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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. 

a black squirrel sits on a fence
Renee Wilde / WYSO

Many Ohioans are familiar with black squirrels thanks to the large population on the campus of Kent State University. They are the descendants of ten squirrels brought there from Canada in 1961 by the head groundskeeper. But, in Greene County, Ohio, we host a large a population of these rare black squirrels

On this episode of County Lines, producer Renee Wilde goes looking for squirrels. 

Bob Globhotzer,  Emeritus Curator Natural History, Ohio History Connection at Big Darby Creek in the Darby Metro Park outside of Columbus.
Renee Wilde / WYSO

Dragonflies might be the least understood insects on the planet. They have been called the Devil’s Darning Needles, Mule Killers, and Snake Doctors. For an insect that has been around since before the dinosaurs roamed the earth, surprisingly little is actually known about them. Community Voices producer Renee Wilde went in search of answers to why a dragonflies form a huge swarm on her farm in Ohio every year.

Young Volunteers Find Rewards at Local Stable

Aug 24, 2016
courtesy of Possum Creek Stables

On any given day of the week, you’ll find Elli Schroll working at Possum Creek Stables in Moraine.  She’s fourteen years old and has been volunteering at the horse barn since she was 11 years old, mucking stalls, throwing down hay bales, and feeding the horses.

No matter how difficult it can be, Elli loves working here and believes that it’s a great experience for her and the other young volunteers.  

“I’ve learned a lot since coming here, like about horses, about just myself, and everything about, like, who I am and just about horses and everything,” says Elli.

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