If you love plants, birds and mammals -biodiversity in general- you should seek out wetlands. Often called the "cradle of biodiversity," these places are crawling with life!
|One of Ottawa N.W. R. newer projects|
|Dottie McDowell enjoys the boardwalk and viewing platform.|
This reconstructed wetlands is attracting loads of migratory birds this spring. It has been educational to watch the tranformation from corn field to natural looking wildlife habitat in just a few short years.
|Mystery plant! |
Certainly of the Ranunculus family.
I was puzzled by one of the flowering forbs growing near the board walk. What is this mystery plant? Certainly it is in the buttercup family, but I am not familiar with this species.
This is exactly why Flora-Quest 2016 is undertaking wetland plants as the topic for 2016. Too often we learn the Spring ephemerals and never learn about the amazing botany driving the wetlands in Ohio! Time to broaden your plant horizons. Sign up now, as quests are filling!
|Just a few of the birds being sighted here!|
Wetland birds and mammals need wetlands. Ohio has lost over 90% of our wetlands to development and agriculture. Our federal dollars and the massive work of conservation minded hunters has protected the few significant wetland remaining in Ohio. If you have not yet visited Ohio's Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, sign up for the Flora-Quest which offers a bus ride to normally off-limit sectors.
|Working together for conservation.|