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----What you missed---
On Friday Feb 9, 2018 at Avon Woods, Dr. Nathan Morehouse of UC described experiments that study the extraordinary vision of the Jumping Spiders (6,000 of the total 45,000 spiders). They have 8 non-compound eyes, 4 in front including the 2 big ones that perceive depth. The plainer females view the male’s bright colors and dance, after which mating may occur (or the male may be eaten instead!). 65 in attendance on a clear night, temp 35.
On Fri January 19, 2018, Bret Henninger, Natural Resources Director of Hamilton County Parks spoke on the 20,000 gallon pipeline oil spill at Oak Glen Nature Preserve. The spill itself and massive cleanup each caused their own problems. Note our Sunday March 25 walk at this Preserve. Attendance 38 at Avon Woods, Temp 35 and clear. Original Jan 12 cancelled due to freezing rain, etc.
On Sat Feb 4, 2018 we visited Miami University. Curator Dr. Mike Vincent showed us the Turrell Herbarium, Ohio’s largest, describing the importance of herbariums, its history, and how plants are collected, mounted and stored. Director Steve Sullivan at the Hefner Nat Hist Museum, told of the surprising ecological effects of the passenger pigeon extinction, and we saw the many exhibits. After lunch at the Student Union, Dr. Kendall Hauer showed us the Limper Geology Museum, with Omniglobe, beautiful minerals, trilobites. Attendance 40, temp 35, windy. Much thanks our three guides who shared their time and knowledge with us.
What you missed- On Sunday November 19, 2017, we had a fine off-trail hike at Warren Wells Preserve within Winton Woods, led by Nature Interpreter Susan Sumner. Temp 34, breezy. With 12 hikers. Group photo (Susan third from left) . Beautiful creek , Grape Fern , Putty Root Orchid Leaves , Giant Grape vine with Climber , Shelter in Hollow Beech , We also saw lichen covered lacewing larva similar to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-JFS-DAqpg .
On Saturday November 11, 2017 we had a honeysuckle event at Hazelwood Preserve in Blue Ash. 10 intrepid volunteers on cool 32 degree morning.
On Friday Nov 10, 2017, after an introduction by Dr. David Brandenburg, Artist/Botanist Sigrid Neilsen gave a fine talk on oak trees. Oaks are an oasis for life including man, who used oak for food and shelter. We then used her new key to identify oak leaves . The free key is available at http://sigridneilsen.com/oaks-of-the-greater-midwest--oak-key.html and new book ($20) is available at this website or at December meeting. We then enjoyed many oak foods she brought. 65 in attendance at Avon on a 32 degree night. Sigrid & David , Sigrid David and crew from Dawes , Working on Oaks , Oak Honeydew Honey , Oak Homebrew Liquor , Oak hors d'oeuvres
On Saturday November 4, 2017 we had a honeysuckle Blitz at Indian Mound Reserve in Greene County, Ohio. Organized by Christine Hadley, Jim Mason, Greene County's Chrisbell Bednar and others, we had 100 workers from many different nature groups. Much accomplished, followed by delicious meal in pavilion. 45 degrees and cloudy. Photos by Patts & BB- Pavilion , Working 1 , Working 2 , Jim , Christine and Chrisbell , Walk after lunch .
On Sunday Oct 29, 2017 we had a honeysuckle Blitz at Caesar Creek State Nature Preserve (below the dam). Forest floor dense with native wildflower leaves, still green. Much accomplished by our group of 60 from many nature groups, then to great lunch at the visitor center. Temp 38 and cloudy.
On Sunday Oct 22, 2017, Daniel Boone led our group of 36 on a fine woodland walk at Curtis Gates Lloyd Wildlife Management Area, near Crittenden, Ky. We saw old growth trees such as white oak, shagbark hickory, and tulip trees. Dan showed us our native red mulberry, with large, toothed, un-shiny and papery leaves, growing in the understory. Weather great 70 and clear. Group Photo , Along the trail , Dan and the Giant Tulip Tree .
On Friday Oct 13, 2017 Dr. Nicholas Money of Miami U. gave a reading from his novel The Mycologist, constructed as the diary entries of Bartholomew Leach, who discovered his theory of Creation by Natural Perfection in the 1850s, but finds to his great disappointment, that he has been trumped by Charles Darwin. 42 in attendance at Avon Woods on nice 65 degree evening. Group 1 , Group 2 , Dr. Leach and Pickwick , After the meeting Donna, Nik, and Pat
On Sunday Oct 1, 2017, James and Jessica Spencer (new board member) manned the Society Booth at a big event at Ault Park. "It was a great event with a good showing of people. 2 new members" Photo- Our Display
Saturday Sept 30, 2017 - Betsch Fen near Chillicothe, Oh - It was a fabulous fall day (temp 60) with Lesser Fringed Gentians, Canada Burnet, Nodding Ladies Tresses (Spiranthes cernua with self-pollinating flowers = cleistogamy) and golden rods at peak bloom along with Grass of Parnassus, Kalm's lobelia, sneezeweed and several asters. Our group of 18 led by Dan Boone (4th from left), included Dave Minney (3rd from right) who managed Betsch Fen for several years. – Angela Carter
On Sunday Sept 24, 2017 we had our Great Outdoor Weekend hike at the Oxbow. Leaders Wayne Wauligman and Denis Conover led our intrepid group of 25 on a wonderful hike down to the Ohio River, and up the Great Miami. Amazing flowers and wildlife, including a beaver jawbone with two sharp incisors (but regular molars), and a large flock of Black Vultures enjoying a fish dinner below the train bridge on the Great Miami. Weather warm up to 90! , Group Photo (Denis on left, Wayne Plaid shirt), Wayne with Several, Wayne with friend, Jerusalem Artichoke
On June 24, 2017 Dan Boone led our group as we visited Adams Lake State Nature Preserve in Adams County, and walked the small prairie loop trail. The highlight was Featherbells (Stenanthium gramineum). The weather was a cool dry sunny 74 for our group of 23. Photos- Featherbells1 , Featherbells 2 , Group Photo. (6MB)
After lunch we went to Davis Memorial where we walked in the powerline clearing ,north of the road, then returned and walked the woodland loop trail. Dwarf Hawthorn , Anglepod(by AC) , Butterfly_Weed_Hairstreaks
On Friday January 13, 2017 , Dr. Kathryn Morris of Xavier University spoke to us on "Eavesdropping on Plant Conversations” about chemical communication from plant to plant by means of mycorrhizal fungus, and her experiments that confirm this. A good crowd of 48 on a cold night of almost freezing rain. See nice article http://www.cincinnatimagazine.com/citywiseblog/kathryn-morris-xavier-university/
Photos- After the meeting , Dr. Morris and Vince A.
