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What's Happening Right Now at the Nature Center!

Want to know what's going on at Cincinnati Nature Center these days? Check below and see updates before you come to visit!   (Updated 3/22/19)

Trails & Conservation

  • Prescribed burns will continue to take place if weather permits over the next few weeks at Rowe Woods.
  • Greenhouse is now open and in full operation.
  • Processing seeds from 2018 collection. Approximately 30 new species.
  • Trail team (Troy and Sierra) have been very busy this past month with removing down trees across the trails from the high winds.
  • Improvements to our trails continues in preparation of warmer and hopefully dry weather.
  • Vernal Pool monitoring has started.
  • Stream Monitoring will start in April.
  • Baseline data is being collected on our lakes and ponds.
  • Additional Bluebird boxes have been added to Long Branch Farm and Trails and more will be added Rowe Woods.
  • The Far Ridge Trail now has a hammock stand and has a reroute that avoids the steps. 
  • Injured or Orphaned Wildlife - Please follow the guidelines from this website.

Natural World

  • One of the earliest and most colorful springtime fungi, Scarlet Cup Fungus (Sarcoscypha Dudleyi) photographed on Geology trail.
  • Pepper & Salt Harbinger-of-Spring can be seen on Geology trail.
  • Geese are strutting their tail feathers as spring has sprung.
  • Skunks are in mating season so be cautious as you walk with your pets and children
  • Eastern Screech owl has been flying around early morning and late evenings near Fernwood.
  • The invasive Lesser Celandine has started to come up.
  • Salamanders have been enjoying the warm weather.
  • Listen to the Spring Peepers around the ponds.
  • Keep an eye out for nests in the trees.  Who is living in them?
  • Spring Crocus can been seen around the herb wall.
  • Snowflakes and Snowdrops are both up. Can you tell the difference?
  • Lenten Rose and its beautiful pink color can be seen in the Celebration Garden.
  • Sharp-shinned hawk has been feeding at the bird viewing area daily.
  • Keep watch for the sleek mink around Powel Crosley Lake.

 

Facilities Updates

  • Enjoy nature behind the Rowe Woods Visitor Center in the new sitting area.
  • Construction on the side porch has been moving along.
  • Grounds did a wonderful job removing down trees after the big wind storm.
  • Thank you to our Facilities Team for filling our bird feeders regularly.
  • All drinking fountains are still winterized.
  • Fernwood Shelter restrooms are closed. Schott Nature PlayScape and Rowe Visitor Center are still open.

Volunteer Updates

  • Volunteers are wrapping up work on the overlook at Long Branch Farm and Trails.
  • Bluebird monitoring has started at Long Branch Farm and Trails.
  • Project Feeder Watch continues every Thursday and Friday.
  • Native backyard habitat exhibit continues to progress outside of the Rowe Visitor Center near the main kiosk.
  • Road Cleanup crew will be working on the first Saturday of each month.
  • Wednesday crew have been removing honeysuckle every week.
  • Trailside Stations are presented by our volunteers.
  • Bird walks are led by volunteers every other Saturday.
  • Wildflower hikes will soon be under way.
  • Thank you to all of our volunteers who work on programs on the weekends and sometimes late in the evenings!
  • Don’t run away from a volunteer opportunity. Interested in volunteering? Join the Wednesday or Thursday group and learn more here.