By Tim Sisson, WWC Land/Stewardship/Narrows Preserve Committee
Wildlife Corridor’s two main reasons for existence are to preserve natural lands
in the Ohio River valley from Price Hill to the Indiana state line and, to inform
people of the benefits of preserving these lands.
We are pleased to say that WWC has been hugely successful in accomplishing
our land preservation objective this year!
In July, a grant of $121,591
from the State of Ohio’s Clean Ohio fund was approved to allow Hamilton County
Park District to purchase 39 beautiful forested hillside acres that lie between
Bender Road and Hillside Ave. in Delhi Township.
This land will now be preserved in a natural state in perpetuity.
WWC can take a lot of credit
for this, since we made the first contact with these property owners and determined
that they were interested in selling. We
then got the Hamilton County Park District and the Delhi Park Board involved.
Hamilton County Park District applied for the grant, which will pay 59%
of the purchase amount. The rest of the purchase amount, $84,703, will come from Hamilton County Park
District’s ForeverGreen fund.
District’s ForeverGreen fund.
preservation of this land in its natural state is an important step in the establishment
of our Narrows Preserve, which extends along the steep hillsides above the Ohio
River from Embshoff Woods County Park to Rapid Run Creek at Bender Road.
Bruce Cortwright in Narrows Preserve
preservation of this land is also an important step in accomplishing an objective
that representatives of Western Wildlife Corridor, Hamilton County Park District,
the Delhi Township Park Board and a Delhi Township Trustee agreed to in April:
the establishment of a large area of park and greenspace extending from
Story Woods to the Riverview Nursing Home – and possibly beyond.
This would preserve as wooded hillside much of the corridor where Bender
Road winds up thru the Rapid Run valley, the wooded promontory that lies between
Bender Road and Hillside Avenue, and a large stretch of the hillside along the
may ask, does “stewardship” of a preserve mean? In general terms it means being
responsible for and taking care of a preserve.
In our case, stewardship activities involve two main functions:
* Monitoring the
preserve through inspection visits to assure that it isn’t being abused – for
example by someone doing a bit of midnight logging.
Taking action to make the preserve more natural by cleaning up trash, removing
invasive alien species and planting native species.
November 15 from 9am until we decide we’ve had enough, you will have the chance
to see what “stewardship” means first hand.
That day we will be working to clean up our Delshire Preserve in Delhi. This is part of an ongoing effort to keep trash out of the
preserve and to return it to a more natural state. We will also offer guided hikes in the preserve. Please call
Bob Nienaber at 251-5352 for more information.
past cleanup efforts at Delshire, we have managed to remove just about all the
trash. This was no small effort,
especially because of the large rug and assorted plastic objects pinned down in
the creek by rocks. We have also
made a good start at removing the extremely invasive Amur honeysuckle. Because
of our efforts, native wildflowers now have a chance to bloom unfettered in the
more level upper reaches of the preserve.
the job of stewardship is never done. There is certain to be some new trash to
remove this year and there is still a lot of honeysuckle left to remove. If you
enjoy doing hands-on work to help preserve the environment, if you like being
outside on a crisp fall day (at least we hope it’s a crisp fall day!), if you
like the companionship of a group of really nice people who have the same interests
as yourself, please join us on November 15.
You will gain a feeling of real satisfaction – I guarantee it!
Birdathon Team Endures Drenching Rains
Cincinnati Museum Center team consisting of Jan LaGory, Kevin Kunz, and Bob Nienaber,
literally beat the bushes to raise money for the Western Wildlife Corridor, Inc.
Birdathon 2003, a 24 hour bird counting exercise, was held from 5:00 pm,
May 9 to 5:00 pm, May 10. Pledges
based on a given amount of money per species identified were collected for WWC.
began their count at Delshire Preserve and then moved on to Sisters’ Hill south
of the College of Mount St. Joseph. Here
a Magnolia Warbler was spotted which is a species of high conservation priority
in Ohio. Recording this species will
help us attain Important Bird Area status
by the Audubon Society for Narrows Preserve.
From Sisters’ Hill the team proceeded to the Oxbow and then over to Miami
Whitewater Forest to camp.
morning brought copious amounts of rain but also lots of bird activity between
storms. The team got enough birding in between storms at Miami Whitewater, Mitchell
Memorial Forest, and finally Cincinnati Nature Center to identify 84 species.
All in all the Birdathon was a success for WWC by raising funds, along with sighting
a key Important Bird Area species in
Preserve sign – A sign of the times
part of our continuing effort to promote our Narrows Preserve, signs have been
purchased to identify the preserve at each end.
The sign on the west end of the preserve was recently installed on the
property of Pabco Fluid Power at the foot of Bender Road.
We thank Pabco very much for permitting this sign to be placed on their
property. Our new sign includes our
logo and contact information and announces our Narrows Preserve to the community.
