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Cicada on a tree

Marking Time Without Calendars

By Laura Weinel, Community Engagement Coordinator Imagine a world where there are no calendars to mark the days and no clocks to count the time. Instead, each passing year is tracked using... plants. Confused

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A row of pink bleeding heart flowers
Bleeding Heart

It Starts with a Seed

By Jeff Sperry, Director of Development and Marketing I guess I was about 11 years old when I asked my parents if I could have a garden in our backyard. Inspired by my grandparents’ enormous vegetable garden on

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Olivia smilling for a photo as another individual completes a controlled burn in the background

Meet Olivia & Danie

Olivia Espinoza: Natural Areas Manager & Burn Boss It’s not often that you get to set something on fire to help it grow. But that’s just what Olivia Espinoza does as our Natural Area Manager when it

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 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 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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