Blog Entries - 2021

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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Melissa Sabo, school programs manager, helps two students from Woodlawn Elementary plant some plants.
Melissa Sabo, School Programs Manager, with students from Woodlawn Elementary

Bringing Nature to Schools

November 1, 2021

by Cassie Barnes, Digital Communications Specialist On two unseasonably warm and sunny October days, staff from Cincinnati Nature Center went back to school. Instead of backpacks and school supplies, they had native

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Image of a glowing firefly sitting on a green leaf, surrounded by the yellow flashes of other fireflies in the distance.

Flashes in the Night

by Linda Romine As dusk approached on the evening of May 19, a small group of volunteers gathered and walked into the forest near Lotus Pond. They searched the trees and saw... nothing. They then walked to the cabin

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