June 11, 2022 @ 8:00 am

Join naturalist experts and non-experts as we get on the land and water to survey and identify the flora and fauna of AOA’s very own Mishe Moneto (“Great Spirit” in Shawnee) Preserve property along Big Darby Creek near Darbyville in Pickaway County.\

Darby Creek is designated a state and national scenic river. It is widely recognized for the diversity of aquatic species that make a home in the river. The 250-acre Mishe Moneto Preserve is one of 12 preserves, and nearly 1,400-acres AOA has recently conserved along the Big Darby as part of our efforts to protect this exceptional Ohio resource.

This event is open to all who have an interest in nature and want to share a day investigating this fabulous property with other likeminded conservationists. Come prepared to survey by yourself or join with a team led by specialists in their respective fields as we explore the four various biomes on the site – upland woods, floodplain forest, edge fields and creek & pond.

The BioBlitz is being coordinated by AOA volunteer Amanda Reuter. Dissecting microscopes, hand lenses and site maps will be available for participants on the site.

This event is free and open to the public. We will plan to meet rain or shine- so please come prepared and dress appropriately for the weather and hiking on some slopes.

Time: Birders should plan to be at the site by 8:00 a.m. All others by 9:30 a.m. You are welcome to stay and participate in the various surveys for the whole day or any part of the day. We expect to be complete by 3:00 p.m.
What to Bring: Lunch, snacks and/or drinks of your choice. Insect repellant is recommended. Binoculars, notebooks, species guides, phones, cameras, et al., as desired to identify and record species found.
Location: Mishe Moneto is located on the east side of Big Darby Creek, across from the Village of Darbyville. Take the first driveway east of the river (last driveway going west) on the south side of Highway 316. Look for AOA signs. Follow the grassed road along the edge of the field. We will park cars in the grassed area on the far side of the field.

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