Sunday, January 29, 2 pm
Winter Adventure Hike
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.
Tuesday, February 21, 7 pm
Winter Membership Meeting
Kirby Nature Center
Speaker John Klein will present a program entitled “Fascinating Flying Squirrels”. Come learn interesting facts about Ohio’s most common, yet rarely seen squirrel. John Klein has been interested in these amazing animals for several years and has even designed special nest boxes and feeders to attract them.
Western Wildlife Corridor’s plans for the coming year will also be discussed. Light refreshments provided. The public is invited.
Saturday, April 29, 9 am to 8 pm
Thirteenth Annual Flower-a-thon
Meeting places Kirby Nature Preserve and Bender Mountain
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 (see more details in article in this newsletter). Contact Tim at 513.922.2104 for more information.
Saturday May 20
Kirby Nature Center
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.
Saturday June 10
Kirby grand opening and 25th Anniversary!
Kirby Nature Center
Starting at 10am and running to 4:00 pm we will have hikes and tours, and a free lunch. Then for a fee, we will have cocktails at 6:00, followed by dinner and presentations. Jim Scott will be the emcee.
Habitat restoration and trail work
Saturday Mar 18, 9am to noon, Trail work at Kirby Nature Preserve
Leaders: John 513.941.4877 and Ed 513.919.5186.
Saturday, April 1, 9 am to noon, Habitat restoration at Buckeye Trace Nature Preserve
Leaders: Leaders: Tim 513.922.2104 and Robert 859.572.9661
Saturday, April 15, 9 am to noon, Habitat restoration at Whitetail Woods and Black Walnut Gorge
Leaders: and Gary 513.941.5414 and Tim 513.922.2104
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.