Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society
(Ohio Native Plant Society, Southwest Ohio Chapter)
Updated Tuesday Oct 6, 2015 at 11pm
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.
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Friday, October 9, 2015 at 7:30 pm: Lecture Program, Avon Woods Nature Center
"Status of the Mill Creek in 2015"
Dr. Michael Miller, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati; Trustee Emeritus, Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities; Member, Mill Creek Yacht Club
The Mill Creek runs for 28 miles from Butler County to the Ohio River, right down the center of the Cincinnati metro area. The stream has been abused from its earliest days until the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972.
For the last couple of decades, the Mill Creek has been targeted for cleanup and restoration by a number of different agencies and organizations, working on a number of issues, including reducing untreated sewage; restoring the stream channel and riparian vegetation; and developing streamside bike/hike trails.
Collectively they are trying to make the Mill Creek an asset to Greater Cincinnati and the 28 communities that it drains. Mike Miller has been intensively involved in Mill Creek issues and will update us on its status, focusing particularly on the biology and chemistry involved.
Directions to Avon Woods Nature Center:
Most of our meetings are held at Avon Woods Nature Center, a Cincinnati park located at 4235 Paddock Road, 45229 in the Paddock Hills/North Avondale neighborhood.
From the Norwood Lateral (Route 562) , drive 9/10 mile south on Paddock. (You pass across Tennessee Ave. and little Egan Hills Drive or your right)
Turn sharp right into the park driveway next to the park sign (on the WEST side of Paddock)
Follow the long dark driveway to the lodge at the end.
To see a google map, click here . If lost, call Bob Bergstein at 513-477-4438
Typical Meeting -During a typical meeting, we have a short (and entertaining) 15-minute business meeting first, then the featured speaker, followed by excellent refreshments. Our events are free and open to the public and all are welcome. You will have the opportunity to meet our speaker after the meeting.
Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 10 am: Dinsmore Woods State Nature Preserve, Boone County, Kentucky
Join us on our fall color hike, which will be led by Judy Komorowski. This nature preserve is unique in that it is the only region in the state to experience Pleistocene glaciations. As the glaciers retreated, outwash of previous glaciers was deposited, giving the deep and fertile soils a higher acidity, resulting in a unique natural area.
The preserve is 107 acres of maple, oak, and ash forest that has never been commercially logged. It also is home to the federally endangered running buffalo clover.
We will be hiking a 1.7-mile loop trail that occupies a ridgetop and slope along a minor tributary to the Ohio River. This trail is rated moderate to difficult.
The hike starts at 10 am. Those of you who want to tour the Dinsmore House afterward should bring a lunch, as tours don't begin until 1 pm. The tour is $5 for adults.
Contact Judy Komorowski at 859-757-6094 or if you have questions.
Directions: The google address for the parking lot is approx 5765 Burlington Pike, Burlington KY, 41005. Driving time about 35 minutes from downtown Cincy. For a google map click here
From I-71/I-75 (near Florence, Kentucky), take exit 181 for KY 18. If coming from Cincinnati, turn right at the bottom of the exit
Take KY 18 west for 11.3 miles. (When you pass the Dinsmore Homestead (at 5656 Burlington) on your right, drive 0.2 miles further to the parking lot on your left)
Turn left into the gravel parking lot.
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** Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 9 am: The BIG Give Back Day, Honeysuckle Blitz at John Bryan State Park & Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve, Greene County, Ohio
Join the Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society, state botanist Rick Gardner, and Division of Natural Areas and Preserves (DNAP) employees and supporters as we sponsor Ohio’s largest volunteer effort to help remove that invasive alien, bush honeysuckle, from Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve and John Bryan StatePark.
Come help all your friends and kindred spirits continue the protection of this natural treasure. We need your assistance on invasive removal in some lovely areas along the Little Miami, opening up panoramic vistas of the river; natural areas of high diversity, with fine displays of spring wildflowers; as well as many large rock outcroppings and views of post-glacial cliffs with many groups of white cedar and scenic waterfalls. We will also be working in areas that DNAP and volunteers have been working in since our event in 2013.
