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The Ichauway E-vent,
Oct 18-22
A week of virtual exploration

Many of you have attended our biennial Open House in the past. Covid forced us to cancel this event in 2021, so we decided to come up with a virtual substitute. Join us for a week of new exclusive content, fascinating never-before-seen video, Facebook Live sessions, and more! Understand the science and management behind one of the nation’s most diverse ecosystems. Fingers crossed for an in-person Open House in 2023!

A week of virtual exploration

Many of you have attended our biennial Open House in the past. Covid forced us to cancel this event in 2021, so we decided to come up with a virtual substitute. Join us for a week of new exclusive content, fascinating never-before-seen video, Facebook Live sessions, and more! Understand the science and management behind one of the nation’s most diverse ecosystems. Fingers crossed for a live Open House in 2023!

Monday

9am Our History and Purpose: A Message from the Director

11am Ichauway History and Property Tour

2pm Landscapes and Research in Images

3pm Children’s Coloring Page

Tuesday

9am Longleaf Pine: Ecology and Management

11am Longleaf Pine Restoration

1pm LIVE with Q&A  Land Management After Hurricane Michael

2pm Hurricane Michael: A Forest Landscape Ecology Research Spotlight

3pm Children’s Coloring Page

Wednesday

9am It’s the Little Things: An Entomology Research Spotlight

11am Plant Diversity and Wetlands: A Plant Ecology Research Spotlight

2pm LIVE with Q&A  Zom-bees, Scare-ab Beetles, and Franken-stink Bugs: The Creepy Crawlies of Longleaf Pine

3pm Children’s Coloring Page

Thursday

9am Water Consumption: An Ecohydrology Research Spotlight

11am Water Scarcity: An Aquatic Biology Research Spotlight

2pm LIVE with Q&A  Into the Thick of It: An Introduction to Natural and Agricultural Wetlands

3pm Children’s Coloring Page

Friday

8am Instagram Story: Red-cockaded Woodpeckers Q&A

9am Snakes and Gopher Tortoises in Longleaf: A Herpetology Research Spotlight

11am Predator-Prey Relations: A Wildlife Ecology Research Spotlight

2pm LIVE with Q&A  Untamed Science’s “Saving the Gopher Tortoise” with Bonus Footage and Commentary

3pm Children’s Coloring Page

Monday
9am

Our History and Purpose: A Message from the Director

In this video, Dr. Kier Klepzig provides a narrated overview of the history of Ichauway and the founding of the Jones Center. This section is illustrated by an amazing collection of vintage photos from Ichauway that go back as far as the 1930s. An interview with Dr. Klepzig follows.

11am

Ichauway History & Property Tour

This StoryMap recaps the history and development of the Jones Center as well as some of the primary ecosystems found on the Ichauway property.

2pm

Landscapes and Research in Images

View our photo album featuring images of Ichauway from Richard T. Bryant, an award-winning professional photographer, featuring the Ichauway landscape, historical features, prescribed fire, and more!

3pm

Children’s Coloring Page

Tuesday
9am

Longleaf Pine: Ecology and Management

Kevin McIntyre provides an overview of the natural history of longleaf pine. You’ll also learn about Ichauway’s prescribed fire program, join Brandon Rutledge for a look at our project to restore the red-cockaded woodpecker population on Ichauway, and our approach to managing mature longleaf pine forests.

11am

Longleaf Pine Restoration

This video focuses on restoration of longleaf pine on Ichauway from different starting conditions. Kevin McIntyre and Brandon Rutledge review restoration on former agricultural fields, underplanting longleaf under slash pine, and removing encroaching hardwoods to establish longleaf dominance.

1pm

LIVE with Q&A – Land Management After Hurricane Michael

In this Facebook Live, Dr. Jeff Cannon will review some of our research on patterns of damage to the Ichauway forests and his ongoing work on wind as a disturbance in forests. Dr. Kier Klepzig will update us on his lab’s research on pine beetle responses to the hurricane damage. Our Natural Resource Manager, Scott Smith, will address “lessons learned” about salvage logging and recovery, and land management after the storm.

