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Making Connections: Cleveland Metroparks and Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Posted: 7/12/2016
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

In the early years of the Cleveland Metropolitan Park System (as it was then known) the Board of Commissioners and the Executive Director, William Stinchcomb were busy acquiring land and planning the infrastructure of the new park system.  Metropolitan park systems were a brand new idea.&nbs... View More >
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Daddy Long Legs

Posted: 7/7/2016
Posted By: Kelly McGinnis
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Have you heard this one before?   “Daddy long legs are the most poisonous spider but their mouths are too small to bite”.   If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard it, I’d be rich.   Ok…not rich…but I think you get the point.   Unfortunately, this is one of those really co... View More >
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Contributing to the Greater Good

Posted: 7/6/2016
Posted By: Carl Casavecchia
Original Source: Roots Revealed

I was poking around in some of our Annual Reports from the Board of Park Commissioners for Cleveland Metroparks, and as I figured, some interesting tidbits popped out to help me understand more about Cleveland Metroparks and its past.            O... View More >
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Ottawas and Cicadas

Posted: 6/28/2016
Posted By: Kathy Schmidt
Original Source: Roots Revealed

You never know where a little research will lead you.   I recently spent a few evenings watching a fantastic emergence of 17-year periodical cicadas at Ottawa Point Picnic Area in Brecksville Reservation. This was followed by several daytime visits to view the thousands of flying, singing, m... View More >
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So the grandkids are coming to visit…

Posted: 6/16/2016
Posted By: Selby Majewski
Original Source: Notes from the Field

What kids are in your life this summer? How can you create great memories with them, avoid choruses of 'Can we go home yet?!' and encourage their love of the natural world? Here are a few tips from a professional to set you up for success when the grandkids (or nieces, nephews or friends) are in ... View More >
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The Life of a Forest

Posted: 6/9/2016
Posted By: Matthew Knittel
Original Source: Notes from the Field

The Story of a Forest   Next year Cleveland Metroparks celebrates its 100 year anniversary.   Thus, the forests that were first preserved with the founding of Cleveland Metroparks are at least 100 years old.   Many forests in the first reservations are even older than that (especia... View More >
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Mathematics in Nature: Cicadas and Beyond

Posted: 5/31/2016
Original Source: Notes from the Field

With the emergence of 17-year periodical cicadas happening here in Cleveland Metroparks this year, a lot of cicada-related questions have come up. One of the questions, which is of particular interest to me, involves why the periodical cicada's life cycle is on such a strange, 17-year pattern. Th... View More >
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Threats to Bird Populations: Past, Present, and Future

Posted: 5/26/2016
Posted By: Martin Calabrese
Original Source: Notes from the Field

The chipping sparrow and song sparrow and every other species of bird perched no fewer than 50 feet from you at this moment, are each part of a larger, worldwide population. To investigate the changing trends in those populations, ecologists draw from a multidisciplinary body of data. Consider th... View More >
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Cicadas - Significance of the Numbers

Posted: 5/19/2016
Posted By: Carly Martin
Original Source: Notes from the Field

You may have heard by now that coming in late May of this year to Eastern Ohio is the emergence of the 17-year cicada. These noisy but harmless insects are a fascination to lovers of science, nature and math.   When we talk about cicadas we often find ourselves talking about numbers.&nb... View More >
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Where the Towpath Ends - Part 2 of 2

Posted: 5/17/2016
Original Source: Roots Revealed

So much of Cleveland has changed so dramatically since the canal era that the Towpath Trail planners had to get really creative just to get the trail downtown, let alone have it end up near its historic alignment heading to the Cuyahoga River at Canal Basin Park. As a glaring example, we’ll look ... View More >
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Legacy in Lake Erie

Posted: 5/12/2016
Posted By: Joe Higgins
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Much has been made recently about toxic sediment in Lake Erie that is slowly creeping toward a water intake, and for good reason.  With recent water crisis in Toledo, Ohio – and even more recently in Flint, Michigan and Sebring, Ohio – we seem to be becoming more and more conscious as a soci... View More >
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It's All About Spring Wildflowers

Posted: 5/5/2016
Posted By: Pam A. Taylor
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Rotten meat on the forest floor? Runways to guide bees to nectar? Who would have thought these two things go hand in hand with spring wildflowers? Spring wildflower season is one of my favorite times of the year! It is short lived, it changes daily and often times it goes unnoticed.  There i... View More >
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"Photo-Ops of the Past"

Posted: 5/2/2016
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

For the past year we have been working to distill 100 years of Cleveland Metroparks history into a book to celebrate our Centennial.  Part of that work has been the job of sifting through boxes of historic photos to choose the right ones for the book.  This week I am sharing a few of th... View More >
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Creature Feature: Mute Swan

Posted: 4/28/2016
Posted By: Martin Calabrese
Original Source: Notes from the Field

“I’ll open the hatch and you grab the swan,” Maggie states assertively. It’s 2006 and my wildlife handling skills are green. Holding incalculable years of animal restraining experience before me, I dogmatically brace myself for what my boss advises. We stand at the entrance to the wildlife rehabi... View More >
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"A Fine Young Man"

Posted: 4/26/2016
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

This week's guest blogger is Ron Ciancutti, Purchasing Manager for Cleveland Metroparks. Ron began his career in 1985.  In this essay he shares the story of his first job,  and the satisfaction and pride he has derived from his long association with Cleveland Metroparks . . . In May of ... View More >
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17-year Periodical Cicada 101

Posted: 4/21/2016
Posted By: Carly Martin
Original Source: Notes from the Field

You may have heard that this is the year for 17-year periodical cicadas to emerge in Greater Cleveland. They’ll be emerging in much of Eastern and Central Ohio and West Virginia as well. So what are these critters? And how are they any different from the cicadas we see and hear every year? What d... View More >
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Burning River No More

Posted: 4/20/2016
Posted By: Karen Lakus
Original Source: Roots Revealed

At the turn of the 20th Century, a dirty river was seen as a sign of prosperity and in Cleveland, the Cuyahoga River was horribly polluted. Business was booming along its banks, but the people and industries using the river were also killing it. Oil refineries, steel and paint manufacturers among... View More >
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West Creek… On the Trailing Edge of Urban Wildlife

Posted: 4/14/2016
Posted By: Gayle Albers
Original Source: Notes from the Field

West Creek Reservation is one of the newer additions to Cleveland Metroparks Emerald Necklace, but it has long been long entrenched as a place of refuge and respite for wildlife and locals.      This 326-acre parcel was acquired in 2006 and the Watershed Stewardship Center opened J... View More >
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Manakiki Golf Course: An Elegant Property for Generations

Posted: 4/13/2016
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Cleveland Metroparks has a gift for preserving and managing some of the most beautiful landscapes in northeast Ohio. Many of them were once prominent industrialist estates (gentleman’s farms) of the late 1800s and early 1900s. Huntington Reservation (John Huntington), North Chagrin Reservation (F... View More >
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"I Think That I Shall Never See . . ."

Posted: 4/6/2016
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree. Trees, by Joyce Kilmer   I don’t know if the lyric, old-fashioned poem by Joyce Kilmer is still taught in elementary schools on Arbor Day as it once was, but the theme of the poem still has value.  Besides being lovely to look a... View More >
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March Madness

Posted: 3/31/2016
Posted By: Sharon Hosko
Original Source: Notes from the Field

"March Madness" means a lot of different things to a lot of different people.   Yes, I am a big fan of college basketball’s annual tournament, but as a naturalist, March Madness is all about salamander and frog magic!    It’s about the rainy nights spent watching and protecting one... View More >
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History? Who Cares...

Posted: 3/29/2016
Posted By: Kathy Schmidt
Original Source: Roots Revealed

A co-worker recently asked me a thought-provoking question: “Why should we care about history?”  Why should anyone care about history? Why should the Roots Revealed Blog that we so carefully research be important to read? Why should Clevelanders care about the history of Cleveland Metroparks... View More >
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Creature Feature: American Mink

Posted: 3/24/2016
Posted By: Martin Calabrese
Original Source: Notes from the Field

The animal kingdom lays claim to the highly secretive, often ferocious, but lovable class of mammals. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, as of 2008, the mammal class had 5,488 living species worldwide. First appearing 225 million years ago (mya) during the Late Trias... View More >
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Along the Lake to Lake Trail - A Western Reserve Story

Posted: 3/23/2016
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

John Kilgore is this month’s Roots Revealed Guest Blogger. John, Manager of Facilities Engineering, worked on the Lake to Lake Trail project and was inspired by the history of the area to write this blog post. John not only works for Cleveland Metroparks, he grew up roving our reservations and ha... View More >
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Ready, Set... Cicadas!

Posted: 3/17/2016
Posted By: Carly Martin
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Periodical Cicadas emerge in our region only every 17 years. This cool survival strategy uses the long period between emergences and number of years being a prime number to ensure that no predator can synchronize with their emergence. While opportunists like crows and raccoons will feast on them,... View More >
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Where the Towpath Ends - Part 1 of 2

Posted: 3/16/2016
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Where the Towpath Ends – Part 1 of 2 Those great philosophers, the Rolling Stones, once posited, “You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes you might find you get what you need.” The Towpath Trail is the name of a transportation and recreation trail which will eventually extend... View More >
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Water Quality: The Erosion of Lead Pipes

Posted: 3/10/2016
Posted By: Mark Warman
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Water quality has been in the news lately. Flint, Michigan. Sebring, Ohio… situations where water has eaten away at pipes to deliver both lead and water to homes and communities. So how does water become corrosive? To understand how water can “attack” pipes and corrode surfaces, three examples of... View More >
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100 Years of History

Posted: 3/9/2016
Posted By: Carl Casavecchia
Original Source: Roots Revealed

The book unfolds…word by word….picture by picture. With each turn of the page, 100 years of Cleveland Metroparks history and memories come to life. Started, and wrestled with for the last two years, the pages are now coming to life. Editor Judy MacKeigan, Cleveland Metroparks historian/archivist ... View More >
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Leeks Are Up!

Posted: 3/3/2016
Posted By: Bethany Majeski
Original Source: Notes from the Field

I’ve never seen leeks up this early, but sure enough, while preparing for our upcoming Maple Sugaring program, I spotted some popping up at the end of February! Wild leeks- Allium tricoccum - also known as ramps or spring onions, are among the very first signs of spring in our forests. They usual... View More >
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A Little Bit About VisCom

Posted: 3/2/2016
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

In 1962 a small maintenance building in Brecksville Reservation was re-purposed to function as an “Exhibit Lab.”  For the first time since the trailside museums opened in the 1930s, there was now a place to build exhibits and then transport the finished product to install at the museums.&nbs... View More >
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What's Happening In March?

Posted: 2/29/2016
Posted By: Danielle Garbo
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Fish Fry-days -  Pick from two delicious Fish Fry dinners On Fridays through March 25. See Merwin’s Wharf in Cleveland's Flats menu here , and Big Met Golf Course in Fairview Park's menu here . Maple Sugaring -  On Saturdays and Sundays in March, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Rocky River, ta... View More >
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Maintaining Our Cool

Posted: 2/24/2016
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

This winter has been mild, to put it mildly. In most years though, those of us who live in Northeast Ohio have experienced some cold, brutal winters.  On the flip side we can also suffer through extreme high heat and humidity in the summer.  But, for the most part we have a temperate cl... View More >
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Honeydew For Dinner

Posted: 2/24/2016
Posted By: Martin Calabrese
Original Source: Notes from the Field

The honeydew to which I refer is not the edible melon, but aphid scat. To the untrained ear, this may sound like the hip name for an indie rock band. Allow me to clarify. Aphids are animals. They comprise a family of insects with nearly 4,500 species identified to science! Yes some are pests. Wel... View More >
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Nature Speaks Eloquently

Posted: 2/17/2016
Posted By: Karen Lakus
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Newspaper archives are a wonderful resource when researching the past. While browsing our local Cleveland Plain Dealer articles, I often come across columns written by the late George E. Condon who worked for the newspaper from 1943 until his retirement in 1985 and wrote a daily column for o... View More >
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5 Valentine’s Day Date Ideas in Cleveland Metroparks

Posted: 2/12/2016
Posted By: Danielle Garbo
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Dine by the river - Merwin’s Wharf’s special “two for $50” Valentine’s Day Dinner will be served tonight and tomorrow, Feb. 14. Check out the delicious menu here . But hurry and reserve your spot, there’s only a few left! Hit the snow trails - Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing is permitted on ... View More >
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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No wait… It is a bird!