On Sunday Jan 8, 2017 we had a great tour of the Cincinnati Observatory led by former director and historian John Ventre, assisted by Aaron Eiben. After viewing Venus, John told us of the story of the Observatory from its early roots in the 1800's to the present. All had a great time. 16 at dinner and over 30 on the tour. Weather clear and 16. Photos- John Ventre , Jim viewing Venus , Alison moving the dome , Group Photo 1 , Group Photo 2
On Sunday Dec 4, 2016 we had our Hardy Souls Hike at Hazelwood. Many enjoyed this hike, temp 45. Later after great potluck at the now "Gathering at Northern Hills" the Nature Conservancy's Martin McAllister brought us up to date on the Sunshine Corridor and the Edge. Over 40 in attendance.
Photo of Martin and Dan Boone
On Sat Dec 3, 2016 we had a great turnout of 20 for the honeysuckle removal at Avon Woods. Thanks to Rachel, Denis, Tim and all. Group Photo by Ken Carman
On Saturday November 19, 2016 there was a honeysuckle removal at Hazelwood Botanical Preserve in Montgomery, Ohio. Many volunteers on a cool grey morning, temperature 40. Photo 1 , Photo 2 . (Leaders Marjie Becus in green, Dr. Theresa Culley in blue)
On Friday Nov 11, 2016 Dr. Gene Kritsky spoke to us at Avon Woods on "The Periodical Cicadas of Ohio: New Discoveries and Upcoming Emergences". He told of the different species and the long cycle of their life. Expect a minor local emergence in 2017, followed by a major event in 2021. See more info at
32 in attendance on cool night 48 degrees. Photo- Dr Kritsky, Stan and Karen Lockwood .
On Saturday Oct 29, 2016 at 10am,we had a combination fall foliage trip and visit to some famous former naturalists at beautiful Spring Grove Cemetery. We saw the markers of Lucy and Annette Braun, and many others in a fine hike led by Anita Buck. 24 in attendance on a warm clear day (65-75) Group Photo , Leader Anita, Pres.Christine-Barb S-Alvin Jose , Daniel Drake Marker
On Sunday Oct 30, 2016 at 9am we had part 1 of our honeysuckle blitz at Caesar Creek State Park. Great success in the valley where the wildflowers are still in abundance. About 60 in attendance on clear day, temp 65-72. Christine thanks everyone , Special Thanks to Debi W- , tired and hungry . If you missed this event, please come on Nov 5.
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
On Friday October 14, 2016, Larry Parks, (operations manager of the western Cincinnati Parks) gave a fine talk on the history of Mt Airy Forest. 43 in attendance at Avon Woods on a clear night (temp 55)
On Sunday July 3, 2016 a small party of 2 enjoyed the prairies and meadows at Chrys Cook's property, south of Aurora Indiana. The large and diverse prairie restored by Chrys is a great success. Weather forecast was dismal, but rain varied during the 3 hour walk. Temperature a pleasant 70. Photos soon.
On Saturday July 16, 2016 we had a great hike at Bigelow Cemetery, Smith Cemetery and more. Details and photos soon.
On Saturday July 16, we had a great hike at Bigelow Cemetery, Smith Cemetery and more. Details and photos soon.
On Sunday June 5, 2016 the Society had its annual Picnic at the native plant nursury Keystone Flora, a joint event with Northside Greenspace. Over 35 enjoyed lunch in 85 degrees (but tree-shaded), before the rainstorm hit. Tours of the nursery after the rain cleared.
On Saturday May 14, 2016, the Society had its annual invasive removal event at Caesar Creek SNP. Much of the upstream area along Caesar Creek is clear of invasives and filled with native plants, though up hill areas are lower quality with much work to do. Eleven in attendance on drizzly 50 degree day. Group Photo (not shown Marjie B and Bob B.), What is this Mystery Fungus ?
On May 8, 2016 Diana Boyd led our group of 25 at Richardson Forest Preserve in Northern Hamilton County. Bountiful flowers in rich woods. Is this the best place in Hamilton County for wildflowers? Temperature 60 and drizzle. 1 Group Photo , 2 Trillium flexipes , 3 Large Flower Valerian (in Honeysuckle family) , 4 More Valerian , 5 Native purple rocket (Iodanthus) in Mustard family , 6 Purple rocket leaf , 7 Non Native Dames Rocket (Hesperis) in Mustard Family 8. Dames leaves9. Black Snakeroot spp (parsley family) , 10 Giant Sycamore tree & fans , 11. Dwarf Larkspur (shows spur)12 Waterleaf (appendaged?) , 13. Luna moth
On Sunday April 24, 2016 Marjie Becus guided our small group of 14 to Miller Sanctuary State Nature Preserve, a beautiful lush valley along Rocky Fork Creek. Weather was fine. Christine Hadley reports "Had a fantastic time. We saw great displays of shooting star. The property has beautiful views where the creek cuts through the valley, and the wildflowers are plentiful. Oh! Don't forget the beaver dam!" Jim Mason adds "Birding was great. Scarlet Tanager, Cerulean Warbler and Louisiana Waterthrush" .
