Jim Kahle / WYSO

Honeybees are remarkable creatures - industrious pollinators necessary for producing most of our food crops like all of those apples, cucumbers, raspberries and pumpkins grown on Miami Valley farms and, of course, the honey for which they’re named.  With wild populations dwindling most honeybees are now kept as willing workers by human beekeepers. Community Voices producer Jim Kahle talks with Greg and Melody Blatt of Bellbrook about their path to a new hobby.

WYSO's Leila Goldstein went scouting for American Woodcocks in Charleston Falls Preserve.
batwrangler / Flickr

Every spring the American Woodcock migrates north to the moist soils throughout eastern North America. The aerial mating display of the male birds can be seen across the prairies of the Miami Valley. Last month, WYSO’s Leila Goldstein went scouting for American Woodcocks in Charleston Falls Preserve.

A Bald Eagle feeding its chick.
Ohio Department of Natural Resources

In 1979 there were just four pairs of Bald Eagles left nesting anywhere in Ohio.

Habitat loss and the misuse of pesticides had almost wiped the bird out.

However, decades of conservation work has paid off. There are now Bald Eagles all over the state, and in 2012 the bird was removed from Ohio’s endangered list.

A new report says there’s a bird emergency in the air – climate change could eradicate two-thirds of the bird species now prevalent in Ohio by the end of this century. 

Julie Zickefoose returned to the program to discuss her thoroughly heart warming and utterly amazing book "Saving Jemima: Life and Love with a Hard-Luck Jay." Julie rescued a baby blue jay and raised it for about a month until it was ready to be released back into the wild.

She named the bird Jemima and when you read this story you will fall in love with this spunky little bird just like Julie did. Julie's watercolor paintings and photos of Jemima are incredible and they complement this engaging tale in the most wonderful ways.

Rory Dingey, campground owner and event host sitting in the doorway of her vintage camper.
Renee Wilde / WYSO

In Woodstock, Ohio in Champaign County women from all around Ohio and neighboring states who make up a sort of traveling sisterhood gathered on the anniversary of the legendary Woodstock Music Festival in New York.

There’s a 60’s vibe going as women in tie-dye dresses and flowered headbands mill around a clearing in Woodstock, celebrating the anniversary of the legendary music festival. But this isn’t New York, it’s Woodstock, Ohio, a small town in the rolling countryside east of Urbana.

"The Sibley Guide to Birds" David Allen Sibley
(original recording made in 2000)

David Allen Sibley is one of our leading ornithologists. He spent years working on his masterful guide to American birds. He created thousands of paintings to illustrate it and he drew almost every single bird from real life. This book became an instant best-seller and has sold hundreds of thousands of copies.

Loving's Love: A Black American's Experiences in Aviation" Neal Loving
(original recording made in 1996)

A few weeks ago I was reading our local weekly newspaper The Yellow Springs News when I noted the obituary of Ralph Ramey. He was 90 years old when he died. A number of years ago Ralph made a couple of appearances on the program and when I saw that he was no longer with us I headed right over to my stacks of recordings of the show and pulled out this interview that I did with Ralph back in 2002 when he published his book "Fifty More Hikes in Ohio."

Cemex Reserve in Fairborn is being used to store organic tornado debris.
April Laissle / WYSO

Thousands of trees were downed during a massive outbreak of tornadoes on Memorial Day. In the weeks since, cities have struggled to figure out where to put all that debris. In Greene County, much of it sits at Cemex Reserve in Faiborn, a public wetland park off Garland Avenue. Some residents say they're worried the giant pile of debris may be impacting the environment.

A group of experts is working with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources by taking a close look at Ohio’s 75 state parks to find out what kind of improvements can be made.