Posted: 2/11/2016
Posted By: Matthew Knittel
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Watching raptors soar on thermals on a sunny day is one of my favorite things.   Their seemingly effortless gliding is mesmerizing and relaxing.   Watching them though, I have to wonder: Where do they come from?   I mean, I know where they come from: when a mommy hawk and a daddy h... View More >
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Your Parks, Your Stories + Cleveland Historical

Posted: 2/6/2016
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

There is nothing more satisfying than to finally start seeing the fruit of a project that took root a couple of years ago. In 2014, Cleveland Metroparks and Cleveland State University began collaborating on an oral history project called Your Parks, Your Stories . The idea was planted by several ... View More >
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Light as a Feather

Posted: 2/4/2016
Posted By: Danielle Gray
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Black and white flashes in the corner of my eye…. quick fast movements with a hint of friendly and inquisitive chatter…chickadees in the woods…. When I first came to Rocky River Nature Center as a naturalist one of my goals was to get outside and hike, hike, hike! One day as I headed out to take ... View More >
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Presents from the Planet

Posted: 1/27/2016
Posted By: Beth Whiteley
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Each season our planet serves an important purpose to all of the species that call it home. In winter, the rotation and repositioning of our planet in its orbit shortens the days to provide us with the cold air and snow to cleanse and renew the earth. In the spring, it changes yet again, to begin... View More >
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Things Can Get Squirrely... Flying Squirrely!

Posted: 1/21/2016
Posted By: Carly Martin
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Have you ever seen a flying squirrel? I’ve heard that they are the most common squirrel in Ohio, although our experiences with them rarely support that. Seeing them in the wild is rare. They are nocturnal. They are pretty much the exact same color as tree bark. And, they are fast! An old fleece h... View More >
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Books to help you find NEW trails

Posted: 1/15/2016
Posted By: Marjorie Thomas
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

As an ardent outdoors person, I love spending time in nature. Whether I’m hiking, biking or skiing, I’m a happy camper. Oh yes, I love camping, too. But, I’m also an avid reader. So when my favorite activities collide, I’m in heaven.  Two of my favorite hiking books are written by local auth... View More >
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Burl Blog

Posted: 1/14/2016
Posted By: Debra Shankland
Original Source: Notes from the Field

I really kind of like weird wood.   You know, trees with character:   twisted trunks, branches with 90 degree elbows, two trees of different species growing intertwined, completely hollow trunks sprouting live branches, and other freakish abnormalities.   Winter walks in a leafless... View More >
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Ok, so it's finally winter. Now what?

Posted: 1/11/2016
Posted By: Danielle Garbo
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Ok, so it's finally winter. Now what?  Play #FindSandy - Each week in January, we’ll post clues on Facebook to “Find Sandy” the snowman. Sandy will appear on Saturdays at various locations throughout the Park District. The first 25 people who find Sandy on Saturday WIN a prize! Cross-country... View More >
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Nature's Gift

Posted: 1/7/2016
Posted By: Bev Walborn
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Have you finished “decking your halls” and “trimming your tree” now that the holidays are over?   Why not consider giving a gift to nature by recycling your live evergreen trees. An evergreen tree placed on its side in a corner of your yard will invite many animals to seek shelter. Carolina ... View More >
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Treasures of Old Attics

Posted: 12/30/2015
Posted By: Kathy Schmidt
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Old attics are fascinating places. I was looking through files in the attic of Brecksville Nature Center when I came across natural history notes from the 1930s and 1940s written by several people including A. B. Williams who was Cleveland Metroparks’ first naturalist and Harold Wallin, Brecksvil... View More >
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A Big Year in Review

Posted: 12/24/2015
Posted By: Martin Calabrese
Original Source: Notes from the Field

I live and breathe naturalist. I search for and find the ultimate in nature. From hawks to meadowhawks, I will patiently find the findable. Why? Because I need to see it through my senses before I can share its steward-worthy story. When I’m not biologizing in the field, my unshakable duty is to ... View More >
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Why Do Some Trees Hang On To Their Dead Leaves?

Posted: 12/23/2015
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Every winter, the deciduous forest becomes barren and skeletal – the trees bare and the forest floor covered in brown, dead leaves. A few evergreens scattered about are reminiscent of the lush green colors of summers, but the rest of the trees have shed their leaves for winter, with new buds read... View More >
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Cemetery Connections

Posted: 12/23/2015
Posted By: Karen Lakus
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Cleveland Metroparks Connections at Harvard Grove   I enjoy exploring cemeteries, especially really old ones with gigantic trees and weathered stones. Over the past year, I have developed and led tours of a few of the City of Cleveland cemeteries including Harvard Grove which is on Lans... View More >
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A Natural Mystery Solved

Posted: 12/23/2015
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

One of the greatest privileges I have had being a Cleveland Metroparks employee is becoming intimately acquainted with many of the reservations. Through leading hikes, attending educational in-services, special projects or spending personal time, each reservation has revealed its own stand-alone ... View More >
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My December Favorites

Posted: 12/21/2015
Posted By: Linsey Saunier
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Although it’s hard to believe, the holiday season is officially here. As I write this, it is rainy and rather warm outside. It seems we are going to have a very un-Cleveland Christmas this week! There are still lots of ways to come out and play and get in the holiday spirit at Cleveland Metropark... View More >
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Fostering Nature Play Year-Round

Posted: 12/17/2015
Posted By: Carly Martin
Original Source: Notes from the Field

I take play in nature very seriously. Research, experience, intuition and good sense tells us that creative play in natural settings is important for children. Cleveland Metroparks is a place where, whether it be on a trail or in a designated play area, children can balance on logs, hop over stre... View More >
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Bottle-less Drinks

Posted: 12/10/2015
Posted By: Matthew Knittel
Original Source: Notes from the Field

The Watershed Stewardship Center houses many Cleveland Metroparks employees.   All of us here care passionately about our environment, and do our part in keeping it clean and healthy.   This includes using reusable water bottles instead of purchasing new plastic bottles when we’re thirs... View More >
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Cleveland Metroparks: Back to the Future

Posted: 12/9/2015
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

The end of another year is a good time to ponder the past and dream about the future.  As Cleveland Metroparks historian, I spend a lot of time delving into the past, but the approach of a new year has me wondering what Cleveland Metroparks might look like in the next hundred years or so. &n... View More >
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Autumn Meadowhawk

Posted: 11/26/2015
Posted By: Martin Calabrese
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Gracing the shores of Sanctuary Marsh flits the easily spooked, yet expectedly-present autumn meadowhawk ( Sympetrum vicimum ). An unseasonal animal, the insect darts gently from fallen leaf to rock to conveniently placed log. A nighttime low of 40 degrees is no match for the delicate baby-beast ... View More >
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5 Instagram Accounts to Follow Right Now

Posted: 11/23/2015
Posted By: Stephanie Winget
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Instagram is currently my favorite social media platform. With more than 400 million users worldwide, this app continues to grow and expand its brand assets.  The mobile photo sharing service launched in December 2010 and averages more than 80 million photo uploads per day!  Whether you... View More >
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The Bones of the Matter

Posted: 11/19/2015
Posted By: Carly Martin
Original Source: Notes from the Field

So often the traces that animals leave behind are slight or quick to fade. Footprints are washed or melted away, chew marks are grown over and droppings are absorbed into the surroundings.  But bones, at least some bones, hang around a bit longer. It’s common to come across the skeleton of a... View More >
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Waystations & Wonder

Posted: 11/12/2015
Posted By: Joe Higgins
Original Source: Notes from the Field

The Monarch butterfly is one of the most recognizable and charismatic species of insects native to Cleveland Metroparks.  Their spry flight and beautiful coloration make them a sight to behold.  Unfortunately, we have seen a significant decrease in our Monarch butterfly populations in t... View More >
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What We're Reading

Posted: 11/2/2015
Posted By: Brendan McHugh
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

The (Pretty Much Totally) Complete Health Case for Urban Nature I’m not a doctor, but I do sit near one in The Atlantic’s New York office. So you can trust me to know that MD-in-residence James Hamblin is on to something when he writes in the magazine’s October issue about the rising appreciation... View More >
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Pumpkin Carving

Posted: 10/29/2015
Posted By: Sharon Hosko
Original Source: Notes from the Field

When I was growing up, carving the family pumpkin for Halloween was simple:   two triangle eyes, an upside down triangle nose, and a smiling mouth with a few teeth here and there.  Ah, the good old days! ​       How things have changed.  Now there are pumpkin ca... View More >
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History = Enjoyment = Appreciation

Posted: 10/28/2015
Posted By: Carl Casavecchia
Original Source: Roots Revealed

I really enjoy how tidbits of history can take me places, either in my mind or in reality. On October 20, I visited Shawnee Hills Golf Course in Bedford Reservation to check on a few interpretive signs. This beautiful fall day came on the heels of a snowy weekend. With the fall color still abunda... View More >
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5 Leaf-Loving Hikes for Fall Color Viewing #cLEAFland

Posted: 10/23/2015
Posted By: Danielle Garbo
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

The peak of the splendid reds, golds, oranges and yellows of autumn occurs in Cleveland Metroparks in mid-October – so get outside today! Bedford Reservation – Viaduct Park Loop Trail Wayside panels introduce the history of this area on your way to see the power and beauty of The Great Falls of T... View More >
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Fall Splendor

Posted: 10/22/2015
Posted By: Danielle Gray
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Rainbows in nature are more common than we think. The first thing that comes to mind is a rainbow after a thunderstorm. But they can also be found in the iridescence of a clam shell, the shimmer in a tiny rainbow darter fish’s scales or the oily sheen atop the water created by decomposing plant m... View More >
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Precious Places for Generations

Posted: 10/17/2015
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Do you have a site in Cleveland Metroparks that is your go-to spot to help you unwind, or you find as a safe place to reminisce about your childhood or family memories? Although I didn’t grow up in Ohio, as an employee of Cleveland Metroparks I find great joy in listening to your passionate and d... View More >
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Piecing it Together…

Posted: 10/8/2015
Posted By: Gayle Albers
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Nature nuts, artists, and science-types alike “take in” a piece of the planet through their keen senses and observations.    Some people then take very different approaches in how they document their observations from the field…perhaps through nature journaling, drawing, listing, photog... View More >
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Parker Ranch - Part 2

Posted: 10/7/2015
Posted By: Kathy Schmidt
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Last week I wrote about Adele Von Ohl Parker’s early life as a trick rider. The year 1928 found her stranded in Cleveland, giving horseback riding lessons. By 1929, she was able to purchase land on Mastick Road in North Olmsted where she continued giving riding lessons and started day camps for c... View More >
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Top Five Visionary Quotes From Early Cleveland Metroparks History

Posted: 10/5/2015
Posted By: Marjorie Thomas
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

As an out-of-town transplant one of the first things a native Clevelander showed me when I moved into town was Cleveland Metroparks. She was very proud of the Park District and rightly so. But many native Clevelanders are unaware of how unique and progressive this extensive Park District was and ... View More >
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Parker Ranch - Part I

Posted: 9/30/2015
Posted By: Kathy Schmidt
Original Source: Roots Revealed

For many years as I drove on Mastick Road to Rocky River Nature Center I would pass “Parker Ranch” with its historical roadside marker. I stopped to read it once, learning that the ranch was the home of Adele Von Ohl Parker.  My dear friend Lee Smith, whom I often mention in my blogs, told m... View More >
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Tips to make the most of your Boo at the Zoo experience!

