Amanda Rodewald featured on NPR discussing Mute Swans

Amanda Rodewald, director of Conservation Science at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, was recently quoted on NPR on the topic of invasive Mute Swans. Rodewald says that the non-native swans have posed a threat to birds such as loons and least terns. Now that they have a growing presence in New York, they could potentially displace some of the few remaining black tern populations in New York state. While swans may be beautiful to look at, they are also extremely dangerous animals and their foraging habits are very destructive to underwater ecosystems.

Listen to the story or read more about this topic here!

Students’ Experiences in Ecuador culminate in Gallery

Over winter break, fifteen students enrolled in the IARD class “Special Topics in International Agriculture and Rural Development” traveled to Intag, Ecuador, and worked closely with the local people to improve their community. The course concept came from a student, Martin Zorrilla ’13, who asked Prof. James Lassoie, Natural Resources, and Prof. Charlotte Jirousek, Fiber Science, to teach it. During the fall semester, students worked in teams to communicate with Intag locals and learn about the community, then applied what they had learned during their three week trip. While in Intag, students “remodeled a store, created a manual on soil improvement, planted trees, developed maps of rare species, and helped develop new tools.”

The students have created a gallery to showcase their experiences in Intag. It is dedicated in memoriam to Professor Jirousek, who suggested the gallery. The gallery will open on Monday afternoon at 4:30 PM, and is located in the Jill Stuart Gallery of the Human Ecology Building.

Read the complete article about this from The Cornell Daily Sun here!

Gary Goff receives “Silviculture Leadership Award”

Congratulations to Gary Goff for receiving the “Silviculture Leadership Award” from the Allegany Chapter of the NY Forest Owners Association (NYFOA) and the western NY Master Forest Owner (MFO) Volunteers. It was presented at the 17th Annual Rural Landowners Conference in Yorkshire, NY on March 1, 2014.  The award recognizes 20+ years of service to educational programs that support the sound silvicultural management of private woodlands for wildlife and timber.

Goff has been a dedicated supporter of forest management and stewardship for over 35 years. He has contributed to numerous projects dedicated to maintaining NY and northeastern forests. Goff has served as the Arnot Forest Associate Director for Extension/Outreach, and has worked for over 21 years with the NY MFO Volunteers program. Through his work with the MFO Volunteer program, Gary Goff has been an exceptional and influential figure and has positively shaped the stewardship values of private forest owners throughout New York.
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(Gary Goff holds his Silviculture Leadership Award)

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Michael Farrell contributes to new Maple drink

Over the past few years, Michael Farrell has been working with Paolo Cugnasca, the managing director of Feronia Forests, and Cornell’s Food Venture Center at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva to develop an innovative maple water drink. Farrell is the director of Cornell’s Uihlein Forest in Lake Placid, and author of The Sugarmaker’s Companion, a book on sugaring. He became involved with the project when Cugnasca asked him for advice on how to utilize large forests areas without cutting the trees. Farrell suggested that maple sap be bottled and sold as a sweet and nutritious drink. The final product, Vertical Water,  has the delicious taste of maple syrup and is nutrient rich. It will be on shelves in April!

More information about Michael Farrell’s work and Vertical water can be found here!

Melanie Moss receives Administrative Excellence Award!

Congratulations to Melanie Moss for receiving the Wildlife Management Institute’s Administrative Excellence Award!

Melanie Moss received this award for her critical role in assisting the New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and for the excellent support she provided to all associated parties, including the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Cornell University. Ms. Moss has done an outstanding job, and has shown true dedication and service to all those that she works with.