This is going to be a terrific social, educational and work activity, with a barbeque grill-out lunch provided afterward. The state’s best naturalists,botanists, geologists, ecologists, and wetland specialists will be leading organized hikes after 1:30 pm and will be available to discuss this wonderful geological feature and answer your questions.
We’ll be working in organized areas along more than two miles of the gorge, as well as some of the special areas in the scientific area of the state nature preserve.
These areas have been selected for their biological diversity, to enhance visibility of natural features, and to improve the experience for the many thousands of people who visit this preserve annually.
Honeysuckle removal: 9:00 am–noon
Lunch:noon–1:30 pm with camaraderie, presentations, and Q & A
Organized hikes: 1:30–3:00 pm
Please contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585, or email , for more information, to sponsor the event, or to tell us where you would like to volunteer.
Sign up your team of four or more volunteers or donate a minimum of $50 for youro rganization’s recognition.
* Crew leaders for honeysuckle removal teams
* Honeysuckle cutters (loppers, non-power equipment)
* Chainsaw & steel blade trimmer operators (must be pre-registered)
* Cut stump treatment (using spray bottles)
* Registration: meet and greet volunteers
* Lunch: set up tables and chairs, minimal food prep
* Couriers: take teams to their work sites
* Botanists/knowledgeable volunteers: help cutters ID plants (to be sure not to cut hydrangea, blue ash, spicebush, bladdernut, etc.)
* Agile volunteers to maneuver the rock outcroppings in the gorge to cut and treat woody invasives in, on, and around the rocks. (Most areas are much easier to work than the rock outcrop areas.)
Bring your favorite tools: gloves, pruners, loppers, saws, trimmers and protective gear for power equipment. We will provide tools and safety equipment to volunteers new to honeysuckle removal. Spray bottles for cut stump treatment will be furnished.
There will be an area for organizations to set up table displays and literature.
Watch for more information to follow.
Please invite your friends to join in the fun!
Directions: Clifton Gorge SNP and John Bryan SP are located in Greene County on State Route 343,east of Yellow Springs and west of Clifton.Look for signs directing you to the event as well as additional email instructions.
Friday, November 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm: Lecture Program, Avon Woods Nature Center
“Room and Board Provided: The Evolution of An Ant–Plant Symbiosis in Neotropical Piper (Piperaceae)”
Dr. Eric J. Tepe,Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati
Plants possess a variety of structures that ants use as nesting sites. Looking in particular at the hollow stems in several tropical species of Piper—stems that differ in different lineages—Eric Tepe will show how ant-occupied hollow stems have evolved independently several times in Piper, and how this study represents a clear example of convergent evolution of ant-plant associations and the plant morphologies that support them.
Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 9am: Give Back Day, Honeysuckle Removal, Hazelwood Botanical Preserve
Joinus to help eradicate invasive bush honeysuckle in the preserve. Volunteers need to bring gloves, loppers, and other implements of destruction. Spray bottles with glyphosate will be furnished. Loaner loppers are available if needed. Dress appropriately for the weather.
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 F4 tornado of April 9, 1999, drastically altering the landscape. Although our members have successfully removed honeysuckle here for 17 years, the honeysuckle experienced a great resurgence in the increased sunlight after the tornado opened the forest canopy.
For moreinformation, contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or email .
Directions: From I-71, take exit #15 (Pfeiffer Road). Drive east for 0.7 mile. Turn left (north) on Deerfield Road for 0.8 mile to the "T". Turn left (west) STILL on Deerfield Road for 0.1 mile. Meet at the Johnson Nature Preserve parking lot on the right. The address is 10840 Deerfield Road, Montgomery, OH 45242.