Lining it up WWC Sign Installation Crew
Coyote in WWC
back yard in Delhi adjoins dense woods, a branch of the forest that covers the
Corridor. During August, Liz and
I were often delighted to see a coyote emerge cautiously from the shadows and
stretch out in the sun. We promptly named her Wiley.
She would sometimes lie on her side or on her belly with a forepaw crossed
over the other. At the slightest
sound from our house, she immediately melted back into the woods.
drove us to look for more information. Wiley
and her sisters range from the Pacific to the Atlantic, from Panama to Alaska.
It is not uncommon to hear them howl at night but it’s rare to see one.
Wiley probably mated in March and produced some eight pups, only three
of whom will survive to adulthood. She
raised the pups in a den, which she had made.
At this writing (October) the pups have likely scattered.
is not a pack animal, she hunts alone or with her mate.
She is smart, wary, and elusive.
Her travels are not limited to the forest or countryside. She will go wherever she can find food, even residential or
downtown areas. She will eat almost
anything -- rodents, carrion, woodchuck, berries, poultry, or garbage.
Your own backyard may have hosted a coyote or two.
Authorities advise against leaving pet food at any distance from the house,
and people should NEVER try to feed or leave food for coyotes.
Problems occur when any wild
animal loses its natural fear of humans.
We have not seen Wiley for some weeks now, but that doesn't mean she hasn't seen us. When any of us look at a forest there are countless pairs of unseen eyes watching us. Eyes looking at us from ground level, from the trees, and from the air. Wiley's eyes are there. They watch in curiosity and in fear of humans who are often unkind to wildlife. The owners of all of those eyes greatly enrich our lives, and we have a responsibility to spend time and talent in the preservation of all forms of life. Our work in the WWC makes an important contribution to this sacred balance.
Dee Sizler, SC, Membership Committee Chair
Our members came through again in support of the needs of the Western Wildlife
Corridor mission, to protect our natural wild hillsides.
The summer appeal to you, our members, for financial help in time of organizational
transition was a success. Thanks
for your response.
a membership driven volunteer organization is the goal and the challenge of WWC.
We now have the technical aide of member Judy Neal, who is serving as the
membership manager and is getting some office and computer things reorganized,
carrying on with member tasks from where Cheryl Reinke-Peck left off.
Judy has been a great help.
one of the main needs is to get volunteers organized.
A number of you generously have offered to help in a variety of ways and
no one has gotten back to you.
not that there is not work to be done, but just that there is no volunteer organizer.
If you have interest, ideas and or experience getting helpers organized or are
willing to learn give me a call (251-4316).
Other leadership opportunities with us include organizing the speakers
bureau. It will be great when we
have presenters to talk with groups about WWC.
are also looking for someone to help recruit business owners in the WWC region
to become members. The local businesses
need to know more about us so they can join our effort.
these leadership jobs involve a time commitment we may be able to offer a stipend
for services. We, the Board, realize
not everyone who is willing and able can afford to completely donate their time.
Anyone who is inspired to help with these on behalf of our beautiful green hills
experience as a member and as volunteer has been rewarding.
I am meeting wonderful, dedicated people and experiencing the power of
a group to get things done.
up in mid-November is our 2004 Membership Drive.
You, loyal members, are counted on to get the word out about Western Wildlife
Corridor. Please remember to invite
friends to join us by becoming members too.
Again, thanks to all of you for all you do to keep our Corridor green.
Western Wildlife Corridor Mission Statement
Western Wildlife Corridor, Inc. has been formed to protect, preserve, and secure
from harm the greenway corridor that runs along and in the vicinity of the Ohio
River, from Wilson Common in Price Hill to the Oxbow along the Great Miami River
bordering Indiana. This corridor is a natural habitat for a wide variety of species
of wildlife and plants, and because of the soil structure is extremely susceptible
to slippage. These wooded natural
areas are vital in providing for the emotional needs of people, cleansing the
air, helping regulate temperatures, and providing a natural buffer zone.
effort will be carried out by:
the public concerning this increasingly rare natural resource and its need for
the natural resources of the Corridor;
a coalition of municipalities and environmental organizations, businesses and
individuals working together to preserve the land;
the land through attaining conservation easements, donations, or purchasing it;
for legislation that will protect this area; and
Developing a land management plan
for the Corridor
The Western Wildlife
Corridor Needs Your Support!
order to continue the good work of the Western Wildlife Corridor, your membership
support is needed. Please fill out
the following form and mail it to the Western Wildlife Corridor along with your
tax-deductible contribution today.
becoming a member of the Western Wildlife Corridor, you can help us preserve and
protect our wooded hillsides and greenspace.
send the completed form below to:
Wildlife Corridor, Inc., 4739 Delhi Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45238
š Family $30.00
š Supporting $75.00
City___________________________ State ______Zip___
š Sponsoring $500.00I might consider donating land or a conservation easement on the land or know someone else who might. q Yes