September 25, 2015 @ 5:45 pm – 8:30 pm
Appalachia Ohio AllianceE-mail

Join us for a fun and interesting 2-part event on September 25 & 26. Feel free to participate in either the talk on the 25th or the AOA Cackley Swamp site visit on the 26th, or both. Each event is a stand-alone activity. Both of these events are free and open to the public. They will be held rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather as well as walking / light hiking on Saturday.

Friday evening enjoy a pizza dinner while we hear about the “Beaver Hypothesis” from Dick Tuttle. A retired middle-school teacher, Dick is a long -time birder who has been active with many groups including Audubon and the Bluebird Society. He has particular knowledge and experience with bluebird nesting and habitats but also with many other bird species. Dick will share information he has learned about our pre-settlement landscapes in Ohio and the historic role beavers played in shaping habitat. Beaver created ecosystems are crucial for many species of birds, animals and plants, some of which have become increasingly rare due to the virtual elimination of beaver in Ohio.

This is a very interesting topic that is not widely recognized. The various habitats created by beaver activities provide critical environmental services related to water quality and riparian, wetland and grassland systems. Learn about the valuable impacts and influences of beavers on our environment. AOA is working to conserve riparian sites that are suitable for beaver occupation and have several sites with active beaver populations.

Meet at Folsom & Fry Farm, located along Big Darby Creek, just outside of Darbydale in southwestern Franklin County. The talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. A short farm tour will be provided for those who interested and arrive by 5:45. AOA will provide pizza and a variety of beer and soft drinks. Feel free to bring your own beverage of choice. This will be a very informal session. We expect to wrap up by 8:30 so that everyone can get their beauty sleep for the swamp tour.

Folsom and Fry Farm is located at 5959 Lambert Road, Orient, Ohio. Directions from 270: Exit onto I-71 south and go approximately 5 miles to exit 97, London Groveport Road (665). Go west approximately 4 miles. Turn left (south) onto Lambert Road just before entering Darbydale. Go a short distance (and around the two curves) and look for the greenhouses on the right. You are there.

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