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Sunday, December 6, 2015- Hike , Potluck, Lecture
3:00 pm: Annual Hardy Souls’ Hike, Winton Woods, Hamilton County, Ohio (followed by the holiday potluck and program)
Join us for a winter hike on the Kingfisher Trail in Winton Woods, a Hamilton County Park. Randy Johnson will lead us on this trail, which has a variety of trees, including some oaks 85 feet tall and 150 years old. The trail is about 1 mile long. For those so inclined, we may continue on to the Great Oaks Trail afterwards. For a park map, Google search "Winton Woods Map". Google Maps calls this road "Valley View Road". Call Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585 or email if you have questions.
Directions: To get to the trailhead from Winton Road, turn west on Valleyview Drive and drive for about 1/2 mile. The trailhead is on your right in the Kingfisher Picnic area. Parking is for the picnic area.We will meet in this parking lot.
After the hike, proceed to Northern Hills Fellowship for food and lecture
5:15 pm- wine and appetizers at 5:15 pm
5:45 pm - the holiday potluck dinner. Bring your favorite dish! If you’d like to be assigned a category —appetizer, entrée, etc.—call Jim Mason at 937-239-5692.
7:00 pm December 6, 7:00 pm: Lecture, Northern Hills Fellowship
“A Decade of Dinosaurs: The Cincinnati Museum Center Dinosaur Field School”
by Dr. Glenn Storrs, Withrow Farny Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, Cincinnati Museum Center
For more than ten years, the Cincinnati Museum Center had an annual dinosaur dig at a remote site south of Bozeman, Montana. The dig was organized as a field school, supervised by Glenn Storrs, and it provided students of all ages and abilities with an exciting hands-on experience. The site has revealed thousands of bones of young diplodocus dinosaurs from the late Jurassic Period (about 145 million years ago). The mystery of the deposition of this fossil bed may be answered.These fossils are now deposited at the Museum and as the fossils continue to be prepared, we will learn about some of the amazing new discoveries that have been made.
Details of our 2016 events (below) will be posted here in January 2016
Friday January 8, 2016, 7:30 pm Avon Woods Nature Center "Botanizing the Bruce Peninsula, Ontario” by Andrew Lane Gibson
Saturday January 30, 2016 Indoor Tour, Krohn Conservatory, Hamilton Co., OH
Friday February 12, 2016 7:30 pm Avon Woods Nature Center TBA, Dr. Hardy Eshbaugh, Professor Emeritus of Botany, Miami University
Friday March 11, 2016: 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 "The Story of Bender Mountain” presented by Tim Sisson, President, Western Wildlife Corridor, & Dr. Denis Conover, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati Saturday
March 19, 2016 Field Trip-Cedar Falls, Adams Co., OH
Sunday April 10, 2016 Field Trip Devou Park, Kenton Co., KY
Sunday April 24, 2016 Field Trip at Miller Sanctuary State Nature Preserve, Highland Co., OH
** Saturday April 30, 2016 Field Trip at Prairie Road Fen & Gallagher Fen State Nature Preserves, Clark Co., OH
Sunday May 8, 2016 Field Trip at Richardson Forest Preserve, Hamilton Co., OH
Saturday May 14, 2016 Give Back Day, Garlic Mustard Pull, Caesar Creek Gorge State Nature Preserve
**Saturday May 21, 2016 Field Trip at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark, Lucas Co., OH
-- June 2016--
Saturday June 4, 2016 Field Trip at Shawnee State Forest, Scioto Co., OH
**Sunday June 5, 2016 Annual Picnic at Keystone Flora, Hamilton Co.,OH
Saturday July 16, 2016 Field Trip at Smith Cemetery, Bigelow Cemetery & Milford Center Prairie State Nature Preserves, Madison Co., OH
Saturday August 6, 2016 Field Trip at Chaparral Prairie State Nature Preserve, Adams Co., OH
Sunday August 21, 2016 Field Trip - Pollination Appreciation Walk at Cox Arboretum, Montgomery Co., OH
Friday September 9, 2016 at Avon Woods Nature Center
6:30 pm Picnic Supper (optional)
7:30 pm Members' Photo Sharing Program
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