Thursday, January 22, 2015

No Child Left Indoors Salamander Hike

Spotted salamanders in the pond at a previous year's hike. 
This is one of our funnest outings! 

The Lytle Creek League of Conservators/No Child Left Indoors volunteers are once again leading a Salamander Migration Hike. This is the time of year when hundreds of salamanders make their way to their ancestral breeding ponds.  This is a really special opportunity to see these secretive and silent creatures.  

In deference to the predictable unpredictability of nature’s timing and in order to make sure we have the best chance to actually see them migrating, we may hike Friday February 27, March 6, OR March 13. The actual hike date will be determined on the Wednesday before the hike date. Hike night we will meet at 7 p.m. at the Caesar Creek Lake Visitor Center, 4020 North Clarksville Road, Waynesville, Ohio. US Army Corps of Engineers biologist and Park Manager Jim O’Boyle, will lead the hike. There is no cost for this event and no experience is necessary. 

This is an adventure for the entire family. Please dress for the weather - waterproof boots and a flashlight are essential. Remember, salamanders prefer to move in the rain, so be prepared for cold, muddy fun! Pre-registration is required. To register go to HERE or call Lori Williams, (937) 725-5756.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Clinton Streamkeepers Announces Grant Funding To Support Water Quality In Clinton And Greene Counties, Funded By The Endowment Of Dr. Sture Fredrik ‘Fred’ Anliot

The Clinton Streamkeepers, (a 501(c) 3 organization) is pleased to offer grant funds available from our Sture Fredrik Anliot Fund, “an endowed, restricted gift for the improvement of water quality in the Little Miami River and its tributaries in Clinton and Greene Counties of Ohio.”

The fund was created by the generosity of Dr. Sture Fredrik “Fred” Anliot who was a Professor of Biology at Wilmington College where he taught for 35 years. Fred was well-liked and highly respected by those who knew him, including colleagues and students.

The grant funding is available for various amounts for projects related to water quality including, but not limited to: stream cleanups, monitoring, buffer strips, wetland restorations and other habitat work. Organizations who may receive the grant can include, but are not limited to, civic groups, environmental organizations, nonprofits, schools or educational institutions, and watershed groups.

The grant application is available as of January 1st and due February 15th, with grants being awarded around March 13th, 2015. More information, including the application for download can be found by clicking HERE. Submit your application to: or mail to:

Clinton Streamkeepers c/o Clinton County Foundation
P.O. Box 831
Wilmington, Ohio 45177

Any questions on the application and projects can be emailed to:

Thursday, November 20, 2014


The Lytle Creek League of Conservators No Child Left Indoors volunteers will once again lead an almost-full-moon Owl Prowl on Wednesday, December 3 at 6:30 p.m. We will meet in the Clinton Memorial Hospital parking lot in the area closest to the trail (lower area, south of the hospital). This hike will be on the Luther Warren Peace Path, which is accessible for all levels of hikers, including wheelchairs and strollers.

Owls are establishing their territory and preparing to nest, which begins in the heart of winter. Now that the leaves have fallen it is a perfect time of year to spot owls and learn about their habitat and life cycle. This will be a fun experience for the whole family, led by local Ohio Certified Volunteer naturalists. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight and your sense of adventure.

This program is free of charge and anyone interested in experiencing the natural world is welcomed. Please register HERE. For more information contact Lori Williams at the Park Office, 382-4781.
(Photo credit - this was taken on a previous NCLI winter hike by Mackenzie Kennedy.) 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Winterizing Your Landscape Event on 11/13!

"You winterize your car, your RV, and your swimming pool. Do you take precautions to help your yard handle winter?"

Clinton County Master Gardeners, and OSU Extension, is putting on a free program that will "provide know-how on autumn soil testing, preparing your perennial beds for a long winter's nap, how to help your evergreens remain green, animal damage and control, plus other late season topics. 

"Winterizing Your Landscape" will be presented on Thursday, November 13, from 6:30-8:00pm at the Clinton County Annex, Conference Room (111 S. Nelson Ave., Wilmington, OH). 

The program will be presented by Sherri Kile of Kile Lanscaping, Sabina and Tony Nye, Clinton County OSU Extension agent. 

The program is free to the public. Call 937-382-0901 to reserve a place and to allow for adequate handouts. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Self-guided Audio Nature Tour Runs through Clinton County Seat

The Lytle Creek League of Conservators announced today the completion of a 20-station self-guided audio nature tour.  Ten station markers are now located along the Luther Warren Peace Path, with the remainder running along the 4-C Bicentennial Trail which then connects to the Lytle Creek Nature Preserve Trail.  Inspired by Conservator, John Deignan and City of Wilmington Parks and Recreation Director Lori Williams, the project is primarily geared towards individuals who have relatively little background in natural history.
A view of  one of the stations from the Luther Warren Peace Path.

 “I wanted to invite pedestrians to consider some simple environmental ideas while they walked” says Deignan.  “People connect to nature in so many different ways, so the approach to the content is quite diverse.  Some stations cover basic natural history, while others contain nature poems or speak to one particular feature or concept. The goal is merely to help people become more aware and appreciative of the mosaic of life all around them.”

