While most wildlife is winding down in preparation of winter, Ohio's WHITE-TAILED DEER (Odocoileus virginianus) population is winding up as their breeding season approaches. Bucks are completing their antler growth, which occurs roughly from April through August, and are ready to start polishing them up in order to attract a mate, or several mates, as is the case with deer.

The RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD (Archilochus colubris) has been migrating through Ohio for the past month and we may continue to see hummingbirds passing through into October. Hummingbird migration can sometimes last into November. Homeowners often wonder when they should take their hummingbird feeders down for the year

Landscapes are big investments that sometimes make us dig into our pockets deeper when pest and disease problems arise. When these plant health issues arise many times a visual investigation of the plant is just not enough and requires a skilled diagnostician to provide diagnostic and support services in the identification of plant diseases and insect related problems.

Last week, Farm Science Review (FSR) was held in London, Ohio. A small town comes to life along Interstate 70 between Columbus and Springfield. FSR is a joint program between Ohio State University and Purdue University and is recognized as Ohio’s premier agricultural event.

In last week's issue of BYGL (BYGL 2015-24, 9-17-15), Curtis Young wrote an article looking back at some of the tree observations that were reported in the spring, and revisiting those trees now to see how they are doing.

What has happened with the trees for which we had concern this past spring? This spring BYGLers had made multiple observations on the condition of several tree species and their general poor appearance.

There have been some reports of skunks and moles causing conflict in yards across Ohio. The culprits are the EASTERN MOLE (Scalopus aquaticus) and STRIPED SKUNK (Mephitis mephitis).

By this time of year, usually the powdery mildew fungus of cucurbits has almost totally overwhelmed the foliage of pumpkins and gourds. This collapsing of the plant's leaves lead directly to the exposing of the pumpkins and gourds to the sun, which is both good and bad.

Curtis Young reported witnessing what could have been an event that could have had a very tragic outcome. While walking his dogs, several young children between the ages of 4 - 7 years of age approached him from a neighbor's gathering wanting to pet his dogs.

Thank you to one of our BYGL readers for pointing out that Heliotrope, our annual plant of the week on August 20, 2015 is poisonous to dogs. This prompted a discussion among the BYGLers about what plants may be toxic to our beloved pets.


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