biggest conservation non-profits in the world. During his time at OWU, Ryan engaged in various campus sustainability efforts that shaped his career path.
Live link conversation, using fancy technology.
All are invited.
Part of ENVS 100.2/400.1 Conversations Towards a Sustainable Future.
Promo poster below:
Once again OWU is hosting the Annual Olentangy Watershed Forum, Tuesday, October 15 from 9-3:30, Merrick Hall 3rd Floor.
The forum consists of central Ohio professionals reviewing the state of the Olentangy Watershed.
Registration (free) is requested by October 8th: calling or email Erin Gibson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-548-7746 ext. 2221.
Lunch is included. Include dietary restrictions when registering.
WHERE: Benes Rooms, Hamilton-Williams Campus Center
DATE: Wednesday, September 25, 2019
TIME: 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Employers and Graduate Programs at this event listed here.
One regional option for graduate study is OSU – where some recent grads (including Emily Howald) are in OSU’s Environment and Natural Resources Graduate Program. A representative from that program will be at the Careeer & Grad School Fair:
For students curious about graduate school, a representative from the Environment and Natural Resources Graduate Program (ENRGP) at The Ohio State University will be on campus to talk to students about advanced study in the natural and human dimensions of sustainability and natural resources management. Students from any major are invited to come to our booth to learn about our master’s and doctoral degrees in research and applied practice for those pursuing careers in academia, government agencies, non-profits, and the private sector. Full funding packages including tuition payment and monthly stipend are available, and we would be glad to talk to you about your eligibility.
ENRGP, provided by the School of Environment and Natural Resources, brings together faculty and students from a wide array of backgrounds to explore and resolve contemporary challenges from many angles. Over 40 graduate faculty members are involved in seven academic specialization areas and in research labs such as the Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology Lab (TWEL), the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center (CMASC), and the Environmental and Social Sustainability Lab (ESSL). For questions about SENR and ENRGP, please contact the graduate program coordinator, Taylor White, at email@example.com.
Mostly hidden and invisible, Delaware Run weaves itself through the fabric of the city and is often overlooked. The Watershed Walk on Sept. 22, 2019, will shed light on this important natural resource.
2nd Annual Delaware Run Watershed Walk: September 22, 2019
RSVP for this FREE event at Eventbright
Bring rubber boots or old shoes (and a towel for drying off)
Presented by the Boardman Arts Park and the Central Ohio Communities Project
When: September 22, 2019
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.: Choices for level of involvement: a “short walk” (45 minutes), or a longer walk (90+ minutes), with 3-4 entry or exit points. Led by Local naturalists, historians, MAD Scientist Associates and others.
3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: creation of a “Watershed mural”, Badminton and Bocce Ball, upcycle art creation, and other “earth art and sports” (non-fossil fuel fun!)
Mostly hidden and invisible, Delaware Run weaves itself through the fabric of the city and is often overlooked. The Watershed Walk on Sept. 22, 2019 will shed light on this important natural resource.
Participants can choose to do a deep exploration of the run or shorter jaunts along its course.
Local scientists and experts will lead our walks and will explore the history, ecology and geologic features of the stream scavenger hunt style. After the walks, we will meet at the Boardman Arts Park to enjoy refreshments, music and educational programming about the nature nearby.