Game cameras are a useful tool for monitoring and documenting wildlife communities. MAD has regularly used game cameras to document large mammals and birds at wetland restoration sites in Richland, Mercer, and Lucas Counties. In 2022, MAD expanded our game camera monitoring capabilities with the addition of Adapted Hunt Drift Fence Technique (AHDriFT) camera traps. These special camera traps are a unique method for conducting surveys for small mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. We used AHDriFT camera trap arrays to conduct a six-month survey for the federally-listed massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus) in northeastern Ohio. While did not observe any massasaugas, we did document a number of small mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. AHDriFT camera traps have broad applications for targeted rare species surveys, general wildlife community surveys, […]
MAD Scientist Associates has been a longtime member and supporter of the Environmental Education Council of Ohio (EECO), and Jenny Adkins currently sits on their board as Secretary. This year, Jenny and Corbin were chosen to be on a leadership team that spent a week on the California coast learning about teamwork, group leadership, justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion (JEDI) opportunities. At this professional development opportunity, they were able to interact with state EE affiliates from far and wide. MAD supported their attendance at this training, as many of the skills being taught were skills we value and hope to grow within our company. Jenny also represented MAD and EECO at the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) research symposium and annual conference in […]
In June, Jenny Adkins had the opportunity to help organize and speak at an EPN breakfast, alongside Cadine Navarro, Terry Hermsen, and Janice Glowski, about native prairie plants and the connection between the arts, sciences, action, and resiliency. This partnership was formed after a visit the Frank Museum (Otterbein University) to see Cadine’s exhibit titled “It Sounds Like Love,” which features nine native prairie plants and the artistic representation of the vibrational sounds their dormant seeds create. Intriguing stuff, right?! As an educator and botanist, Jenny quickly bonded with the group and has participated in several of the exhibit events. They decided to share this synergy with the community through The Ohio State University’s Environmental Professional’s Network. Here they asked participants to walk through the Alum […]
Christine Dilley has obtained certifications recognizing MAD Scientist Associates as a woman-owned business (WOB). Being a WOB allows MAD to establish new relationships with teaming partners and expand the kinds of clients they can serve. Many government entities and corporations establish a certain percentage of their contract awards for disadvantaged businesses, such as woman, minority, and veteran owned businesses to provide equal opportunities. MAD is among the less than 1% of the current 12.3 million women business owners that are certified. Once certified, they are identified as Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs). Locally, MAD’s WBE certifications include EDGE (Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity program), which enables economically and socially underutilized businesses to grow and to boost the number of competitors across various business genres, City of […]
In February, Mark was honored to speak to the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus (GLLC) about the value of wetlands. He was invited to present by a former student from his Wetland Ecology & Restoration course who now works for the Natural Resources Conservation Service and serves on the planning committee for the caucus. The GLLC’s mission is to strengthen the role of state and provincial legislators in the regional, national, and binational policymaking process by providing a forum to exchange good practices, ideas, and opportunities, and by advancing legislation to promote the restoration, protection, economy, and sustainable use of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River for current residents and future generations. About 30 legislators from Great Lakes states and Canadian provinces were […]
Thank you Mayor Ginther & Columbus City Councilmember Remy for honoring us with a 2022 Columbus GreenSpotLight Award during the Friday afternoon, March 25 virtual ceremony. CEO Chris Dilley was happy to participate in the FB Live panel discussion with fellow winner reps Darla King/King Interiors and Allison Spicer/Hikma Pharmaceuticals. Jenna Roller-Knapp on our team represents MAD in participating in the Columbus GreenSpot program. We appreciate the recognition of sustainability practices that make our community a better place to live and work.
On April 1, 2022, MAD Scientist Associates celebrates 24 years in business! Chris and Mark are thankful for the fulfilling work and Making A Difference with a great team of MAD scientists! Also for April, we share our photo of the month: Meet Toadshade! Also known as Sessile Trillium (Trillium sessile), this is one of Ohio’s early-blooming native woodland wildflowers. The tiny, white-flowered plant on the left is the aptly-named Harbinger of Spring (Erigenia bulbosa), often one of the first flowers to open and a welcome sign that spring has sprung!
We were happy to support and attend the third (second in-person) Vernal Poolooza conference at Salt Fork State Park Lodge. It was wonderful to see friends and colleagues and share our love for these fantastic, fleeting wetlands. Many of our staff assisted with the organization of the conference, as well as presented during sessions. Keynote speakers included David Fitzsimmons, the renowned photographer and author of the Curious Critter series, and Tom Biebighauser, author and owner of “Wetland Restoration and Training, LLC.” Tom led a hands-on session where a new vernal pool was dug, seeded, and adorned in just a few hours! If you’re interested in attending the next conference in 2024, please contact us or the Ohio Wetlands Association.
At the tail end of 2021, we wrapped up the construction of another wetland project for a homeowner in Delaware County. This is the second project we’ve completed for this family, bringing their created wetland acreage to nearly 5 acres! We were able to work with the client’s desire to increase privacy from the road and neighbors while tending to a natural aesthetic that would be pleasing (perhaps inspirational) to anyone passing by. We look forward to seeing this site mature and hope to add some updated aerials over time. If you’re a lover of wild spaces, own land, and want to create your own “personal park,” let us help you bring that dream to life!