Osprey Day 6/23 on Boardwalk


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The Big Walnut Nature Club invites you to Osprey Day at 8 a.m., June 23, on the Hoover Boardwalk in Galena (near 50 Front St.). Local birding enthusiasts will provide information about the Osprey and will provide scopes for close-up views.

The Osprey, also known as “fish hawks,” are a protected species and boaters often get too close to their nesting platforms. According to Big Walnut Nature Club President Jeanna Burrell, “People may not even realize they are harassing the birds by being too close but every minute the parents are away from their eggs or chicks, they can become cold and risk failure or are vulnerable to predators.”

“There are nests on one platform and a natural nest in a tree this year on Hoover Reservoir,” Burrell explained. The nature club works to protect the Osprey including educating people and maintaining the nesting platforms in the winter by cleaning them off and straightening them.

The Big Walnut Nature Club, founded in 2013, focuses on species of special interest such as Eagles, Osprey, Prothonotary Warblers, Bluebirds, and Chimney Swifts. If you are interested in joining their efforts, contact Burrell at bwnatureclub@gmail.com or visit their web site at www.bwnatureclub.webs.com.

ODNR Seeks Input for Ohio’s Recreational Trails

Regional meetings offered statewide

COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio offers more than 5,000 miles of trails for hiking, biking, bridle, mountain biking and water trails. Trails improve quality of life and boost outdoor recreational opportunities for all Ohioans, by allowing families and friends to participate in outdoor activities close to home. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the Ohio Trails Partnership are requesting feedback to create the state’s next plan for recreational trails of all types throughout Ohio.

ODNR will host five regional meetings for everyone from trail managers to planners to advocates to trail users. The focus of these meetings is to garner ideas, which will formulate a state plan for recreational trails. This plan helps to set funding priorities of the State’s Clean Ohio Trails Fund and the federal Recreational Trails Program. Topics of discussion will include nature trails, multi-use/greenway paths, water trails, motorized recreational trails, equestrian trails and mountain bike trails.

Each meeting will begin at 2 p.m. with a short presentation followed by facilitated input from meeting attendees to help chart a future for recreational trails across Ohio at the following locations:

Tuesday, June 19 – Southwest Ohio: Caesar Creek U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center; 4020 N. Clarksville Road; Waynesville, OH 45068.

Thursday, June 21 – Northeast Ohio; District 3 Wildlife Office; 912 Portage Lakes Drive; Akron, OH 44319.

Tuesday, June 26 – Central Ohio; Horace R. Collins Laboratory; 3307 S. Old State Road; Delaware, OH 43015.

Thursday, June 28 – Southeast Ohio; Division 4 Wildlife Office; 360 E. State Street; Athens, OH 45701.

Tuesday, July 17 – Northwest Ohio; Buehner Center; 5402 Wilkins Road; Whitehouse, OH 43571.

People should RSVP for these meetings to ODNR Trails Coordinator Tom Arbour at tom.arbour@dnr.state.oh.us or 614-265-6575.

Ohio continues to strive to be a leader in providing sustainable trails for all users offering an extraordinary network of world-class recreation and transportation opportunities linking communities, people and places while stimulating economic and social vitality.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

Delaware County launches trail funding program

DELAWARE, Ohio — The Delaware County Trails Committee has launched a Trail Assistance Program and is inviting Delaware County communities and organizations to apply for funding through this program.

The Delaware County Board of Commissioners has budgeted $100,000 in grant money to assist in the construction of trails within the county. The Delaware County Trails Committee will accept grant applications through June 30. An application form can be downloaded from this URL: http://www.dcrpc.org/CURRENT_EVENTS/contract_status.htm The Delaware County Trails Committee (DCTC), created in August 2016 by an act of the Delaware County Board of Commissioners, includes county residents and representatives from the Delaware County Economic Development department, Delaware County Regional Planning Commission, Delaware County Engineer’s Office, Delaware General Health District, Delaware County Preservation Parks and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.

The Delaware County Board of Commissioners approved the Delaware County Trail System Master Plan on November 27, 2017. It includes a conceptual plan with area maps of existing and needed trails, as well as potential funding options and resources for those building trails. DCTC held meetings with officials from Delaware County city, village and township jurisdictions and held a public open house during the process of creating this plan.

For more information on the Delaware County Trail Assistance Program, please contact Jenna Jackson, Delaware County Economic Development Coordinator, at jmjackson@co.delaware.oh.us or by calling 740-833-2107.

The master plan and maps can be viewed by using the following links:

Master Plan Document


Trail Poster Map


Online Map


Girl Scouts Remove Invasive Plants

Thanks to Big Walnut Daisy Girl Scouts from Troop 4805 who recently learned about invasive species and pulled invasive garlic mustard along the Galena Brick Trail!


Delaware County Friends of the Trail (DCFT) offers the opportunity for you to “buy a brick” to be professionally engraved with family names, memorials, or remembrances. You can support trail development AND have your name or message immortalized on an historic brick! Engraved bricks and proceeds will be used to pave prominent areas along multi-use trails in Delaware County.

The bricks being sold now will be installed near the Water Tower picnic deck on the Galena Brick Trail between Dustin Rd. and the bridge.

Galena’s Ohio-to-Erie Trail would not exist without the immense support of DCFT over more than a decade of providing leadership, writing grants, raising matching funds, and giving generously of their time for lots of in-kind services such as clearing trees and adding topsoil and seed.

Help DCFT continue their efforts to help build our future by buying a brick or two. Individual or family bricks are $50 and business bricks are $100. Order forms are attached and the deadline is Sept. 1.

Community Ties

DCFT’s 16th Community Ties Bicycle Tour will be July 21 and benefits completion of the Ohio to Erie Trail through Delaware County. The ride starts between 6:30-9 a.m. at Northside Fellowship, 6841 Freeman Rd. The family ride starts at 10 a.m. and is primarily on the Ohio to Erie Trail. The ride includes well-marked roads and trails through scenic countryside, route maps, support and gear, multiple snack stops with homemade cookies, and a healthy, delicious lunch by the Glass Rooster Cannery.

Options include an eight-mile family ride for $35 pre-registration or $45 the day of the event. Individual pre-registration for the 31-, 62-, or 100-mile rides is $30 and $40 the day of the event. Information and pre-registration is at http://dcft.org. Call 614-256-7815 with questions. Don’t want to ride? Consider volunteering to work at a food stop or registration by contacting Al Blyth at 614-565-0301.


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