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, May 13, 9 am to 12 pm – Habitat restoration and trail repairs at Kirby Nature Preserve.
Leaders: John 513.941.4877 and Ed 513.919.5186
Saturday, May 27, 9 am to 12 pm – Habitat restoration at Whitetail Woods and Black Walnut Gorge.
Leaders: Gary 513.941.5414 and Bob 513.251.5352
Saturday June 17, 9 am to 12 pm – Habitat restoration at the Shady Lane Preserve.
Leaders: Tim 513.922.2104 and Robert 859.572.9661
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.