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It's called WildOhioLink. Check it out. Lots of info and educational stuff. If you know a teacher that may be interested in this stuff, send them the link!



Welcome to WildOhioLink, brought to you by the ODNR Division of Wildlife's Information and Education Group. We bring you information about Ohio's wildlife, educational opportunities, places to go, grants, scholarships, stuff to read, stuff to borrow, stuff to do and more .

We want you to be able to USE this information. Please feel free to let us know how we are doing. It's our intention that this be an e-newsletter you will want to read, share, and reference.

If you like what you see, and you aren't already on the list, subscribe by sending your e-mail address to [email protected] with "subscribe" as the subject heading. If you really like what you see send this to a friend! The more the merrier!

Contributing authors include Lindsay Benjamin, Mike Moutoux, Carol Wells, Tammy York, Jen Dennison, Tom Lavergne and Marc Sommer. Edited by Lisa Smith. If you have information that you would like to post on this e-newsletter, please make your submissions to [email protected] with subject heading WILD OHIO LINK SUBMISSION.

Native Spotlight

Bald Eagle: The adult bald eagle is one of the most easily recognized species of wildlife as it is a symbol of strength and pride in America. It has snow white feathers covering its head down to the neck area and on its tail. The body color is very dark brown. Yellow eyes, beak, and feet accent the bird's appearance. Young eagles do not get their white head and tail feathers until they reach five or six years of age. Until that time, they are decidedly duller in appearance and are difficult to recognize as a bald eagle.

The eagle is one of the largest birds in the raptor (bird of prey) or Accipitridae family. It is generally 34 to 43 inches long, weighs 10 to 12 pounds (females are heavier in the species), and has a wingspan of six to seven and a half feet. They feed mainly on fish, but will readily eat groundhogs, rabbits, squirrels, or other birds such as ducks, gulls, hawks, and owls. Mating pairs are usually established and begin building nests in autumn and early winter, eggs are laid between mid-February and late March, and eaglets are hatched in April and May. A young eagle will leave the nest, or fledge, at 10 to 12 weeks old. Because it is an endangered species in Ohio, the bald eagle is well protected and researched. Bald eagle management in Ohio is funded by the Do Something Wild! income tax check off fund, bald eagle license plates sales, and contributions to the Wildlife Diversity Fund.

Links to Check Out

Be Bear Aware--Summertime brings peak activity for black bears in Ohio. While Ohio's resident black bears number 50 to 75 and occupy the northeastern and southeastern forested areas, by nature they are very reclusive, shying away from human contact. Most noticeable is the young, 18-month-old bear (usually male) that has been forced to leave its home range in search of new territory. Many of these transient bears wander into Ohio from West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Because our state is densely populated, most of these young bears, if left alone, will return to familiar territory. Sightings along their journey oftentimes stir excitement, especially in more urban areas. Be bear wise. If you see a black bear, do not try to approach it or feed it. Maintain a safe distance. While most black bears are not aggressive, they are still wild animals and should be treated cautiously. Please report any black bear sightings to your local wildlife officer or wildlife district office. Our agency tracks these bears as they travel through Ohio. And remember--a fed bear is a dead bear. Once bears become habituated to the people-food delicacies of the garbage can, they are destined for a short life. Keep garbage cans secured, avoid throwing out scraps of food, and feed outside pets at the same time each day removing any uneaten food. If you'd like to learn more about black bears, check out: www.bear.org www.bear biology.com www.bearden.org


Great Lakes water levels constitute one of the longest high quality hydrometeorological data sets in North America with reference gauge records beginning about 1860 with sporadic records back to the early 1800s. These levels are collected and archived by NOAA's National Ocean Service. This site is a treasure trove of info on Great Lakes water levels. http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/data/now/wlevels/


It is time to get the canoe out and get ready for another season of being on the water. The French-Canadians were masters of the canoe and they spent many years exploring the Ohio River and the Great Lakes watersheds. So get the canoe out and explore Ohio! This link will get you started.


Information and Activities


Online - July 1 - August 31, 2004 Please take a few minutes to complete an online survey compiled by the National Environmental Education Advancement Project (NEEAP). This survey seeks to document the value and use of various EE publications by those involved in EE capacity building efforts at the national, state and local levels. The survey is being done on behalf of partners involved in the EE and Training Partnership (EETAP). Your time and advice is greatly appreciated. The survey will be available online, July 1st at http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr/neeap. We would appreciate you completing the survey by August 31, 2004.


July 21-30, 2004 - Costa Rica Professional development opportunity for educators to study tropical science, biodiversity, ecosystem structure and function, environmental issues, conservation strategies and cultural perspectives. Participation in this program can be applied to CEUs (see your district for information specific to your situation) and graduate credit. Call 888-890-0632 for more information. Visit website for seminar components and registration and facilities information:


Books to Read


For K-12 teachers and nonformal educators, the AIS Guide is available online or in pdf format. Includes aquatic exotic plants and animals educational materials, multimedia resources and information, and species field guide. from the University of Minnesota Sea Grant College Program. http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/exotics/


By: Charles Wohlforth. Published by North Point Press. This new book explores global warming from the perspectives of a group of scientists studying climate change in Alaska and a traditional Eskimo whale-hunting party using traditional knowledge to deal with the shifting landscape. 2004, 336pps.http://www.powells.com/cgi-bin/biblio?inkey=8-0865476594-0&partner_id=25450

Grants and Scholarships

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHICSOCIETY EDUCATION FOUNDATION GROSVENOR GRANT PROGRAM Application Deadline: September 7, 2004 Grant program supports efforts to engage K-12 students and teachers in the exploration of geographic skills and perspectives leading to an appreciation of the world, its peoples, and its resources. Projects involving disadvantaged children and underserved urban and rural regions in the United States are encouraged.


