Sunset on Lake Erie, Port Clinton, Ohio. April 4, 2009. I was in the self-proclaimed Walleye Capital of the World to deliver a program on Ohio’s raptors at the 17th annual Lake Erie Wing Watch. A real highlight of the conference was Chuck Hagner’s talk on Kirtland’s Warbler, with lots of stories and photos from their Bermuda wintering grounds. Chuck is editor of Birder’s World magazine and an all-around great guy.
The Wild Ones is a group that advocates the use of native plants in the landscape, and there can be few higher missions than this in the botanical world. Consider joining them. I appreciate the collective generosity of the folks above, who collectively made a donation of $175.00 to support the work of the Ohio Ornithological Society.
The Wild Ones are also co-sponsors of the inaugural Midwestern Native Plant Conference, to be held in Dayton the weekend of July 24 – 26. You won’t want to miss that, and sign up RIGHT HERE.
Our mission was to find some very rare plants, and we succeeded well on that front, but we certainly didn’t neglect the botanical commoners.
Twinleaf flowers are incredibly short-lived, persisting but part of a day. Breathe too hard near one, and it falls to pieces. Although I have seen many over the years, this is the first time I’ve managed any decent photos. The genus of this plant – Jeffersonia – commemorates our third president, Thomas Jefferson, who was an extraordinary naturalist.
This Wild Ones foray was a wonderful field trip, and we found many exciting plants and animals, including some mega-rarities. I’ll have posts on some of them later. Thanks to all who attended, and I’ll look forward to another excursion.