"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." ~ Margaret Mead
When I retired from the Federal Government and prepared to return to Ohio from the DC area in 2013, I honed in on finding a location with green space where I could garden and watch the birds. I found the ideal spot, a condo near the Cuyahoga Valley National Park that had a steep bank in the back yard that was in dire need of beautification.
Expanding the use of native plants in our landscapes allows us to shrink the monoculture of a lawn, eliminate the use of pesticides, and eliminate invasive plants in our gardens. All good things to do if we want to attract birds, pollinators, and beneficial insects to our backyard retreats.
“The park will be quintessentially Cleveland,” says Isaac Robb, Director of Urban Projects for WRLC, “because the surrounding neighborhood is densely populated.” It will feature a system of trails that Lizzie Sords, Manager of Urban Forestry for WRLC, calls “multi-modal.” That means that hikers, bicyclists, and birders can use them.
Imagine a park in the city where there has been a dump site for 30 years. That’s what’s coming this year on the near west side of Cleveland!
During the first week of November, Western Cuyahoga Audubon and David Lindo engaged with not only our valued Audubon chapter members, but also with youth birders and naturalists, including the children of the Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland, East Clark Middle School Bird Nerds, and Ohio Young Birders Club.
The Feathered Flyer blog publishes human interest stories about birding and habitat conservation.
After watching, ‘My Painted Trillium Quest' by Tom Fishburn, Kim Langley, WCAS Member said, “Wonderful! It was a lift just knowing that such a site exists and is being protected!”
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