Posted: 9/27/2015
Posted By: Joe Yachanin
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Tips to make the most of your Boo at the Zoo experience! Halloween is approaching fast! It’s time to figure out a costume and pick a date to head out to the 26 th annual Boo at the Zoo presented by Giant Eagle. This year Boo at the Zoo runs from October 15-18 and 22-25, and is open an extra hour ... View More >
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Hummingbird Nest (chapter 2)

Posted: 9/24/2015
Posted By: Martin Calabrese
Original Source: Notes from the Field

On 8/7/2015, I posted a Notes from the Field entry titled “ Hummingbird Next (chapter 1) ”. The post featured an active ruby-throated hummingbird ( Archilochus colubris ) nest located near Rocky River Nature Center on West Channel Pond Loop Trail. The first week of August proved busy for the adul... View More >
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4 Date Ideas in Cleveland Metroparks

Posted: 9/19/2015
Posted By: Danielle Garbo
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Swing from the trees - More than just a canopy tour, the Go Ape course is made up of 5 zip lines, with 4 taking you across a wetland, and 42 obstacles including 2 tarzan swings, spider’s web, and jungle crossing, just to name a few. With Ranger Lake and Rocky River nearby, the adventure and scene... View More >
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Confessions of a Fall Wildflower Watcher

Posted: 9/17/2015
Posted By: Carly Martin
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Nature lovers adore spring wildflowers.  Most naturalists revel in them.  I like spring wildflowers; I pay attention to them.  Signs of spring are always welcome.  But late summer and fall wildflowers are what really get my heart pumping.  To step out into a field of yell... View More >
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Time Wharf

Posted: 9/16/2015
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Time Wharf   The area of the Cuyahoga River around Rivergate Park and Merwin’s Wharf is seeing an increase in recreational users and their human-powered watercraft. Rowers have been using the area for decades and their regattas now draw competitors from neighboring states; dragon boaters pad... View More >
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We've Come a Long Way

Posted: 9/16/2015
Posted By: Karen Lakus
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Bicycling has been a popular activity in Cleveland since the late-1800’s. Long ago there was little need for bike trails since automobiles weren’t even on the roads yet. In Cleveland Metroparks, a single, unpaved 3 mile bike trail was dedicated in Rocky River Reservation in 1939. Today, cyclists ... View More >
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Trails (old and new!)

Posted: 9/12/2015
Posted By: Linsey Saunier
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Growing up, my weekends were spent in South Chagrin Reservation, hiking and exploring. So when I moved back to Cleveland last year, I was excited to rediscover the trails I had spent so much of my childhood on. Our family spent summers hiking in Sulphur Springs, and winters at the sledding hill. ... View More >
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Check these Checklists!

Posted: 9/10/2015
Posted By: Matthew Knittel
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Have you ever wondered how many species of trees are within Cleveland Metroparks? Or perhaps you've wished that you could easily keep track of the different bird species you've seen within Cleveland Metroparks?  Well, now you can! Cleveland Metroparks has updated its eight plant and animal s... View More >
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10 Things You Didn't Know About Moths

Posted: 9/10/2015
Posted By: Mark Warman
Original Source: Notes from the Field

 On any given late summer evening, hundreds of species of moths are on the wing in Cleveland Metroparks. Drawn to light, they can be observed near picnic shelters and nature centers lights. In meadows, they pollinate flowers, find mates and are devoured by predators like bats. Each moth has ... View More >
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Ghost Remains at Bonnie Park

Posted: 9/9/2015
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

For almost a century engineers and construction crews have worked to create trails, roads, fords, bridges and buildings throughout Cleveland Metroparks. This allows guests to travel throughout the park system, hike, bike, or ride amongst nature, and to find restrooms and shelter for picnics. ... View More >
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Content Marketing World attendees - this one's for you!

Posted: 9/4/2015
Posted By: Danielle Garbo
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Attention to the over 3,500 expected Content Marketing World attendees!!! Make sure to explore our fantastic Cleveland Metroparks while you’re here! Here’s some ideas to run with: Pre-conference run – Located only 6 min. from the Convention Center, the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Trail offers... View More >
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Don't Blame Goldenrod

Posted: 9/3/2015
Posted By: Bethany Majeski
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Fall allergies got you sneezing and wheezing lately? Don’t blame beautiful goldenrod! Goldenrod plants may look like an easy target for allergy sufferers’ ire, but because they rely on animal pollinators to spread and reproduce, their pollen mainly stays put in the flower, where it awaits for a v... View More >
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Stuff. Save or Toss?

Posted: 9/2/2015
Posted By: Carl Casavecchia
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Hoarder or thrower? Save it or trash it? We all fall somewhere along the continuum of these groups when it comes to going through our stuff. I’ll admit, I’m more of a saver – not quite to the hoarder stage, but it depends on what it is. And yes, it’s hard for me to throw stuff out.   I’m not... View More >
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Hummingbird Nest (chapter 1)

Posted: 8/27/2015
Posted By: Martin Calabrese
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Along West Channel Pond Loop Trail, 1/10 of a mile north of Rocky River Nature Center is an active ruby-throated hummingbird ( Archilochus colubris ) nest! The lichen-lined nest is well camouflaged in a maple tree beside the east wing of the loop trail, well over 20 feet from the forest floor. &n... View More >
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Blog About a Log

Posted: 8/20/2015
Posted By: Carly Martin
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Sanctuary Marsh next to North Chagrin Nature Center is a favorite place for many people to walk and enjoy viewing birds, beavers, muskrats, turtles and dragonflies.   The marsh is an excellent habitat for many wetland creatures who call it home.   And a beautiful wooden boardwalk across... View More >
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"Bereastock"

Posted: 8/19/2015
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

In 1970 a group of youths from Berea had visions of creating a local version of Woodstock, at least in a small way.  Some enterprising promoter put an ad in a local paper inviting the public to a rock festival near Wallace Lake at the area known, appropriately as Music Mound.  Unfortuna... View More >
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Collaborating to Catch Awesome Stories

Posted: 8/14/2015
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

As we wind up the Your Parks, Your Stories oral history project in August, I can truly say this has been one of the most awesome projects I have been associated with since my employment with Cleveland Metroparks in 1996. The passion that patrons have for Cleveland Metroparks is astonishing. The p... View More >
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7 ways to enjoy your hike a little more

Posted: 8/13/2015
Original Source: Notes from the Field

A hike out in nature can inspire us to take in the beauty of the moment. Our everyday lives can be stressful, but I find nature to be calming and rejuvenating. Whether you’re interested in relieving stress, benefiting from some exercise, filling time, or learning something new; a hike out in the ... View More >
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A Boat Load of Fun

Posted: 8/7/2015
Posted By: Marjorie Thomas
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Cleveland has been getting a lot of press lately and it’s about time the world saw what a great town we have.  With the beautiful weather we’ve been having, it’s also the perfect time for you to get out and experience or rediscover CLE and our great lake.  Think you have seen it all and... View More >
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10 Things You Didn't Know About Milkweed & Monarchs

Posted: 8/6/2015
Posted By: Bethany Majeski
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Monarch butterflies have been in the news lately, and now more people than ever are becoming aware of just how important one plant can be. Milkweed- the only food source for monarch caterpillars- is quickly catching on as a desirable ornamental garden plant (who wouldn't want monarchs in their ya... View More >
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The Urban Bird Gets the Worm

Posted: 7/31/2015
Posted By: Joe Yachanin
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

When I first started birding several years ago, I used to get confused or bewildered responses from people when I would tell them about how much I enjoyed it. But I’ve noticed that happening less and less frequently over the last two years or so. Now when I mention birding, I tend to get pressed ... View More >
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Parks, Nature, and Stress Reduction

Posted: 7/29/2015
Original Source: Notes from the Field

A walk in nature has long been considered to be a stress-reliever – a way to take your mind off the pressures of daily life and appreciate the ingenuous beauty of the natural world. But what is this beauty? How do you appreciate it? How can it reduce stress and enrich your life? How do you make t... View More >
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Nose-to-Nose with the World’s Tallest Mammal

Posted: 7/27/2015
Posted By: Stephanie Winget
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

It’s been a great couple weeks in Cleveland for a few reasons! Aside from this week’s fantastic weather, the all-new giraffe deck is officially open at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo! On a beautiful morning, the Ben Gogolick Giraffe Encounter opened to the public. Families lined up with their Romaine l... View More >
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Eastern Cottontail: The Prey

Posted: 7/23/2015
Original Source: Notes from the Field

The eastern cottontail ( Sylvilagus floridanus ) is a species that people often see in their yards, and the more unfortunate find in their gardens. These garden eaters are a true native species to Ohio, meaning they were here before European settlers came to America! The eastern cottontail became... View More >
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From Rocky River Trailside Museum to Nature Center

Posted: 7/22/2015
Posted By: Carl Casavecchia
Original Source: Roots Revealed

  “I can remember coming here in high school with my biology class” was something I heard quite often in my year at Rocky River Nature Center. This was a great place to study aquatic life, the valley history, geology and more. Prior to working there, my early, limited exposure to the Rocky R... View More >
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That's a Tough Bug to Swallow!

Posted: 7/16/2015
Posted By: Carly Martin
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Have you considered how a frog’s tongue, which functions very well to extend out and catch insects, might be involved or not in swallowing that just caught insect?  It’s an interesting thing to consider.  Many of us have watched a toad hunting for insects or worms in our yards and garde... View More >
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Your Sunday Funday Itinerary

Posted: 7/15/2015
Posted By: Linsey Saunier
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Here's your official Cleveland Metroparks Sunday Funday Itinerary! 8 – 10 a.m.      Play 9 at Washington Golf Course Just minutes from downtown, Washington Golf Course is an executive length course.   With fast greens, this course is ideal for a morning 9 or a quick lunch... View More >
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Creating a Ring of Green

Posted: 7/15/2015
Posted By: Karen Lakus
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Rather than picking a topic for this blog, I decided to choose a date and look into what was happening in the Cleveland Metropolitan Park District at that time.  I chose July, 1955 and looked through newspaper records to see what I could find. I was delighted to read an article from the Clev... View More >
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My 3 Favorite Hikes With My Pup

Posted: 7/13/2015
Posted By: Brendan McHugh
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Just over a year ago I made the decision to rescue a dog. I found the perfect puppy, an 8 week old girl, who I named Luna.  Luna has always been full of energy and the perfect outlet has been going for walks, especially in our Cleveland Metroparks. Though we like to explore different parts o... View More >
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Old Maps Tell Stories

Posted: 7/13/2015
Posted By: Kathy Schmidt
Original Source: Roots Revealed

I inherited a cigar box full of old topographic maps from my friend Lee Smith. Lee, born in 1906, was a long-time volunteer at Rocky River Nature Center who loved hiking. Lee wrote notes, hike routes, dates, and mileage all over his maps, and these notations tell stories about him. By looking ove... View More >
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Monsters of the Shallow