Photos by CH & BB- Group Photo , map , beaver dam , view 1 , view 2 , view 3 , green violet , shooting star , 2 , Columbine 1 , Blue cohosh flower , leaves , Trillium Grandiflorum 1 , 2 , 3 , Golden ragwort 1 , 2 , 3 ,
bladdernut flower , leaves
Sunday April 10, 2016, we hiked in Devou Woods Park (Vastine Trailhead) in Covington led by Rob Repasky. We saw a variety of out native spring wildflowers, the best was a large patch of perfoliate bellwort. Our large group of 45 included many from the Behringer-Crawford Museum. Many invasives also. Temp 50 and cloudy. Photos by Bob 1.Group Photo , 2.Dutchman's Britches , 3.Dwarf Larkspur , 4.Perfoliate Bellwort , 5.Rue Anemone, 6.Sessile Trillium , 7.Virginia Bluebells , 8.Wild Hyacinth
Saturday April 2, 2016 there was a non-Society honeysuckle removal at Avon Woods. Dr. Denis Conover led our group of about 20 including his students, Society members, and park employees. Successful event followed by Pizza. Temperature 48 on a partly sunny day. Group Photo 1 , Group Photo 2 , Photo 3 . photos by DC.
On Saturday March 19,2016, we had a wonderful trip to “The Spine and Cedar Falls” in Adams County led by Chris Bedel (Cincinnati Museum Center) and Rich McCarty (TNC) even though it was 40F and damp. Chris shared that many native bees arewildflower specific pollinators. There were white trout lilies everywhere. We saw the yellow petals of the elusive, state-endangered, golden-star lily, Erythronium rostratum (see http://ohioflora.blogspot.com/2011/03/golden-star-erythronium-rostratum.html ), but they were waiting for the sun to show themselves in full flower. There are several golden-star lilies in this area that were unknown until recently. We were also fortunate to see the leatherwood blooming! - Christine Hadley
Photos by CH - Chris Bedel and others on the Spine , Leatherwood ,Beard Lichen , Cedar Falls.
On Friday March 11, 2016 the Society had a potluck, our annual meeting and lecture, at Northern Hills Fellowship. Food and conversation as good as always.
At our annual meeting, the Society made its larger-than-usual annual contributions. $300 Parks Foundation: for Avon Woods Nature Center,$500 Western Wildlife Corridor: for land acquisition, $800 Arc of Appalachia:for land acquisition for expansion of Gladys Riley Golden Star Lily Preserve, $800 Nature Conservancy: for land acquisition in Sunshine Corridor. $2,400 Total.
The Society elected Bill Edwards to the Board. Bill is also a Preserve Steward for the Kentucky Nature Conservancy. The Society thanks retiring Board Member and Secretary Steve Slack for his minutes and other contributions.
Over 50 in attendance on a pleasant clear evening 50 degrees.
Tim Sisson, President of Western Wildlife Corridor, and Dr.Denis Conover of UC, then presented a program “The Story of Bender Mountain”.
Bender Mountain, just west of Cincinnati, is a property owned and maintained by the Western Wildlife Corridor, and may be the best place in Cincinnati to see our native wildflowers . Tim talked about its geology and history and the invasive non-native plants and their removal, which has allowed the recovery of the native flora. Dr. Denis Conover described his ongoing plant survey, finding 400 species, 90% native, including Great Yellow Wood-Sorrel and Mullein-Foxglove.
(If you wish to visit this preserve to see its wonderful spring display, it is free and open to the public, and less than 20 minutes from downtown. For more info including trail maps, go to http://westernwildlifecorridor.org/map/bender/ From Cincinnati, drive about 9 miles west on Rt 50. Turn right on Bender Road and drive 4/10 mile to the gravel parking lot on your right.)
On Friday, Feb 12, 2016, Dr. Hardy Eshbaugh, Professor Emeritus at Miami University gave a fine talk at Avon Woods, on "Botanical Ecotourism-Newfoundland Revealed". Hardy, having visited this large (and cold) Atlantic island with his students many times, told of the amazing parks and reserves, and of the plants, fossils, people, and birds of this island. Over 50 in attendance on a snowy night, temperature 25.
On Saturday January 30, 2016 about 30 arrived for the Krohn Conservatory tour on a warm winter day (40 warming later to 60). Our two tour guides Jeff Capella and Charmaine Mamantov divided our group and led excellent tours of the various Krohn rooms, pointing out many of the interesting plants and their stories. Group Photo , Leaders Jeff and Charmaine , Helen Black , Starfruit . We later had a lunch at nearby Mt Adams Bar and Grill.
Saturday Feb 6, 2016 was another nice day. Our leader Ed Seibert led our small group on a fine tour. Group photo (Ed with Notebook) , citrus family Buddha's Hand. We enjoyed lunch at the same restaurant.
On Friday Jan 8, 2016 Andrew Lane Gibson presented a fine program on the "Wild and Wonderful Bruce Peninsula". He described the amazing diversity of plants (and animals, birds, geology) on this peninsula on Lake Huron in Canada., including 1000 species of plants and 46 species of orchids. He has visited twice in June, only a nine hour drive from Cincy. Many photos on http://floraofohio.blogspot.com/ About 53 in attendance at Avon Woods on nice winter night, temp 45.
On Sunday December 6, 2015 Randy Johnson led us on our annual Hardy Souls Hike, this year on the Kingfisher Trail at Winton Woods. Twenty enjoyed the hike with great weather in the 50's. Group Photo
We then convened to Northern Hills Fellowship, for wine and pot luck. Our lecturer Dr. Glenn Storrs, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Cincinnati Museum Center gave a lively talk, telling us first what distinguishes a dinosaur from other ancient vertebrates, and then about the Museum's digs in Montana and what they have discovered, including a rare diplodocus skull. Over 40 in attendance.
On Saturday Dec 5, 2015 over 30 volunteers (including about 8 Society members) showed up to cut honeysuckle at Avon Woods. This event was organized by Naturalist Rachel Rice of Cincinnati Parks. Much accomplished and fine pizza afterwards. 30 degrees and foggy, warming later to 40, and grey. (Photo by Denis Conover) Group Photo
On Friday Nov 13, 2015, Dr Eric Tepe gave an excellent talk on Ant-Plant Symbiosis in the Piper (eg black pepper) family, Ants seem to evolved to live in and use piper plant stems in several different lineages. Over 40 in attendance on a clear November night (temp 48.)
