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Environmental News and Features

Sarah Ramsey

Enforcement of new mercury standards for industrial and wastewater treatment plants along the Ohio River may be delayed and that has environmental groups concerned.

Documents show there are dozens of companies and municipalities with mercury monitoring requirements that dump into the Ohio River.

Mercury levels based on Great Lakes

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Keep Cincinnati Beautiful is offering a one-day free recycling event Saturday for hard-to-recycle items.

They'll be taking various kinds of e-waste like cell phones and computer components along with plastic grocery bags and number 5 plastics.

The one-stop-drop will be at the Whole Foods in Rookwood Commons.

Full details:

WHEN: Saturday, August 3, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Shaker Trace Nursery Open House

Jul 22, 2013
Great Parks of Hamilton County

Tim Osborne, Shaker Trace Nursery manager with Great Parks of Hamilton County, talks about the nursery’s open house to be held Saturday, July 27 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

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Only two Sumatran rhinos are left on the north American Continent and both are now at the Cincinnati Zoo.  Harapan a six year old male who was born at the Cincinnati Zoo and was most recently at the Los Angeles Zoo has returned to be bred with his sister nine year old Suci. 

The importance of native plants

Jun 28, 2013

Charlotte Adelman, co-author of The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants talks with Mark Perzel about the importance of the plants in your own backyard and how they play a role in a much larger ecosystem.

Houston Zoo seeks answers to fatal elephant disease

Jun 28, 2013

In a follow-up to our recent interview about the discovery of, and research into, elephant herpes, Lauren Howard, staff veterinarian at the Houston Zoo, joins Thane Maynard on this week’s Field Notes with more details of the devastating discovery that this disease killed on of the Zoo’s elephants and the critical research now taking place to assure it doesn’t happen again.

Licking River Greenway and Trails

Green communities don't happen by accident. That's one of the messages Friday Kentucky environmental educators will discover  as they learn about and visit The Oxbow, The Civic Garden Center, LEED homes, Sanitation District 1 and the Licking River.

Shorebird protection efforts near Fort Myers, Florida

Jun 21, 2013

Former Cincinnatian Penny Jarrett joins Thane Maynard on this week’s Field Notes to talk about her current work for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and their efforts to protect the shorebirds that live and breed in the Little Estero Island Critical Wildlife Area near Fort Myers.

Dr. Paul Ling is associate professor in the Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine and is working on two projects: one human related (the latency of the Epstein-Barr virus) and one animal related. As Thane Maynard learns from Dr. Ling in this episode of Field Notes, he is working with the Houston Zoo on the growing problem of elephant herpesvirus and its sometimes fatal impact on the animal.

Celebrate the Ohio River next week

Jun 14, 2013

Cincinnati’s annual Paddlefest is once again joined this year by Pedalfest, and the celebration of the outdoors and the Ohio River grows larger and larger. Paddlefest organizer Brewster Rhodes and Pedalfest organizer Nern Ostendorf are in The Front Row with Betsy Ross with a preview of the events coming June 20-22.

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Ishinomaki residents are still suffering

For the last two years children in Ishinomaki, Japan have had few places to play. When the tsunami hit in March 2011 waves reached 33 ft. high, killing 3,000 people, destroying 20,000 homes and forcing many of the city's residents to live in shelters, even today, as reported here in The Daily Beast.

Dr. Jared Diamond

Jun 7, 2013

He’s a world acclaimed author, speaker, professor of geography, evolutionary biologist and Pulitzer Prize winner. His book, Guns, Germs and Steel, is a worldwide bestseller and argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. In this episode of Field Notes, Thane Maynard talks by phone with the fascinating Dr. Jared Diamond.

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HollNearly a quarter century after it began, the massive cleanup effort along the banks of the Ohio River and its tributaries still draws tens of thousands of volunteers.  They'll be combing more than 3,000 miles of shoreline, picking up trash and debris for River Sweep on June 15. 

Jeanne Ison with the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, the sponsoring organization for River Sweep, said the event has been very effective since its inception.

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The large numbers of Canada Geese in and around the tri-state are causing more and more damage to property, but a Cincinnati company has developed a humane way to keep them away. Tom Wells, president of Away with Geese, joins Thane Maynard on this week’s Field Notes to discuss their method and their recently announced partnership with the Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy.

"Last Ape Standing" from science writer Chip Walter

May 24, 2013

Scientists have determined that at least 27 different species of humans have evolved on planet Earth, yet only one still survives. Why are we still here and our 26 predecessors aren’t? In his fascinating new book, Last Ape Standing: The Seven-Million-Year Story of How and Why We Survived, acclaimed science writer Chip Walter attempts to answer that question as he discusses with Thane Maynard in this week’s Field Notes.

New research from the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center finds kids who live near or attend school near a major highway or interstate have an increased risk for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) because of the traffic- related pollution.

Lots of kids could be at risk

Studies have shown 40% of children attend school within 400 meters of a major highway. Another 11% of the population in the U.S. lives within a 100 meters of a four-lane highway.

The developing brain is the concern

Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Florida

May 17, 2013
Rebecca Field

If a Florida vacation is in the plans, you might want to visit Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary on the western side of the Everglades. The sanctuary director, Jason Lauritsen, joins Thane Maynard for this week’s Field Notes to talk about their 13,000 acres, some of the wildlife that reside there, and the largest old growth Bald Cypress forest in North America.

Zoo's Barrows Lecture Series: Dr. Steven Amstrup

May 10, 2013

The final Barrows Conservation Lecture Series presentation at the Cincinnati Zoo takes place Wednesday, May 15 and features renowned polar bear expert Dr. Steven Amstrup. He has been studying polar bears for over 30 years and, as Thane Maynard discovers in this week’s Field Notes, his current work with Polar Bears International is showing some dangerous trends affecting their habitat and ability to feed and survive.

