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Miami-Whitewater Forest, Shaker Trace

July 24 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

As the COVID-19 pandemic becomes less severe, the Audubon Society of Ohio will be conducting more field trips. We ask that you follow local, state, and CDC guidelines on our trips. Although the trips are outdoors, maintain a safe distance from other participants and wear a mask if you are not fully vaccinated. Also avoid carpooling if you haven’t been vaccinated. Again, please use common sense as we navigate this pandemic and stay safe. We look forward to seeing you in the field.

Theme: Prairie Plants in Bloom
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest, Shaker Trace
Date: Saturday July 24, 2021
Meet: At 9:00 A.M. in the Baughman Road Parking Lot. See directions below.
Trip Leader: Scott Peak, (513) 535-1126, wildscapes@yahoo.com

The focus of this trip will be blooming prairie wildflowers. In 1992, Great Parks of Hamilton County began a native prairie and wetland restoration project of several hundred acres at Miami Whitewater Forest. The project has been a great success and today over 500 acres of a native grassland and wetland community is preserved. Often referred to as the Miami Whitewater wetlands, the entire complex is officially named Shaker Trace and represents the largest wetland/grassland complex in Hamilton County. Late summer is a great time to see these prairie plants in bloom in a stunning array of colors.

Identifying all of these plants can be a challenge. But our trip leader, Scott Peak, is more than qualified in that regard. In fact Scott has probably planted a large percentage of these plants. Scott is recently retired from the Hamilton County Park District where he worked for many years in the Stewardship Department. Many of those years were spent working on the Shaker Trace project. Scott is a skilled botanist and overall naturalist and is also a board member of our Audubon Society Chapter and heads up our Preserves Committee.

Scotts plan is to take a leisurely morning walk exploring the Shaker Trace complex with lots of stops to look at and identify plants, especially the prairie blooms. This is also a great time of year for butterflies. Breeding birds will still be around as well as a few early migrants. Scott will point out all of these and any other wildlife we encounter.

This trip will end before noon. We will be on foot for the duration of the trip but the walking will be slow and level. Some places are likely to be damp as we will at times walk along a marsh. We can expect late July to be hot, so to make your trip more comfortable we suggest bringing water, sun screen, insect repellant and wearing a hat. Bring your binoculars if you have any.

Restrooms are available in other areas of the park but there are none at Shaker Trace. A Hamilton County Park Motor Vehicle Permit is required ($3.00 daily, $10:00 annual). Feel free to contact Scott if you have any questions. Directions: Take I-74 west to the Dry Fork Road exit # 3. Turn right onto Dry Fork Road (north) and go 2.2 miles to New Haven Road. Bear right (east) onto New Haven Road and go .8 mile to Oxford Road. Turn left onto Oxford Road and then immediately left again onto Baughman Road. Go .7 mile and look for the gravel parking lot on the right side (north) of the road just after passing the Bike/Hike Trail crosswalk.

For a Park map and other information visit the Miami Whitewater Forest website at:
https://www.greatparks.org/parks/miami-whitewater-forest

Details

Date:
July 24
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm