Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society
(Ohio Native Plant Society, Southwest Ohio Chapter)
Updated Tues Oct 14, 2014 at 4 pm
Our hikes and lectures are free and open to the public, (but we depend on our memberships to cover our expenses.) Come learn about Cincinnati Native Plants. The Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society welcomes you to our great (and free) events. All are welcome. Our 2014-15 Annual Schedule and Sept Newsletter are now available.Don't forget to renew your membership !
What you missed- 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.
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 10 am: Hueston Woods, Preble County, Ohio
Judy and Ray Komorowski will lead us on this fall color hike.Hueston Woods which has a unique 200-acre stand of virgintimber that has been protected, providing visitors a glimpse of Ohio’s primeval forests.
Stately beech and sugar maple tower over an abundance of ferns and wildflowers and other woodland species. In 1967, the forest was designated a National Natural Landmark.
This wonderful old-growth forest is sure to delight us with a beautiful display of autumn color. Contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or if you have questions.
Directions: From I-275, take the Colerain Ave. exit and turn north on US Route 27. (At Millville, 10.5 miles, be sure to take a left to remain on Route 27.)
Drive 9.5 miles into the town of Oxford. Follow the signs for Route 27 as it twists through town. (Left on High Street for 0.8 miles,right on College Ave. for one short block, then left onto Church Street for two blocks.)
There is a traffic light at Church Street where it meets College Corner Pike (which is still Route 27).
Dogleg right onto College Corner Pike, drive approximately 1.6 miles, then turn right onto Todd Road (just past the WalMart).
Follow Todd Road for 2.7 miles and take a right onto Butler-Israel Road (county road 46).
Drive 1.2 miles, turn right onto Loop Road, and continue for 1.4 miles to the Blue Heron parking area on the left, where we will meet.
**IMPORTANT: Route 177, the more popular route out of Oxford that brings you to the main park entrance, is currently closed northbound, hence the circuitous directions. Driving time from I-275 about 50 minutes. For a park map (legal PDF) click here a google map showing our route from I-275 click here
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**Saturday, November 1, 2014 9 am: Give Back Day, Site Improvement and Invasive Management Blitz at Travertine State Nature Preserve, Greene County, Ohio
Greene County Parks and Trails Executive Director, Chrisbell Bednar, and Chief Naturalist, Cris Barnett,asked Christine Hadley if the Wild Flower Society would help organize a 2014 Give Back Day for Travertine Fen. The activity was discussed while planning the 2013 Give Back Day at Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve. Greene County Parks and Trails was a major sponsor at Clifton, providing a shuttle bus and driver, a six-person team of power equipment operators, and three great administrators for handling the luncheon setup and much of the food preparation for that fantastic barbeque cook out. How could we turn them down?
Members of the Wild Flower Society — Ohio State Botanist Rick Gardner, Professor of Biology Don Geiger, Christine Hadley, and Jim Mason — recently visited the site and all agreed this special fen is definitely worthy of our efforts and attention. Travertine Fen is a 21-acre protected wetland fed by springs and is home to many rare species.
Join the Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society, founded in 1917 by Lucy Braun, with co-sponsors, the Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves (DNAP) and the Ohio Natural Areas and Preserves Association (ONAPA) and our many other supporters as we hold our 2nd Give Back Day to help protect this wonderful natural treasure and state nature preserve managed by our friends at Greene County Parks and Trails. Watch for more details to follow.
Please invite your friends to join in the fun!
Contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or email for more information and to sign up to volunteer.
Directions: Travertine SNP is located in Greene County, off the Little Miami Scenic Bikeway in Spring Valley.
Take US Route 42 towards Spring Valley, then take Route 725 into Spring Valley.
Turn right onto Bellbrook Avenue. Look for signs directing you to the event.
Friday, November 14, 2014 7:30 pm: Lecture Program, Avon Woods Nature Center
“Mothing” presented by Flower White
Everyone who has attended the CWFPS members’ photo-sharing program the last several yearshas marveled at Flower White’s dazzling close-ups of moths, and her full length mothing program is extremely popular. Organizing the images by family, andi ncluding shots of various life stages, Flower will discuss the complex natural history of some of these lovely creatures of the night.
Saturday, November 15,2014 9 am: Give Back Day, Honeysuckle Removal, Hazelwood Botanical Preserve
Joinus to help eradicate invasive bush honeysuckle in the preserve. Volunteers need to bring their gloves, loppers, and other implements of destruction. Spray bottles with glyphosate will be furnished. Dress appropriately for theweather.
The Harris M. Benedict Nature Preserve, aka Hazelwood Botanical Preserve, owned by the University of Cincinnati Department of Biological Sciences, was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1977 by the Department of the Interior for the study of plants and animals in eastern deciduous forests. This preserve, unique for its location and diverse habitat, has a wonderful mature forest. Interestingly,Harris Benedict was chair of the UC Botany Department at the time of his death in 1928, when a streetcar struck his auto. Benedict was E. Lucy Braun’s doctoral advisor. Braun studied Hazelwood.
