Life in Delaware County

Conservation Teen Advisory Council Accepting Applications

3 May , 2020  

From the shores of Lake Erie to the rolling hills of Appalachia, there is an exciting opportunity for teenagers looking to explore the outdoors.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is looking for highly motivated high school students to serve on the Conservation Teen Advisory Council (conTAC). ConTAC is a statewide network of student leaders working together to enhance ODNR’s youth outreach and program efforts.

“This a great opportunity for ambitious young people to jumpstart their future careers with skills that transfer to any profession,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. More…

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Life in Delaware County

A Different Kind Of Census: 707 Bald Eagle Nests In Ohio Include 13 In Delaware County

25 Apr , 2020  

Source: ODNR, 1808Delaware Staff

Thanks to thousands of reports from citizen scientists during February and March, 706 bald eagle nests have been confirmed in Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

The bald eagle is one of Ohio’s greatest wildlife success stories. The nest census was the first undertaking to discover all such sites for the first time in eight years. The results show an increase of 151% from the 2012 census, when 281 nests were recorded in Ohio. The high number of nests represents the hard work and dedication put forth for Ohio’s wildlife. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Zoo Welcomes Baby Gorilla Jamani

24 Apr , 2020  

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is pleased to announce the birth of a female western lowland gorilla baby named Jamani on Wednesday, April 15 at 9:09 PM to mother, Cassie, and first-time father, Ktembe.

The Zoo’s team of animal care experts, who continue to monitor the gorillas, report that experienced mom, Cassie, is providing excellent care to her little one. Cassie and Jamani will likely remain behind the scenes with Ktembe and the other members of their troop for several months to ensure minimal disruptions so they can continue to bond. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Ohio Celebrates Native Plants Virtually This Month

5 Apr , 2020  

Delaware Countians have more than one way to interact with the area’s native trees and plants this spring.

Even with the current Stay-at-Home Order, Ohioans are still permitted to walk to exercise or get way in parks and recreation areas, provided that social distancing is maintained.

That includes the walking trails at some Preservation Parks areas and City of Delaware parks, and other locations. In those locations, the beauty of Ohio’s wildflowers and other native species will be clearly evident.

Spring is a time of renewal across Ohio’s beautiful landscapes, and this April marks the state’s first Native Plant Month, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). More…

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Life in Delaware County

Stalking The Wild Hokempake

3 Mar , 2020  

Betcha you never thought you’d see that headline on a local news story!

By “hokempake,” we are referring to one of the many names given to the American Woodcock, a migratory gam More…

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Life in Delaware County

First-Ever Cheetah Cubs Born Through IVF Arrive At Columbus Zoo

25 Feb , 2020  

International science news was made last week in Delaware County.

In a groundbreaking scientific breakthrough, two cheetah cubs have been born through in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer into a surrogate mother at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

The births are the result of careful planning and innovative medical expertise through a partnership between the Columbus Zoo, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Va., and Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas—three leading institutions with a commitment to conservation. These efforts were also part of a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP) and the Cheetah Sustainability Program (CSP), developed to manage a sustainable population of cheetahs in human care. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Delaware Recognized For Leading On Sustainability

22 Feb , 2020  

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) has announced that it has certified the cities of Bexley and Delaware as the most recent Sustainable2050 communities to achieve an elevated status for their actions to promote sustainability. 

Sustainable2050 is a program that supports communities’ sustainability efforts through direct technical assistance, collaboration and recognition. Each member’s tier status – Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum – is determined by the number of eligible activities it carries out in five categories corresponding to MORPC’s Regional Sustainability Agenda. The categories are: energy consumption; natural resources; economic opportunity; sustainable neighborhoods; and collaboration. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Learn About The Gypsy Moth Invasion

12 Feb , 2020  

The European gypsy moth is a non-native, invasive species that has moved into Ohio from Pennsylvania and Michigan over the last several years. In its caterpillar stage, it feeds on the leaves of over 300 different tree and shrub species and is especially fond of oak. A healthy tree can usually withstand only two years of defoliation before it is permanently damaged or dies.

To date, 51 of Ohio’s 88 counties, including Delaware, have established gypsy moth populations.

To make this situation better known and to talk about upcoming gypsy moth management programs locally, the Ohio Department of Agriculture is holding open houses across Ohio. On Wednesday, one of these open houses will take place at Mingo Park in Delaware. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Maple Sugar Tour Guides Sought

15 Jan , 2020  

The Stratford Ecological Center is looking for a few people with a passion for maple.

Enjoy kids and nature? The Center is seeking Maple Sugar Tour Guides for February and March. Guide training takes place on February 13 from 10 AM to 1 PM. Tours are scheduled during the week and on Saturdays during the sugaring season. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Bird Club Announces Winter Speakers

14 Jan , 2020  

Lovers of feathered friends join together each month as the Delaware County Bird Club holds get-togethers at Deer Haven park on selected Monday evenings.

Anyone interested in birds is welcome to attend, and all ages are welcome. Each meeting features a different speaker covering exciting birding-related topics, and attendees can share news of their own bird sightings. Doors open at 6:30 PM with the program beginning at 7 PM. More…

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ODNR Offering Discounts for Veterans and Active Duty Military

4 Nov , 2019  

In honor of Veterans Day, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will offer U.S. military, both active duty and veterans, a 30% discount off camping, getaway rentals, and state-operated cabin stays during November.

“It’s always a privilege to host the brave individuals who served to protect our country,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “We hope veterans, along with their friends and families, will have the opportunity to make special memories at Ohio state parks.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

It’s “Bat Week” In Ohio

26 Oct , 2019  

It’s “Bat Week” in Ohio. Seriously, it is.

Bats are important to both Ohio’s economy and ecosystems, which is why Governor Mike DeWine has proclaimed October 24-31 as Bat Week to highlight the need for bat conservation.

“Bats contribute substantially to our economy by protecting our forests and agriculture from crop-damaging insects and pests,” said Mary Mertz, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). “It is critical that we continue efforts to promote the health of bat populations here in Ohio and across the nation.” More…

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