Explore habitat and wildlife at AOA’s new Clark Preserve on Cedar Run in Champaign County. We will start our visit with a stop at Ohio’s Cedar Bog State Natural Area, located just upstream from the Clark Preserve. Walking the boardwalk, we will observe the various habitats, focusing on the native plants adapted to the bog conditions and particularly, the numerous dragonflies and damselflies.
Following our boardwalk stroll, we will move downstream to the Clark Preserve and ramble across the site and along the Cedar Run riparian corridor. This property, part of AOA’s initiative to buffer and expand the unique Cedar Bog habitats, was formerly an agricultural field that is transitioning to natural area. We will look for native species colonizing the property and particularly dragonflies that are also found at Cedar Bog. We will discuss site restoration activities and ongoing succession to bottomland forest wetland habitat. Amanda Reuter and David Williams will lead the walk and the identification of native dragonflies and damselflies.
This event will be held rain or shine – so please come prepared and dress appropriately for the warm summer weather and walking through wetland areas. Bug repellant is advisable. Please bring your own drinks and/or snacks. Feel free to pack a lunch and picnic on site. AOA events are free and open to the public. Cedar Bog requests a $5 admission donation. This is a kid friendly event.
Time: Meet at 10:00 a.m. We expect this event to last for approximately 3 hours.
What to Bring: Bring your own drinks, snacks, picnic lunch, sunscreen, bug repellant, hat, and/or high top shoes, suitable for walking in wetland areas.
Location: We will meet on the east side of the parking lot at Cedar Bog Nature Center, south of Urbana. Look for the AOA green traffic cones at the parking area rendezvous area. Cedar Bog Nature Center is approximately a 1-hour drive from downtown Columbus. The Google Map address for the Nature Center is 980 Woodburn Road, Urbana, Ohio 43078.