Many of the mature trees were destroyed by the lethal April 9, 1999, F4 tornado,drastically altering the landscape. Although our members have successfully removed honeysuckle here for 16 years, the honeysuckle experienced a great resurgence after the tornado opened the forest canopy to more sunlight.
For more information, contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or email .
Directions: From I-71, take exit #15(Pfeiffer Rd).
Drive east for 0.7 mile.
Turn left (north) on Deerfield Road for0.8 mile to the "T".
Turn left (west) STILL on Deerfield Rd. for 0.1mile.
Meet at the Johnson Nature Preserve parking lot on theright.
The address is 10840 Deerfield Road, Montgomery, Ohio. Driving timefrom downtown Cincinnati is 20 minutes.
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Sunday, December 7, 2014
3:00 pm: Annual Hardy Souls’ Hike, Mount Airy Forest, Hamilton County, Ohio (followed by the holiday potluck and program)
Randy Johnson will lead us on our Hardy Souls hike at Mount Airy, a Cincinnati park. We will hike for about an hour before the potluck.Parts of the forest will be closed for deer reduction hunting at this time, butwe will be hiking in the open areas that are closed to hunting. Nonetheless,wear brightly colored clothing.Call ChristineHadley at 513-850-9585 or email if you have questions.
Directions: Enter Mount Airy Forest off Colerain Ave (just at the top of the hill on Colerain) and take an immediate left. Follow this road to the oval and park on the north side. Meet in front of the restrooms (which will be closed).
After the hike, proceed to Northern Hills Fellowship
for wine and appetizers at 5:15 pm and
the holiday potluck dinner at 5:45 pm.
Bring your favorite dish! If you’d like to be assigned a category —appetizer,entrée, etc.—call Brian Herriott at 513-407-8585.
Sunday, December 7, 2014 7:00 pm: Lecture, Northern Hills Fellowship
“White Nose Syndrome and Ohio Bat Populations”
Dr.Dale Sparks, Environmental Solutions & Innovations, Inc.
White Nose Syndrome (WNS), a generally fatal fungal infectionfirst observed in 2006, continues to spread throughout the Eastern US andCanada, killing millions of hibernating bats of several species. Bat biologistDale Sparks will outline what is known about this devastating disease anddiscuss its present and long-term impacts.
Details of the following events will be available in our Jan 2015 Newsletter or on our website by Jan 3, 2015
January 9, 2015 7:30 pm: Friday Program
Avon Woods Nature Center
“Ohio’s Wild Orchids and Their Habitats” Andrew Lane Gibson
January 24, 2015 10 am: Saturday Indoor Tour, Cornelius J. Hauck’s Botanical Book Collection, Cincinnati Museum Center, Hamilton Co., OH
February 13, 2015, 7:30 pm : Friday Program
Avon Woods Nature Center
“The Hidden World of Mosses and Lichens”
Dr.Robert A. Klips, Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, Ohio State University at Marion
March 7, 2015 : Saturday Field Trip
Mosses & Lichens at Caesar Creek State Park, WarrenCo., OH
March 13, 2015 : Friday Potluck & Lecture
Northern Hills Fellowship
5:15 pm Appetizers and fellowship
5:45 pm Covered dish potluck dinner
7:00 pm Annual Meeting and Program
“Effects of Emerald Ash Borer-caused Tree Mortality on Forest Regeneration”
Brian M. Hoven, Biology Department, Miami University
March 28, 2015 : Saturday Field Trip
Fort Hill State Memorial, Highland Co., OH
April 11, 2015 : Saturday Field Trip
Tower Park, Campbell Co., KY
April 26, 2015 : Sunday Field Trip
Whipple State Nature Preserve, Adams Co., OH
May 9, 2015: Saturday Field Trip
Orchids of Adams County and Shawnee State Forest, Adams and Scioto counties, OH
May 16, 2015 : Saturday Give Back Day, Garlic Mustard Pull, Caesar Creek Gorge State Nature Preserve
** June 7, 2015 : Sunday Field Trip
Picnic at Keystone Flora, Hamilton Co., OH
July 11, 2015 : Saturday Field Trip
Kamama Prairie, Adams Co., OH
July 18, 2015: Saturday Field Trip
Shawnee State Forest, Scioto Co., OH
August 8, 2015: Saturday Field Trip
Hazeldell Meadow and Daniel Boone National Forest, PulaskiCo., KY
August 22, 2015: SaturdayField Trip
Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, Jackson and Jennings counties, IN
September 11, 2015: Friday Program
Avon Woods Nature Center
6:30 pm Picnic Supper
7:30 pm Members' Photo Sharing Program
September 12, 2015 :Saturday Field Trip
Spiranthes & Gentians of Adams County and Shawnee State Forest, Adams and Scioto counties, OH
If you are not yet a member, you are welcome to attend events. All of our events are free and open to the public. Of course if you enjoy our events, as we think you will, it is nice to join to help support the Society. Our hikes and lectures are excellent, in a wonderful casual atmosphere. You will have the opportunity to talk with our speakers after the meetings. Our hike leaders are knowledgeable and will be glad to point out the plants that we are seeing