The focus of this field trip will be on trees and plants and their identification. This popular field trip has become an annual event over the past few years. Our trip leader, UC professor and skilled botanist and naturalist Denis Conover, will again lead us on a morning walk through the winter beauty of Spring Grove Cemetery. Denis will point out the tremendous diversity of trees and other plants that can be found here, 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 also has a love for birds and will be certain to share his attention on them.
We are fortunate to have Denis as our trip leader. 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 has interests in other aspects of natural history as well and he will be sure to point out any birds and other fauna we might run across.
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 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 are recommended if you have them and 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.
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.
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