Monday, May 2, 2016

The Lytle Creek League of Conservators/No Child Left Indoors Birding Program - May 14, 2016

A red-headed woodpecker from a previous year's program

The Lytle Creek League of Conservators/No Child Left Indoors volunteers, in their ongoing mission of reconnecting children to nature, are offering another opportunity to experience birds from a unique and close-up perspective.  Bob Thobaben, a federally licensed Master Bander (Federal Permit # 20789) invites children and a supervising adult to observe bird banding procedures at his farm at 1835 St.Rt. 380 in Adams Twp. on the morning of May 14, 2016.   (Nearly across from Thousand Trails Campground.)

Wild birds will be observed up close and the children may help with the release of the birds after data has been collected on their bodies.  Come join a unique experience outdoors from 8:00 AM until approximately 10:00 AM.   Banding operations will be canceled if the wind is strong or rain is occurring.  Be sure to wear boots or sturdy shoes you don't mind getting wet when we check the nets.  Feel free to bring a lawn chair also.

Registration is required and limited, due to parking constraints.  Register HERE.

Bird banding is a highly regulated scientific activity regulated by both the Federal and State governments. Licenses for both levels of government are required for the ethical treatment of wild animals.  The US Geological Survey  along with the US Fish and Wildlife Service use bird banding to monitor avian populations throughout North America.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Earth Day 2016 - Trees, Seeds and Healthy Kids

Please join No Child Left Indoor volunteers and the Wilmington Tree Commission as we celebrate EARTH DAY on April 23 with a free, educational and creative opportunity to reconnect children with nature.  The activities will take place in the City of Wilmington Municipal Building and are geared for elementary-age children.  The first session will begin at 10 a.m. and the second session begins at 11:15.

Space is limited and registration for this free program is required.   Contact Lori Williams at or 725-5756 for more information.  Register here:  HERE.

Photo Credit - Wilmington Tree Commission

Monday, April 4, 2016

Lytle Creek and Indian Run Creek to be the Subject of a Wright State Collaboration Thanks to the S. Fredrick Anliot Grant via Streamkeepers

This is great news for Lytle Creek and Indian Run Creek and everyone who cares about our local watershed!  
Dr. Audrey McGowin shown receiving the Streamkeepers' S. Fredrick Anliot Grant on March 25, 2016
A $3,849 grant will be used to analyze Lytle Creek and Indian Run Creek in an effort to explain a lack of biodiversity in the two Clinton County streams.
The S. Fredrick Anliot Grant was awarded to Dr. Audrey McGowin, a chemistry professor with Wright State University (WSU). The university contributed a $4,100 share to the project, making the two contributions total nearly $8,000.
Chemical screening analysis will be conducted to see which toxic chemicals might be present in the sediments of the two creeks, stated a news release from the Clinton Streamkeepers.  An assessment of invertebrates also will be done in various locations to correlate contaminants, the release added.
Taylor Stuckert, Lori Williams and Harry McVey will assist in collecting the sediment samples. The samples will be analyzed at the WSU chemistry lab.  Data will be collected from April 2016 to February 2017.  Some contaminants of interest include heavy metals, E. coli, jet fuels and additives, de-icing chemicals and others.
A public presentation of the study results will be put together and delivered around Earth Day 2017.
Local resident Carolyn Matthews hosted a March 25 reception in her home for Clinton Streamkeepers members and others. The occasion for the reception was the grant presentation to McGowin.
Lytle Creek arises from the drainage from the Wilmington Air Park, according to an online statement by the Lytle Creek League of Conservators, a member group of the Clinton County Green Alliance.
The creek flows westward past Wilmington College, through the city of Wilmington, along Sugar Grove Cemetery and westward to the stream’s junction with Todds Fork near Clarksville. Todds Fork, in turn, is a tributary of the Little Miami River, a designated State and National Scenic River.
Indian Run Creek runs parallel to Jenkins Road. The stream is between the air park’s southern runway and Jenkins Road.

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

2016 No Child Left Indoors Salamander Hike - MARCH 11 IS OUR DATE!

This is one of our funnest outings and a great way to welcome the signs of spring!

Up close and personal, after learning proper handling technique. 

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 26, March 4, OR March 11. The actual hike date will be determined on the Wednesday before the hike date, based on forecasted weather conditions.

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 at the City of Wilmington Park Office,  (937) 382-4781.

A spotted salamander from a previous hike.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Streamkeepers Announces 2016 Grant

The Clinton Streamkeepers (a 501(c) 3 organization) is pleased to offer grant funds available from our Sture Fredrik Anliot Fund. This fund is “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.”

Dr. Sture Fredrik “Fred” Anliot 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.  He studied the watershed extensively, authoring articles and the book “The Vascular Flora of Glen Helen, Clifton Gorge and John Bryan State Park”.  Fred lived simply and was frugal with his money, he passed on December 14, 2012 and his generosity is the basis of this grant funding.

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 due February 15, 2016, with grants being awarded around March 13th, 2016. 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:

Monday, November 9, 2015

Winter Night Sky Gazing Event

Photo credit: Tyler Williams via an Iphone and Orion XT8.
Please join City of Wilmington Parks and Recreation and the Lytle Creek League of Conservators/No Child Left Indoors volunteers for a night sky gazing event on Wednesday, December 16.  Volunteers will help children and their accompanying adults explore the night sky with telescopes and binoculars.  We will meet at the Wilmington Public Library at 6:30 p.m. for a brief indoor program and then walk across the street to Galvin Park, where telescopes will be available.  If you have a telescope or binoculars, please bring those if you like.

If the weather conditions do not permit viewing that evening, we will re-schedule the event.  Lets hope for clear skies!

As you may expect, we will have "light" limitations, so be prepared to operate in the dark.  Dress appropriately for the weather, as the main program will be outdoors.  This would be a great program to do some preparation with your children with books or internet sources that offer stargazing guidance.

 Additional telescopes would be welcomed, as well as experienced stargazers who can help us out.  If you have any questions, please call Lori Williams @ (937) 382-4781.

Registration is required HERE.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

City of Wilmington Parks and Recreation Owl Prowl

City of Wilmington Parks and Recreation and the Lytle Creek League of Conservators No Child Left Indoors volunteers will once again lead an half-moon Owl Prowl on Thursday, November 19 at 7:00 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.)