Posted: 7/9/2015
Posted By: Matthew Knittel
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Quietly lurking beneath the surface… …hiding under every rock… …legs scurrying… …bodies squirming… …tiny terrors… …monsters of the shallow… … Macroinvertebrates ! They can be small, but all are visible to the naked eye (macro-), and all – whether insects or non-insects – are spineless (invertebra... View More >
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For Sake of the Forest

Posted: 7/2/2015
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Once upon a time, the land that would become Ohio was a wild place. Two-hundred and sixty-five years ago, nearly 100% of “Ohio” land was covered in dense, unclaimed forest. Your nearest shopping center was not even a glimmer in someone’s mind. Elk, bobcat, black bear, gray wolf, and even American... View More >
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July is the month to get off the couch

Posted: 7/2/2015
Posted By: Steve Volchko
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

July is the month to get off the couch, away from the TV and out of the house. There’s a reason all they run on TV in July are movie re-runs and that's is because you shouldn’t be watching them…although I will make an exception to catch one of the 20 showings of Will Smith’s Independence Day on J... View More >
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Trees: A Glorious Sign of Life

Posted: 7/1/2015
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

As a fledgling park system, seeking to surround the once 6 th largest city in the nation, it is no wonder that trees would be at the top of Cleveland Metropolitan Park District’s project list in its early years.  After all, if we were to live up to our future name, Emerald Necklace, we neede... View More >
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Horns vs. Antlers

Posted: 6/25/2015
Posted By: Martin Calabrese
Original Source: Notes from the Field

The same traits that help an onlooker identify a wild creature can also help the animal send nonverbal messages such as territoriality or reproductive maturity. The intended recipient of such communication is usually another creature of the wild realm, but you too have a chance to decode the not-... View More >
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5 Things to Know About Adventure Club Premium Membership

Posted: 6/19/2015
Posted By: Kristen Hoffert
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Have you checked out Cleveland Metroparks Adventure Club yet? This membership program for kids 12 and younger has been enhanced with some exciting new features for Premium members! We've added more exclusive opportunities to get behind-the-scenes at the Zoo and experience the outdoors in one of o... View More >
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"Schreck" Lives! at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Posted: 6/18/2015
Original Source: Roots Revealed

“Schreck” Lives!   at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo   Viktor Schreckengost   was one of the most prolific ceramicists/sculptors/painters/designers/Clevelanders for the better part of eight decades. And, while he passed away in 2008 at the age of 101, some of his work lives on in Clevela... View More >
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My challenge to you, is to complete the Emerald Necklace

Posted: 6/16/2015
Posted By: Matthew Knittel
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Let’s face it: Cleveland has had some rough years.   From the weakening of the steel industry to having a decades long championship drought, we’ve been the punching bag for comedians, media, and most of the country.   Well, that’s changing. Cleveland has many great attractions and ameni... View More >
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Door Keys and Zoo Keys

Posted: 6/10/2015
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

A couple of weeks ago I went on vacation and spent several nights in hotels along the way.  At check-in we were given those now familiar room “keys” that resemble a credit card. A swipe of the card through the magnetic lock and the hotel room door opens.  I have used these types of card... View More >
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Providing Awesome Experiences

Posted: 6/5/2015
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

One the greatest joys of heading up the oral history project, Your Parks Your Stories , is meeting awesome individuals and families who have invested much of their lives in Cleveland Metroparks. Their experiences and recollections as children, adults, parents and grandparents could literally fill... View More >
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I'll see YOU at Edgewater LIVE and Euclid Beach LIVE!

Posted: 6/4/2015
Posted By: Stephanie Winget
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

For Northeast Ohioans, summer is the time of year that we get outside and stay outside. We try everything possible to avoid a beautiful evening indoors. So instead of spending Thursday’s happy hour and Friday’s dinner plans inside, make your way to Edgewater LIVE and Euclid Beach LIVE! Both serie... View More >
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Ticks Ahoy!

Posted: 6/4/2015
Posted By: Bethany Majeski
Original Source: Notes from the Field

One animal no one wants to encounter on a hike is a tick. These small arachnids crawl onto passing animals like birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. After embedding sucking mouthparts into their host, ticks feed on blood, ballooning to several times their original size. The most common tick y... View More >
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OK, I admit it. I’m not a runner.

Posted: 5/28/2015
Posted By: Marjorie Thomas
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

OK, I admit it. I’m not a runner. Yes, I dabble in jogging a few miles, a few times a week purely for exercise – but a serious runner I am not. So when I decided to run my first 5K a few years ago, I figured I’d better make it a good one as it would probably be my first and last race. I found the... View More >
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Coyote Q&A

Posted: 5/28/2015
Posted By: Martin Calabrese
Original Source: Notes from the Field

The coyote ( Canis latrans ), highly adaptable, intelligent and often misunderstood. Along with phone calls about deer fawn, fledgling songbirds, and mistakenly-orphaned small mammals, lately the dialogue about coyote encounters has increased. Here are the facts.  How do I know if I’ve spott... View More >
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Unwritten Benefits

Posted: 5/27/2015
Posted By: Carl Casavecchia
Original Source: Roots Revealed

After 32 years of working for Cleveland Metroparks, I have witnessed not only my own benefits of being out in the park, but those of many others. Anything from family reunions in picnic areas with the amazing aromas of grilling ribs to children studying an inchworm crawling across a leaf the... View More >
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The Many Lives of the Gordon Park Bathhouse

Posted: 5/22/2015
Posted By: Karen Lakus
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Public bath houses were once a necessity at area beaches.  Edgewater, Euclid Beach and Gordon parks all had large bath houses with hundreds of rooms for swimmers who had ridden in streetcars or walked to the beach, to change their clothes. With the emergence of car culture in the 1930’s, bat... View More >
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Rockin’ at the Docks at e55

Posted: 5/22/2015
Posted By: Joe Yachanin
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Did you catch Saturday’s summer season debut of Cleveland Metroparks new live music series at "e55 on the lake?" Don’t worry if you missed it, Cleveland Metroparks has lined up a whole summer’s worth of live music at e55 on the lake, the restaurant at the East 55 th Street Marina, from 8-11 p.m. ... View More >
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One Year Countdown

Posted: 5/18/2015
Posted By: Carly Martin
Original Source: Notes from the Field

I’m so excited!   We have one year; mark your calendars!   Mid – late May of 2016: Cicada Invasion! Think back to the summer of 1999 and again, back to 1982.    Early summer of those years in much of Ohio was defined by the huge buzzing clumsy insects that emerged from their 1... View More >
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#litterfreelakefront

Posted: 5/14/2015
Posted By: Danielle Garbo
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Cleveland Metroparks is committed to keeping all of its properties clean and safe for visitors. Trash collection and litter pickup is an area the Park District continues to focus on and improve, especially at Edgewater Park. Help us, help you! Litter pickup takes up a considerable amount of staff... View More >
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Professional Enrichment

Posted: 5/14/2015
Posted By: Joe Higgins
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Working with fellow educators is always very rewarding, s cience teachers tend to be very inquisitive and passionate about their subject!   I recently had the opportunity to act as an instructor at an aquatic science teacher workshop in conjunction with professors from Case Western Reserve U... View More >
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On Top of Mt. Baldy

Posted: 5/13/2015
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

“Then and now” photos have become very popular in the past few years.  Entire books have been devoted to then and now shots of cities, including Cleveland.  As we plan for our 100 th Anniversary at Cleveland Metroparks, we hope to include some photos of this kind to help tell the story ... View More >
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Doctrine of Signatures

Posted: 5/7/2015
Posted By: Bethany Majeski
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Did you ever notice that spring wildflowers often have funny names? What’s with “wort” being tagged on the end of these plants? Why the references to human anatomy?  To me, one of the best parts of greeting these early bloomers is getting to know the often-fascinating history behind the name... View More >
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Talk About Hoofin' It!

Posted: 5/6/2015
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Some of the first settlers who arrived in what we know today as Brecksville came from Massachusetts on foot. Their imprint is still visible today as a memorial in Cleveland Metroparks Brecksville Reservation. In 1811, Lemuel Bourne and his friend Walter Waite made the six-week trek to secure land... View More >
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It's Patio Season

Posted: 5/3/2015
Posted By: Steve Volchko
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

It's patio season. Three words that Clevelanders endure. Polar Vortexes, Siberian Expresses and Arctic Apocalypses and whatever other catch-phrased blast of sub-zero air we have. Some patios have scenic, sprawling views while some are on busy thoroughfares where the people are the scenery. No mat... View More >
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Snakes: The Unappreciated

Posted: 4/30/2015
Posted By: Kelly McGinnis
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Some people love them, some hate them, and some respect them, but snakes tend to trigger an immediate response in most people.   The sight of these long, slender, legless reptiles can paralyze some people with fear.   Although they have a negative reputation, they are misunderstood by m... View More >
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The Wheel in the River

Posted: 4/29/2015
Posted By: Kathy Schmidt
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Years ago, a fisherman noticed something odd protruding from the Rocky River in the Rocky River Reservation. Looking closer, he saw that it was an old wagon wheel. Forty years later, the wheel came to Rocky River Nature Center where Paul Goebl, a park maintenance worker, preserved what remained o... View More >
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It's All In The Hips

Posted: 4/25/2015
Posted By: Brendan McHugh
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

The grass is green, the trees are budding and spring is finally here! With the arrival of spring, we can finally get back outside and enjoy the beauty that Cleveland has to offer this time of year. This year I decided to get fitted for new clubs at Sleepy Hollow. My golf clubs were about six year... View More >
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Drifting back to 1940-41…

Posted: 4/24/2015
Posted By: Carl Casavecchia
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Upon digging through the annual reports, I am intrigued to discover all the details of the progress in Cleveland Metroparks. Last month I wrote about happenings in 1959. This time I chose 1940-41. I wanted to see what was happening in the Park District around the beginning of World War II. As a c... View More >
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Tips for Teachers: Fossils

Posted: 4/23/2015
Posted By: Martin Calabrese
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Teaching young audiences about the nature of fossils is a tricky process. For example, you’re planning a field trip that will navigate a valley with exposed Ohio shale formation and would like to spice up your lesson with the topic of fossils. Rocky River Nature Center overlooks 100 feet of the m... View More >
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Earth Day, Every Day

Posted: 4/17/2015
Posted By: Kristen Hoffert
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

We may celebrate Earth Day only once a year, but you can support and protect the environment every day - and, it’s easy to do so! This Wednesday, April 22, marks the yearly celebration that leaves many wondering how they can incorporate eco-friendly behaviors into their daily routines. How often ... View More >
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Nature's Annual Scavenger Hunt

Posted: 4/16/2015
Posted By: Selby Majewski
Original Source: Notes from the Field

The first triumphant trill of a Red Winged Blackbird.   The rumor of skunk cabbage at Jackson Field.   The sudden disappearance of ice on Sunset Pond.   This year, we were all searching for signs that winter was finally ending.   Skunk Cabbage Blossom Although it seemed like w... View More >
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African Penguins Have Arrived at the Zoo!

Posted: 4/10/2015
Posted By: Kelly Smith
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Two years ago, I had the pleasure of going on one of my bucket list trips - South Africa. After years of saving and months of planning, we arrived in Cape Town. Much to our dismay the weather was not in our favor. Heavy rain and fog had descended on the city. In an effort to see a sunnier side of... View More >
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Bird Dialects

Posted: 4/9/2015
Posted By: Matthew Knittel
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Written by: Jill Collins, Naturalist  My grandmother, a native of Maiden,   North   Carolina, told me once that her mother could tell which small, nearby town a stranger was from based on the way they spoke. While someone today may not be able to hear a distinction between one town... View More >
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Cherry Blossom Time

Posted: 4/8/2015
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Every spring the people of Japan watch eagerly for the blossoming of the cherry trees, sakura.   The Japanese Weather Service offers a “ sakura front” watch, complete with maps that trace the spreading pink from the island of Okinawa in the South to the island of Hokkaido in the North. ... View More >
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Don't go chasing waterfalls?