Places to Go

Back To Stay? A Peek Into the WILD World of Bald Eagles and Black Bears: Advanced Project WILD Workshop to be held June 24th in Lancaster.

Bald Eagles, Black Bears and other special species in Ohio will be the focus of an Advanced Project WILD Workshop hosted by the ODNR-Division of Wildlife. The workshop will be held on Thursday June 24, from 9:30-3:30pm. Lunch will be provided.

We have a fun and educational day planned, packed with activities and lessons that can be used in your classrooms and future workshops. Unlike our traditional Project WILD workshops, the day will be focused on the successes and hardships endured by two of Ohio's most awe-inspiring endangered species, the bald eagle and the black bear. The workshop will be very useful to Project WILD facilitators and other educators just wanting to learn more!

Back to Stay? will be held at the Goslin Nature Center at Alley Park in Lancaster, OH. A $25 registration fee will be applied to the rental of the facility. For more information, or to register, contact Lindsay Benjamin at (614)644-3925 [email protected] or Carol Wells at (740)589-9930 or [email protected]

Advanced WILD Workshop-WILD About Birds

An Advanced Project WILD workshop will be held at the ODNR-Division of Wildlife's District Two office in Findlay, OH on June 25 from 9:00 to 3:00pm. A Dutch oven cookout lunch will be provided.

Come join us for an in-depth look at Ohio's native birds. You'll be able to listen to presentations on how the Division of Wildlife manages for birds, you'll get an opportunity to use a variety of optics and tips on what to use with your students, how and what to feed birds including different kinds of seed and feeders. There will also be a session on using Project WILD to teach your students about Ohio's birds. You can also get a sneak preview of the new Flying WILD-Birding Festivals curriculum!

Registration cost is $15 and please bring your Project WILD guides with you. You can register by sending a check made out to the Ohio Game Protectors Association, Attn: Tom Lavergne to ODNR-Division of Wildlife District Two Office, 952 Lima Ave., Findlay, OH4 5840. For more information, contact Tom Lavergne at (419) 424-5000 or [email protected]

June 23, 2004

Advanced Project Wild - Otters, Otters Everywhere - The true life story of the recovery of an endangered species. This is your chance to learn about how river otters became endangered and how the ODNR Division of Wildlife helped the river otter population to recover. Program will include background information, educational activities, and an up-close look at some river otters.

Program begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Cincinnati Museum Center and ends at 3:30 p.m. at the Cincinnati Zoo. Bring an otterly delicious snack to share with your fellow classmates. To register call Tammy York 937-372-5639 x 5020 or e-mail her at [email protected]. Registration ends: June 18, 2004.

Tentative Agenda:

9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Welcome

9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Ice-breaker

9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. River Otter Biology and Activity

10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Abundant Otters? Math for the faint of heart!

11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. River Otters in Ohio History

11:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Travel to Cincinnati Zoo

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Up close look at the river otters on display at Otter Creek

2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. River Otters in Ohio, A Peek into the Future

3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wrap-up


Begins June 28, 2004 - Online Six-week online seminar for K-12 educators: The Earth: Inside and Out Dynamic Earth Systems from the American Museum of Natural History, is one of five life, earth, and physical science courses being offered online. Available for graduate credit and continuing education units (CEUs) at Adams State College and Plymouth State University for an additional cost. For graduate credit information see: http://learn.amnh.org/courses/gradcredit.php Course information: http://learn.amnh.org/courses/earth.php


August 4-5, 2004 - Burr Oak State Park, Ohio. The workshop includes activities for teachers to help their students meet proficiency test outcomes and the new academic content standards. Geared toward high school teachers, but middle school teachers (6-8) may attend. The workshop is sponsored by the Environmental Education Council of Ohio, Environmental Education Training & Partnership, and the Ohio Environmental Education Fund. The workshop fee will be $30 and includes lunch, snacks, and curriculum materials. One semester hour of graduate credit through Ashland University will also be offered for a fee of $138 (pending).

For more information contact the Muskingum Valley Park District at 740-455-8237 or [email protected] or the Fairfield Soil & Water Conservation District at 740-653-8154 or [email protected].

INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE FOR BIODIVERSITY EDUCATION - FLORIDA October 11-16, 2004 - Orlando, FL Application Deadline Extended: June 25, 2004

World Wildlife Fund and Disney's Animal Kingdom are looking for 40 leaders to participate in "The International Leadership Institute for Biodiversity Education " to be held at the Walt Disney World Resort. The goal of this institute is to provide the tools to enable participants to lead, engage, and inspire others to protect biodiversity. The institute is open to leaders who work at the local, state, national, or international level, and who have a broad reach, experience in implementing programs, and creating effective partnerships. Scholarships are available to support registration fees and travel for pre-service educators and those who work with pre-service educators. Please indicate your interest in these funds and your role in pre-service when you submit your application. There is no cost for educational materials and housing during the institute. Deadline Extended: June 25, 2004 Complete information about the institute and an application form can be found at http://www.worldwildlife.org/windows/institute.cfm
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