I just downloaded an app that allows me to blog from my iPhone. We'll see how this works!
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Another Ohio Botanical Symposium is, as we say in true Iron Chef style, "ovah". Today's event was again super. If you weren't able to attend, we were treated to a wide variety of topics on all things botanical, ranging from climate change to clovers and back again to reconstructing the pre-settlement vegetation of Clark County in west-central Ohio.
And congratulations to my botanical sensei Rick Gardner for putting together his eighth conference in a row. One big announcement was made today- in case you missed it. The symposium is moving to an every-other-year format. I know Rick is tired and exhausted from putting this conference together year after year. It gets increasingly difficult to find a new slate of speakers. But Rick, please reconsider. We all love the botanical symposium in its current format and I'd like to see it happen every year.
Thanks Rick for a wonderful event!
|Attending the nest|
|The nest sits atop the branches of a tall sycamore tree above the Olentangy River|
|High above the Olentangy|
|Can I capture a meal?|
|Gizzard shad perhaps?|
|Highbanks Overlook- March 20, 2011- Click on image for a MUCH larger photograph.|
The bald eagles are once again nesting at Highbanks Metropark, and it is quite a place to visit. By far, the most popular page on my blog the past year has been last year's posting about the highbanks bald eagles.
The eagles have apparently built a new nest. If you click on the image above, I've drawn an arrow that points at a dark spot that is the nest. Although the overlook is really far away, the eagles fly up and down the corridor of the Olentangy River and they can be seen with the naked eye. To see them in the nest, however, you really need to have a good spotting scope. On weekend afternoons, metroparks volunteers are often setup with a spotting scope aimed right at the nest. Take a look at their Facebook page for more updates on the eagles and when the volunteers will be staffing the overlook platform.
To get to the platform, drive into highbanks, and turn left at the first picnic area. Drive through the picnic areas until you get to the last small parking lot on the left. Park. While facing the woods, you'll want to take the trail that heads to the left. Metroparks has done the work for you after that- they've placed very nice signs that lead you back to the overlook. Here's a map. The walk is about a mile through the woods and up and down hills, but the path is solid crushed limestone, doable even with a jogging stroller. If you can't find it or have questions, just check in at the nature center.
And finally, I think one of the biggest questions I've heard about this nest is the web camera. It is NOT up and running yet, but hopefully it will be soon. I know it will be extremely popular.
If you can, get out to Highbanks and check out the eagles. This past Sunday I watched them attend the nest, soar up the valley of the Olentangy, perch high in the trees, and dive down twice into the river to catch and eat fish. More on that, including photos, will be coming soon. It was awesome.
|"Super Moon"- March 19, 2011|
|This is the ROAD to a boat launch, completely flooded!|
|March 16, 2011, Delaware Wildlife Area|
After two weeks of paternity leave, I was back in the office yesterday for a full day of work. On my drive up to northern Delaware County, I was pretty surprised by all the "road closed" signs. I knew that north central Ohio had received quite a bit of rain the past few weeks, but I was not prepared to detour my usual route to work because of flooding.
That assumption was pretty foolish- Our office sits on land surrounding a federally owned reservoir. And in the spring, the reservoir fills with water after big rains and releases it over time. Still, I wasn't prepared for just how high the reservoir had risen.
|Whetstone Creek, December 14, 2010|
|Whetstone Creek, March 14, 2011|