Upcoming April Events

Ruder Preserve Work Day  

Come join us for a morning of restoration work at Ruder Preserve, 14 acres of riparian forest across Bonham Road from Yager Stadium, just north of Oxford.  With the help of many, many volunteers, like these members of the GIVE Club, we have removed about 3-4 acres of honeysuckle and hope to finish the entire area west of Four Mile Creek this spring.  We have received a grant from Taking Root that will furnish trees, to be planted later this spring.  But we need YOUR help!

Our next work day will be April 1st (no April Fool!), 9 am to noon, with lunch to follow. Knowing that you are coming would be helpful – email Donna at mccollds@miamioh.edu – but it is not necessary.  If you can operate a chain saw or have one to bring, please let us know!  But we can use all kinds of help, from cutting and hauling honeysuckle to painting the stumps with herbicide to taking pictures or providing food for our volunteers.

Who: Anyone & everyone!                                                                                                                   When: Saturday, April 1st, 9 am- noon                                                                                             Where: Ruder Preserve (across from Yager Stadium, at the intersection of Bonham Rd. and Shadowy Hills Dr.)

Precious Preschool Outdoor Adventures Program

We’re going to try again for a first Precious Preschool Outdoor Adventures program on Saturday, April 8th (the cold temperatures on March 11th waylaid our plans for a pancake and newly-tapped syrup breakfast, but give it another chance in April!). Meet Silvoor’s curator and The Loft’s owner at 9:30 am at the pavilion in Pfeffer Park and head out into the Silvoor Sanctuary to “I spy…” some of the beautiful wildflowers Silvoor is famous for – like the sharp-lobed hepatica below!  Parents are asked to accompany their preschoolers (and maybe learn a little themselves!) and dress their children for the weather, including tennis shoes or boots that can get dirty! No pre-registration required.                                                                                                                                                   Who: Preschoolers and parents                                                                                                                 When: Saturday, April 8th, 9:30-11 am                                                                                                 Where: Pfeffer Park Pavilion

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Freshwater Mussel Center Field Trip

The Field Trip to the Freshwater Mussel Conservation and Research Center is coming up in April!

Did you know that more than 70% of North America’s freshwater mussel species are imperiled? These inconspicuous animals are anything but boring—they play an important role in the ecosystem and have a fascinating life cycle!

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s Freshwater Mussel Conservation and Research Center is a leading institution for learning about and protecting these unique animals.  On Saturday, April 8th, we will be taking a field trip to the Center to tour the facility, see active research projects, and learn about the most imperiled group of animals in the Midwest. For more information about the Center’s work, please click here.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by March 24 to Amy Weber (abarrett.571@gmail.com).  Contact Amy Weber with any questions about this event. We encourage and will help coordinate carpooling.

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A New Conservation Easement

We are delighted to welcome Kathrine and Rae Garnar to our family of conservation easement donors.  By completing the donation of development rights on their land in Reily Township, Butler County they insured protection of approximately 71 acres of upland woodland and wooded riparian corridors. The conservation easement also permanently protects approximately 1823 ft of Indian Creek with its seasonal tributaries, small wetland and about 48 acres of fields containing predominantly prime soils.

 

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Spring into Fun This March

Lots of great events are posted for March on the Conservation Connection page. Other upcoming events in March and April will continue to be added, so check it out! Don’t miss this and the following weekend’s events:

CANCELED: A Moongazer’s Party- on March 4th and 5th.

Come early to see the moon at its best!  March 5th is the rain date. The event will be at the WRA Cabin, 5757 Oxford Milford Rd on the east side of Oxford, OH.

We are looking forward to an evening of moon-watching, bonfire and s’mores!  We want you to get out there and see what the moon looks like through a fabulous telescope, with an accomplished astronomer (Dr. Hays Cummins), with other folks who love our natural world! No registration is required, but for more information contact the 3VCT office at office@3vct.org or 513-524-2150.

