Showy Lady Slipper Orchids and Grass Pink Orchids can usually be found at Cedar Bog Nature Preserve during the month of June.
Cedar Bog claims the largest population of Showy Lady Slipper Orchids in the state of Ohio with over 450-500 blooms typically each season. The Showy Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium reginae), also known as the Pink-and-white Lady’s Slipper or the Queen’s Lady’s Slipper, is a rare, terrestrial, temperate flower native to northern North America. Found in wetland areas such as alkaline fens, like Cedar Bog, this rare plant has vanished from much of its historical range due to habitat loss and watershed impacts.
Cypripedium reginae contains an irritant, phenanthrene quinone or cypripedin, which causes dermatitis on the hands and face.
Moth Nights return
If you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature at night, Cedar Bog has several events lined up for the insect enthusiasts through August.
Entomologist Jim Lemon will be leading our “Moth Nights” at Cedar Bog on the following Friday night dates at dusk: July 7 and Aug. 11. In the event that a Friday evening is stormy, we will move the Moth Night to the following evening. Admission is free to attend these Moth Nights at Cedar Bog, which will be held at the Education Center or the Bog House at Cedar Bog. Bring a flashlight, your camera, insect repellant or insect shield clothing and meet us at dusk at Cedar Bog. UV lights will be used so if you have UV glasses, bring them along, too.
The Cedar Bog Nature Preserve is located at 980 Woodburn Road, located 4 miles south of Urbana off South U.S. Route 68. For more information on events at Cedar Bog, please call 937-484-3744 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.cedarbognp.org.
Tracy Bleim is the site manager of Cedar Bog Nature Preserve.