The focus of this field trip will be on trees and other woody plant identification. This popular winter field trip has become an annual event over the past few years. Our trip leader, skilled botanist and naturalist Denis Conover, will again lead us on a morning walk through the winter beauty of Spring Grove Cemetery. Denis has been involved in various types of botanical research since 1981 and is a professor in the department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati.
Denis will point out the tremendous diversity of trees and other plants that can be found in the cemetery, including many national and state champion trees. One white oak that he will show us is thought to be nearly 400 years old. Denis will also give us tips and insight on tree and other plant identification and their natural history. Denis has interests in other aspects of natural history as well and he will be sure to point out any birds and other wildlife we might encounter. There is always a chance of finding irruptive winter finches in the cemeteries many conifers and early reports suggest this may be a good year for some of those species.
Participants should be prepared for a few hours of moderate walking, most of which will be relatively flat and on pavement, but there will also be some walking in damp or wet grass and maybe even snow. We suggest wearing good waterproof footwear. It will also be the middle of winter so dress accordingly. Being warm and dry will make the difference between a good or bad experience. Binoculars are not necessary to see trees but, if you have them, they are recommended if you want 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 to Spring Grove Cemetery:
The Spring Grove Cemetery main entrance is located at 4521 Spring Grove Avenue just west of the Winton Road intersection. To find our meeting spot, drive in the 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.
Spring Grove Cemetery website:
Spring Grove Cemetery Map: