Photo on our 2013 card provided by Andrew Gibson.  More of his
    fine work can be found at : The Natural Treasures of Ohio blog.

    Master Gardeners and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists
    may use these events for their educational requirements.
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                      Trips will be filled on a first-come first-served basis, so be sure to register early!

 To download "Quest" as a PDF click here.
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       Choose your Friday field trip: Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, and much more.    

We offer trips to accommodate all levels of energy and expertise.
Friday's field trips are listed below:

Quest #1    Sheldon Marsh State Nature preserve—Life on the beach!                        Rick Gardner Ohio's Heritage Botanist

    Ohio Heritage botanist will lead this trip to a Lake Erie barrier beach to see the only undisturbed beach remaining in the
    Sandusky bay. Interesting species include beach wormwood, inland sea rocket, seaside spurge, silverweed and brushy
    cinquefoil.  Blanding’s Turtles are also a possible species.

Difficulty level:  Difficult-  One of our faster moving trips!             Distance: 2-3  miles          Limit: 10
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Quest #2                       Big Swamp Preserve                                                                        Dan / Becky Donaldson

    Explore one of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History's newest preserves ─ Big Swamp. Huron County's largest swamp
    boasts 400 acres of connected forest, high quality wooded buttonbush swamp, swamp forest wetland complex, rare
    plants and significant amphibian communities. Big Swamp is a State Designated Conservation Site and a Reference
    Wetland Complex.

Level:  Moderate – walking in the field                            Distance: 2 miles                                   Limit: 10

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Quest #3                            East Harbor State Park                                                      Jim McCormac / Chris Ashley

    East Harbor State Park is at the interface between the open waters of Lake Erie, and inland marshes. Beaches offer
    habitat for rare coastal species like Inland Sea-rocket, Cakile edentula, Seaside Spurge, Chamaesyce polygonifolia, and
    Purple Sand Grass, Triplasis purpurea. Shallow marsh and wet meadows support a host of interesting plants, including
    Caribbean Spikerush, Eleocharis geniculate, and Nodding Ladies’-tresses orchids, Spiranthes cernua. There should also
    be plenty of migrant birds around to spice things up.

Difficulty Level:  Moderate                                Distance: 2.5miles                                       Limit 10
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Quest #4     Meadowbrook Marsh and Lakeside Daisy Preserve.                                         Jason Larson/ Todd Crail

    Get the full sense of the Flora of the peninsula, as this trip has both wet and dry.  Meadowbrook Marsh is a very
    important inland estuary with aquatic emergent vegetation and fall color, including a large population of American
    Lotus.  It also features a prairie and woodland with interesting limestone-loving flora, including Great Blue Lobelia,
    Fragrant Sumac and Wafer-ash.  The Lakeside Daisy preserve is a unique alvar habitat which features several of Ohio’s
    botanical rarities and many remnant prairie species of the historic Marblehead Prairie, including Great Plains Ladies'-
    tresses, Nodding Wild Onion, Stiff Goldenrod and Spiked Blazing Star.

Difficulty Level:  Easy to Moderate                   Distance: 2.5miles   PM                                    Limit 10
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Quest #5        Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge: Further Afield with Insects        Larry Rosche / Judy Semroc

    Our expert guides will be Judy Semroc and Larry Rosche the primary authors of the Dragonflies and Damselflies of North
    East Ohio.  Not only are they experts on all thing odonate, they know the butterflies and plants as well. Ottawa has
    hosted the Ohio butterfly rarities, Dogface and Purplish Copper. We’ll see what we can find!

Level:  Moderate:  lots of walking                         Distance: 3 miles                                            Limit: 10
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Quest #6        Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge: Botany Latin               Jim Bissell / Fish & Wildlife Staff Justin Wolpert

    Jim Bissell will be our in-house expert on wetland botany and wet prairie ecology in the Lake Erie Region. If you have
    not visited Ohio’s only National Wildlife Refuge, this is a must see trip.  You will get the full tour by bus or tram, as well
    as some time to explore the grounds and Visitor Center.  Our system of Wildlife Refuges plays a critical role in protecting
    and conserving wildlife, both game and non-game species alike.

Level: Moderate: serious botany                            Distance: 1 mile —PM                                            Limit: 10

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Quest #7           Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge: Botany Lite                Mark Dilley / Fish & Wildlife Staff Justin Wolpert

    Mark Dilley will be our in-house expert on wetland botany and wet prairie ecology in the Lake Erie Region. If you have
    not visited Ohio’s only National Wildlife Refuge, this is a must see trip.  You will get the full tour by bus or tram, as well
    as some time to explore the grounds and Visitor Center.  Our system of Wildlife Refuges plays a critical role in protecting
    and conserving wildlife, both game and non-game species alike.  Home to Bald Eagles and rare orchids, Ottawa NWR
    provides federal protection to the largest wetlands remaining in Ohio.

Level:  Easy                                  Distance: Walk as little or much as your like.                                      Limit: 10

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Quest #8                                   Castalia Resthaven Preserve                                            Guy Denny / Jennifer Windus

    Castalia Prairie at Resthaven Wildlife Area is one of the finest and largest remaining tallgrass prairie and fen complexes in
    Ohio.  Guy Denny and Jennifer Windus are very familiar with this wildlife area and will visit several locations, besides the
    well-known Castalia Prairie to see both prairie and fen plant species. The wildlife area supports a large number of rare
    prairie and fen species, including the state endangered small white lady's-slipper.  This trip will entail some walking, but
    it will be worth it to see the Fringed Gentian and other fall-blooming species in bloom.


Difficulty Level:  Moderate               Distance: short walks and time in the field                   Limit: 10    
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Quest #9    Birding and Botany                                                                                       Jim Berry / Tanner Morris


    Jim Berry will bring his knowledge from being past State Park naturalist and his avian career at the Roger Tory Peterson
    Institute of Natural History in New York.  Jim is well acquainted with the botany and the birds of this region.  Our
    charming tour guide will pick the best locations throughout the Lake Erie region.  Tanner Morris- will round out the trip
    with his keen botanical  knowledge. Bring binoculars along for the full experience.

Difficulty Level:  Moderate                           Distance: short walks       
                       Limit: 10    


     Saturday:  Please consider signing up for the Ohio Ornithological Society’s
       “Rally for Rail!”  Great speakers, field trips and more.  Oct 1 & 2, 2016
                              
 Info can be found at www.ohiobirds.org
Questions?

Contact Us

Ph. 419-683-8952
Sept 30, 2016
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