In Our Backyard

Road Trip: Mohican Wildlife Weekend

12 Apr , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

It’s back! Mohican Wildlife Weekend returns from April 23 to 25 with events taking place either virtually or within a very short drive from Delaware County.

Sure, it will be a bit different, given changes made related to the ongoing pandemic, but the enjoyable opportunities to interface with flora and fauna will be as plentiful as ever. The natural world awaits.

This 20th anniversary edition is called “SURVIVOR MOHICAN.” As always, programs will feature the area’s rich heritage, wildlife, recreation opportunities, and diverse natural resources. The best part of the event can be finding new venues you have never experienced, and then coming back again through the summer to engage in more in-depth visits. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Take A Detour With Ohio’s New Trails App

9 Apr , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Mary Mertz today announced the release of a new mobile and web-based resource to help outdoor enthusiasts plan for and explore thousands of trail miles crisscrossing the Buckeye State.

The new DETOUR trails app, developed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), is Ohio’s new go-to source for authoritative trail information for both to beginner and expert-trail users. Trails can be searched for by region, level of difficulty, activity, type, and distance. The app offers featured routes, provides driving directions to trailheads, and includes information for trail managers.

“Ohio is a great place for families to live, work, learn, and play,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “This new app will help bring friends and families together by connecting them to Ohio’s abundant trail system and natural outdoor beauty.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

Take A Hike: Gallant Woods Park

6 Apr , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

We’re beginning a new series here at 1808Delaware, just in time for the beauty of a central Ohio spring.

It’s called “Take a Hike,” and it is exactly that. With each post, we’ll be featuring a walk or organized hike you can take by yourself, with groups, or with your favorite furry friend. In each case, they will be located within Richland County and will be generally accessible to the public, or easily made available.

Do you have a favorite walk you’d like to see us share with our readers? Just send information to us at: 1808Delaware@gmail.com and we’ll be happy to do just that.

Today we’re looking at the 1.5 mile loop trail located at Gallant Woods Park, a part of Preservation Parks of Delaware County.
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Life in Delaware County

Celebrate Ohio’s Native Plant Month Through April

2 Apr , 2021  

New plant life blossoms each spring and paints Ohio’s stunning landscapes with lively shades of green. This flush of renewal is perfectly timed to mark the state’s second Native Plant Month beginning April 1.

“Using native trees, shrubs, and flowers in our landscaping provides an unbeatable aesthetic and connects us with the natural world on a deeper level,” said Jeff Johnson, Chief of the ODNR Division of Natural Areas and Preserves. “From birds and butterflies to beetles and bees, native plants create a healthier and more biodiverse ecosystem that is often missing in urban areas.”

First celebrated last year, Ohio was one of the first states in the nation to dedicate an entire month to the celebration of native plants. This month, ODNR will highlight the importance and diversity of native plants on the agency’s website and social media channels. Watch for native wildflower features every day and special posts for Arbor Day and Earth Day. More…

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Delaware County

Applications For Delaware County Trails Assistance Program Now Being Accepted

2 Apr , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Delaware County Trails Committee (DCTC) is accepting funding applications for its 2021-2023 Delaware County Trail Assistance Program now and until June 18. The DCTC has $100,000 available for projects related to the creation of new multi-use trails or for the improvement of currently existing trails.

Eligible applicants include local governmental entities, park districts and non-profit organizations. Potential projects can include, but are not limited to, construction of multi-use trails in Delaware County, acquisition of property and easements for multi-use trails, or for maintenance. The grant can also be used for matching funds. More…

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History/Tourism

Zoo And Aquarium Mourns Loss Of World Famous Bonobo, “Unga”

10 Mar , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is morning the loss of Unga, a 29-year-old bonobo, who drew much-needed attention to her endangered species and touched the hearts of many around the world—including through a Broadway musical’s nod to her story.

On Friday, March 5, Unga appeared unable to move her right side, likely due to a stroke. The Animal Health team helped to stabilize her to further evaluate her. Unfortunately, her condition worsened, and she passed away. Full autopsy results won’t be received for several weeks, but initial findings through radiographs and a cardiac ultrasound showed that the walls of her heart were greatly thickened and the amount of pumped blood was significantly reduced. Those findings, along with her stroke, confirmed significant heart disease, which led to her sudden decline. More…

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Life in Delaware County

2021 Maple Fest Taking Place This Saturday, Next Saturday

6 Mar , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

As 2021 continues, we are now reaching the point where the time  annual events which were cancelled in 2020 are rolling around again.

In the case of the Maple Fest taking place at Camp Lazarus, the 2021 version is a “go.

This year’s version takes place on Saturday, March 6 and Saturday, March 13., from 9 AM to 4 PM both days.

Maple candy and a limited supply of hand-crafted, Camp Lazarus maple syrup will be for sale (while supplies last). A fan favorite, Liberty Kettle Corn is returning and the Fest is welcoming The Funnel Cake Station this year. More…

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Life in Delaware County

H2Ohio At Work In Delaware County

1 Mar , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

In 2019, Governor Mike DeWine unveiled the H2Ohio Plan, an effort aimed at providing clean and safe water to all residents of Ohio.

One of the several component projects of that effort is in northern Delaware County.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Ohio Department of Agriculture, and the Ohio Environmental Project Agency are all playing as part in this collaborative effort. Each has a significant role in H2Ohio through the natural infrastructure of wetlands, a reduction in nutrient runoff, and increasing access to clear drinking water and quality sewer systems. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Support Sandhill Cranes, Other Wetlands Species With Income Tax Donation

27 Feb , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The nasally bugles of a flock of sandhill cranes passing overhead is a sound and experience not soon forgotten. Thanks to monitoring and conservation work by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife and partnering organizations, cranes can be sighted at Ohio’s wetlands and are once again breeding in the state – including in Delaware County.

In 1987, the first pair of sandhill cranes returned to breed in Ohio after they were extirpated from the Buckeye State. In 2020, biologists estimated 58 breeding pairs and confirmed 25, producing upwards of 28 offspring. The slowly expanding breeding population indicates the success of ongoing conservation work, but sandhills are still listed as a threatened species in Ohio. Much work remains until their awe-inducing calls are heard with regularity. More…

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History/Tourism

Baby Koala Makes His Debut

26 Feb , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Back in January we ran a story about the ongoing development of one of the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium’s newest residents, the first koala born there in over 15 years.

At that time, an arm or a leg of the joey (baby koala) we shared the following, “For now, guests may catch a glimpse of a tiny arm or leg every once in a while until around mid-March when the joey will outgrow Katy’s pouch.”

This as-yet-unnamed joey didn’t want to wait, however, and has already been seen out of the pouch and heading out to eat eucalyptus leaves, as this recently-posted Columbus Zoo video reveals: More…

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Life in Delaware County

Ohio’s 2020-2021 Deer Hunting Season Concludes

12 Feb , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

One of Ohio’s most successful white-tailed deer hunting seasons concluded Sunday, February 7 with 197,735 deer harvested, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. That total is the highest since 218,910 deer were taken during the 2012-2013 hunting season.

Delaware County’s numbers were also higher than in recent years.

The final harvest totals represent all deer taken during archery, gun, muzzleloader, and youth hunting seasons that began Sept. 26, 2020. An average of 180,921 deer were harvested during the last three years. More…

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