Posted: 4/3/2015
Posted By: Stephanie Winget
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Whoever said "don't go chasing waterfalls?" As a matter of fact I think I will! In Cleveland Metroparks Garfield Park Reservation is the largest waterfall in Cuyahoga County. Described as one of Cuyahoga County’s “best kept secrets” Mill Creek Falls stands tall at 48 ft. high. The waterfall ... View More >
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Fresh This Month

Posted: 4/2/2015
Posted By: Bethany Majeski
Original Source: Notes from the Field

It's amazing how quickly spring starts. One week, it's 20 degrees and snow, and the next, green growth is popping up out of the ground. As a homesteader, I try to prepare as much as possible for this sudden burst of energy and life. Often the transition is all too soon, and I am behind in pruning... View More >
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Penguins Are Making A Comeback

Posted: 3/27/2015
Posted By: Marjorie Thomas
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

You may think Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s newest exhibit is a bit formal, but that’s only because the birds appear to be wearing tuxedos. Yes, you guessed it!  After 13 years, adorable waddling penguins are back at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo – though just through September. As you enter the Zoo... View More >
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A Dry Swim

Posted: 3/26/2015
Posted By: Martin Calabrese
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Over the course of a year, a bird will encounter unpredictable conditions. At times unfavorable weather, such extreme temperatures or high winds, can ground the otherwise airborne animal. Certain birds of a feather prefer water, including waterfowl that visit and revisit the Rocky River year afte... View More >
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Remember the Ladies

Posted: 3/25/2015
Posted By: Karen Lakus
Original Source: Roots Revealed

“Women have made up half the human race, but you could never tell that by the books that historians write.”  - Arthur Schlessinger, Jr.   Each year during the month of March I present a program called “Famous and Infamous Cleveland Women” at numerous meetings and events.  It is a p... View More >
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1959

Posted: 3/19/2015
Posted By: Carl Casavecchia
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Have you ever looked back at a calendar of events, activities, songs, movies and more from the year you were born? If you have, I’m sure you’ve learned a few things new about life during your first moments on earth. If you haven’t, give it a try and discover what came about around the time you di... View More >
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To-Do (week of March 16, 2015)

Posted: 3/15/2015
Posted By: Danielle Garbo
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

What are your plans for the week? Let us help! Check out 4 FUN HAPPENINGS to put on your to-do list this week! Celebrate the luck of the Irish at Merwin’s Wharf – Heading downtown on Tuesday? Make sure to stop by Merwin’s Wharf in the Flats! From 8 - 11 a.m., Merwin’s will be serving breakfast fo... View More >
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Our Day in the Sun

Posted: 3/11/2015
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Our Day in the Sun You can tell its spring in Northeast Ohio when the human population starts shedding their winter coats and roaming about without hats. Yesterday’s sunshine made the 34 degree weather seem balmy. It did, however, occur to me that 34 degree weather in July would send us all scram... View More >
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The Power of Water

Posted: 3/11/2015
Posted By: Gayle Albers
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Nature’s water is the magnanimous ruler of the earth.  It is a universal healer: satiating the body after an arduous hike, greening dormant seedlings with its spring rains, and cleansing the skin of the earth as creeks flow to meet their neighboring rivers, lakes, and seas.   Water... View More >
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Spring Ahead!

Posted: 3/6/2015
Posted By: Linsey Saunier
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

I hope everyone remembered to spring forward last night! Daylight Savings Time is the sign that winter is (hopefully) coming to a close, the snow is melting and before long, things will start blooming– plus the official start to spring is just 12 days away! Daylight Savings Time also means more s... View More >
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White-winged Crossbill!

Posted: 3/4/2015
Posted By: Bethany Majeski
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Well, I had this nice blog all lined up talking about sustainable yard and garden design… but I guess it will have to wait until next month because WE HAVE A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL AT GARFIELD PARK CENTER!!! ​ It was hard to get a good photo of our shy visitor. Here he is in profile, munching sun... View More >
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Conservation – A Pillar of Commitment

Posted: 3/4/2015
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Since its inception, Cleveland Metroparks has been dedicated to three major pillars that have directed its mission for 98 years: conservation, education and recreation. The Your Parks, Your Stories oral history project has been a very enlightening experience for Cleveland Metroparks staff, as we ... View More >
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Golf Is Truly For Anyone

Posted: 2/28/2015
Posted By: Brendan McHugh
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

For me, a passion for golf started at an early age, about 8 years old. I can remember getting up at the break of dawn and heading out to Shawnee Hills Golf course for my golf league, on the par 3 course. I would go play 9 holes and be clamoring for more, I was just getting warmed up. From there I... View More >
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Augmented Reality

Posted: 2/27/2015
Posted By: Carl Casavecchia
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Not long ago I learned of the term “augmented reality”.   Dictionary.com defines it as “ an   enhanced   image   or   environment   as   viewed   on   a   screen   or   other display,   produced   by   overlaying  com... View More >
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Sinzibukwud

Posted: 2/26/2015
Posted By: Martin Calabrese
Original Source: Notes from the Field

The mechanics of maple sugaring call for creating a tap hole in a sugar maple ( Acer saccharum ), inserting a draining port (e.g., spile), collecting the 2-4% sugar-concentrated sap drips, and evaporating 39 gallons of water for every 40 gallons of collected sap. Various cultures have been perfec... View More >
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An Outsider's Perspective

Posted: 2/20/2015
Posted By: Steve Volchko
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

I’ll start with a disclaimer, I’m from a little rival town called Pittsburgh. Before you close this page and look at something else, let me tell you that I love Cleveland and, counting my time at John Carroll University, have called it my home for going on 13 years. I didn’t grow up with Clevelan... View More >
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How to Catch a Vulture

Posted: 2/19/2015
Posted By: Carly Martin
Original Source: Notes from the Field

This is how you catch a vulture. When I was growing up, I roamed the neighborhoods of Painesville, Ohio in search of nature connecting activities.   I did find some; kids like me was always do.   But I longed for a more rural living with wilder experiences.   We would drive out to ... View More >
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WONDERS OF WETLANDS

Posted: 2/18/2015
Posted By: Debra Shankland
Original Source: Notes from the Field

The environmental values of wetlands are well-documented.   They purify and store stormwater, prevent flood damage, and function as nurseries for shellfish and sport fish.   These qualities are concrete, tangible and translate into cold, hard cash.   But wetlands have other values ... View More >
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Put on your tiara, crown or best shade of green!

Posted: 2/13/2015
Posted By: Kristen Hoffert
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Looking for family fun on a cold winter’s day? Hop on over to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s sixth annual Fairytales & Frogs event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, February 16 in The RainForest. Dress up as your favorite prince, princess, or frog and discover some amazing amphibians! Put ... View More >
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"It's Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature"

Posted: 2/11/2015
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

The swollen Rocky River wreaks havoc on a concession stand  in the Rocky River Reservation The snowy winter weather we are having this week is beautiful to look at, but admittedly causes a certain amount of disruption to our daily lives.  However, I’ll take the snow any day over floodin... View More >
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Love is in the air at Cleveland Metroparks

Posted: 2/6/2015
Posted By: Kelly Smith
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

If you're anything like me, the last thing that you want to do on Valentine's Day is worry about a getting a reservation at a swanky restaurant. Finding a place to eat with reservations available can be stressful enough and let's be honest, it's a bit "been there, done that." Why not break out of... View More >
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Brookside Park: Providing More Than a Hundred Years of Recreation

Posted: 2/5/2015
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Land set aside for the public’s greater good started early in Cleveland history. Brookside Park is one of the earliest parks created for the growing urban population. However a park system was envisioned as the Civil War was coming to a close. As early as 1865, the city of Cleveland began to see ... View More >
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What's Cookin' at Garfield Park?

Posted: 2/4/2015
Posted By: Bethany Majeski
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Garfield Park Reservation’s visitor center is transitioning into an Urban Agriculture Center that promotes homegrown foods and backyard sustainability skills. We have the opportunity to try all sorts of new public programs, and we’re having a lot of fun along the way.   Today, my co-workers ... View More >
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New Year, New You?

Posted: 1/30/2015
Posted By: Stephanie Winget
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

At the start of a new year, you typically hear the famous saying, “new year, new me!” It may sound cliche, but I do think the New Year makes for a great time to reflect on what changes you want to make going forward. On Christmas Eve, I wrote the blog post, “Get Out and Get Moving after the Holid... View More >
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The Thrill of a Lifetime

Posted: 1/29/2015
Posted By: Sharon Hosko
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Take a moment to think back on your childhood when the only things that really mattered were playing outside all day and having fun. As adults, many of us lose this perspective on life. One of my favorite authors, Rachel Carson, wrote: “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he n... View More >
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A Wintry Revealing of Roots

Posted: 1/28/2015
Posted By: Carl Casavecchia
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Earlier this month I was in warm Tempe, Arizona. The environment and the architecture were all new and excitingly enticing for discovery. Now, I sit looking out at the snow on another cold, wintry northeast Ohio day. I could easily fall back into the warmth of my memories, but instead I... View More >
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Facts and Fiction Behind Groundhog Day

Posted: 1/23/2015
Posted By: Marjorie Thomas
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

So what are we observing every February 2? Groundhog Day actually began in Pennsylvania in the 18th century when the Pennsylvania Germans celebrated an ancient European tradition wherein a badger predicted the weather. If the badger, then in later years a groundhog, sees his shadow, meaning the s... View More >
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Dansa Sculpture at Edgewater Park

Posted: 1/22/2015
Posted By: Karen Lakus
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Ever wonder what that large, metal structure is in the lawn at Upper Edgewater Park?  It is actually a sculpture by a world renowned New York artist named Charles Ginnever.  The sculpture, called Dansa , was part of a 14 piece exhibit, “Sculpture in the Park,” that was on display from J... View More >
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Big Years & Big Birds

Posted: 1/22/2015
Posted By: Martin Calabrese
Original Source: Notes from the Field

For the bird-seeking wildlife enthusiast, New Year’s Day refreshes the annual list of species recorded through the lens of a spotting scope, binoculars, camera, or eye. For some, the list may only be a fleeting memory of a regal raptor seen soaring above Lake Erie’s shoreline. For others, the lis... View More >
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Winter is Here

Posted: 1/15/2015
Posted By: Matthew Knittel
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Winter is Coming Here While driving in the snow and shoveling the driveway may not be everyone’s favorite activities, watching the snow fall from the comfort of a cushy chair, or while out on a hike in the woods can be one of the greatest experiences. But what is a snowflake?   Snowflakes fo... View More >
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"Cleveland's Nature Trails"

Posted: 1/14/2015
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

In 1937 over seventeen thousand Cleveland area residents purchased a small publication from Cleveland Press sub-stations around the city.  The publication was simply titled, “Cleveland’s Nature Trails,” and its cost was a mere 6 cents. Even in the midst of the Great Depression this was a goo... View More >
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10 Things To Do At The Zoo In Winter

Posted: 1/9/2015
Posted By: Danielle Garbo
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Did you know that Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is only closed two days out of the entire year? It’s true! With the exception of Christmas and New Year’s Day, the Zoo is open and waiting to be explored, and each season at the Zoo is a different experience. The peace and quiet of the winter months make... View More >
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A Kind and Gentle Friend

Posted: 1/7/2015
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Across from the circular wading pool along Gorge Parkway in Bedford Reservation stands a shelterhouse with a curious name: Hermit’s Hollow. With a name like this, there must be a good story behind it. ​ Most of our information comes from a gentleman, Joe Jesensky, who lived 101 years and spent mu... View More >
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Up Close with Nature: Hand Feed a Chickadee

Posted: 1/2/2015
Posted By: Kelly Smith
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Have you ever had a wild bird land in the palm of your hand? Up until today I can admit that I had never had that experience. I've had pigeons land on my head before and a seagull swoop in and steal my pizza, but I've never had a dainty, beautiful bird eat from my hand.  This is just one of ... View More >
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Seed Fever

Posted: 1/1/2015
Posted By: Bethany Majeski
Original Source: Notes from the Field

It may be freezing and gray outside, but in my head, next spring’s garden is in full bloom. It’s that time of year again: the seed catalogs are arriving in the mail. A variety of shapes and sizes from all over the country stuff my postbox, each catalog boasts a dizzying, color-saturated cornucopi... View More >
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Fossil Snowflakes?

