Membership Meeting March 4, 7PM- “Bats of the Midwest”

Please Join us for our annual membership meeting on Tuesday, March 4 at 7 pm at Earth Connection, 370 Neeb Road in Delhi Township. Guest speaker Anita Buck will present a program entitled “Bats of the Midwest”.

Anita has been rehabilitating injured bats since 1991. She responds to phone calls about injured bats, orphaned baby bats, and bats in the wrong place (e.g. flying in people’s houses in winter). She cares for the bats until they are healthy, and then releases them. Occasionally, the bats have sustained injuries that make it impossible to survive in the wild. She finds homes for these bats with organizations that educate people about bats. She has two bats living in her home, Denise, who is 21 years old and Dale, who is 18.

Even if you think bats are creepy or scary, you should come to this program. Bats are fascinating creatures that play an important role in our ecosystem.

A brief review of Western Wildlife Corridor’s plans for the coming year will also be given. Light refreshments provided. The public is invited. Contact Tim at 513.922.2104 or tsisson@fuse.net for more details.

 

Annual Winter Hike-Mark Your Calendar

Sunday, January 26, 2 pm

Winter Adventure Hike 

Bender Mountain

Shake off the winter blahs by joining our annual winter hike. Meet at the barrier at the end of Delhi Pike near the College of Mount St. Joseph. The first part of the hike will be on the portion of Delhi Pike that was closed years ago due to hill slippage, but still makes a nice hiking path (commonly called Sister’s Hill).  Those who prefer moderate hiking can turn around at the end of this part and return to our meeting place.

Those who are interested in a strenuous hike can continue on a trail we’ve constructed up from Hillside Avenue to the top of Bender Mountain to reach old-growth forest and a nice view of the Ohio River. Signs of the meanderings of wildlife in winter will probably be found – especially if there’s snow on the ground! Dress for the weather and wear sturdy hiking boots. Contact Bob at 513.251.5352 or rnkn@fuse.net or John at 941 4877 or john.kleinp2@yahoo.com for other details.

 

 

Buckeye Trace hike Wednesday, December 4th at 9:30 am to noon

This Wednesday is supposed to be really warm – a great time to take another hike.  This time we’ll be at the Buckeye Trace Preserve located at 6446 Hillside Avenue in Sayler Park.  I do have a project in mind there, if you feel really energetic! If not, you can just hike and enjoy the view.

 There will be fairly steep hill to climb, but it will be worth it.

 The driveway to the property is on the east side of Hillside Avenue a hundred feet or so north of Rockaway. This is a little over a quarter mile north of where Rapid Run Road intersects with Hillside. If you don’t want to drive up the driveway, you can park on Rockaway close to Hillside and walk over.  Bring plenty of water and wear hiking clothes and shoes. Please call Tim Sisson at 513 922 2104 for additional information.

 

 

 

The Annual Holiday Party was a lot of fun and we had the best turn out ever!

A lovely buffet, cocktails and the white elephant exchange all added to our Holiday cheer.

President Tim Sisson updated the crowd on all the success this year in land procurement and announced upcoming events including the Wildflower Festival on April 11, 2014.
All in all we had a very successful year preserving and protecting nature in the Western Wildlife Corridor.

Thanks so much to all the many people who helped to make this years party so special. Here are a few highlights:

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Western Wildlife Corridor project

Place: Voss Preserve

Date: Saturday, November 30

Time: 9:00am

 

We’’ve had a really busy fall, with 8 major habitat restoration projects. If you visit one of our preserves, you will easily see the results – many new areas cleared of honeysuckle. Well, we’r’e now coming to the end. This Saturday will see the last of our regularly scheduled projects. However, this will not end our work at the preserves. We will continue as weather permits with impromptu Saturday projects and Wednesday morning monitoring hikes. Watch your emails for details!

 

Our project Saturday will be at a place we just protected last year, the beautiful forested Voss Preserve, located on Bender Road across from Bender Mountain.

 

We’ll meet at the gravel parking lot on Bender Road on the south side about a half mile up from Hillside Rd at 9am and work to about noon.

 

Wear work clothes and work shoes and bring hand tools like a saw or loppers if you have them. Be sure and bring water to drink also. Call Greg at 404 5250 if you have any questions.