Let’s join the Cincinnati Wildflower Society for a hike this Saturday! The hike has already been planned out for us, with an expert naturalist as a guide to all of the Spring flowers out right now–and most of them are only visible for a very narrow window of a couple of weeks! Details below. Let’s go to the 8 AM Mass and then carpool out, like we usually do. Let me know somehow if you at least might me interested, so that we don’t leave you in the dust! To the Heights!
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 10:00 am: Fort Hill Nature Preserve, Highland County, Ohio
Join John Watts as he leads us on this half-day field trip at Fort Hill. In 1969, Dr. E. Lucy Braun published her work related to Fort Hill and considered her plant list to stand at about 650 species.
John followed upon Lucy’s work for three years, 1991–1994, and added approximately 25 species to that list. Some were non-native arrivals and a few of the plants previously listed, especially prairie species, could not be relocated.
In 1994, the plant list for Fort Hill stood at 674 species. We will search for a number of spring wildflowers and hope to find signs of snow trillium, as well as mid-spring species such as Walter’s violet.
The hike will be 4–5 miles and moderately strenuous. We will discuss the history of the preserve, its present management status, and other spring species we discover. Pack a lunch (and water), which we will enjoy along the trail. There is a latrine near the parking lot, but no other facilities. There is a pdf park brochure at http://arcofappalachia.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Fort-Hill-Map-Brochure.pdf
[This invitation is from an email sent out by the Cincinnati Wildflower Society. I would be very happy if many of us could go to this together!]
Looks like we’ll be driving through the tail end of the storm, but it should blow over around the time that we get there. The Cincinnati Wildflower Society hike coordinator says, “so glad you can join us!” I hope you can come, too (don’t forget to bring water and something to eat!).