Our trip leader, Ann Oliver, is an experienced and skilled birder and long-time ASO advocate and past board member. One of Ann’s favorite local birding sites is generally unknown to many area birders and falls into the hidden gem category. This field trip will be a joint endeavor with the South 80 organization.
The Mariemont Gardens Park, also known as South 80 (80 acre site) is a community gardens managed by the village of Mariemont. The Park is open to the public and, as the name implies, consists of a public garden were residents of Mariemont grow a host of plants. But there is much more here than just the gardens. The gardens are surrounded by a mosaic of cropland, woodland and a riparian bottomland forest along the Little Miami River which flows along its south boundary. Foot trails make walking around the area fairly easy. Spring migration, while still underway on this date, will be past peak but breeding song birds will abound. This spot is a songbird magnet and finding late spring migrants and resident songbirds will be the focus of this trip. Ann plans to spend the morning ambling along the paths looking for the abundant birdlife of the area and any other wildlife we run across. The South 80 group co-leader with whom we will join for this trip will answer any questions we have about this unique urban Park.
This trip will run until about noon. It will consist of leisurely walking the trails around the gardens. While the terrain is generally flat, there are a few rugged spots and rain can create wet or muddy spots. To make your walk more comfortable we recommend waterproof footwear, wearing long pants and bringing sunscreen, insect repellent and water. There are also no restrooms available at the preserve but there are plenty of public businesses nearby. If you have questions don’t hesitate to contact Ann.
Mariemont Swimming Pool
6000 Mariemont Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45227
From US 50 in Mariemont, take Pleasant Avenue south for one block to Mariemont Avenue. Turn right onto Mariemont Avenue and go 4/10 of a mile to the Mariemont Swimming Pool parking lot at the end of the road.
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