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Sept. 30, 2016
Join us in Lakeside Friday Sept. 30 for an aquatic and wetlands workshop
and amazing Great Lakes region field trips! All your favorite leaders.
Speakers: Mark Dilley, Jim McCormac and Jason Lewis.
Special behind-the-scenes tours of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Come
see Ohio's only National Wildlife Refuge or tour the Cleveland Museum of
Natural History's newly opened "Big Swamp" Preserve. Flora-Quest invites
you to see Ohio's best preserves with expert botanical guides.
Registration is now open!
You can reserve your room NOW for Flora-Quest and/ or OOS's ‘Rally for Rails’
(click here to download this information as a printable PDF) or go to Lodging webpage.
Flora-Quest is All Wet in 2016
Swamp, marsh and bog are seldom epithets for locations considered travel
worthy. However, there are a myriad of interesting and little-known plants in
these habitats. Wetlands provide important filtering eco-services to our
state’s water, not unlike the way kidneys function in a human body. Much of
that filtration is provided by emergent wetland flora, grasses and those little-
known aquatic plants. Flora-Quest is bringing the botanical experts to Lake
Erie to provide a crash course workshop on “Wetlands.” (Click here for
This event will be followed by the Ohio Ornithological Society's
"Rally for Rails!"
Since 2007, we have been educating Ohioans to their unique botanical communities. It is
Flora-Quest's goal to connect citizens with their natural heritage.
In the words of Baba Dioum, "In the end we will only conserve what we love, love what
we understand, and understand only what we are taught."
A synopsis of Flora-Quest 2015: see our blog
This year we embraced a new habitat, the hemlock forests and uplands of Mohican State Forest.
Mohican’s hemlock eco-systems hold the key to Ohio's largest and rarest salamander, the
Hellbender. Our conference on Aug 27-29, 2015 explored the waterfalls, ferns, aquatic life and
hemlock trees of the Clear Fork river gorge. We will took one day to understand Mohican's
ecosystems and a second day to learn how they are impacted by agriculture.
We visited Malabar Farm, home of author Louis Bromfield, to learn about this 1940's visionary and
the beautiful old growth forest trees and wetlands he protected. Bromfield helped us to
understand good farming practises are vital to healthy aquatic systems, which impact the
hellbender and the people in Pleasant Valley and beyond. Will we honor the Bromfield legacy which
feeds the land and protects our natural heritage, or will Ohio be a land of extraction?
you choose to visits waterfalls, the counter-facing trails of the river gorge or an aquatic adventure,
come home to Mohican.
Aquatic plants are important, too!