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Due to the likelihood of rain Saturday morning, we're pushing the Make a Difference Day event at Boyer Nature Preserve to Sunday from 12:00-3:00. Please call our office 614-818-9156 or email jennya@madscientistassociates if you have any questions. Hope to see you there!

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User Image theluxmadness Posted: Oct 22, 2017 2:06 PM (UTC)
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User Image mad_scientist_associates Posted: Oct 19, 2017 9:07 PM (UTC)
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Piggybacking on our earlier post, we have another striking stream creature to feature!

Perched on the senesced tall coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata) is a female American rubyspot (Hetaerina americana). They may not be quite as eye-catching as their fellow broad-winged kin, the jewelwings, but upon closer inspection, these guys are truly regal. The abdomen and thorax of females are a combination of metallic green, gold, and cream. Their wings are tinged with flash of bright red near the base and laced with gold venation. Males share the same greenish abdomen, but have a metallic red thorax and more prominent red patches near the base of their wings.

This female was tolerant of our photo taking and allowed me to get quite close. In typical damselfly form, she (and several neighbors) flew off when agitated only to return to the same perch after a few minutes.

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User Image mad_scientist_associates Posted: Oct 19, 2017 3:10 PM (UTC)
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Yesterday, Mark, Jenna, and Aaron finished collecting stream profile measurements on a recently enhanced headwater stream at The Wilderness Center in Wilmot, Ohio.

They were also able to spend time sampling the fish community. With just a few seine sweeps, they were able to document 12 species, 3 of which were previously undocumented. Major improvements in just a year's time!

Pictured here is the banded darter (Etheostoma zonale), a common predator of small streams with ample riffle habitat. Though not visible here, during breeding season (April-May) this species and many other darters are ornately clad in vibrant striping and streaks of red, teal, green, and blue.
We would like to thank the Environmental Design Group for getting us involved in this project, @wildernesscenter for accommodating the mitigation project, and the Environmental Resource Company for doing an excellent job on the construction.
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User Image mad_scientist_associates Posted: Oct 6, 2017 3:24 PM (UTC)
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Fall is upon us and that means it's time for seed collection!
Join us tomorrow at the Highlands Park Wetland (10-12:00) to collect native seed to start your own wild habitat at home!

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User Image msdayy Posted: Oct 2, 2017 10:29 PM (UTC)
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This is some fucking bullshit!!!!!! I love summer but got damn this weather needs to make up its mind!!! I just unpacked all my sweaters and was about to put away all my summer shirts and now I gotta switch this shit back up again. What the hell is it gonna be!!!! #SummerOrFallGotDamnIt!!!! #MadGram #IDontLikeThisBackAndForthShit
We're excited to see our latest wetland enhancement project starting to take shape!

Featured here is a farm pond turned emergent marsh that will be used by the education team at Greenacres in Cincinnati. Enhancement activities include: invasive a species, wetland expansion, a glass-wall bioretention basin, and boardwalks.

This is the second wetland project we've worked on with Greenacres and we continue to be impressed by their proactive stance on water quality improvements and enthusiasm for wetland education!

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User Image mad_scientist_associates Posted: Sep 25, 2017 8:38 PM (UTC)
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Mark your calendars! Saturday, October 7th, we'll be hosting a seed collection event at the Highlands Park Wetland. The City of Westerville has agreed to share some of the native goodness growing at Highlands so that you can start your own wild gardens at home!

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User Image mad_scientist_associates Posted: Sep 19, 2017 2:58 PM (UTC)
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This Sunday, Mark presented on "Un-gineering" a phrase we're hoping will catch on with the agricultural community. The focus was on daylighting a buried farm tile and creating wetland step pools to treat runoff before entering streams. This project was on parkland in the Crawford Park District. It is downslope of neighboring farmland, so overall drainage will not be impacted, and upstream of the Olentangy.
After a short presentation, Mark led a tour of the project site, which was completed this summer. Not much to look at in its gangly teenage phase, if you will (wetland projects often take several years to have a mature herbaceous native plant community), but several plant species were in bloom, including sneezeweed, purple-stemmed aster, black-eyed susan, blanket flower, and partridge pea.

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User Image mad_scientist_associates Posted: Sep 18, 2017 6:01 PM (UTC)
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Proof that an outdoor classroom can be anywhere!
Last week we hosted an college environmental literature class and a fifth grade science class at Highlands Park.
The literature class learned how Highlands fits into the watershed and it's value to the community, and the fifth graders learned about wetland wildlife and food chains.

Thanks Otterbein and Cherrington for your interest in wetlands!

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User Image mad_scientist_associates Posted: Sep 13, 2017 2:09 PM (UTC)
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On this wildlife Wednesday, we want to remind you to enjoy the little things in nature, like a tiny native sweat bee (Augochlora spp.), who has spent the night in the safety of a cordgrass blade, or an eastern bumblebee (Bombus impatiens) who overnighted on a sneezeweed flower and is preening itself before resuming work for the day.

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User Image mad_scientist_associates Posted: Sep 8, 2017 2:34 PM (UTC)
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Get a load of the water smartweed (Polygonum amphibium) blooming at Highlands Park! This rhizomatous plant was planted in 2013 and has slowly been gaining ground throughout the wetland.
Even though the flowering spikes rarely exceed 2 inches, it's a real head turner with its saturated magenta flowers (see second photo). It's also the host plant for several moth and butterfly species, including the state endangered purplish copper (Lycaena helloides) and the more common bronze copper (L. hyllus). It is an obligate wetland plant that can withstand several feet of water, but it adaptable to terrestrial conditions, where it will grow more erect and produce more leaves.

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