Frank Hinchey

Informational seminar to focus on Ohio’s pollinators

A bee gathering nectar from a spring twinleaf (Jeffersonia diphylla) flower. The fragile flowers bloom around Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, April 13, and last for only a few days. (Photo by Frank Hinchey)Pollinating insects are making up for lost time in Ohio as a late spring wakes up nectar-filled wildflowers along byways, in fields and prairies, and residential backyards. To better help Ohioans…

Making sense of coyote vocalizations

Columbus — Often a bane to rural and urban Ohio landowners, coyotes and their distinctive howls remain music to the ears of scientific researchers. Scientific findings on coyote vocalizations were highlighted recently in the Natural History of the Urban Coyote, a blog founded by photojournalist Jaymi Heimbuch of San Francisco. “The coyote is one of the most misunderstood and divisive…

Missing deer cause for concern in Holmes Cty.

Millersburg, Ohio — Tests performed on 66 white-tailed deer killed July 21 at a Holmes County breeding farm did not detect fatal chronic wasting disease, but the Ohio Department of Agriculture remains vigilant. There is another, possibly greater, concern, though. “The unknown status of 40-44 quarantined tagged deer are a big concern of ours,”said Tony Forshey, ODA chief of the…