Each year, we are amazed and grateful for our amazing staff. Not only do they come to each other’s aid, put the hours in, problem solve, and challenge themselves- they keep each other laughing while doing it. We are truly lucky to have such a great team and we wanted to share some of their accomplishments from the year with you. Julius Duncan, Water Resources Engineer and EIT, joined our team in 2021 and recently earned his Level 2 Stream Restoration certificate. His background in environmental engineering and water resource management suits him well on the restoration team at MAD. He and Robert Keast, Restoration Designer, hit the ground running this year and have been instrumental in tackling our wetland and stream restoration projects across […]
Chris and Mark had the surprise of Governor DeWine visiting a wetland design/build site of ours (partnered with Access Engineering) in Mercer County to observe and promote the successes of the statewide H2Ohio program. The 89-acre Burntwood-Langenkamp site is owned by the Lake Facilities Authority and is managed by Mercer County. The request was for a treatment train style wetland that would intercept water from a channelized waterway (Burntwood Creek) and have water filter through over a mile of meandering marsh before reentering Coldwater Creek (immediately upstream of the confluence with Burntwood) and merging into Grand Lake St. Mary’s. We were able to create/restore 32-acres of emergent marsh habitat and reforest 10-acres and add prairie seed to surrounding uplands as a buffer to the stream […]
We’ve always touted ourselves as having a “team that works like MAD,” but we’ve got to hand it to our Technicians and Conservation Practitioners, who truly personify this phrase. This year they’ve aided in monitoring, wildlife and vegetative surveys, performed GIS and drone surveys, organized and completed planting efforts, volunteered time to environmental causes, and tackled 250 (TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY!) acres of invasive species management. They are lean, mean, honeysuckle-buckthorn-multiflora rose-porcelain berry-euonymus-pear-tree-of-heaven-bittersweet-privet-phragmites-cattail-reed canarygrass-garlic mustard-lesser celandine-thistle-knotweed-vinca-and English ivy killing machines! Each of our staff on this team are certified pesticide applicators or trained service persons and they use meticulous care when mixing and applying herbicide, including choosing the most effective chemical that poses the least amount of environmental damage, precisely targeting invasive species and minimizing […]
We have our first in-lieu fee wetland mitigation project under construction in Geauga County! This 30-acre site was previously row-cropped and pastured but is part of a larger (119-acre) property that contains a mosaic of depressional wetlands, ephemeral and perennial streams, and upland forest. Our design for this project will restore/add 8 acres of depressional, forested wetlands, and 18 acres forested buffer. Interesting elements of the design for this site include the repurposing of stones from a demolished barn to create a snake hibernaculum, using deadwood and felled trees for perching and basking habitat, and experimental hummock creation within pools. We have had reports of sandhill cranes (Antigone canadensis), a state threatened species, already utilizing the site presumably as stopover habitat during their fall migration […]
Working in and for communities has got to be one of the best things we get to do at MAD. We partner with municipalities to offer ecological programming, often focused on wetland, stream, and watershed education. This year, we were able to host, present at, and participate in over 20 programs! We are thrilled that families enjoy learning about the ecosystems we’re so passionate about, and are lucky to have the trust of our local communities to support this type of work. If you’re interested in having our staff work with your organization, please contact Jenny Adkins, our Education Specialist.
MAD Scientist organized and “I.G.O.R. Team (aka Incredible Group of Recruits) to offer environmental education to citizen volunteers through workshops and webinars, clean-up and invasive species removal events, and native planting opportunities throughout Central Ohio. In 2022, we added more events to the calendar to increase engagement, totaling six events (two webinars, one litter clean-up events, and three invasive species management and planting events). We’re thankful for all our volunteers and hope to this symbiotic relationship with our local community as we roll into a new year.
This summer MAD had the opportunity to work under contract to the Ohio EPA (with Burgess & Niple) collecting data on wetland habitat and quality throughout the state. Sites included natural and mitigation wetlands. Sites varied from agricultural fields, to fens, to forested vernal pools, and deep emergent marsh. Our task was to collect and summarize watershed level data and complete habitat quality and plant community assessments. The ORAM (Ohio Rapid Assessment Method for wetlands) and OMWAM (Ohio Mitigation Wetland Assessment Method) allow us to determine a wetland category (1-3) based on habitat characteristics. The ORAM was developed and calibrated for natural wetlands and therefore isn’t appropriate for restored or created sites. The OMWAM considers many of the same habitat features, but also includes measures […]
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 […]