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What are Tree Cookies?

September 12, 2022

By Bob Buring, Naturalist and Nature Ranger What do a violin, a British scientist, and a cookie have in common? Quite a lot if you were trying to authenticate the masterpiece violin handcrafted by Antonio Stradivari

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Field of goldenrod

Bumps and Bunches: Goldenrod Galls

September 5, 2022

By Judy Mouch One of summer’s final colorful swan songs comes from fields of goldenrods (Solidago spp.). Hay fever sufferers, have no fear! Contrary to popular opinion, goldenrods will not stir up your allergies.

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The Cute Factor

August 29, 2022

by Cory Christopher, Director of Conservation I have an uncle who is the hairiest human I’ve ever seen. He’s the meanest and tiniest person in our family, and his eyes are lost beneath a hairy thicket of

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Monarch butterfly sits atop a field thistle bloom.

Spotlight on Native Plants: Field Thistle

August 22, 2022

by Jason Neumann, Public Programs Manager Who would intentionally plant thistles in their garden? If you overlook its spikiness, field thistle has a lot to offer. Field thistle, Cirsium discolor, is one

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Four pawpaw fruit in a tree

Clones and Caterpillars

August 9, 2022

by Cory Christopher, Director of Conservation I love pawpaw trees. And it's probably not for the reason you suspect. Among the leaves of this unassuming native tree lives one of my favorite creatures. Hungry and armed

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Several Emerald Ash Borer in person's hand

Twenty Years of the Emerald Ash Borer

August 1, 2022

By Tom Brochu, Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist and Member of the Society of American Foresters As we walk the trails of the Cincinnati Nature Center—or just about anywhere in the Central Hardwoods

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