Ruder Preserve Work Day – Ruder Preserve (Oxford)                                                           Saturday, March 11- Canceled
We are continuing to remove bush honeysuckle in different areas of the preserve!  We have a job for every skill level, and we’ll provide the tools. We need volunteers who are comfortable with chainsaws and/or volunteers who want to paint stumps and haul honeysuckle. If you’d rather not do physical work, we also need volunteers to help provide lunch. Wear gloves, boots, and bring water. Lunch will be provided! No pre-registration is required. For more information, email office@3vct.org or call 513-524-2150

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Connect Your Preschooler with Nature

Precious Preschool Events- Know any preschoolers? Want to get them outside having fun? Events will be held one Saturday each month to start connecting preschoolers with our wonderful natural world.

CANCELED: Saturday, March 11th at 9:30am-11:00am Meet at 5398 McCoy Rd, Oxford, OH 45056. PLEASE REGISTER: email Tricia at latricia@theloftpreschool.com or Donna at mccollds@miamioh.edu, or call the TVCT office at 513-524-2150.

The first Precious Preschool event will be about making things from trees – complete with  pancakes and syrup!  Future dates will be added to Conservation Connection.

 

 

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Tax Benefits for Easement Donors

In December of 2015, Congress passed the permanent federal tax incentive for conservation easement donations. Tax benefits for landowners donating their conservation easements include:

  • 50% tax deduction of a landowner’s annual income
  • Qualifying farmers and ranchers can deduct up to 100% of their income
  • Donors can take a tax deduction for conservation easements every year for 15 years

If you own land that you want to preserve for future generations, donating a conservation easement can be a great way to conserve the land you love and possibly receive significant federal tax benefits. Please call at (513) 524-2150 or email TVCT at landpro@3cvt.org for more information.

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Learn about Freshwater Mussels

Field Trip to the Freshwater Mussel Conservation and Research Center- Are you curious about native wildlife in Ohio? Do you have an interest in freshwater mussels? If so, then consider a field trip to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s Freshwater Mussel Conservation and Research Center on Saturday, April 8th.  At this education and research hub, you’ll learn about Ohio’s freshwater mussels, see active research projects and an indoor stream filled with freshwater mussels.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by March 17 to Amy Weber (abarrett.571@gmail.com).  Contact Amy Weber with any questions about this event. We encourage and will help coordinate carpooling.

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See the Moon on March 4

We are excited to announce an upcoming Three Valley event!

A Moongazer’s Party

on March 4th, 6:30 to 8:30pm(with a March 5th rain date) at the  WRA Cabin, 5757 Oxford Milford Rd on the east side of Oxford, OH.
We are looking forward to an evening of moon-watching, bonfire and s’mores!  We want you to get out there and see what the moon looks like through a fabulous telescope, with an accomplished astronomer (Dr. Hays Cummins), with other folks who love our natural world!

No registration is required, but for more information contact the 3VCT office at  office@3vct.org or 513-524-2150

 

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See Some Spring Amphibians

Early Spring Amphibians Hike

When: POSTPONED until Sun. March 19 from 1pm – 3pm

Where: Salamander Run Preserve (4821 Layhigh Road, Hamilton, OH)

Jeff Davis, Ohio Division of Wildlife herpetologist, will be your guide exploring Salamander Run’s early spring amphibian population. Wear appropriate clothes and shoes to walk near wetlands, fields and woods. Registration requested – Currently this program is FULL. Registered participants will be contacted if hike is canceled due to inclement weather.
For more information from MetroParks of Butler County  click here.

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Talking About Butterflies

In January, our Stewardship Specialist, Randy Evans, gave a presentation on Monarch butterfly ecology and pollinator habitat design to the Shaker Farms Garden Club in Harrison, Ohio. If you are interested in having him talk to your group please contact him directly (513-524-2150 or revans@3vct.org).

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