On Sat November 7, 2015, there was a honeysuckle removal in beautiful John Bryan State Park. This was followed by a fine lunch and hike. About 150 people from a variety of groups participated in this event organized by Society president Christine Hadley.
On Sat July 11, 2015 John Howard and David Kuehner led a group of 27 through the Kamama Prairie in Adams County. Originally John's property, this prairie and woodland is now part of the Arc of Appalachia system. We saw a variety of great plants.Weather 75-85 and dry. For story about scurf pea photo go to http://jimmccormac.blogspot.com/2011/08/new-moth-species-discovered.html
Photos- 1 Group Photo , 2 Group Photo, 3 False Agave, 4 False Agave basal leaf , 5 Green Milkweed viridiflora , 6 Grey headed Coneflower , 7 Native Loosestrife, 8 Pale spike lobelia , 9 Rattlesnake Master , 10 Scurf Pea , 11 Shrubby St John' s wort, (the following by Randy Johnson) 12 Butterfly Weed and Pearl Crescent, 13 Carolina wild Petunia (usually purple) , 14 Coneflower and American Lady , 15 Indigo Milky Cap Mushroom
On Sunday June 7, 2015 we had our potluck picnic at Keystone Native Plant Nursery near Spring Grove Cemetery. Food was great, as was the conversation. About 35 in attendance on this warm summer day, temp 84. Photos- Great Food , Eating and Talking , Enjoying Lunch
On Sat May 16, 2015 we had our annual garlic mustard cleanup at Caesar Creek SNP. Thanks to Bill, Randy, Jim, Christine, Dale, Jodi, Lynn, Pat, Jerry, and Bob. Temperature a warm 73. Afterwards, we enjoyed a nice lunch at Little River Cafe.
On Saturday May 9, 2015, Andrew Lane Gibson led us on a tour of Adams and Scioto County, looking for orchids.. The group started at Davis Memorial SNP. 25 in attendance on a warm spring day, temperature 84. Photos by Randy Johnson- Group Photo , Showy Orchis,Yellow Ladies Slipper, Pink Ladies Slipper, Walters Violet
On Sunday April 26, 2015 the Society had a hike at Whipple State Nature Preserve. We had crystal clear skies, temp 55, after Sat storms. Our Co-Leaders David Kuehner and Marjie Becus divided our group of 30 into two smaller groups. After entering the woods, we walked along the high dry ridge before descending into the lush valley. (JB photos by Joe Bens, others by Bob Bergstein), Group Photo, American Bladdernut (JB) , Crossvine (JB) , White Baneberry , Pennywort Gentian , Trillium Flexipes (JB) , Columbine, Miterwort , Goldenseal , On the trail.
On Saturday April 11, 2015, Judy Komorowski led a group of twenty to Tower Park in nearby Fort Thomas, Kentucky. After walking down a ravine, where much honeysuckle has been cut, we walked along the undisturbed hillside facing the Ohio River. Many early spring wildflowers. Temperature 50 and sunny. Photos: Group Photo , Viking Dragon? , Cut-Leaf Toothwort , White Trout Lily , Sessile Trillium , False Rue Anemone , Rue Anemone , 2" Buckeye Bud , Celandine Poppy , Dutchman's Britches.
On Saturday March 28, 2015, Marjie Becus led our hike to Fort Hill State Memorial. "We saw lots of snow trillium, Hepatica, and white trout lilies. It was 24 degrees at the beginning of the hike and the diminutive snow trillium (photo) were frozen! The forest is great (of course.) 10 in attendance" -Marjie B
On Saturday March 21, 2015, the Society had it's rescheduled hike to Caesar Creek SP. Our leader Dr. Bob Klips showed us many lichens right in the Gorge parking lot. We then crossed the creek and found both lichens and various mosses, collecting small samples for later examination. After a hot lunch at the visitor center, we used microscopes to explore what we had found. About 30 in attendance, partly cloudy and 45-55 temperature. Photos- Group Photo , Dr. Bob Klips , hairy lichen , yellow lichen , green lichen , moss, Back at the Visitor Center
On Friday March 13, 2015, Brian Hoven of Miami University told us the history and life cycle of the emerald ash borer. He then described his research showing the effects that ash tree deaths will have on different understory plants, including invasives. Before the lecture, we enjoyed a great potluck. Christine Hadley, Anita Buck, and Randy Johnson were re-elected to the Board. and the Society has increased it annual contributions this year. Twenty six in attendance at Northern Hills Fellowship on a rainy night, temperature 50 degrees. Photo - Christine H, Brian Hoven, Valerie
On Fri Feb 13, 2015, Dr. Robert Klips of Ohio State University in Marion gave us an excellent talk on the mosses and lichens of Ohio. He descibed the moss life-cycle and showed fine photos of some of our 400 Ohio species including the characters that are used to distinguish them. He then moved on to the unrelated lichens (240 in Ohio), algae and fungus together. For those interested, he mentioned the recent book "Common Mosses of the Northeast and Appalachians" by Karl B McKnight et al, and the website of the Ohio Moss and Lichen Association, http://ohiomosslichen.org/
Dr. Klips provided full tables of amazing mosses and lichens. Photos- Dr. Klips, Moss Smorgasbord, Broom Moss-Dicranum , Lichen Table , British Soldier Lichen-Cladonia cristatella, Over 50 in attendance, temp 29 degrees
On Sat Jan 24, 2015 we visited Cincinnati Museum Center Library and Archives. Library Director Scott Gampfer showed us some of the amazing documents in the closed stacks such as the first Cincy newspaper from 1793. Print Curator Barbara Dawson showed us some of the Hauck Botanical Collection (http://library.cincymuseum.org/bot/intro.htm) , usually kept in the massive vault. We saw an original field sketch book from the 19th century and a volume of 18th century artist/naturalist Mark Catesby (a new Museum exhibit and FREE lecture coming in April). We then enjoyed a fine tour of the Art Deco Rotunda and President’s Office led by our guides Barb Jennings and Dee Mason, followed by lunch in the private dining room. If you missed the tour, you may visit the library (http://www.cincymuseum.org/library ) which has regular hours and the free Rotunda tour (http://www.cincymuseum.org/programs/heritage) is available on Sat and Sun. You can support our Museum if you like, by becoming a member. About 22 in attendance on fine winter day, temperature 37. Photo of Scott G and Barbara D.