2pm

Hurricane Michael: A Forest Landscape Ecology Research Spotlight

Longleaf pine is known for its resilience to wind damage. Dr. Jeffery Cannon studies wind disturbance in forests. Hurricane Michael’s track through Ichauway in 2018 has provided an incredible opportunity to better understand the mechanisms behind longleaf’s resilience. Join Jeffery to learn more about his work.

3pm

Children’s Coloring Page

Wednesday
9am

It’s the Little Things: An Entomology Research Spotlight

Our newest research program at the Center is led by Dr. Kier Klepzig, who is also the Director of the Center. Relatively little is known about insects in the longleaf pine ecosystem; this research is ripe for new discoveries and insights about insects and the important roles they play in these ecosystems.

11am

Plant Diversity and Wetlands: A Plant Ecology Research Spotlight

Longleaf pine ecosystems feature some of the highest levels of biological diversity outside of the tropics. Most of this diversity is found in the herbaceous understory of longleaf woodlands and their associated wetlands. Join plant ecologist Lisa Giencke for a look at the importance of these wetlands to rare plants.

2pm

LIVE with Q&A – Zom-bees, Scare-ab Beetles, and Franken-stink Bugs: The Creepy Crawlies of Longleaf Pine

Relatively little work has been done on insect communities in longleaf pine ecosystems and the important functional roles insects can play. With a decidedly spooky flavor in honor of Halloween, this Facebook Live will cover insect trapping techniques, bug sorting, and the unique and colorful insects that inhabit the longleaf pine forest of Ichauway.

3pm

Children’s Coloring Page

Thursday
9am

Water Consumption: An Ecohydrology Research Spotlight

One of the most important, though often unrecognized, products from forests is water, both in terms of quantity and quality. Learn more about Dr. Steven Brantley’s research on water yield from forests and the advantages that longleaf pine may have over other species of southern pine.

11am

Water Scarcity: An Aquatic Biology Research Spotlight

Dr. Steve Golladay leads our aquatic program and has worked on the Flint River and Ichawaynochaway Creek for almost 30 years. His research largely revolves around issues related to water scarcity and the implications of a changing climate on streams and rivers as well as impacts to the organisms that live there.

2pm

LIVE with Q&A – Into the Thick of It: An Introduction to Natural and Agricultural Wetlands

Join our Aquatic Ecology Lab on Facebook Live for a virtual wetland tour! Discover the different types of wetlands on Ichauway, the organisms that use them, and the services they provide. Then, graduate student Chloe Eggert joins to share how she’s using paleolimnological methods to better understand agricultural wetlands.

3pm

Children’s Coloring Page

Friday
8am

Instagram Story: Red-cockaded Woodpeckers Q&A

Join us on Instagram as our red-cockaded woodpecker biologist answers your questions throughout the day!

9am

Snakes and Gopher Tortoises in Longleaf: A Herpetology Research Spotlight

One of the most important conservation values of longleaf pine ecosystems is the habitat it provides for reptiles and amphibians. Join Dr. Lora Smith and Jennifer Howze to learn more about their work with the gopher tortoise as well as snakes associated with longleaf pine.

11am

Predator-Prey Relations: A Wildlife Ecology Research Spotlight

Join Dr. Mike Conner for a look at his predator exclusion study, believed to be the longest-running experiment of its type in the U.S., if not the world. This project is an excellent example of results from initial questions leading to new, unexpected questions and studies, and illustrates the value of long-term research.

2pm

LIVE with Q&A – Untamed Science’s “Saving the Gopher Tortoise” with Bonus Footage and Commentary

A few years ago, our Herpetology Lab worked with Untamed Science to produce a video about the gopher tortoise. This Facebook Live session will air this video along with unreleased footage on eastern indigo snake and eastern diamondback! Commentary and Q&A will feature video producer Rob Nelson, herpetologist Dr. Lora Smith, and Research Associate Jennifer Howze.

3pm

Children’s Coloring Page

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