You might have noticed that we have already scheduled two field trips to Spring Grove Cemetery this year and wondered “what’s the deal with that”. Well, quite frankly, Spring Grove Cemetery is one of Cincinnati’s most beautiful natural settings and its designation as an arboretum is well deserved. A tremendous diversity and number of plants can be found here. Spring Grove is also one of our areas better places to find birds, especially during spring migration when many species of songbirds (including a host of warblers) pass through on their journey north. Anytime of the year is worth a visit to Spring Grove, but the best time may be during late spring when many plants are in bloom and bird migration is in full swing.
So the focus of this field trip will be twofold, plants and birds. On this date many spring wildflowers, shrubs and trees will be in full bloom and spring songbird migration will be in full swing. Over the years our trip leader, Denis Conover, has become our go to guy when botany is the theme of our field trips and we are fortunate to have him share his knowledge with us. He is a professor in the department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati and has been involved in various types of botanical research since 1981. Denis also has a great interest in birds and he will equally focus on the abundant and diverse spring migrants we expect to find on this day.
Denis plan is to take us on a long leisurely walk through the cemetery on what should be a pleasant spring day. Birds, woodland wildflowers, native and ornamental plantings, invasive species, flowering shrubs and trees in bud will all be pointed out, identified and discussed.
Other than a short drive here or there to move to a different part of the grounds, participants should be prepared for a few hours of being on foot and moderate walking. Much of the walking will be relatively flat and on pavement, but there are a few low hills and there will also be some walking in damp or wet grass. We suggest wearing comfortable waterproof footwear. Binoculars are necessary to see birds. Restrooms are available at the cemetery office. Only severe weather will cancel this trip. If you have any questions feel free to contact Denis.
Directions: The Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum main entrance is located at 4521 Spring Grove Avenue just west of the Winton Road intersection. To find our meeting spot, drive in the Spring Grove Avenue main gates and go straight. You will go through a short tunnel (old RR archway). Just beyond the tunnel pull over and park alongside the road.
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