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May 2015 Natural Areas & Preserves eNewsletter

We invite you to visit your State Nature Preserves. Hiking, bird watching and wildlife photography are just some of the activities you can enjoy at your nearby State Nature Preserve.

Sheldon Marsh Roving Naturalist Guide Series

Christmas Rocks SNP - Photo Credit Judd Clover

Starting in May, and continuing throughout the summer, on the first and third Sunday of each month, a preserve naturalist will be on-site at Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve from 9 a.m. – noon to answer questions and help identify the rare plants and animals found at this 500-acre preserve.

Spring Wildflowers are Treating us to a Colorful Show

Check out the Ohio wildflower bloom report, and plan your next trip to see these beautiful blooms soon. Review weekly updates of what’s in bloom around the state. This new program is modeled after ODNR’s popular fall color report.

Follow @ohiodnr and @DiscoverOhio on Twitter, and the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves on Facebook, to see more spring wildflower photos.

Final Chance to Enter #OhioWildflowers Photo Contest

Post your best Ohio wildflower photos from this year to the ODNR Division of Natural Areas and Preserves Facebook page using the hashtag #ohiowildflowers by 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Monday, May 18th, and be sure to like the Facebook page, facebook.com/OhioDNAP. You could be selected to win a private hike with a State Nature Preserve manager or a backyard consultation from a professional botanist! See complete rules

Help Repair Springville Marsh Boardwalk

Springville Marsh - Photo Credit Judy Mills

Please consider joining Columbus Audubon volunteers on a work trip to replace sections of the boardwalk at Springville Marsh.

The 2015 Botanical Symposium - A Wonderful Day of Learning with Friends

Botanical Symposium

The Ohio Botanical Symposium has become one of the largest botany conferences in the nation; this year four hundred and twenty-five people attended the day-long event featuring Ohio’s flora and natural areas.

Volunteer Accomplishments

Preserve Manager and Sawyer Michelle Comer

Volunteers from Columbus Audubon and the Ohio Natural Areas and Preserves Association have been busy making our state nature preserves safer, cleaner and more ecologically sound.

Thank You

Ohio State Nature Preserves thanks every Ohioan who remembered us with a donation on their 2014 tax form this year.

Donating all or a portion of your state income tax refund to the State Nature Preserves Fund enables the Division to purchase land, implement ecological management and endangered species protection, and provide Ohioan’s fun, educational activities on our nature preserves throughout the year.

This funding is a primary source of the “on the ground” work of the Division each year. 

If you didn’t receive a refund on your state tax form, but would like to support the work of the Division, please consider making a tax-deductible donation today.