|Katryn peeks through a tree's unusual root growth|
Last Saturday things were looking up at Fowler Woods, just north of Mansfield. It is a wet woods best known for its exceptional spring wildflower display.
The boardwalk, essential for access to this wet woods, is in need of repair. Columbus Audubon was able and willing to help
|Ryan Schroeder and Mike Grody of Natural Areas and Preserves.|
|Team Mayham strikes a pose.|
The guys did some phenomenal work, but you know this is a posed photo- in real life they would never let me use the crow-bar!
|Carrying the slats.|
Mostly we carried the slats to the repair locations, and enjoyed the wonderful morning in the woods.
|Brown (DeKay's ) Snake|
Like all "big kids," we had to interact with nature a bit and admire some of the local residents. This is a DeKay's snake, a species that feeds on small insects and invertebrates in decaying logs and leaf matter.
|Egg masses injected into a Viburnum stem|
These service trips are a wonderful example of the hard work, science, and fun that can be accomplished by a team. Our Ohio State Nature Preserves need constant maintenance and attention. Not only to the trails and boardwalks, but as importantly- they need constant monitoring and removal of invasive species.
Invasive plants, animals and even insects can damage and ultimately destroy these areas that were set aside for their natural beauty and unique biodiversity. These little time capsules need to be constantly managed to prevent successional growth which would change and destroy these habitats the state deemed worthy of protecting.
If you would like to join us on a work program and have a insiders look at some of Ohio's most biodiverse habitats, join ONAPA today.