Posted: 12/31/2014
Posted By: Danielle Garbo
Original Source: Notes from the Field

The ? is for the skeptics. Dinosaur footprints are accepted as fossils and I suspect that other than slight differences in size and age, snowflake imprints are fossils as well. The Fiona Macleold quote beautifully describes how I have come to love the winter woods:  “Go to the winter woods: ... View More >
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Huntington Reservation – John Huntington’s Legacy

Posted: 12/31/2014
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

    “The view is breathtaking!” John Huntington may have thought as he pushed open the hatch and stepped onto the platform of his water tower overlooking Lake Erie. Often mistaken for a lighthouse, the tower held water pumped from the lake for Huntington’s farm. In 1889, Huntington used... View More >
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Get Out and Get Moving After the Holiday Season

Posted: 12/24/2014
Posted By: Stephanie Winget
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

The holidays are a time to sit back, relax, and... indulge. One cookie turns into two, and two turns into three. I definitely over-do it a bit with the sweets, I’ll admit that they are my weakness. My family’s holiday celebrations typically revolve around food and I wouldn’t have it any other way... View More >
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The Duck’s Head

Posted: 12/24/2014
Posted By: Carl Casavecchia
Original Source: Roots Revealed

I had heard for years about the infamous Dike 14, owned by the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority and operated adjacent to the Cleveland Lakefront State Park along the shores of Lake Erie. Adventurous birders who explored the area were amazed at the large number of bird species found there,... View More >
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Blonding

Posted: 12/24/2014
Posted By: Martin Calabrese
Original Source: Notes from the Field

A hike is more than a walk in the woods. It's a chance to exercise sure, but it's also a chance to work out your wild intellect. When I lead a hike, I usually do a bit of reconnaissance in the months preceding, and again days before the hike. This ritual is to familiarize myself with the trail an... View More >
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Cleveland Riches Flowed from Ditches

Posted: 12/19/2014
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Cleveland Riches Flowed from Ditches   Cleveland riches flowed from ditches. One really long ditch, in particular. And it’s a little hard to believe the glory, the wealth, and the growth that flowed forth from here: Not from those tall buildings in the background, but from a ditch on the oth... View More >
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Looking for the Sparkle in Winter

Posted: 12/11/2014
Posted By: Carly Martin
Original Source: Notes from the Field

It’s winter again and here we are in Cleveland, Ohio.   There are times when the brilliance we see in warmer seasons seems dampened by thick gray clouds, a sun that’s low on the horizon, trees that are skeletons of muted tones and chilling winds that seem to cut you to bits.   It’s easy... View More >
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This One's for The Birds

Posted: 12/10/2014
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

This morning when I was in my backyard, I heard an unusual (to me) bird call. I found myself wishing I had one of our amazing naturalists by my side to identify this bird for me. I am not alone in my curiosity, I am sure. There are many serious birders, both those that work as naturalists and tho... View More >
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Come out and experience the icy thrill of Cleveland Metroparks Toboggan Chutes!

Posted: 12/8/2014
Posted By: Holly Keck
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

If you’re looking for outdoor winter fun or perhaps you're entertaining out-of-town guests over the holidays, I suggest an exhilarating, one-of-a-kind ride down Cleveland Metroparks twin toboggan chutes at The Chalet located in Mill Stream Run Reservation in Strongsville. The Toboggan Chutes are ... View More >
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A Central Place of Joyful Meeting

Posted: 12/3/2014
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Karamu means a central place of joyful meeting in Swahili. This title was eventually given to an arts theater associated with a neighborhood on the east side of Cleveland called the Playhouse Settlement.   The concept began in 1915 by two individuals named Rowena and Russell Jelliffe.  ... View More >
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Five Ways to Eat Local in Winter

Posted: 12/3/2014
Posted By: Bethany Majeski
Original Source: Notes from the Field

More and more folks are catching on to the fact that eating local foods is a great way to support healthy bodies, communities, and environments. The exact distance it takes to make “local food” local varies depending on who you’re talking to. If you find it helpful, think of local food as that wh... View More >
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Giving Thanks for Your Stories

Posted: 11/26/2014
Posted By: Carl Casavecchia
Original Source: Roots Revealed

As I sit here the day before Thanksgiving, that sense of gratefulness of the season comes over me for many things. As I ponder what to write about, I turn my thoughts to the appreciation for the very organization I work for and have come to embrace. I recall the hikes of discovery as I prepared f... View More >
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Winterizing

Posted: 11/26/2014
Posted By: Martin Calabrese
Original Source: Notes from the Field

The creatures among us in the natural world have unique ways of managing the arrival of winter, and I don’t mean bunking down with you by a warm crackling fire. In the case of wildlife, some have multiple techniques while others simply have one. Chances are that any avian, reptilian, amphibian or... View More >
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Big Met Golf Course is the place to try out new activities this winter

Posted: 11/21/2014
Posted By: Joe Yachanin
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Northeast Ohio may have gotten an advance this year on snowy weather, but if you look on the bright side it just means more opportunities for outdoor winter fun. One activity I’m really looking forward to doing again this year is cross-country skiing. I tried this classic winter sport for the fir... View More >
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Celebrating our First People

Posted: 11/19/2014
Posted By: Karen Lakus
Original Source: Roots Revealed

American Indians occupied Northeast Ohio for thousands of years before the arrival of the first Europeans. These prehistoric groups did not leave any known written records or descendants, so artifacts and features they left behind in the soil help scientists piece together the story of our f... View More >
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Memorials

Posted: 11/17/2014
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

What does the word memorial mean to you? A quick Google search brings up the following definition: “something, especially a structure, established to remind people of a person or event.” If you drive along the Valley Parkway in the northern part of Rocky River Reservation you will see a larg... View More >
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Meet the Dawn Redwood

Posted: 11/13/2014
Posted By: Carly Martin
Original Source: Notes from the Field

When life seems simple, when trees with needles are evergreen and trees with broad leaves are deciduous and drop their leaves, I am here to remind you that things are rarely simple.   Meet: dawn redwood or Metasequoia.   This tree, which you can find in several places in Cleveland Metro... View More >
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Tinker's Creek: Beauty and History at Every Turn

Posted: 11/7/2014
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Have you acquainted yourself with Tinker’s Creek yet? If you haven’t, you are missing a gorgeous waterway in Bedford Reservation. A perfect place to get up close and personal with this 28.2-mile creek just south of downtown Bedford. This historic area was part of the original Bedford Township sur... View More >
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Adventures in Cheesemaking

Posted: 11/5/2014
Posted By: Bethany Majeski
Original Source: Notes from the Field

My interests lie in creating as much of my own resources as possible. One of my favorite things to experiment with making is cheese. I see it as an art, and love nothing more than to try the plethora of varieties out there. On our yearly pilgrimage to Vermont, my husband always rolls his eyes at ... View More >
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Henry Beach: A Humanitarian of Local Reknown

Posted: 10/30/2014
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Like many of you, I am always intrigued by old cemeteries found in the countryside along less-traveled roads. Who were these people? How did they pass? What contributions did they make to their neighborhood or community? Many years ago when I moved to Ohio and was getting to know Hinckley Reserva... View More >
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Being in the moment. Taking fall in.

Posted: 10/24/2014
Posted By: Linsey Saunier
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

A few weekends ago I went hiking with friends and did something I admittedly had not done in a long time. I left my phone at home. I encourage everyone to consider leaving your phone at home, or at least leaving it in your pocket from time to time when you are out - and truly experience nature. I... View More >
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Squire's Legacy

Posted: 10/23/2014
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

I have become intrigued by the urban legends/ghost stories about Squire’s Castle that can be found on myriad web sites.   The basic story is as follows: In the 1890s wealthy oil executive Feargus B. Squire began to build an English style country estate on land that is now part of North Chagr... View More >
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Shoestring Root Rot

Posted: 10/23/2014
Posted By: Martin Calabrese
Original Source: Notes from the Field

What is that? A simple question leads Naturalists down a road of curiosity, questions, and with a bit of skilled practice, answers. When an organism is identified it opens the door, takes on meaning, and hopefully allows a student to dig deeper. While leading a school group along West Channel Pon... View More >
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An Unexpected Visitor

Posted: 10/16/2014
Posted By: Carly Martin
Original Source: Notes from the Field

On September 12, 2014, North Chagrin Naturalist, Jeff Riebe discovered a turtle that just didn’t quite fit what he would expect to find in the nature center pond.   Trapped in the rocky corner, the turtle had been pushed by some heavy rains into the overflow of Sunset Pond, adjacent to North... View More >
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Weir Here!

Posted: 10/15/2014
Original Source: Roots Revealed

  Weir along Towpath Trail in Cleveland Metroparks Ohio & Erie Canal The point of a canal – a man-made waterway – is to control an amount of water and where it flows so that it can be used reliably for transportation, recreation, irrigation, etc. You need enough water to achieve and main... View More >
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Cedar Point Nursery

Posted: 10/6/2014
Posted By: Kathy Schmidt
Original Source: Roots Revealed

When Cleveland Metroparks was founded in 1917, it looked vastly different than it does today. Many of the original forests had been cleared for agriculture. The 1929 Annual Report states that it was the park board’s “. . . ambition to replant large areas of the reservations, and restore them to t... View More >
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Planting Garlic

Posted: 10/2/2014
Posted By: Bethany Majeski
Original Source: Notes from the Field

October is garlic-planting time in Ohio. You may be surprised at just how easy it is to grow your own year’s supply of organic garlic. It’s virtually pest free, not at all fussy, and best of all- the deer don’t eat it! All garlic asks for is some fertile, well-drained soil that gets good sun. To ... View More >
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Wandering Roots in Bedford Reservation

Posted: 9/30/2014
Posted By: Carl Casavecchia
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Roots Revealed is Cleveland Metroparks history blog that brings to light some of the history of the parks and its people. As I read the blogs and even prepare to write some of them, I am initially drawn to certain aspects of the park’s history. This month, I wanted to write about some of the hist... View More >
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A purple and gold September Sunday

Posted: 9/25/2014
Posted By: Holly Keck
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

What is purple, gold and viewed by cheering fans in the fall? The Minnesota Vikings? No. Baltimore Ravens? No. If you said fall wildflowers then you’d be correct! In the spring I took my two children ages 12 and 14, along with their two friends, to look at spring wildflowers. We walked along the ... View More >
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Thinking About Trash

Posted: 9/25/2014
Posted By: Carly Martin
Original Source: Notes from the Field

I was doing some thinking this week about trash.   What grade would I give myself regarding how I discard material that might go into a landfill?   What grade would you give yourself?   Are you one of those people who carefully look at everything discardable and decide if it is saf... View More >
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Tree Roots

Posted: 9/25/2014
Posted By: Martin Calabrese
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Stream walking the Rocky River last week led me down a rabbit hole. For reasons unexplained, I’m fascinated by natural phenomena that grace your everyday periphery. As a result, I scramble for more info until my brain feels denatured. This ambitious routine builds a jack-of-all-trades mental unde... View More >
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Along the Mill Creek Trail

