A pair of Great Blue Herons at Long Branch Farm & Trails
Photo by Mary Jo McClain

Home Sweet Sycamore

By Tess Renusch The great blue herons have returned to Long Branch Farm & Trails, and so the nesting season has begun! Like many picky homebuyers, Great Blue Herons can be particular when it comes to choosing a

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Photo of lesser celandine flower
Lesser celandine flower

A Seriously Awful Weed

February 26, 2021

By Tim Nabors, Naturalist When it comes to invasive plants, this one may be the worst! It is one seriously awful weed. At the Cincinnati Nature Center, we are often approached by guests during the early spring who are

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A photo of a tall stem of second year garlic mustard
Second year garlic mustard

This Plant Stinks!

February 25, 2021

By Tim Nabors, Naturalist “This plant stinks...and it’s ugly, a bully, and unwelcome here!” —a direct quote from all of our local plants and animals. Most anyone who has spent any time outdoors in our region

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Photo of Yellow iris at Lotus Pond
Yellow iris at Lotus Pond in Rowe Woods

A Sunny Garden Flower Gone Awry

by Danie Frevola, Conservation Apprentice Yellow iris (Iris pseudacorus) is a stunning wetland plant with tall and showy yellow flowers (Fig 1.). While it is an attractive landscaping plant, it also peaks gardener’s

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Photos of Winter Creeper on a tree and a building
A) Winter creeper growing on the side of a tree (photo credit: Jeff Mancini). B) Wintercreeper growing on the side of a building

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: The Invasive Vine No One Seems to Notice

by Danie Frevola, Conservation Apprentice Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei) is found in all sorts of spots throughout Cincinnati- from the side of houses, to the side of highways; across the forest floor all the way up

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Photo of purple loosestrife
Purple Loosestrife

Happy National Invasive Species Week!

by Danie Frevola, Conservation Apprentice Happy National Invasive Species Awareness week! Anyone that has had a conversation with me has heard ‘invasive species’ countless times, and it's likely that you have come

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