Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society
(Ohio Native Plant Society, Southwest Ohio Chapter)
Updated Tuesday Oct 18, 2016 at 9 am
Our hikes and lectures are free and open to the public, (but we depend on our memberships to cover our expenses.) Come learn about Cincinnati Native Plants. The Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society welcomes you to our great (and free) events. All are welcome.
What you missed- On Saturday Oct 22, 2016 , our group of 22 led by David Kuehner hiked the new trail at Buzzardroost Rock in Adams County. A cool day 45-55 with variable clouds and wind. Much of the trail is new, passing through prairies and steep woodlands. Group photo (David K in Blue Jacket, back right) , Stiff Gentian , Blue Stem Goldenrod , Zigzag Goldenrod , Shale Barren Aster , White Lettuce (alba) , Spiranthes , At the top
For descriptions and photos of the our other missed events, scroll down on our Newsletter tab http://cincywildflower.org/main/page_newsletter.html
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Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 10 am: Halloween Walk/Drive, Spring Grove Cemetery, Hamilton County, Ohio
At this time of year when so many cultures commemorate their dead, we’ll combine a fall foliage trip with visits to some of the many notable naturalists and scientists buried in Spring Grove, including Daniel Drake, Worth Hamilton Weller, the Society’s own E. Lucy Braun, and others. Anita Buck, our tour leader, will welcome any botanical commentary members care to offer. Contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or email email@example.com if you have questions. We’ll meet at the parking lot to hand out maps; we hope to do the walk entirely by foot, with carpool options for those with more limited mobility.
Directions: From I-75, take the Mitchell Avenue exit (exit 6).
Drive 0.2 miles west on Mitchell.
Turn left onto Spring Grove Avenue and drive 0.5 miles (just past Winton Road) to the gate on your right.
Turn right through the stone gate and immediately turn right, and park in that lot or along the road.
Driving time from downtown Cincinnati is 10 minutes. The address for Spring Grove Cemetery is 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45232.
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** Sunday, October 30 & Saturday, November 5, 9 am: Two BIG Give Back Days, Honeysuckle Blitz at Caesar Creek Gorge State Nature Preserve and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gorge Tail Water Area, Warren County, Ohio
Join the Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society, Cincinnati Wild Ones, state botanist Rick Gardner, state preserve manager Michelle Comer, the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves (DNAP), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and supporters as we sponsor Ohio’s largest volunteer effort to help remove that invasive alien, bush honeysuckle, from the Caesar Creek Lake Spillway Tail Water area and the Caesar Creek Gorge State Nature Preserve.
Come help all your friends and kindred spirits continue the protection of this natural treasure. Caesar Creek Gorge State Nature Preserve was the third property acquired under the newly formed natural areas program in1972. One of the preserve’s prime features is a gorge formed by glacial meltwaters cutting down through the bedrock. Steep walls formed, rising 180 feet above the river, with more than two miles of Caesar Creek flowing through the gorge. We will be working in the diverse habitat of this preserve area, which features heavily wooded hillsides above the gorge of beech, maple, hickory, oak and a luxuriant herbaceous-flora-covered floodplain. Rare plants occurring here include sweet Indian-plantain, large summer bluets, glade mallow, and Carolina willow. The Cincinnati Wild Ones have been working in these areas for nine years with a very positive impact to wildflower diversity.
This is going to be a terrific social, educational and work activity, with a great lunch provided afterwards. Organized hikes start at 1:30pm and will be led by some of the state’s best botanists, naturalists, and geologists.
We’ll be working in organized areas of the gorge along the stream and wooded hillsides. These areas have been selected to enhance the visibility of natural features and improve the biological diversity.
There are two dates to choose from: Sunday, October 30th, and Saturday, November 5th.
Your RSVP would be greatly appreciated. Please indicate your date(s) of choice to help facilitate the planning process. Please contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information, and to tell us where you would like to volunteer. Also inform us if you are representing a group.
Registration: 8:00–9:00 am
Honeysuckle removal: 9:00 am–noon
Lunch: noon–1:30 pm with camaraderie, presentations, and Q& A
Organized hikes: 1:30–3:00 pm
* Chainsaw & steel blade trimmer operators (must be pre-registered)
* Crew leaders for honeysuckle removal teams
* Honeysuckle cutters (loppers, non-power equipment)
* Cut stump treatment
* Registration: meet and greet volunteers
* Lunch: set up tables and chairs, minimal food prep
* Couriers: take teams to their worksites
* Botanists/knowledgeable volunteers: help cutters ID plants and mentor students
Bring your favorite tools: gloves, pruners, loppers, saws, trimmers and protective gear for power equipment. We will provide tools and safety equipment to volunteers new to honeysuckle removal. Stump treatment will be furnished.
There will be an area for organizations to set up table displays and literature.
Please invite your friends to join in the fun!
Directions: Meet at the Gorge parking lot off Clarksville Road.
Take I-71 to Wilmington Road (exit 36).
Head east on Wilmington Road.
Take the first left onto Olive Branch Road (crossing over I-71).
Take the first right onto Jeffrey Road.
At the first stop sign, take Oregonia Road; jog right and then jog left onto Clarksville Road.
Follow across the dam, turn left at the gorge sign, and drive to the parking lot.
We’ll meet near the gorge shelter. (Note: if you’re looking at Google Maps, this area is called Caesar Creek Fishing Pier. DO NOT go to the state nature preserve area off of Corwin Road.) Look for signs directing you to the event.
Lunch will be at the Army Corps of Engineers Visitors Center, located at 4020 N Clarksville Road, Waynesville, OH 45068.