Each numbered station is identified by the presence of either a birdhouse on a blue pole or a plaque.  
There are multiple ways to access the content.  Each station’s three to five-minute audio file has a QR code that can be accessed using smart-phone technology. Additionally, audio files are available on CD-DVD format, for those who wish to download the content to mp3 players.  Links to the files and tour maps can be found below.  The Parks Office will also have a few mp3 players that can be signed out.

The first leg of the tour begins at Nelson Avenue, across from the city wastewater plant and runs to Mulberry Street.  The second leg of the tour begins at South East Community Park, near Paris Avenue and continues along the bike path.  Look for a kiosk on the right where the route continues into the Nature Preserve.

The Lytle Creek League of Conservators is a Clinton County citizen group dedicated to conserving Lytle Creek for education and recreational purposes.  Public nature-based events as well as “No Child Left Indoors” programs are provided courtesy of this group.  For more information on joining the League of Conservators, please contact Lori Williams at the Park Office at (937) 382-4781.  


Annotated Map found here:

You can access the audio files directly here:  

Station Introduction:  

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Go For a Walk?

... by John Deignan

Henry David Thoreau had this to say about living: “We must heap up a great pile of doing for a small diameter of being.”  And don’t we all know it.  Our lifestyles carry significant overhead. We move tankers of oil from the other side of the planet.  We drink coffee and wear clothes that are made far away from Wilmington.  As far as species go, it takes a lot to keep us going, and our trajectory has proven Thoreau’s axiom several times over.  Amidst our doing and being, we are slowly coming to the realization that we live within very real physical constraints.

And we’re not the only ones.

The struggle to live within limits is a drama played out everywhere in our ecosystem.  All forms of plants and animals are locked in a struggle just to make it through the day, often against odds that make our circumstances pale by comparison.  It’s high drama out there in nature.  And the stage (aka: our backyard) is filled with characters that are nothing short of Shakespearean.  Blue jays that hoard almost beyond comprehension, kleptomaniacal fox squirrels who can’t stop their thieving, carnivorous plants, insects that communicate via chemical trails, and snakes that mate simultaneously with so many others of their kind that they form a large slithering ball. And the cast of our neighborhood actors goes on and on and on!

For those who want to learn more about these complex local plot lines of interdependence, I’ve put together a series of self-guided audio stations along the bike paths that run behind the hospital and behind the southeast neighborhood park.  Some of the material may be familiar, but hopefully there will be some stations that offer something new for you to think about while you are walking along.  You will soon be able to download the audio files from this website, and you will be able to identify the stations by the numbered birdhouses and plaques along the routes, which indicate which audio file to play at that location.

You can experience the natural world from many different angles.  You can observe it scientifically, you can see it through how you live your lifestyle, and you can even consider it through a philosophical or spiritual lens.  As such, some stations will speak about one particular aspect of nature, while others will be more general, and I've even put in a few nature poems for good measure.

While you and I could probably waste an entire afternoon debating what constitutes “wilderness,” I think we can all agree that we don’t need to venture to Alaska’s North Slope or Zion National Park to experience the natural world.  From the raccoons raiding our garbage cans to the monarch’s migrating south for the winter, our local environment offers you a lifetime of discovery and enjoyment.  Mortality, rebirth and everything in between can be found among the meadows and woodlands of our region.  All that is required to see the show is a little bit of patience, a little bit of imagination, and a lot of observation.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lytle Creek Day - October 4, 2014

Saturday, October 4, 2014 we will once again celebrate the special natural resource we have here in our own backyard - Lytle Creek. We will celebrate at the Lytle Creek Pavilion on Davids Drive and the public is invited.  The program will begin at 1 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.

Lytle Creek League of Conservators invites you to celebrate our ongoing efforts to "create a living legacy" in the form of the Lytle Creek Greenway.  As is our custom, we will also be honoring the work of two local individuals who have made our natural environment a better place.  This year we will be honoring a man and woman who have impacted countless lives in their roles as educators and mentors.  

Harriett Hadley Clark is a retired naturalist from the Cincinnati Nature Center, published author, and local No Child Left Indoors volunteer.  A co-worker at the Nature Center wrote a lovely tribute to Harriett when she retired that rings so true - "Harriett's love of nature is like poetry.  She writes and speaks about nature with passion and purpose, and because of this, she inspires".  She truly delights in the wonders of nature and over the years has shared both her remarkable knowledge of and veneration for our natural world.

Monte Anderson, Wilmington College professor of agriculture, has been recognized many times for his teaching excellence.  He has played a key role in the success of the Wilmington College agriculture program, the Grow Food, Grow Hope program and directed many of the college's efforts to protect and improve the quality of Lytle Creek.

Please join us as we celebrate our natural heritage in the form of Lytle Creek and honor two outstanding individuals.

Please register early, as seating is limited. Register HERE or by calling Lori Williams at 725-3811.

The Lytle Creek League of Conservators is looking forward to seeing you October 4.