On Jan 9, 2015, Andrew Lane Gibson gave a wonderful talk on "Ohio's Wild Orchids and Their Habitats". He showed our 47 Ohio species and the eight habitats where they most commonly occur. He mentioned his favorite books by Fred Case (Great Lake Region) and Michael Homoya (Indiana Orchids); and his own website http://floraofohio.blogspot.com/. He is leading three hikes for us this year , the first on May 9 to Adams County. Large crowd of 70 in attendance on cold 12 degree night. Photo of Andrew
On Dec 7, 2014 Randy Johnson led our annual Hardy Soul's Hike at Mt. Airy Forest. Over 20 attended this woodland hike on a fine winter day. Temperature 40 and sunny. Group Photo
About 50 attended our tasty potluck and excellent lecture at Northern Hills Fellowship. Bat biologist Dr. Dale Sparks told of the dire prospects for our cave-dwelling bats since the US advent of white-nose syndrome in Albany NY in 2006. Former President Vic Soukup attended this meeting. In later December he moved to WV to reside with his son Mark and family. Photo- Bob Bergstein, Dan Boone, and Vic Soukup
On November 14, 2014 Flower White presented a program on Mothing at Avon Woods. From a casual observation of moths at her Brown County farm about 8 years ago, she has become quite expert on the diverse and beautiful moths of Ohio. Using her own fine photos, she gave a summary of the many families of moths. Mothing links and tips
On Saturday Nov 1, 2014, we had a large cleanup effort (134 people) at Travertine Fen SNP in the town of Spring Valley, Ohio organized by Christine Hadley and Jim Mason. The goal is to protect this rare habitat and eventually open it to the public . Temperature 30--37, windy, flurries. Photos - by the bikepath - heading out - stiff gentian - cookout - Christine and Jim
“What a great volunteer effort at Travertine Fen, Greene Co., Ohio yesterday! We had 134 AWESOME volunteers/workers come out (and it was such a beautiful day- not exactly). Travertine Fen looks a little different now. We're hoping it responds well from the restoration work we did today! We had volunteers from: Beaver Creek Wetlands Association, West Carrollton High School (amazing students!!!), the Faithful Five Oak Openings Stewardship Crew, SW OCVN (Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist), Friends of Little Miami State Park, Little Miami River Kleeners, Clinton County Open Lands Inc, Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, Ohio Natural Areas & Preserves Association ,Wilmington College, Our own Society, along with all the people from Greene County Parks & Trails. Many, many thanks to everyone who supported us and came out today! Thank you: Cindy Pacura Steffen, Tom Borgman, Cris Barnett, Rick Gardner, Daniel Boone, Rob Evans, Brian Herriott, Mary Jo White, Ann Geise, etc.. Larry Moore came out and interviewed several people so be watching for an article by him soon! I know the best people and I have great friends!!! THANK YOU" - Christine
On Friday Oct 10, 2014 the Society enjoyed Indiana State Botanist Michael Homoya's presentation of "Little Known Facts About Indiana Wildflowers and Ferns". He told of Short's Goldenrod, discovered in 1840 on one island near the Falls of Ohio. When the island flooded, the plant was declared extinct until Lucy Braun found the plant in distant Blue Licks Springs, KY in 1939. In 2001, it was then found by Indiana botanists in Southern Indiana, hence is an Indiana Wildflower. Attendance 33 on a cool drizzly night.
On Sun Sept 28, 2014 we visited Campbell Lakes Preserve as our Society's event in the annual Great Outdoor Weekend. Our leaders Denis Conover and Wayne Wauligman led us along the lake, crossing a beaver dam, to the Whitewater River, where we waded in the cool water. Over 30 in attendance, temp rising from 67 to 84 and sunny. Group Photo , On the Trail , Spider spinning up his tiger beetle , Caterpillar , New England Aster , Wayne and Friend in the River.
On Aug 16, 2014 the Society enjoved a trip to Whipple State Nature Preserve in Adams County. State Botanist Rick Gardner led our group of 25 on trail and off, including caves. Sunny and 82 degrees. Group Photo, Listening to Rick , Cave Dwellers , Crested Coralroot , St Andrews Cross, Blue Mushroom .
On Sat Aug 9, 2014, Botanist David Brandenburg led our group of ten on a wonderful tour of Dawes Arboretum, east of Columbus. In the morning we saw a variety of trees from around the world, David showing (eg) a maple tree with pinnate leaves, the true cedar of Lebanon and various confusingly named "cedars", and the unique Franklin tree, extinct in the wild. In the afternoon, we visited a former soy bean field, transformed into an amazing native wetland. He showed us aerenchyma in a variety of wetland plants Temperature 68 warming to 85. Group photo , bald cypress swamp , sharp-winged monkey flower , Persimmons , Franklinia Tree , giant “DAWES” , David-Elberta-Cup-plant-Prairie Dock , Flat-Topped White Aster , blue vervain , swamp loosestrife , cardinal flower .
On Saturday July 26, 2014 the Society visited Adams County Lynx Prairie ( group photo with leader Randy Johnson in Red shirt, crested coral root , green milkweed) , Adams Lake SP (American Lotus) and Chaparral Prairie ( prairie dock, Purple milkwort , pink milkwort, rose pink , dense blazing star ). Weather 70 at start with brief rain, and warming later to 84 . 13 in attendance.
On Saturday July 12, 2014 the Society enjoyed an excellent hike led by Dr. Don Geiger to Siebenthaler Fen and Koogler Wetland. We saw a great variety of wetland plants including germander and the bright pink queen-of-the-prairie. About 24 in attendance and 78 degrees at 10 am. Group photo(Vic Soukup in blue shirt on left and leader Don Geiger in white tee shirt in the middle.
On May 31, 2014 the Society visited Cedar Bog SNP . More info and photos coming soon.
