In an earlier post on poison ivy, we noted that birds are untroubled by poison ivy. In fact the vine’s berries are an important food source during the cold, winter months. According to an article by Penn State University (linked at the end of this post), over 60 species of bird have been observed eating poison ivy berries. While out for a walk I recently noticed a northern cardinal feasting on them.
Northern Cardinal eating poison ivy berries
Killbuck Marsh is a 5,761-acre wildlife area in Wayne and Holmes counties located near the town of Wooster. It is the largest marsh outside of the northern Lake Erie region; over half its acreage is wetland.
Killbuck Marsh viewed near P-10 (described below)
When we visited Holden Arboretum this past spring, we primarily visited the formal gardens. So in August we decided to go back and check out one of the nature trails. It turns out there are 19 miles (30.6 km) of hiking trails at Holden Arboretum.
Stairs leading to the valley floor on the Old Valley Trail.
I don’t know about you, but I used to think that all conifers were evergreen. Not true! The Bald Cypress is a conifer that loses its needle-like foliage every winter becoming, well, bald. But if you catch sight of one in the autumn, it’s a glorious, coppery-red.
Bald Cypress in Autumn
Bald Cypress showing off its fall color; photographed at Sharon Woods Metropark in Franklin County
We just published a list of Ohio Winter Solstice Events for 2013, including “Lighting the Serpent” at Serpent Mound — a 1,300 foot Native American snake effigy on the rim of a prehistoric meteor crater.
This is me hiking on a ridgeline at Great Seal State Park.
The weekend before last Bob and I paid a visit to Great Seal State Park in Ross County, Ohio. This 1862-acre park features 5 miles of nature trail plus an additional 17 miles of multi-use trails that may be used for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. The central feature of the park is a line of hills that are depicted on the Great Seal of Ohio.
Posted in History, Nature, Park overview, Southeastern Ohio
Tagged Cross-country skiing, Disc golf, Dog-friendly, Great Seal, Horseback riding, Mountain biking, Park Review, Ross County