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Chicken of the Woods

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Nature’s recyclers, known as decomposers, play an essential role in nutrient cycling within our deciduous forest. Organisms such as fungi and bacteria break down humus (dead or decaying matter) on the forest floor. Through this process, fallen logs and deciduous … Continue reading

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Bust Out Your Dance Moves

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    Have you ever been hiking during the summer and come across what appears to be a thin layer of snow on some trees (pic 1)? Maybe it made you wonder where the expression ‘Christmas in July’ comes from. … Continue reading

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Glacier Survivors

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Take a peek around our area and you may notice some evidence from our past. Ice age plants are among us and have persisted over the past 10,000 years since the last glacier left Cincinnati.  Many of these plants hit … Continue reading

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One Cool Cat

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  Sometimes instead of you searching for wildlife, the animals drop out of the sky and come to you. Perhaps something startled this little guy or it simply lost footing and dropped from the leaves above, landing at my feet.  … Continue reading

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A Fawntastic Season

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I was with a school group walking along a field looking for common inhabitants such as insects or basking snakes when we were pleasantly surprised by a fawn! This tiny white-tailed deer, Odocoileus virginianus, could not have been more than … Continue reading

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The Not-So-Mediocre Amphibian

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   Frogs are the ‘golden child’ of the amphibian world. Their smooth skin, webbed feet, and ability to jump far has categorized them as cute. Heck, we even learn from a young age that if you kiss a frog it … Continue reading

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A Declaration of Spring

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A few of my favorite springtime activities include hearing the birds sing their heartfelt tunes, watching our native spring wildflowers begin to bloom, and listening to the spring peepers declare that spring is here. The Northern Spring Peeper, Pseudacris crucifer, … Continue reading

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Sapsucker Season

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February welcomes the sweet smell of boiling maple syrup. Sap flow throughout the tree is triggered by freezing temperatures during the night and warmer temperatures during the day. Most trees produce sap, but the sugar maple has a higher sugar … Continue reading

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Quick Entertainment

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January in Ohio has been a roller coaster month in regard to weather, dragging us down through single digits and back up to balmy 60s. Thank goodness for our feathered friends who bring energy and life to these drab days. … Continue reading

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Building Blocks of Riding PUBLISHED

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Building Blocks of Riding, an indispensable resource for riding instructors, provides a ready-to-use collection of forty effective, confidence-building lesson plans arranged in an innovative, progressive curricula.  These lesson plans will take the introductory rider from the first introduction to the … Continue reading

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