Posted: 9/17/2014
Posted By: Karen Lakus
Original Source: Roots Revealed

When walking along the Mill Creek Trail in Garfield Park Reservation it’s pretty hard to miss the natural beauty of the area. Right now, late summer wildflowers are blooming below trees full of acorns, buckeyes and black walnuts.  The first fallen leaves of autumn are beginning to the litter... View More >
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The Great Bear Mountain Expedition

Posted: 9/10/2014
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

I love this photograph for so many reasons.   Number one, I love seeing a group of men out traipsing in the woods in three piece suits.   While I love today’s casual clothes, I sometimes yearn for a time when people dressed up more often and rarely left the house without a hat.   S... View More >
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NEOCycle Extravaganza! - {a guest blog post}

Posted: 9/8/2014
Posted By: Danielle Garbo
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Today we are turning the Cleveland Metroparks Blog reins over to cyclist Rob Thompson for a guest post! Rob chats about everything you can look forward to at the upcoming NEOCycle extravaganza. Enjoy! Thanks Cleveland Metroparks! Greetings I’m Rob Thompson, an elite amateur cyclist (category 1) a... View More >
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Fine Lines

Posted: 9/4/2014
Posted By: Bethany Majeski
Original Source: Notes from the Field

As a professed nature lover, I sometimes find myself in the odd position of rooting against wildlife. I’ve decided to try and grow as much of my own food as possible on my two-acre parcel, and this has placed me at times in direct odds against the wild things that I love.   Last week, a red-... View More >
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Remnants and Reminiscence of a Precious Place

Posted: 9/3/2014
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

A crumbling concrete drive, oxidized flaking bridge frames, a huge Quonset hut, and pillars with rusty cables still cling to what was clearly a swinging bridge… all speaking of happy days gone by.   ​ Winding road coming down off of Parker Road to Camp Crag - 2014. Old Quonset hut served as ... View More >
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Scooping Up Smiles with Emerald Necklace Premium Ice Cream

Posted: 8/29/2014
Posted By: Marjorie Thomas
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

We are all, of course, familiar with Cleveland Metroparks, also known as the Emerald Necklace.  And I’m sure you are also familiar with another well-known local company, Pierre’s Premium Ice Cream Company.  Well, what happens when the two meet?  A great new ice cream flavor, of cou... View More >
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Giant Hogweed?

Posted: 8/28/2014
Posted By: Martin Calabrese
Original Source: Notes from the Field

To the budding field biologist-- Lately, giant hogweed ( Heracleum mantegazzianum ) inquiries are frequent. Visitors have asked our Natural Resources staff and Outdoor Experiences staff if the plant species is present in northeast Ohio. Specifically, folks are concerned about the skin irritation ... View More >
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My Story-Your Story-Our Parks

Posted: 8/27/2014
Posted By: Carl Casavecchia
Original Source: Roots Revealed

“Your Parks, Your Stories” is a two-year project  (2014-2015) where Historical Interpreter Foster Brown, Historian Judy MacKeigan, along with a host of volunteers are collecting stories from you, our park guests about your experiences in Cleveland Metroparks. This project is not only helping... View More >
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Northern Brown Snakes are Adorable

Posted: 8/21/2014
Posted By: Carly Martin
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Northern brown snakes are adorable. Some of you are saying, “no way.” But they are. It’s their tininess mostly. On average, when I find a northern brown snake, also known as a DeKay’s snake, they are about the size of a pencil. I’ve found worms that are larger.  Northern brown snakes ar... View More >
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This event tips the ‘scales’ on family fun

Posted: 8/20/2014
Posted By: Joe Yachanin
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Have you ever gone for a hike in your favorite Cleveland Metroparks reservation and spotted a snake slithering across the path? Maybe you were wading in a creek when you noticed a turtle swim right past you. Cleveland is home to many different types of reptiles and here at Cleveland Metroparks, w... View More >
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Straight from the Canal. Almost.

Posted: 8/20/2014
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Straight from the Canal. Almost. “Crooked river” is the most commonly accepted translation of “Cuyahoga River,” as it is most commonly spelled. And it certainly deserves that moniker. Starting about 35 miles east of Cleveland, the Cuyahoga River twists and turns as it heads southwest toward Akron... View More >
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Down in the Flats

Posted: 8/13/2014
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Merwin's Wharf at Cleveland Metroparks Rivergate Quick, what do you think of when I say “the Flats?”   Many of you may picture the flats of the 80s and 90s, when a rowdy, frat house atmosphere prevailed.   If you are of the generation that grew up during the 30s and 40s, you might remem... View More >
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How I Became a Nature Expert

Posted: 8/10/2014
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

How does a marketing seasonal end up identifying frogs at 8 a.m. on the Fourth of July? Well, I’m an unofficial part-time naturalist. Working at Cleveland Metroparks for two years has taught me so much about Cleveland and nature When I work in the marketing department, I have to immerse myself in... View More >
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Horsing Around in Cuyahoga County

Posted: 8/8/2014
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

With Cleveland Metroparks 100 th Anniversary approaching in 2017, we historical interpreters are having a ball. The Your Parks, Your Stories oral history project has opened up wonderful opportunities for us to gather your memories in story and photo form. It has been an awesome experience hearing... View More >
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Frostville Museum

Posted: 7/31/2014
Posted By: Kathy Schmidt
Original Source: Roots Revealed

One of my favorite places in the park is the Frostvile Museum in Rocky River Reservation. This living history village has a quiet, tranquil setting that immediately makes me feel like I’m living back in 1800s Olmsted Township. The homesteads and barns, the little white church and the flower beds ... View More >
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Got Him?

Posted: 7/31/2014
Posted By: Carly Martin
Original Source: Notes from the Field

As I wandered along my favorite stretch of the Rocky River, I heard the whining of wings near my ear and felt a little pinch on my arm. At this point, most would have slapped their arm and said “got him,” but not me. I curiously watched the insect as her abdomen became larger and redder. Just whe... View More >
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Time flies when you're having summer fun!

Posted: 7/25/2014
Posted By: Laura Andrews
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

I don’t know about you, but summer always goes WAY too fast for me! Just as the weather becomes hot and sunny, I blink and we’re getting ready to start August. Where does the time go?! Because this seems to be a reoccurring phenomenon for me every summer, and because I’m an over-planner, I try to... View More >
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Anniversary Celebrations

Posted: 7/25/2014
Posted By: Carl Casavecchia
Original Source: Roots Revealed

  On July 23, Cleveland Metroparks turned 97 years old. Started in 1917 after many years of deliberation in the Ohio State Legislature, the Cleveland Metropolitan Park District became the first metropolitan park district in the state of Ohio. The first acquisition of land was a 3.4 acre parc... View More >
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Gulp!

Posted: 7/24/2014
Posted By: Martin Calabrese
Original Source: Notes from the Field

In my last blog post, Dragons Still Fly , I dove into the natural history of dragonflies. These speedy creatures truly astonish me. A dragonfly willingly hunts and captures prey larger than its own body and at times, heavier. It performs such aerial feats on the wing and with an exceedingly high ... View More >
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Rediscovering Cleveland Metroparks

Posted: 7/21/2014
Posted By: Linsey Saunier
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Last spring, I decided to move back to Cleveland after living in Chicago for eight years. I loved Chicago, but was looking to be closer to my family and enjoy the outdoors more regularly. I have very fond memories of Cleveland Metroparks as I grew up near the South Chagrin reservation.  Week... View More >
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A Celebration of Art in Nature & Nature in Art

Posted: 7/17/2014
Posted By: Carly Martin
Original Source: Notes from the Field

You may or may not know that Cleveland Metroparks Look About Lodge has invited people to work with us for a few years now to have an entry into the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Parade the Circle parade that takes place in June each year. In the past we’ve artistically represented a meadow in bloom a... View More >
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Looking Outside the Lines

Posted: 7/16/2014
Posted By: Karen Lakus
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Do you remember the song from Sesame Street that went something like this? “Some of these things are not like the others, Some of these things just don't belong, Can you tell which things are not like the others, By the time I finish my song?” Ok, so I changed a few words around to create my vers... View More >
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Biology Camp for Teens

Posted: 7/15/2014
Posted By: Tim Krynak
Original Source: Notes from the Field

"Biology Camp for Teens"  was designed to introduce students to the scientific process through observation, experimentation and biological survey techniques used within Cleveland Metroparks.   Located at mostly at the Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek and one day... View More >
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Music is in the summer air throughout Cleveland Metroparks

Posted: 7/9/2014
Posted By: Joe Yachanin
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

The lakefront happy hour concerts at Edgewater LIVE and Euclid Beach LIVE might be garnering the majority of the headlines and publicity, but the truth is there’s music in the air across many of Cleveland Metroparks reservations. The music begins on Wednesdays at Garfield Park Nature Center. From... View More >
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"Over the River"

Posted: 7/9/2014
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Morley Ford as it looks today ​ As I write this we have been experiencing a lot of rain the past few days.   The section of the Rocky River that I drive along to and from my office has risen to the top of its banks and is a muddy brown, full of swirling eddies and rushing water as it makes i... View More >
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Walk a Mile in No Shoes

Posted: 7/4/2014
Posted By: Bethany Majeski
Original Source: Notes from the Field

I had a revelation while walking in the woods the other day: our shoes spoil us.   My husband has been entreating me to hike barefoot for years. “C’mon,” he says, “it feels great.”   No, no, I reply. It’s too hot, too cold, too muddy. The rocks hurt. What if I cut my foot?   My hus... View More >
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Fur Trade on the Cuyahoga

Posted: 7/2/2014
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

One of the first things I built when I moved to Ohio nearly 18 years ago was an outdoor canoe rack. My passion for paddling began on northern Indiana rivers where I would skip high school classes and paddle my 90-lb. Grumman canoe down the lazy Eel River by myself. My love for the “pull of the pa... View More >
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Dragons Still Fly

Posted: 6/26/2014
Posted By: Martin Calabrese
Original Source: Notes from the Field

The mythological dragon and the dragonfly navigating Cleveland Metroparks wetlands are both predators, but the similarity stops there. Although the dragonfly is real and the fire-breathing lizard is not, more people can describe the appearance of a dragon for you. Hmm… My gut tells me this trend ... View More >
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Reflections in A.B. Williams Memorial Woods

Posted: 6/25/2014
Posted By: Carl Casavecchia
Original Source: Roots Revealed

I traveled this past May, during North Chagrin Nature Center’s 30 th Anniversary Celebration, to the A.B. Williams Memorial Woods, a 65 acre parcel of beech-maple woods near Forest Lane Picnic Area. As I meandered down the path I enjoyed the spring wildflowers, the songs of the awakening bir... View More >
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What's on your summer bucket list?

Posted: 6/24/2014
Posted By: Holly Keck
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Maybe it was the summer solstice arriving on Saturday morning (June 21 st ) but I started thinking about my summer bucket list. I can't tell you how many times I've  made a list of things I wanted to do over the summer only to find come fall, I haven't  done a single thing on my list. K... View More >
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Are We There Yet?

