Monarch Weekend at Deer Haven Park


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Monarch Magic Weekend
Saturday September 20 and September Sunday 21
12:00 – 5:00 pm
Deer Haven Preserve
ALL AGES

Stop in our third annual program, celebrating the world of the Monarch Butterfly! Play games, watch a movie, make crafts, and enjoy some refreshments, as we learn how to help these magnificent insects during their migration to Mexico. A silent auction will be set up both days to raise money for Monarch Butterfly conservation and education efforts. We also will be tagging and releasing live monarchs at 2:00pm each day.

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The Delaware Ohio Daily Thursday, August 14, 2014

Maria (sitting right) and her friend chat as Maria breaks for food.

Maria (sitting right) and her friend chat as Maria breaks for food. (Main Street Chalk it Up. Photo by Katie Longtine)

Delaware Ohio Local News, Other News and some fun and interesting stuff too

Local News

Preservation Parks: Thursday concert

Council for Older Adults: Commemorative Brick Sale

Columbus Business First: Mojo TaGo food truck operator opening restaurant, carry-out business in Powell

DelawareO (Spenser Hickey): City Council Notes, Elks Building Demolition, Dog Park, Beer Garden Fundraiser [Read more…]

Invasive species in local parks, and what we’re doing to stop them

Delaware County is a gorgeous place to live, work and play.  We are so blessed to have an organization such as Preservation parks to maintain and take care of the several beautiful parks in the county.  The organization strives to keep these open, scenic areas in their natural state.  An important aspect of this is removing invasive species of plants from the parks.

Invasive species come from outside the ecosystem and take over, overrunning native plants and vastly changing the environment.  Invasive species can be plants or animals, but in the context of local parks we’re concerned mostly about plants.  Volunteers help eradicate invasive species from local parks.

I talked with my neighbors Jack and Leslie Flurry as we walked through Blues Creek, our local park in Ostrander.  As we walked along the trails, they described to me the work they do to remove four main invasive species from the park.  A few of the species seem to thrive in open, sunny areas away from the trail.  As volunteers, they have an off-trail permit, so they can pull out any of the four plant species that they might find regardless of where it is.  However, they told me that the biggest problems tend to be the ones that line the trails.  They work from March until early June, until the weather simply gets too hot to spend extended periods of time outside in the sun.

The first of the four invasive species we came upon was Garlic Mustard, given its name for its garlicky smell.  If you google search it, some recipes for pesto pop up.  While it is quite possible that it would make a tasty pesto, it is a menace in the forest canopies of Blues Creek, as it is ubiquitous.  The Flurrys said they tend to try to remove it early in the spring when it’s flowering and very easy to identify.  But once everything around it has grown up much taller, it becomes near impossible to find it and uproot.  When they pull it out, they cannot just throw it back down on the ground, as doing so seems to give the plant the supernatural power to produce seeds before it bites the dust.    Instead, Garlic Mustard is bagged up and thrown out.

Multifloral rose that we found in Blues Creek

Multi-floral rose that we found in Blues Creek

The next we found was multi-floral rose, which I had actually seen in our backyard, but hadn’t known that it was an invasive species.  The story goes that multi-floral rose was introduced to the environment by hunters as a rabbit habitat, theory being that there would be more rabbits to hunt and kill.  The plant is sort of beautiful, but it has a nasty habit of entangling itself in native plants.  With its barb-like thorns, volunteers are told that they need not bother with it if it is too menacing.  At Blues Creek, the Flurrys chip away at these monsters when they have the time and stamina.

honey suckle

This one branch with red berries is only a tiny fraction of the entire wall of honeysuckle that lines our backyard.

The next we talked about was honey suckle, which came as a surprise to me, because, again, this is everywhere in my backyard.  This plant bears oodles of red berries, which the birds tend to eat in excess, and then proceed to spread the seeds via their excrement.  The problem only seems to multiple, and the huge bushes don’t only smother the native plants, but also provide birds with less nutrition than native berries, such as blackberries.

Blackberries provide more nutrition for birds than honeysuckle berries.

Blackberries provide more nutrition for birds than honeysuckle berries.

