One of the finest botanist in the state of Ohio is also Mother Nature's best friend. Jim Bissell has been quietly going about the work of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History- for as long as anyone can remember. He was recently described to me as the world's greatest "un-developer."
Jim has gone about Ohio, finding the best of natural areas and preserving them for nature and scientific study. Countless acres that might have become strip-malls and housing tracks are now permanently preserved reservoirs of plants and animals. And let's face it, these critters need all the help they can get.
|Jim Bissell, C.M.N.H.'s Un-developer|
On a recent Ohio Division of Wildlife Diversity Partners retreat, Jim led a field trip to the nearby Geneva Swamp Preserve. He told us of the importance of the Flat-topped White Aster, Doellingeria umbellata and its special relationship with a rare butterfly. Geneva Swamp is one of the few places left in Ohio that has this aster, and one of the last places this butterfly was seen.
|Harris's Checkerspot, Chelosyne harrisii|
|Harris's Checkerspot, (Michigan)|
And if you like bio-diversity in Ohio, please support it- by purchasing your Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp. Jim Bissell and I will thank you!