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To counter the sharp decline in the population of the monarch butterfly, the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative is expanding a pilot program to establish habitat areas for the butterfly by collecting milkweed seed pods.

The seeds will be used for new plantings for the butterfly throughout Ohio in the coming years.

Monarch caterpillars eat milkweed plants and the monarch butterflies use milkweed to lay their eggs.

Locally, the Soil and Water Conservation District offices in Ottawa, Lucas and Wood counties are participating this year in the program as collection points for seed pods.

The state’s investigation into Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer started after local police chiefs in the county grew concerned about the sheriff’s “unusual behavior” when handling drug disposal drop box collections, according to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office.

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Kyle Overmyer

At the request of Sandusky County Prosecutor Thomas Stierwalt, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation opened its probe in September 2015 that resulted last week in a county grand jury indicting the 42-year-old sheriff on 43 counts – 38 of them felonies.

Oregon City Council recently approved ordinances to remove and relocate overhead electric and cable wires to improve aesthetics as part of the Navarre Avenue Safety Improvement Project.

Council passed a purchase order and work agreements with Toledo Edison to relocate and remove lines for $195,751. Council also approved a purchase order and a work agreement with Buckeye Broadband to relocate aerial cable equipment and underground lines for $87,524.62.

The section of Navarre that will be affected is from I-280 to Isaac Streets Drive.

Anglers can help fishery managers by taking yellow perch they catch this year in Lake Erie to be scanned for microchips at one of seven stations along the coast.

A collaborative project among the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife, U.S. Geological Survey, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Ohio Sea Grant aims to study fish behavior, migration, population size and the rate of death by natural causes using data the public’s scanning efforts will provide.

“This research will help fisheries biologists better understand movement patterns of yellow perch, which in turn will assist agencies to better manage the yellow perch fishery,” said Patrick Kocovsky, a fishery biologist with the USGS Lake Erie Biological Station.

Researchers at The Ohio State University are studying how well fish can see both prey and predators underwater, and how that ability is influenced by changes in water clarity. They hope that the research will help Lake Erie fisheries adapt to algal blooms that reduce underwater visibility, which is important to visual hunters such as walleye.

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Dr. Suzanne Grey

Fish tend to follow a rotating stripe pattern that can be set up around a round tank in the lab. This allows researchers to study how well fish can see in various water conditions - no movement means the water is too murky for them.

"We wanted to integrate this really basic science - visual physiology - with the people who are out there catching the fish," said Dr. Suzanne Gray, lead researcher on the Ohio Sea Grant funded project. "Walleye fishing in Ohio is close to a $1.8 billion industry, and walleye are going to be influenced in some way by changes to the visual environment that happen with the algal blooms in the late summer and fall."

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