You tend to need to get these out by the root in order to completely get rid of them, and so it is difficult for volunteers to eliminate huge bushes, or many clumps of them, but they try their best.

Autumn olives are the last invasive species, and they tend to like the open areas.  They have silvery undersides on their leaves.  But they are very huge, and so volunteers tend not to worry so much about them, and attack the smaller plants alongside the trails, which are the bigger problems.

autumn olive

A small autumn olive plant I found in the field next to our yard. These plants are everywhere, it’s insane!

Jack and Leslie are the only volunteers they know of who volunteer at Blues Creek.  If you’re interested in joining them, learn more here.  They’ve also mentioned sometimes scout troups come in and help out.  It would be a great service project!  Check out the Preservation Parks website to learn more!

The Delaware Ohio Daily Thursday, July 10, 2014

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We celebrate Thursdays at DelawareO! (photo credit Spenser Hickey)

Delaware Ohio News, Featured Stories, and Some Miscellany for the Day

Local News

ABC6: Local Restaurant Owner Using a Crowdfunding Twist to Help Pay for Expansion

City of Powell: Powell Mystery Night Out

Genoa Township Police Dept.: 2nd Police Town Hall on Thursday July 17 from 7-9 PM in the Township Hall

City of Delaware: West Central Street Repairs Continue

Preservation Parks: Park Officer position opening [Read more…]

Take a Bite Out of Orange Township

Delaware County's Bicentennial Barn on Bale Kenyon Road

Delaware County’s Bicentennial Barn on Bale Kenyon Road

Starting in the 1950s, Orange Township land was coveted by developers and needed by state and federal agencies.  Land was acquired for a Columbus Metro Park, U.S. Rt. 71, Alum Creek Dam, and the Polaris shopping mecca.  Long gone farms, villages and stories of settlers give glimpses of the early days while two hundred years later, residential growth is soaring and parks and services are being developed to keep up with the changes.

The 1914 Archaeological Atlas of Ohio shows  6 mounds and 1 enclosure in Orange Township.  Unlike any other township in Delaware County, two mounds and prehistoric earthworks have been preserved in [Read more…]

Two More Townships to Take In: Brown & Berlin


 
Sunset from Roloson Road, Berlin Twp.

Sunset from Roloson Road, Berlin Twp.

As half of the inspiration for 3 B’s and K Road, the townships of Brown and Berlin include the north end of Alum Creek State Park.  While an earlier article explored the park area, there is much more to know about these townships.

Before any permanent settlers arrived, the northeast quarter of present day Brown Township was designated by the federal government as a Salt Reservation.  This section of land just north of present day [Read more…]

A Slice of Liberty Township With a Side of Preservation Park

Liberty Township, Always Something To Do.

The vibrant colors of autumn leaves are almost gone now, but don’t let that keep you from visiting local parks or getting outside for an adventure.  Deer Haven Preserve is open all year round and its nature center is open seven days a week.  If you haven’t been to a Delaware County Preservation Park [Read more…]

Bust Out Your “Creekin” Shoes To Cool Off.

We were looking for some fun things to do in the water to help cool off and put out a call for “creeking” events. Preservation Parks answered the call!

So get out your “creeking” shoes, grab a bucket & net, and head on over to Gallant Woods Preserve. Prepare to explore and get wet with the family tonight at 7:30 pm.

Awesome Aquatic Adventure Calling kids of all ages! Join a naturalist for an adventure at our wetlands as we explore the world of aquatic fauna. Insects and crustaceans will be our target. 7:30 p.m. GWP — all ages

Gallant Woods Preserve is located on 2151 Buttermilk Road in Delaware, OH.

Preservation Parks host “Trombones Plus” concert at Gallant Woods. July, 11 2013.

Thursday, July 11, at 7 p.m. Preservation Parks will feature the concert  “Trombones Plus,” at Gallant Woods Preserve, 2151 Buttermilk Hill Road, Delaware.

Preservation Parks suggest you bring your lawn chairs, blankets and refreshments for a great evening with family and friends.

For more information visit their website at http://www.preservationparks.com/current-news/concert-july-11/.