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.
Visit AOA’s fabulous Cackley Swamp Preserve in Jackson County. The core portion of an expansive wetland system, Cackley is a rare Teays River system remnant wetland. Beaver have been very active in the wetland and have built a nice dam structure and lodges in the bottomlands. Cackley provides valuable habitat for waterfowl as well as many migratory and nesting bird species.
The 226-acre Cackley Swamp preserve was purchased by AOA in 2007 in cooperation with the US Fish & Wildlife Service. AOA recently collaborated with one of our sister land trusts, the Ohio Valley Conservation Coalition, to conserve two adjacent properties comprising another 195 acres to expand the protected wetland area. At present AOA has preserved over 400 acres of wetland and buffer area.
Several people familiar with Cackley Swamp, wetlands and AOA’s conservation efforts and plans will participate including beaver enthusiast Dick Tuttle. Mark Dilley of MAD Scientist Associates, an ecological and wetland consulting firm based in Westerville, will lead the hike, sharing information about Cackley wetland systems and characteristics.
Plan to spend up to 3 hours at the Cackley Swamp preserve as we learn about this wetland system and the role of beavers in helping to shape and rehydrate the historic wetland areas. We will walk the perimeter of the wetland system to view and explore the various habitats. The walk is about 3 miles, most all on improved surfaces. Feel free to bring a sack lunch, snacks and drinks. We will eat before starting the walk.
Cackley Swamp is a 1.5 hour ride from downtown Columbus. You can meet us there or carpool with a group of us from Columbus. We will meet on the south side of the swamp at 12:00 noon. Park along Harmon Road – see attached Parking and Location Map for the best way to the rendezvous site.
Google link to Cackley Swamp parking site:
Those wanting to carpool from Columbus should meet in the Lowes Home Improvement parking lot on South High Street (3899 S. High Street), on the west side of High just north of I-270. Park on the east side of the lot near High Street. We will depart Lowes at 10:20 so please be there and ready to go by then.