On May 24, 2014 the Society, led by Dan Boone, visited Garbry Big Woods in Miami County, Ohio. We saw a variety of plants in this flat wet mesic woods. Group Photo, Virginia Waterleaf, non-woody Smilax, Putty Root Orchid.
We then traveled to Kiser Lake Wetlands SNP in Champaigne County for lunch and a hike, Equisetum and Skunk Cabbage, Showy Orchis . Dan and his two favorite flowers. Weather 65-75 and sunny, 25 in attendance.
On Sat May 17, 2014 the Society had an invasive plant removal at Caesar Creek Gorge SNP. Our small group removed garlic mustard and honeysuckle. This preserve has a dense flora of native plants and is only 45 minutes from Cincy. For a map (where "A" is the town of Oregonia and "B" is the Preserve parking lot on Corwin Road) click here . Weather 47-60 with sun and drizzle. Photos- Our group. , white baneberry and leaf , appendaged waterleaf, fire pink, forest floor with many pink valerian.
On Saturday May 10, 2014 the Society visited Scioto Brush Creek State Nature Preserve in Scioto County. Our group of 21 led by Ohio Chief Botanist Rick Gardner saw a nice diversity of spring wildflowers in this long stream-side preserve. Weather 70 and sometimes raining. Photos (by Randy Johnson and Bob B: Leader Rick Gardner, our colorful group, Large Flower (or Pink) Valerian, Green Dragon and leaf, One-Flowered Cancer Root, Showy Orchis .
On Sat April 19, 2014 our Society joined Western Wildlife Corridor for a walk at one of their properties Bender Mountain. This preserve, open to the public, had a great variety of our native wildflowers in bloom, including blue-eyed mary, white and yellow trout lillies, wake robins, dwarf larkspur, anemone (true and false), squirrel corn and dutchman's breeches, and many others. Over 50 in attendence on sunny day, temperature 50
On Friday April 11, 2014 the Society participated in the WWC's Annual Wildflower Festival at Mt St. Joe . (Photo 1- Our booth with Tim Sisson, Christine Hadley and Randy Johnson)
On Monday April 14, 2014 UC's Biology Department presented an award to Society President Emeritus Victor Soukup in appreciation of his 39 years of volunteer work in the UC herbarium. Photo 1-the plaque, 2-Vic with presenter Steven Rogstad, 3-Vic with Dr Theresa Culley
On Saturday April 5, 2014 the Society enjoyed a hike at the Cincy Park California Woods with leader Marjie Becus. Not much was in bloom due to the cold winter and spring. Among the flowers we saw are harbinger of spring, Purple Cress, Dutchmans breeches , spicebush , and a few rue anemone and hepatica (with last years leaf). About 19 in attendence ( group_photo ), temperature 45 and partly sunny.
On Sunday March 16, 2014 Avon Woods had a non-Society 4-hour honeysuckle removal, with Society members Denis Conover, Tim Sisson and others leading a group of 30 students from Univ. of Minn. Temperature 32.
On March 14, 2014 we enjoyed an excellent potluck at Northern Hills Fellowship. The Society then had it's annual meeting. Diana Boyd, Elizabeth Durrell and Judy Komorowski were re-elected to three year terms. The Society made contributions to Hazelwood Preserve (1000), Nature Conservancy Sunshine Corridor (200), Western Wildlife Corridor (200), Arc of Appalachia (200) and Avon Woods (200). Robert Glotzhober gave an enlighting lecture on the history and wildlife at Cedar Bog where he will lead our group on May 31. Fifty in attendance.
On Feb 28, 2014 Andrew Lane Gibson gave a fine talk on "Ohio's Last Great Places" featuring many of Ohio's State Nature Preserves, both near and far. He has an excellent nature website http://floraofohio.blogspot.com/ . Over 50 in attendence for this event at Avon Nature Center, originally scheduled for Feb 14.
On Saturday Feb 1, 2014, the Society had an excellent tour of CREW at the Cincinnnati Zoo. Director of Plant Research Dr. Valerie Pence showed our large group the great variety of research being done. Weather good, 48 degrees.
On Friday Jan 10, 2014, Jeffrey Belth gave an excellent talk on the identification of Ohio's common butterflies, including plants associated with these butterflies. After the meeting he signed copies of his fine new book "Butterflies of Indiana: A Field Guide", which will be available at our next meeting as well. A large crowd of 80 were in attendance at this meeting at Avon Woods.
On Dec 8, 2013 ten hardy souls hiked the snowy trails at Caldwell Nature Preserve, temperature 30 and 6" of snow on the ground. In spite of the weather, about 30 showed up for our potuck and lecture at Northern Hills. Former President Vic Soukup is not aware of any Society events being cancelled since he first joined in 1958, though one meeting had only the speaker, Vic and one other member!Ohio DNAP Botanist Rick Gardner gave us an update on his Division's many organizational moves in the last 10 years. The decreasing funding of these years has now stabilized and though not all is optimal, much is being accomplished in protecting our states natural areas and native plants. He thanked the Society for their support in invasive control and funding.
On Sunday Oct 20, 2013, Western Wildlife Corridor and our Society had a joint hike at their nearby Delshire Preserve. Former land manager of Hamilton County Parks John Klein, and botanists Denis Conover and Marjie Becus led us up the steep creek valley, observing the 200 year old burr oak, and late blooming asters and goldenrods. Over 50 in attendance on a beautiful clear fall day, temperature 58. Note: this park, open to the public, deserves a visit to see the profuse spring wildflowers.
On Fri Oct 11, 2013 Dr. Amy Townsend-Small discussed the question "Can Green Space counteract Greenhouse Gases? Answer: Though lawns, soccer fields, and forests each have different small impacts, It is much more important to lower energy usage to control greenhouse gases. 35 in attendance.
