October Oxbow Program

Brian Jorg is the Manager of the Native Plant Program for the Cincinnati Zoo. In 1995, a 529-acre farm called Bowyer Farm was willed to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden with the guideline that it could never be developed unless it is to further the mission of the Zoo. There are 24 acres that are being returned to the original state of a wet sedge meadow, or wetland, eventually returning the floral and faunal diversity that once was there. A “bioblitz” was conducted to establish a baseline for current species residing in the area, and determine what species could be attracted to return. Since then, they have constructed vernal pools, planted trees and established a prairie buffer. A variety of nest boxes and houses for native wildlife, such as barn owls, martins and bats, have also been erected. To date, over 170 species of birds have been seen at the property. A major component of the farm is the Native Plant Program. This program grows thousands of native plants each year. These plants are then used at the Zoo and Botanical Garden in our landscapes, planted out into the restoration projects, or sold at our annual native plant sales.

To get to the Oxbow, Inc. Office take Highway US 50 south from the #16 exit of I-275. Pass the Hollywood Casino exit and turn left at the second stop light onto Walnut St. 301 Walnut is on the right side at the second stop light where Walnut changes from two way to one way. Free parking is available on Walnut St., Center St., and in the parking lot behind the building.) Note: If there is any questions about whether or not a program is cancelled due to weather, a notice will be posted on our home page. You may also call Kani Meyer at 513-307-5284.

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