Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society
(Ohio Native Plant Society, Southwest Ohio Chapter)
Updated Tue Nov 11, 2014 at 5 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.
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What you missed- On Saturday Nov 1, 2014, we had a large cleanup effort (134 people) at Travertine Fen SNP in the town of Spring Valley, Ohio organized by Christine Hadley and Jim Mason. The goal is to protect this rare habitat and eventually open it to the public . Temperature 30--37, windy, flurries. Photos - by the bikepath - heading out - stiff gentian - cookout - Christine and Jim
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 years has 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.
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) take the Paddock Road exit.
Now 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
Typical Meeting During a typical meeting, we have a short 15-minute business meeting first, then the featured speaker, and then excellent refreshments. Visitors are welcome at all events and the refreshments are good! If you are not yet a member, you are welcome to attend events to see if you have a good time. I think you will. Our hikes are casual. Trip leaders are familiar with most plants and will be glad to share their knowledge with you.
Saturday, November 15, 2014 9 am: Give Back Day, Honeysuckle Removal, Hazelwood Botanical Preserve
Join us 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 for 0.8 mile to the "T".
Turn left (west) STILL on Deerfield Rd. for 0.1 mile.
Meet at the Johnson Nature Preserve parking lot on the right.
The address is 10840 Deerfield Road, Montgomery, Ohio. Driving time from downtown Cincinnati is 20 minutes. Or 5 minutes from I-71. For a map from I-71, click here .
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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