August is the time that woodland walkers notice the tawny brown to creamy-white, branched stems and flowers of beechdrops (Epifagus virginiana), a small 6 - 20" plant that becomes more noticeable as it grows from its earlier half-inch size and that parasitizes the roots of American beech.

The last few years have been met with noticeable declines in local monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) populations. Fortunately, the monarch seems to be making a return this season.
Eastern North American populations of monarchs migrate 2,500 miles to overwinter in the mountains of Mexico. What's more fascinating is the fact that their migration back to the US in the spring and summer takes place over four separate generations of butterflies.

Coming January 2, 2015, the answer to all your questions about gardening definitions will be available! Garden-pedia by co-authors Pam Bennett and Maria Zampini covers gardening definitions from A-Z and goes a step further than just defining a term. The authors provide more detail on what the term means as well as how it is used in gardening.

Pam is the State Master Gardener Coordinator and Horticulture Educator for Ohio State University Extension in Clark County (Springfield) and has been in Extension since November 1992 (she's old!). Pam's background is in landscape horticulture and human and community resource development. She started in Clark County as a Program Assistant and was in Clark/Greene counties for a year and then came back to Clark County as an Extension Educator. In 2006 she was appointed as State Coordinator for the MGV program, splitting her duties between this and Clark County.

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.


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