Fight Alien Invaders on Saturday!

Ruder Donna PicWe are working on Restoring the Ruder Preserve and you can find out all about our new project on our page for the Ruder Nature Preserve under the “Protecting Land” pull down menu or by using this link.

20160719_192404Either way, please know that we are having a work day on:

Sat July 30 from 8:30 to 11 am

Please come on join us!  Bring a few dollars and we’ll convene for pizza afterwards in town if anyone wants to.  Please help us by RSVP-ing to Randy Evans at revans@3vct.org.  Thanks.

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It’s all new for August

That’s right, the Conservation Connection page has been updated through the end of August with over 80 things you and your family can do outside in our neighborhood.  In particular:

Night Hike - Labeled for ReuseNight HikesHueston Woods offers a night hike every Friday and the MetroParks of Butler County is offering a night hike as well, at the Govenor Bebb MetroPark on August 12th.

Fossils Galore – We have “Fossils and a Feast” coming up on August 17th at the Sugar Valley Farm – a gorgeous protected property.  Also, Hueston Woods has a fossil expedition every Sunday.

And of course – our Summer Outdoor Educational Series.  In the next two weeks we’re going to take a closer look at the beauty of the natural areas in our community.

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Coming Up: Hidden Beauty at Home

On Wednesdays in the next two weeks, we’ve got programs that will show us the hidden beauty in our community and the native vegetation that surrounds us – right here in our home.

Biking Square - Labeled for ReuseAugust 3rd from 6 to 8pm – Beautiful Biking around Oxford

This family-friendly bike ride through beautiful spaces in Oxford will be about 10 miles on back roads and Hueston Woods.  Bring your bike and please wear your helmet. Meet at the Todd Road side of the Walmart Parking Lot.  Keep an eye on our website for weather delays.

5rivers trilliumAugust 10th from 9:30 to 11am – Native Ohio Trees and Plants

Resident expert Dick Munson will teach us about some of the flora that have been living here, on this land we call home, much longer than we have.  We’ll meet at 9:30am at 6751 Brown Road, Oxford, OH 45056.

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Fight those Alien Invaders: Part 2

The next Ruder Preserve Invasive Species Removal Event is coming up this Saturday (7/30) morning.

Please RSVP to Randy at revans@3vct.org.

SRPSept52014When:  Saturday, July 30th, 8:30 to 11:30am (weather delay will be posted by 3pm Fri.)

Where:  The Ruder Preserve – Park on Bonham Road between the bridge and Shadowy Hills Drive.

What:  Bush Honeysuckle Removal – we will provide most of the tools needed.  Please wear work gloves (perhaps eye protection) and protective boots, if you have them.

Can’t make it this weekend?  See our other dates here.  As with all our outdoor events please check our website for weather delays.  Also, feel free to call us at (513) 524-2150 during office hours (9-5, M-F).

Thank-you for  your help!

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Ruder Preserve Work Day: Monday, July 18th

Ready to wage battle against some alien invaders?

Bush Honeysuckle isn’t welcome at the Ruder Preserve and it’s time for our Inaugural Invasive Species Removal Event.  Let’s get those alien invaders out of here!

SRPSept52014When:  Monday, July 18th, 6 to 8pm

Where:  The Ruder Preserve – Park on Bonham Road between the bridge and Shadowy Hills Drive.

What: Bush Honeysuckle Removal – we will provide most of the tools needed.  Please wear work gloves (perhaps eye protection) and protective boots, if you have them.

Can’t make this one?  There will be more…

More work days are planned this summer, fall and in the future.  For the dates listed below, please RSVP to revans@3vct.org so we can have the proper amount of equipment available.

Saturday, July 30th, 8:30 to 11:30am

Saturday, August 13th, 8:30 to 11:30am

Sunday, September 18th, 9am to Noon

Saturday, October 22nd, 9 am to 1 pm and 1 pm to 5 pm  (lunch provided).  Come to either the 1st or 2nd shift (or both – if you’re feeling ambitious).

Saturday, November 12th, 9 am to 1 pm

Please remember to RSVP to Randy at revans@3vct.org – we want to have enough tools (and in October – food) for everyone.  Thank-you so much for your willingness to help!

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Coming Up: Something for Everyone

On Wednesdays in the next two weeks, we’ve got programs that will pique the interest of both homebodies and outdoor adventurers (or perhaps those two sides of ourselves).

Eastern_Bluebird-Labeled for ReuseJuly 20th from 6 to 8pm – Creating Backyard Habitat for Birds

Learn how you can make your backyard friendly to wildlife.  We’ll see a few backyards in Oxford where native plants and landscaping has made critters welcome.  We’ll meet at 6pm at 345 Cobblestone Court, Oxford, OH 45056.

American Toad Hays SquareJuly 27th from 9:30 to 11am – Perfect Pond Critters

Explore a pond on one of our protected properties and discover a whole new world teeming with creatures.  Kids of all ages will discover pond life that will spark their inner sense of wonder.  We’ll meet at 9:30am at 2550 Indian Creek Road, Oxford, OH 45056.

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Photos of the Salamander Run Preserve Hike

We snapped some photos of the Summer Outdoor Education Series hike through Salamander Run on July 13th.  We had a great turnout with a good mix of kids and adults.  Thanks to everyone who came to enjoy the flowers and critters at the Preserve.

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Help Protect the Easement Properties

Monitoring Carels SquareRandy will be hosting training for new volunteer easement property monitors at the TVCT Office (6715 Ringwood Road, Unit 1, Oxford, OH). The training will take approximately 2 hours. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone you feel might be interested in the opportunity.

Current monitors are welcome to attend as we are sure the new monitors will be looking for partners and will gain some valuable insight into the procedures from those who have been active.

The dates and times are listed below. If you plan to attend either of these events, please let Randy know which day so he can ensure we have enough materials.

• Saturday, July 16th at 1:30 pm
• Saturday, July 30th at 1:00 pm

Please RSVP to Randy at revans@3vct.org or (513) 524-2150.

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It’s all new for July

That’s right, the Conservation Connection page has been updated through the end of July with lots of cool events in our neighborhood.  In particular:

Crawdad2Creeking in the Parks with the MetroParks of Butler County every Thursday.  Particularly check out July 14th for creeking at the Mill Race Preserve and a special Saturday Creeking at the Rentschler Forest.

A Free Farm Tour on July 24th with MOON Co-op and the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association.

And of course – our Summer Outdoor Educational Series.  In the next two weeks we’re going to get a sneak peek at good things to come to our neighborhood in the future.

 

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Take a Peek at the Future

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On Wednesdays in the next two weeks, take a peek at two hiking trails that we expect great things from in the future: The Ruder Preserve and The Salamander Run Preserve.

July 6th from 5:45 to 7:15pm – Ruder Preserve: A Call for Action

We’ll look at current conditions at the Preserve (lots of Honeysuckle and other invasive vegetation) and compare this to an example of what the Preserve could look like – with a lot of work!  Park on Bonham Road between the bridge and Shadowy Hills Drive.

July 13th from 9:30 to 11am – Hike the Salamander Run Preserve

You’ll see vernal pools with lots of dragonflies, prairie plants, woods and creek.  This lovely preserve is soon to be part of the MetroParks of Butler County.  Limited parking is available at  4821 Layhigh Road, Hamilton, OH 45013.

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