Winter & Spring 2016
Winter Adventure Hike
Sunday, January 31, 2 pm
No need to stay inside all winter. Join us on our annual winter hike for some fresh air and exercise. Meet at the barrier at the end of Delhi Pike near the Mount St. Joseph University. 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 Jeff at 513.451.1737, or John at 513.941.4877 for more information.
Winter Membership Meeting
Tuesday, March 1, 7 pm
Speaker Tim Sisson will present a program entitled “The History of Bender Mountain – How it Became the Best Place in Hamilton County to See Spring Wildflowers”.
Western Wildlife Corridor’s plans for the coming year, including creating a nature center at our new 30-acre preserve in Addyston, will also be discussed. Light refreshments provided. The public is invited.
Delhi Bicentennial Hike
Saturday, April 9, 2 pm
Bender Mountain Preserve
This preserve is gorgeous in the spring! Hillsides are carpeted with many species of beautiful spring wildflowers. For more on this event, part of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Delhi Township’s founding, contact Tim at 513.922.2104.
Twelfth Annual Wildflower Extravaganza
Saturday, April 30, 9 am to 6 pm
Kirby Nature Preserve
We are combining our Flower-a-thon and Wildflower Festival into a true Extravaganza this year. The Flower-a-thon hikes will give you a great chance to learn about the wildflowers of our region. Experts will lead us on hikes through several preserves in the corridor, showing us the amazing variety of plants there.
Have fun and learn about nature at the Kirby Nature Center. A native plant sale, hand-crafted items for sale, displays by local environmental organizations, and activities for children will all be included. Contact Rebecca at 859.512.1983 to learn more about this enjoyable event or to inquire about participating.
Habitat restoration and trail work
Saturday, March 19, 9 am to noon
Trail work at Bender Mountain to get ready for the Delhi Bicentennial event on April 9. Leaders: Tim 513.922.2104 and Robert 859.572.9661.
Saturday, April 2, 9 am to noon
More trail work at Bender Mountain to get ready for the Delhi Bicentennial event on April 9. If the trails are ready, we’ll whack honeysuckle. Leaders: John 513.941.4877 and Gary 513.941.5414.
Saturday, April 16, 9 am to noon
Trail work at Kirby Nature Preserve. Leaders: Tim 513.922.2104, Bruce 513.451.5549 and Ed 513.919.5186.
Why habitat restoration? Many times the biggest threat to our preserves is invasion by alien plant species. Plants such as Amur (or bush) honeysuckle, euonymus and garlic mustard can produce such a dense cover of foliage that native plants cannot survive. We’ve been told that Amur honeysuckle even secretes a toxin that kills native plants!
When we restore the habitat in one of our preserves, we remove these invasive alien plants so that native plants and animals can thrive.
In addition, one or more of us usually winds up going to a preserve a couple of mornings during the week to take a walk and while they are there, they just can’t help whacking some honeysuckle. If you would like to join one of these walks, please call (513.922.2104) or email Tim Sisson and he’ll let you know when and where to meet.
For more information visit the Volunteer opportunities page.