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So you've got a refrigerator you suspect Methuselah might have used at some point in his life?  Then utilities across the state of Ohio, including Duke, want to hear from you.  

They've kicked off Ohio's Oldest Refrigerator contest and say they'll pay a $1,250 prize for the state's most ancient fridge or freezer.

Local birding expert and author Bill Thompson III

May 3, 2013

Bill Thompson III is a local birding expert, prolific author, and editor of Bird Watcher’s Digest. He’s with Thane Maynard for this week’s Field Notes to talk about his newest book, The Young Birder's Guide to Birds of North America, featuring some 300 common American and Canadian birds for young bird watchers to easily spot and identify. He also talks about the 2007 book All Things Reconsidered: My Birding Adventures, featuring stories, photographs and illustrations from the world famous nature artist/educator/ornithologist Roger Tory Peterson.

Zoo's Barrows Lecture Series: Dr. Olivia Judson

Apr 26, 2013

The next guest in the Cincinnati Zoo’s Barrows Conservation Lecture Series is acclaimed evolutionary biologist and writer, Dr. Olivia Judson. Her acclaimed book, Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation has been translated into 15 different languages, became a TV special in England and Canada, and was described by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins as a "winningly sophisticated zoological comedy." She joins Thane Maynard on this phone to talk about her work, her writings and her May 1 visit to the Zoo on this week’s Field Notes.

The benefits of native plants

Apr 26, 2013

Monday was Earth Day, and one way to help preserve the landscape and soil is to maintain, and in some cases, resurrect, the native plants that once existed in all regions of the planet. A new book, Back to Eden: Landscaping with Native Plants provides information and instruction on starting a native plant garden, how to make a rain garden, dealing with pests and how to avoid using fertilizers. The author, Dr. Frank Porter, joins Mark Perzel on the phone to discuss the many benefits of using native plants.

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Glass makes up 15 percent of what Cincinnatians throw out. Beginning this November, Rumpke will recycle it in a brand new St. Bernard facility that sits on the same site as one that burned down a year ago.

Although Rumpke will also recycle paper, plastics and metals at this facility, a big focus is on glass recycling. Very small, refined recycled glass particles are in big demand by glass container and fiberglass insulation companies.

There are eight steps in the glass recycling process:

Lemur Center at Duke University

Apr 19, 2013

For more than 40 years, the Duke Lemur Center at Duke University has been studying the lemur to learn more about this fascinating animal, as well as opening their doors to visitors so they can learn more about lemurs. Charles Welch is the conservation coordinator for the Duke Lemur Center and he’s Thane Maynard’s guest on this week’s Field Notes.

Earth Day 2013

Apr 19, 2013

In celebration of this year’s Earth Day, Mark Perzel talks by phone with Josh Knights, executive director of The Nature Conservancy’s Ohio office about the state the environment in Ohio and their current Picnic for the Earth contest, encouraging visits to Ohio’s natural treasures.

Zoo's Barrows Lecture Series: Dr. William Conway

Apr 12, 2013

The Cincinnati Zoo’s Barrows Conservation Lecture Series speaker is a true titan in the world of animal conservation and zoos. Dr. William Conway served as director of the world-famous Bronx Zoo for 43 years, transforming it into one of the leaders of the use of naturalistic exhibitions. He has also led the Wildlife Conservation Society into one of the strongest conservation organizations in the country, operating 4 zoos and 1 aquarium in New York City. In advance of his Wednesday, April 17 talk at the Zoo, Dr. Conway joins Thane Maynard by phone on this week’s Field Notes.

Miami University

Update: Botanist Jack Keegan reports the 'corpse flower' is now blooming. The flower typically blooms for only a few hours. Miami does not plan to pollinate it so Keegan says tonight's the night to get to Oxford if you want to see it in bloom. Keegan is expecting large crowds. The Belk Greenhouse will be open until at least 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Original story posted: April 2, 2013 at 5:17 p.m.

A rare flower is just about ready to bloom at Miami University and unlike its relative the calla lily, you may want to hold your nose when you see the Titan Arum.

Mariemont, Wyoming and Montgomery are Hamilton County's top three recycling neighborhoods.

The Recycling and Solid Waste District reports the average household recycled 250 pounds in 2012. That's 14 percent of all waste generated.

A recent study suggests 40 percent of what Hamilton County sends to the landfill could be diverted by recycling.

Rounding out the top ten recycling communities are Terrace Park, Madeira, Blue Ash, Indian Hill, Glendale, Loveland and Evendale.

Another mild winter followed by a colder than usual spring so far has many gardeners in Greater Cincinnati wondering when and how they should start preparing their lawns and flowerbeds to get ready for summer.

Join us Thursday morning April 11 at 9:20 as wediscuss tips and advice to make the most of your spring gardening. Impact Cincinnati, on 91.7, WVXU.Impact Cincinnati, on 91.7, WVXU.  If you have questions for our panel, you can email them toimpact@wvxu.org.

John Kamanga - Barrow Lecture Series Speaker

Apr 5, 2013

The next Barrows Conservation Lecture Series speaker at the Cincinnati Zoo is John Kamanga, a Masai elder working to preserve the land of the South Rift Valley in Kenya. He’s on the phone from Kenya during Field Notes with Thane Maynard to discuss the various conservation projects he is involved with, as well as his April 11 visit to the Zoo. He is also the recipient of the 2013 Cincinnati Zoo Wildlife Conservation Award.

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