Saturday, August 24, 2013, 10 am: Hershner Reserve & Zimmerman State Nature Preserve, Greene County, Ohio (near Xenia, Ohio)Hershner Reserve is one of the most recent wetland additions to Greene County’s preserve system. This unique site has been allowed to return to the original prairie, wetland state that it once was. A simple water grade control devicewas installed allowing flooding, subsequently encouraging the native habitat to return.The Hershner Wetland is a great example of the natural succession that takes place when a farm pasture field is allowed to revert back to its original wetland habitat. The Marianist Environmental Education Center (MEEC) and the Beaver Creek Wetlands Association (BCWA) under the direction of Don Geiger have done a remarkable job of eliminating many aggressive invasives through their land management over the last 5 years.This is an excellent example of what the existing seed bank will produce when allowed to release. Large areas of swamp milkweed, Joe Pye weed, vervain, Golden Alexanders and many other great native wetland species (including lots of sedges) cover extensive areas throughout this closed to the public reserve area. It’s an easy, level walk with mowed paths.After visiting Hershner, we will drive to Zimmerman Prairie State Nature Preserve.Zimmerman Preserve is a remnant of a once-extensive wet prairie fen complex which occurred in the outwash-filled valleys of Beaver and Little Beaver Creek in west central Ohio. This small prairie boasts several species of rare and interesting prairie plants including queen-of-the-prairie,Riddell's goldenrod, prairie dock, big bluestem, Indian grass and Ohio goldenrod. For a recent plant list in Excel, click hereAlthough small in size, Zimmerman Prairie is one of the southern-most fens known in Ohio. It’s located on a small section of land bordered by US Route 35, Research Boulevard(SR 835) and a railroad right-of-way (H-connection bikeway). Don Geiger will lead us through these properties where he and his volunteers have spent countless hours controlling invasives. Come listen to Don as he describes his battle against sweet flag and teasel and other management strategies.Let Christine Hadley know if you will be attending at 513-850-9585 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Directions to Hershner: Take I-75 north toward Dayton. Take exit #43 to get onto I-675N .Follow I-675N for 13 miles to US 35 East, exit 13A. Follow US-35 E toward Xenia for 3.8 miles and turn right on Shakertown Road. Travel about 0.5 mi. and look for the Cincinnati Wild Flower sign on the right (north) side of the road.For a google map from I-675 to Hershner, click here .Driving time from Downtown Cincinnati is about 1 hour and five minutes.Directions to Zimmerman: After visiting Hershner, we will caravan to Zimmerman
On Saturday August 3, 2013 seventeen of us enjoyed a fine walk at Shawnee State Park (and Forest). Park Naturalist Jenny Richards showed us a great number of wildflowers, ferns, and fungi as we walked the Harry Knighton Trail. After lunch Marjie Becus guided us on a little roadside botanizing. The weather was in the 70's but warm in the afternoon. Group Photo , Yellow Fringed Orchid, Cranefly Orchid , and Indian Pipe
On Sunday June 9, 2013 the Society again had it's annual picnic at Keystone Flora, the event being held jointly with Northside Greenspace. Twenty seven of us enjoyed a leisurely lunch, then Eileen Frechette told the the history of farming in this valley going back to the 19th century and continuing to today. She and Diana Boyd then gave a tour of the nursery, followed by a longer walk led by Steve Slack. For info about Keystone Flora click here. Temperature a warm 80.
On Tuesday June 4, 2013 the Society had an excellent tour of the Governor's Residence in Columbus, Ohio led by Curator Marie Alice Mairose. Former First Lady of Ohio Hope Taft and DNAP's former chief Guy Denny then told the story of the conception and construction of the Heritage Garden as we walked through native plant beds representing all parts of the Ohio. Fine weather (70 and sunny) with about 20 in attendance.
On Saturday May 11, 2013 a small group of us helped remove invasives from Caesar Creek Gorge State Nature Preserve. Adam Hoople who manages SNP in SW Ohio was among our group. No garlic mustard, but much bush honeysuckle. This hidden preserve has a beautiful trail by the stream with a profusion of amazing wildflowers. See directions in our May Newsletter. Weather fine and 60.
On May 6, 2013 There was a Memorial Service for our longtime member Becky Johnson, click here for info
On Sat April 20, 2013 we had a fine trip to Sally Brown Preserve in Garrard County, Ky. Twenty of us enjoyed the beautiful flowers, weather 55 and sunny. This is one of the few of the Nature Conservancy Properties in KY that is open to the public. Worth the two hour drive.
On Fri March 8, 2013 DeVere Burt, Director Emeritus of the Cincinnati Natural History Museum told us the fascinating story of the creation of John James Audubon's Birds of America. DeVere used his own paintings to highlite his 10 year study of this subject. About 40 in attendance.
At the Society annual meeting (before the lecture), Society President Christine Hadley thanked Steve Albert and Theresa Culley for their service on the Board. We then unanimously elected two new board members, Elizabeth Durrell and Randy Johnson.
On Friday Feb 8, 2013 Virginia Russell from the University of Cincinnati's DAAP gave an informative lecture on Green Roofs. The placement of living plants on rooftops has advantages such as providing a more insulated building, decreased water runoff and increased habitat for plants and animals. About 35 enjoyed this presentation at Avon Woods.
On Saturday Jan 26, 2013 the Society had a tour of the scientific collections of the Cincinnati Museum Center which are stored and studied at the Geier Center. Curators Glenn Storrs, Brenda Hunda, Herman Mays, and Bob Genheimer showed us dinosaurs, trilobites, ivory-billed woodpeckers and a ceremonial Native-American frog pipe. They explained some of their research. Forty of us enjoyed the tour, and then twenty of us lunched at Chez Nora.
On Friday Jan 11, 2013, Dr. Mike Miller gave an excellent talk on the new technology of hydrofracking (and horizontal drilling) which has transformed the oil and gas industry. This has lead to great o&g production and lowered prices. Unfortunately it has created a variety of environmental problems. About 50 attended this talk, and the food was good as always.
On Sunday Dec 2, 2012 our Society's Anita Buck filled in for our originally scheduled speaker Dr. Ray Cranfill. Anita gave us an excellent talk about bats, focusing on those that we find in Ohio. She discussed their habits, temperaments, lifestyles, the current illness they suffer and the importance of protecting them. Anita has long experience as a bat rehabilitator and brought two of her senior bats to show us. We hope to reschedule Ray's talk.
