History/Tourism

Orphaned Moose Calf Welcomed Into New Home At The Zoo

21 Oct , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

She’s curious and—as her name suggests—very sweet with her devoted care team. After a challenging and heartbreaking start in her young life, Strawberry, an orphaned female moose, now calls the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium home.

The Zoo’s newest resident arrived from the Alaska Zoo on October 12, 2021 accompanied by the Columbus Zoo’s Vice President of Animal Health and the assistant curator of the facility’s North America region, where Strawberry is settling in. Estimated to be approximately 4-6 months old, Strawberry is just a little over 5 feet tall and weighed about 390 pounds when she first arrived in Columbus. Strawberry’s care team reports that while she continues to explore and learn her way around her new surroundings, she is eating well and gaining weight. She receives a bottle from her keepers in the morning as supplemental feeding and receives grain and browse throughout the rest of the day. More…

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History/Tourism

Columbus Zoo And Aquarium Names New President And CEO

7 Oct , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

NOTE: 1808Delaware will have information on Thursday night about the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s announcement of an appeal of a denial of accreditation.

Tom Schmid, a highly regarded member of the international zoological community, was chosen as the new President and CEO of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Tuesday. The Board of Directors voted to formally name Schmid to lead the Zoo, The Wilds, Safari Golf Club, and Zoombezi Bay.

Schmid, 58, begins his leadership role on December 6 after concluding his service as CEO of the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi. At Texas State Aquarium, Schmid led his team to grow the institution to one of the largest aquariums in North America, advancing wildlife conservation work and raising nearly $100 million to support the aquarium’s mission. More…

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Life in Delaware County

ODNR’s Earth Sciences Week Includes Hike At Highbanks Metro Park

6 Oct , 2021  

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Geological Survey is inviting Ohioans to celebrate Earth Science Week with a series of activities and webinars. The annual celebration will be held October 10–16.

One of those programs will take place in Highbanks Metro Park, Lewis Center.

“Earth Science Week is the perfect opportunity for people to discover the earth sciences and learn how they can do their part to protect our planet,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “This year, we hope to help people learn to understand, conserve, and protect Earth’s most valuable resource, water.” More…

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History/Tourism

Farewell, Kulu

29 Sep , 2021  

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announced Monday that polar bear, Kulu, will be moving this fall to another Midwest zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

Staff from both zoos are working to finalize the details of the move. Kulu has gained a large following since his birth on Thanksgiving Day on November 28, 2019, and fans are encouraged to visit soon if they wish to see Kulu before he departs for his new home. The receiving facility will be announced when they unveil the exciting news about Kulu’s arrival to their community.

Kulu will be accompanied by one of his Animal Care team members, as well as a Columbus Zoo staff veterinarian, to help ensure that he arrives safely. The dedicated care team members at his new home are very excited to welcome him and are prepared to help ensure that he adjusts smoothly to his new surroundings. The date when Kulu will make his first public appearance at his new home has not yet been determined. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Olentangy River Clean-Up Day Scheduled

5 Aug , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

The Olentangy Watershed Alliance, Keep Delaware County Beautiful, and Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed are partnering to hold the City’s annual Olentangy River Clean-Up.

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, August 21 from 9 AM to Noon at 225 Cherry Street in Delaware, the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant facility. Participants should park in the first parking lot to the right of Cherry Street.

We will meet at the Cherry St river access, which is the first parking lot on your right when you turn onto Cherry St. (before the Waste Water Treatment Plant). More…

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Life in Delaware County

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: Seymour Woods State Nature Preserve

16 Jul , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

We continue our series “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About,” where we dive into weeds to bring you details on Delaware County ‘s geographical, cultural, and scenic landmarks.

The 115 acre Seymour Woods Nature Preserve in Liberty Township is known, among other things, for being an ideal place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

The acreage was donated to the State of Ohio in 1972 by Columbus attorney James O. Seymour, and contains 1.8 miles of hiking trails. Deep ravines cut into shale cliffs in the park, and there are both heavily wooded ridge tops and open fields. As the topography changes, so does the type of tree — from oaks in the high ground to elms, maples, and willows lower down. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Help Survey Wild Turkeys And Grouse This Summer

26 Jun , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Citizen scientists can participate in surveying Ohio’s wild turkey and ruffed grouse populations by reporting sightings in July and August, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

Every summer, the Division of Wildlife conducts a turkey and grouse brood survey to estimate population growth. The brood survey relies on the public to report observations of all wild turkeys and ruffed grouse seen during July and August. Observations may be submitted at the Wildlife Reporting System webpage at wildohio.gov as well as the HuntFish OH mobile app.

Information collected for wild turkeys includes the number of gobblers, hens, and young turkeys (poults) observed. Information collected for ruffed grouse include the number of adults and young observed. More…

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History/Tourism

AEP Ohio “Trim To Treat” Partnership Benefitting Animals At The Zoo And The Wilds

23 Jun , 2021  

Special to 188Delaware

AEP Ohio’s forestry program is critical to keeping the power on — making sure that its lines and equipment are free of trees and brush that could potentially cause outages for customers. Now, the forestry crew’s work will serve a dual purpose by donating a portion of the trees they regularly trim to benefit the animals at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and The Wilds through its new “Trim to Treat” partnership.

The fresh tree trimmings, branches and twigs — also known as browse — are important to the animals’ diets, and beneficial for enrichment. From the tallest to the smallest of animals, many will enjoy the benefits of this unique partnership, whether it’s a giraffe munching on some fresh leaves as part of its daily diet or a beaver chomping at a branch to help support dental health and its ever-growing teeth. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Preservation Parks Profiles Park Construction Projects

11 May , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

It’s already a busy year for Preservation Parks.

Several construction projects are transforming individual parks through enhancements and, in at least two cases, completely new attractions.

The five projects currently featured on its website include:

Char-Mar Ridge Parking Lot Expansion & Paving – The project will add an additional 38 spaces to the existing parking lot, including three new ADA compliant spaces. More…

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Life in Delaware County

They’re Hidden From View: Delaware County Letterboxes

27 Apr , 2021  

Note: This article has been updated for spring 2021. Letterboxing is a wonderful outdoor activity that can be done individually or with social distancing.

By 1808Delaware

Over 150 years ago, visitors to the Dartmoor region of southwest England began to do something rather peculiar. Those hiking on the moors would place a letter or postcard inside a designated box along the trail as a mark that they had visited. Those who would come after them would, in turn, post letters back to those who had left them. Soon, these “letterboxes” were carefully hidden so that they would be difficult to discover. As this habit grew in popularity, the hobby of letterboxing was born. More…

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History/Tourism

Gorillas Oliver, Nadami and Dotty Form New Family Unit and Prepare to Move

20 Apr , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Guests visiting the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium may recognize some changes that have been occurring within the Zoo’s three western lowland gorilla troops as three gorillas—silverback, Oliver, and females Nadami and Dotty—prepare to move from the Columbus Zoo to their new home at another facility also accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

All of the gorillas at the Columbus Zoo have a strong following, and fans are encouraged to visit soon if they wish to see Oliver, Nadami and Dotty before they depart for their new home. Two Columbus Zoo Animal Care team members, a member of the Facilities team and a staff veterinarian will travel with the gorillas to ensure that they arrive safely. Updates about their arrival will be provided once the receiving zoo has welcomed the gorillas and shared the exciting announcement with their supportive community. More…

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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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