Join us for an informative and entertaining look at the secret lives of Allegheny Woodrats, a state listed endangered species. These rodents inhabit the cliffs and rocky outcrops of Adams county, with the highest population densities being on and around the Edge of Appalachia Preserve. This talk will focus on an ongoing research project conducted by a team of scientists and field biologists, including staff at the Cincinnati Museum Center and The Nature Conservancy, and supported by the Ohio Division of Wildlife. What makes the Allegheny Woodrat so unique? What is the status of current woodrat populations? What are the biggest threats to the species? We’ve been exploring these questions and more using trail camera footage, habitat surveys, and genetic research. Join us as we take a look at what we’ve learned so far.
This program will be led by Dr. Heather Farrington, Zoology Curator at the Cincinnati Museum Center, and Laura Hughes, a contract biologist working on the Allegheny Woodrat research team.
Audubon programs are held on the third Monday of the month (not including January, July, August or December). We meet at 7:00 p.m. for light refreshments, with the program beginning at 7:30. We meet at the Winton Woods visitor center, located at 10245 Winton Road. To reach the visitor center from I-275, take the Winton Road exit, and go south. Just before the lake, turn right into the park. From the Ronald Reagan Highway, take the Winton Road North exit, and turn right into the park just after the lake.
Note that a Park District auto sticker is required – $3.00 daily or $10.00 annual for Hamilton County residents, or $5.00 daily or $14.00 annual for non-residents.