Curtis Young is currently an Agriculture and Natural Resources (Ag&NR) Extension Educator and Assistant Professor with an emphasis in Entomology and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in agronomic crops and landscapes. Curtis started his career in 1992 in the NW District Office of the Ohio Cooperative Extension Service as an Ohio State University IPM Extension Associate in agronomic crops.

Although Erik Draper's favorite job title was "Extension [Secret] Agent", he is currently an Agriculture and Natural Resources (Ag&NR) Extension Educator with an emphasis in Commercial Horticulture. Erik started his career in 1992 in Mahoning County as an Ohio State University Cooperative Extension Agent and was one of the founding members of the Extension, Nursery, Landscape, and Turf (ENLT) Team.

Participants in this week's Southwest Ohio BYGLive! Diagnostic Walk-About held in Mt. Airy Forest (Cincinnati Parks) had an enlightening discussion regarding severe canopy dieback observed on a large pecan tree (Carya illinoinensis) located in the Mt. Airy Arboretum. Although pecans are not considered common in Ohio, there are a surprising number of large specimens sprinkled around the southern part of the state with some trees reliably producing a viable nut crop.

The EASTERN GREY SQUIRREL (Sciurus carolinensis), FOX SQUIRREL (Sciurus niger), RED SQUIRREL (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus), and even the SOUTHERN FLYING SQUIRREL (Glaucomys volans) can cause major headaches to homeowners feeding birds. These pesky rodents never fail to find a way to the sunflower seeds, millet, peanuts, and other seeds we put out for our feathered friends.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife recently released a report on BOBCAT (Lynx rufus) sightings in the state during 2013. For the past 4 years, there have been over 100 verified sighting of bobcats but for the first time, 2013 clocked 200 verified sightings.

Hello BYGL Readers! It appears to be my turn to tell you a little bit about myself in the week's BYGL edition of Meet the Educator. I am the Extension Wildlife Program Specialist for Ohio. I am not assigned to a county, but rather work out of Columbus on the OSU main campus and have state-wide responsibilities. While that means I log a lot of miles, I enjoy the opportunity to offer programs at a variety of places around the state.

March through September is the active time for bats in Ohio. Ohio's 11 species spend their summer hours like every other species in Ohio – feeding and reproducing. There is no question Ohioans benefit from the feeding of bats – a single bat can consume over 1000 mosquito-sized insects in one night. The reproduction side of things however, can sometimes cause an issue…especially if the result is a colony of bats in the home.

Amy Stone

Meet Amy Stone, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator in Lucas County and BYGL Contributor. Amy began her career with OSU Extension in 1992 as a horticulture program assistant with a multiple county project that covered eight counties in NW Ohio. In 2000, Amy was hired in Lucas County as the AgNR Educator.


Your tomatoes and peppers are screamin' mad about this cooler weather. They are really hoping for warmer weather and you should too if you want to enjoy the fruits of your labor! These two plants in particular are warm season plants and thrive on temperatures that are around 75F during the day. When temperatures drop to below 60F at night for tomatoes and 50F at night for peppers, things stop happening. On the other hand, when the temperatures get into the 90F range at night, things slow down too. I know, picky picky picky!


A few calls have been coming in to the Extension offices this week about unknown critters stripping bark from trees. After consulting with the BYGL team and Marne Titchenell, the Extension wildlife specialist, all evidence leads to squirrels. Squirrels may occasionally damage trees by chewing bark from branches and trunks and can even girdle trees and several species could be the causing the damage.



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