Before the lecture, the Lockwoods told us their annual open house would occur on Dec 28th at 7 pm. Former Director of ODNR and Society member Guy Denny told us of the new group formed to help Ohio's Nature Preserves. For more info, go to
Though only a small group attended our Hardy Souls' hike at Winton we had about 38 at the potluck and 45 at the lecture.
On Friday Nov 9, 2012 our speaker Joe Boggs discussed our new pest Asian Longhorned beetles. These large beetles eat many species of trees but the outlook is good that they may be controlled. For an excellent 4 page article (in pdf format) by our speaker about the Asian Longhorned Beetle, please click here or for a video click
Longhorned Beetle Video .
On Sat Oct 27, 2012 seven of us enjoyed our hike at Miami Whitewater Forest's Badlands Trail. We saw several species of asters (in bloom), many species of trees including shingle oak and a couple hickory species. We saw the uncommon Deam's Mercury (in the spurge family). Weather cold 42 and rain to start, but then sun and 50.
On Friday Oct 12, 2012 Dr. David Brandenburg of the Dawes Arboretum gave us an excellent workshop on the Aster Family. Using microscopes,we viewed a variety of plants he had collected, as he explained the features of ray and disk flowers. There were about 30 in attendance.
On Sunday Sept 23, 2012 over 50 attended our Great Outdoor Weekend Event at Dry Fork Creek at Miami Whitewater Forest. By far the largest GOW attendance ever, all enjoyed a great time exploring for plants and animals with our leaders Denis Conover and Wayne Wauligman. Weather was fine, sunny and 70. To See photos click Softshell , Denis and Friends , Wayne Dan and Kids , Wayne and Kids , Group Photo (photos by Denis C and Bob B.)
On Friday Sept 14, 2012 over twenty attended our Photo Sharing Program at Avon Woods. We saw a variety of great photos by Mary Jo White, Marjie Becus, Ann Geise, Stan Lockwood and Gwen Marshall. Excellent refreshments were served.
On Saturday Aug 25, 2012 Edge of Appalachia Director Chris Bedel told us of the ongoing Natural History surveys at their 14,000 acre property in Adams County, Ohio. Fleas, harvestmen, birds, beetles, plants and more. Vic Soukup then led our party of 14 to some roadside locales with a variety of wildflowers including tall Larkspur and smooth false foxglove (Aureolaria flava). Temperature 92 and sunny.
On August 18, 2012 Judy and Ray Komorowski showed twelve of us around their 37 acre property in Northern Kentucky. A great diversity of habitats and native plants. And the weather was great (75 degrees).
On July 19, 2012 Dr. Lee Dugatkin spoke at Cincinnati Museum Center on "Mr Jefferson and the Giant Moose". Fascinating story of 1700's science in America and France. To view a one-hour c-span video of a similar lecture, click here .
On July 15, 2012 we visited Shaker Trace wetlands in Miami Whitewater Park. Temp warmed from 75 to 88. Dr. Denis Conover led our group of 13 as we first walked on a trail south of Bauman Road, then walked North from the parking lot along the prairie wetland edge seeing a great variety of prairie plants. We concluded our trip with a visit to the Miami Whitewater Nursery.
Native Shrub Workshop- June 16, 2012- We had about 55 people, all had a great time. Zoo's Brian Jorg gave a great talk on Wildflower Propagation, and Chris McCullough talked about replacing honeysuckle with native shrubs that do well in the home landscape. Christine Hadley talked about honeysuckle removal and Debi Wolterman shared a video about her yard resotration project and what native plants do best. Tim Sisson led a walk to Bendor Mountain to end the day. I think it went well. Keystone Flora was there with native shrubs for sale.- Kathy McDonald
On Sunday June 10, 2012 we had our annual Picnic, this year at Keystone Flora on Wooden Shoe Hollow Road near Spring Grove Cemetery. Very relaxing in this country-like setting. Our Board member Diana Boyd gave a Demo on growing wild ginger from seed. Don't miss it next year.
On Sunday June 3, 2012 we visited Fernald Preserve. Our group of 20 was led by John Homer. Fine weather, as we toured several restored wetlands.
Thursday May 31 - Our member Stan Lockwood reports an amazing display of Queens (Showy) Lady's Slippers at Cedar Bog State Nature Preserve north of Springfield, Ohio. Go soon to see this. For a couple of Stan's photos, click here or here .
You missed the April 29, 2012 hike to Miami Meadows with over 20 hikers led by Dan Boone. We walked along the edge of the ballfield where many of the very small buttercup, Low spearwort thrived in the ditch. We then headed into the wet flat forest swamp, with trees such as maple, beech, and hickory above us. The floor was dominated by poison ivy! with many sensitive ferns and a scattered variety of wildflowers including May apple, jack in the pulpit, spring cress, & green dragon.
You missed the April 19, 2012 lecture by Edge of Appalachia Director Chris Bedel at the Cincinnati Museum Center. Chris enthusiatically described some of the history of the Edge as well as the current research in all areas of natural history. After the lecture one could buy "On the Edge- A History of the Edge of Appalachia Preserve System". This book, just published by the Cincinnati Museum Center and co-authored by our Society's Anita Buck, tells the story of the creation of this wonderful preserve, including our Society's and our members part in this history.
You missed our Sunday April 15, 2012 hike to Sycamore Park in Clermont County. Over 20 attended this walk near the E Fork of the Miami River. Warm weather, much rain yesterday. We saw appendaged waterleaf, Trillium flexipes, larkspur, May apple, wild geranium, wood poppy, star chickweek, virginia bluebells, golden alexanders, unusual Dentaria diphylla and the quite uncommon (and beautiful) yellow form of the Trillium sessile (toadshade). For a nice photo, click Here
You missed our April 7, 2012 hike to Highland Cemetery. Over 20 attended this walk through a quiet wooded stream valley. Fine weather. We saw phlox, round-leaf ragwort, wild hyacinth, and many more. There were many rosettes with the arrow shaped leaves of the nodding rattlesnake root. ("Rare- but common where found"- Vic Soukup), which blooms in late summer or fall.