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While cleaning up our vegetable garden last week we harvested some unusual bounty. I had some boards I had been using as walkways all summer, as I lifted the boards I found three salamanders! Two Jefferson Salamanders Ambystoma jeffersonianum and one Red-backed Salamander Plethodon cinereus. What a find! and what an unusual combination. You see the thin-bodied red-back salamander is completely terrestrial. It lays its eggs in leaf litter under decaying logs and lives out it life in leaf…Continue
I am about to embark on a new adventure as I am retiring from the Great Parks of Hamilton County at the end of this month. Let's keep the connections going, sharing information and staying sharp! You can find me at The Crow Knows - a consulting and education service here in Cincinnati. Mark Webber asks me questions all the time! You can too! Let me know if I can be of service to you on an upcoming project or bring in a training workshop with a natural twist for your staff.…Continue
Hi GardenTalk folk - you've likely heard me on the air with Mark talking mostly about wildlife but I am a plant enthusiast as well. Believe it or not SPRING is coming! For me waiting for wildflower season is lot like the anticipation a kid has waiting for Christmas. The dull forest floor explodes into soft greens topped with amazing blooms. Dutchman's Breeches, Woodland Phlox, Trillium, Bloodroot and the list goes on and on. Every spring I am bombarded with questions about wildflowers…Continue