Friday, November 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm: Lecture Program at Avon Woods Nature Center
The Periodical Cicadas of Ohio: New Discoveries and Upcoming Emergences
presented by Dr. Gene Kritsky, Department of Biology, Mount Saint Joseph University
The next cycle of periodical cicada emergences in southwest Ohio will begin in 2017. Gene Kritsky, a world authority on periodical cicadas, will present discoveries that have been made during the past 17 years, and discuss what we can expect over the next 10 years.
Directions to Avon Woods Nature Center:
Avon Woods Nature Center (a Cincinnati city preserve) is located at 4235 Paddock Road, Cincinnati 45229.
From the Norwood Lateral (SR #562), drive 0.9 mile south on Paddock to the Avon Woods Park driveway, which is in the middle of the Avon Fields golf course.
Turn sharp right onto the drive next to the park sign (on the west side of Paddock) and go to the lodge at the end of the long dark drive.
(If you’re coming the other way, the driveway is 0.4 mile north of Paddock’s intersection with Reading Road.)
To see a google map, click here
During a typical meeting, we have a short 15-minute business meeting first, then the featured speaker, followed by excellent refreshments. Visitors are welcome at all events and the refreshments are good!
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 9 am: Give Back Day, Honeysuckle Removal, Hazelwood Botanical Preserve, Hamilton County, Ohio
Join us to help eradicate invasive bush honeysuckle in the preserve. Volunteers need to bring gloves, loppers, and other implements of destruction. Spray bottles with glyphosate will be furnished. Loaner loppers are available if needed. Dress appropriately for the weather.
The Harris M. Benedict Nature Preserve, aka Hazelwood Botanical Preserve, owned by the University of Cincinnati Department of Biological Sciences, was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1977 by the Department of the Interior for the study of plants and animals in eastern deciduous forests. This preserve, unique for its location and diverse habitat, has a wonderful mature forest. Interestingly, Harris Benedict was chair of the UC Botany Department at the time of his death in 1928, when a streetcar struck his auto. Benedict was E. Lucy Braun’s doctoral advisor. Braun studied Hazelwood.
Many of the mature trees were destroyed by the lethal F4 tornado of April 9, 1999, drastically altering the landscape. Although our members have successfully removed honeysuckle here for 23 years, the honeysuckle experienced a great resurgence in the increased sunlight after the tornado opened the forest canopy.
For more information, contact Christine Hadley at513-850-9585 or email email@example.com.
Directions: From I-71, take exit 15 (Pfeiffer Road).
Drive east for 0.7 miles.
Turn left (north) on Deerfield Road for 0.8 miles to the "T".
Turn left (west) STILL on Deerfield Road for 0.1 miles.
Meet at the Johnson Nature Preserve parking lot on the right.
The address is 10840 Deerfield Road, Montgomery, OH 45242. Driving time from downtown Cincinnati is 20 minutes.
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Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 3:00 pm: Annual Hardy Souls’ Hike, Harris M. Benedict Nature Preserve aka Hazelwood Botanical Preserve, Hamilton County, Ohio (followed by the holiday potluck and program)
Marjie Becus will lead this year's Hardy Souls Hike to Hazelwood Botanical Preserve, designated a National Natural Landmark in 1977 by the Department of the Interior because of the early study of plants in an eastern deciduous forest (Segelken 1929)
Lucy Braun had visited the woods by 1916 and was instrumental in the University of Cincinnati Botany Department acquiring the property in the1920s. She mentioned Hazelwood in Wildflower, one of the early newsletters of the CWFPS. Her PhD student, John Segelken, did his research here.
The Preserve has been renamed Benedict Nature Preserve. The1999 tornado leveled a third of the mature forest, but the part studied by Segelken was not badly hit.
We will be visiting the area that escaped the tornado, aswell as some of the regrowth area. Our members have successfully removed honeysuckle here for 23 years, despite a great resurgence of honeysuckle after the tornado opened the forest canopy to more sunlight.
Call Marjie at 513-683-2672 if you have questions.
Directions: From I-71, take exit 15 (Pfeiffer Road). Drive east for 0.7 miles. Turn left (north) on Deerfield Road for 0.8 miles to the "T". Turn left (west) STILL on Deerfield Road for 0.1 miles. Meet at the Johnson Nature Preserve parking lot on the right. The address is 10840 Deerfield Road, Montgomery, OH 45242. Driving time from downtown Cincinnati is 20 minutes.
After the hike, proceed to Northern Hills Fellowship
Northern Hills Fellowship is located at 460 Fleming Road 45231 . Fleming Road runs East-West between Winton Road and Springfield Pike, and is just North of the Suburb of Wyoming, Ohio. Look closely since the Sign is small. For a google map click here
At Northern Hills
wine and appetizers at 5:15 pm
holiday potluck dinner at 5:45 pm,
followed by the lecture at 7pm.
Bring your favorite dish! If you’d like to be assigned a category —appetizer, entrée, etc.—call Jim Mason at 937-239-5692
Sunday, December 4, 7:00 pm: Lecture at Northern Hills Fellowship
Sharpening the Edge: Planning the Future of the Edge of Appalachia Preserve
by Martin McAllister, Appalachian Forests Project Manager, The Nature Conservancy in Ohio
Martin McAllister will bring us up to date on the Edge preserves, including progress on the Sunshine Corridor linking the Edge of Appalachia and Shawnee State Forest.
All of our events are free and open to the public. Of course if you enjoy our events, as we think you will, it is nice to join to help support the Society. Our hikes and lectures are excellent, in a wonderful casual atmosphere. You will have the opportunity to talk with our speakers after the meetings. Our hike leaders are knowledgeable and will be glad to point out the plants that we are seeing.