Posted: 6/18/2014
Original Source: Roots Revealed

“Are we there yet?” How many times have you heard that during a family car trip?  Have you ever felt trapped within the confines of the family vehicle?  It seems like the little ones get antsy on any trip that stretches beyond ten minutes. Now imagine it’s the 1800s, and you own and ope... View More >
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Adventures in Beekeeping: Part 3

Posted: 6/17/2014
Posted By: LaDonna Sifford
Original Source: Notes from the Field

I have to say that after looking down and realizing that I was covered in bees (during my first hive inspection…ever) it became difficult to focus on completing the task. However, a few deep breathes later I also became aware that the bees were NOT stinging me! This is when I initially experience... View More >
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"Circle of Wildlife"

Posted: 6/11/2014
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

The new Circle of Wildlife Carousel, awaiting the next group of riders. Yesterday I paid a visit to the new Circle of Wildlife Carousel and the nearby Nature Discovery Ridge play area at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo this morning. This got me to thinking about the different types of children’s activit... View More >
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Swimming Suits Cleveland Metroparks

Posted: 6/9/2014
Posted By: Marjorie Thomas
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Water. On a sweltering summer day, cool water beckoning from a neighborhood pool or one of our many lakes can be all that stands between you and a mid-summer meltdown. However, to many, the water is both alluring and scary.  Statistics show that only 56 percent of Americans can perform the f... View More >
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Brecksville Nature Center 75th Anniversary

Posted: 6/4/2014
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Spring is always a busy time for me at Brecksville Nature Center with school group programs, preschool programs and planning ahead for summer camps. But, this year I am very excited to be busy with a special project. I have the honor of coordinating Brecksville Nature Center’s 75th anniversary ce... View More >
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Reflections on Hallowed Ground

Posted: 5/28/2014
Posted By: Carl Casavecchia
Original Source: Roots Revealed

As I embark on a new adventure in Cleveland Metroparks, coordinating its 100 th Anniversary in 2017, I find myself being able to get out and explore more areas within the park that I haven’t had the chance to revisit for a long time. My first move from Garfield Park Nature Center in February 2014... View More >
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Learning to Love the Lakefront

Posted: 5/23/2014
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

My relationship with Cleveland and its lakefront has had its ups and downs. A lot of my youth was spent in the honeymoon stage. I spent a lot of time at Edgewater Beach, digging tunnels to China in the sand, reenacting scenes from the Little Mermaid or hiding from 4 th of July fireworks ( I was t... View More >
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Red pandas, meerkats and golden lion tamarins…oh my!

Posted: 5/23/2014
Posted By: Laura Andrews
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

What do you usually think of when you hear the word carousel? Carousel horses right? I always think of the scene from Mary Poppins, as Mary, Bert and the children ride their horses right off the carousel and through the chalk country-side.  The new  Circle of Wildlife carousel  ope... View More >
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Remembering the Maine at Washington Park

Posted: 5/21/2014
Posted By: Karen Lakus
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Mounted on a sparkling granite boulder and surrounded by vibrant flowers, a relic from the U.S.S. Maine is on display in the triangle on Washington Park Boulevard between Harvard and Fleet Avenues. The relic consists of a section of the conning tower and porthole cover from the ship and serves as... View More >
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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work – “The Story of Cleveland Metroparks Facebook Page”

Posted: 5/19/2014
Posted By: Eric Barnett
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Here at Cleveland Metroparks, our Facebook page is a point of pride. We love all of the people who visit and interact with the Park District pretty much every single day. It’s a place where we make big announcements, share fun information, tell you exciting stories and let you know about what’s h... View More >
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Hold Your Stories Till the End...?

Posted: 5/15/2014
Posted By: Carly Martin
Original Source: Notes from the Field

I hope you don’t mind that many of my “Notes from the Field” lean towards people and experiences in the field rather than natural happenings….  Or, are those things so different?  I, and most nature educators, spend a great deal of time with school groups.  Children feel driven to ... View More >
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"Mighty Mashies"

Posted: 5/14/2014
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Warm weather has officially arrived and the golf courses at Cleveland Metroparks are blooming with golfers.  So, I decided this would be the perfect time to putter around in our historic golf photos and articles and share some of my finds. When the parks were established in 1917, golf was al... View More >
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Bugs Are Not Bad

Posted: 5/7/2014
Posted By: Bethany Majeski
Original Source: Notes from the Field

"Bugs," a term loosely applied to insects, spiders, millipedes, and all other creepy crawlies, are everywhere. They run the planet, in fact the vastly outnumber and outweigh us. In the U.S., there are about 400 pounds of insects per acre, compared to about 14 pounds of human flesh per acre. Yes, ... View More >
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Quarries of Grit

Posted: 5/7/2014
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Learning the history of the Western Reserve has been fascinating to me. The struggles the early settlers endured and the spirit of entrepreneurship they possessed still amaze me. As I explore the history of Cleveland Metroparks, their stories began to surface and I became more intrigued about the... View More >
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Leaf Man

Posted: 5/2/2014
Posted By: Marjorie Thomas
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

What’s the first thing that pops into your mind when you see the swoosh – Nike, the bullseye – Target, the golden arches – McDonalds… the Leaf Man -  Cleveland Metroparks, of course. You know, Cleveland Metroparks well-recognized logo – that we at the Park District fondly call, the Leaf Man.... View More >
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Sanstone, Schooners and a Sphinx

Posted: 4/30/2014
Posted By: Kathy Schmidt
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Tucked away behind the old Worden Homestead on Ledge Road in Hinckley Reservation are beautiful sandstone ledges adorned with ferns and wildflowers. Wandering among the cool ledges, hikers may be surprised to suddenly come face to face with a sphinx carved out of sandstone. Nearby are the carving... View More >
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Where the Wildflowers Are. . .

Posted: 4/29/2014
Posted By: Holly Keck
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Warm weather is here and spring wildflower season is already underway! When I read about Cleveland Metroparks Tour of Wildflowers, I thought it sounded like fun and something I could do with my kids over spring break. The first thing I did was signup online at clevelandmetroparks.com . I received... View More >
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The Mighty Oak

Posted: 4/24/2014
Posted By: Tim Krynak
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Each spring I anticipate bird migration.  Every morning I step out my backdoor and listen for the morning chorus to see who may have arrived overnight.  I pay close attention to the pin oaks as they are now in full bloom and this is where the birds are often found.    Why oaks... View More >
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Test

Posted: 4/23/2014
Posted By: Eric Barnett
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

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A Walk on the Wild Side

Posted: 4/23/2014
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

It is a beautiful spring day in 1930, where do you go to look for shy wildflowers, or enjoy the green leaves emerging on plants and trees?   You head out to your nearby Cleveland Metropolitan Park reservation, of course.   You can explore the woods on your own, or you can take advantage... View More >
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Wild Ride at the Zoo was an idea 30 years in the making

Posted: 4/22/2014
Posted By: Joe Yachanin
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Visiting Cleveland Metroparks Zoo was always a big deal when I was growing up. My family lived in a tiny house off Fulton Road, not too far south from Clark Avenue, and my mom was always looking for cost-effective ways to entertain us three kids. The Zoo was a great option (and still is) and it h... View More >
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Ewww!

Posted: 4/17/2014
Posted By: Carly Martin
Original Source: Notes from the Field

When I was growing up there was this cluttered, eccentric old pet store that my friends and I would go into and browse the odd collections of animals.  There was a screaming myna bird, which happily chatted with anyone who entered. There was a large, wire cage with an almost hairless, hunche... View More >
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Adventures in Beekeeping Pt. 2

Posted: 4/10/2014
Posted By: LaDonna Sifford
Original Source: Notes from the Field

So as a brand new beekeeper, with an open hive, 3000 bees and a smoker that was not producing any smoke; I felt compelled to continue. In retrospect, I realize that this was probably not the best choice. The books that I accumulated stated that smooth gentle motions were extremely important to th... View More >
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Training your canine for the K-9 5K

Posted: 4/9/2014
Posted By: Linsey Saunier
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

The weather is warmer, the snow has melted, the flowers are blooming - there has never been a better time to get out and run.   Why not choose a reliable running companion who won’t cancel on you because the Indians game is in extra innings – your dog!   Last week, my dog Briar and I st... View More >
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Button Road: A Road Less Traveled

Posted: 4/9/2014
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Do you like to explore new places, wander down old roads and paths, or peek into dilapidated buildings? I have always been that type of person. Exploring new or very old trails in hopes that I might discover clues from the past is very exciting to me.    Several years ago, my friend and... View More >
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5+ Ways to Stay Fit While Having Fun in Cleveland Metroparks

Posted: 4/4/2014
Posted By: Danielle Garbo
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Getting your daily dose of exercise is important. But, having fun while you’re doing it is even more important. Whether it is on land or water – the number of outdoor recreation opportunities in Cleveland Metroparks is endless. So, be good to your body while having fun with these 5 ideas: 1. Stan... View More >
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Coyotes: Your Friendly Neighborhood Predator

Posted: 4/2/2014
Posted By: Bethany Majeski
Original Source: Notes from the Field

The loveliness of Spring and all its fertile charms of gold-like green, flowers, and babies is by far most folks’ favorite time of year. Renewal and life are all around us, reminding us of why we live here after all. But, some of the new babes arriving to the world this month may be creating mala... View More >
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Parks of the Past

Posted: 4/2/2014
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Outside the windows of the building where my office is located I can see the beauty of the Rocky River valley.   I can also glimpse the greens of Big Met Golf Course, and watch people jogging along the All Purpose Trail or driving or biking along the road that winds through the valley.  ... View More >
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Making Summer Memories

Posted: 3/28/2014
Posted By: Lexi Korczynski
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Cleveland is finally catching spring fever, but if you’re anything like me, you’re ready to skip straight to summer.  My iPhone already has countdowns to my last college final (39 days!) and first day of summer vacation (44 days!). Looking back, some of my favorite summer memories revolve ar... View More >
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The American Toad

Posted: 3/27/2014
Posted By: Tim Krynak
Original Source: Notes from the Field

This plump amphibian is probably the most encountered amphibians of suburban backyards.  I always look forward to seeing them around my house and yard.  I can even distinguish individuals by their unique warty pattern.  This pattern not only provides camouflage, but their parotid g... View More >
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Return of the Buzzards: Tales of Fact and Fiction

Posted: 3/26/2014
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

A couple of blogs ago, right before the “Return of the Buzzards,” I told you I would explain why the turkey vultures congregate near Hinckley Lake and in that general vicinity. Here is a bit of information that surrounds this natural phenomenon. Well, there are several answers to that question. L... View More >
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Emerald Necklace Hidden Gems

Posted: 3/21/2014
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

You probably have a great relationship with your local Cleveland Metroparks reservation. You run on the trails in the mornings, walk off big dinners there in the evenings and relax there on the weekends. There is no area of the reservation that you haven’t hiked, biked or driven through. You’ve e... View More >
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Parents: Time to Start Planning for Summer!

Posted: 3/20/2014
Posted By: Carly Martin
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Yikes! I can’t believe it’s time to start planning summer.  I plan some of the summer camps at Look About Lodge and even write some of the little paragraphs that help you choose which experience is best for your child.  And yet, I’m surprised and even shocked that it’s the time in the y... View More >
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Baseball & Brookside

Posted: 3/19/2014
Posted By: Karen Lakus
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Spring Training is in full swing and baseball fans are gearing up for Opening Day, so let’s take a look at a time when Brookside Park, now part of Cleveland Metroparks Brookside Reservation, was a premier location for baseball games in Cleveland. In 1910, the Cleveland Amateur Baseball Associatio... View More >
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Matters of Mating

Posted: 3/18/2014
Posted By: Tim Krynak
Original Source: Notes from the Field

There's nothing quite like listening to the sound of chorusing frogs or watching salamanders wiggle their way across the road. Male spring peepers and wood frogs make their presence known as they call for a mate and the sound can be deafening. Unlike spotted and Jefferson salamanders, which ... View More >
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You're Not Alone

Posted: 3/14/2014
Posted By: Marjorie Thomas
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

It was a long hard winter, but spring is on its way and warm weather is right around the corner, right? Could it actually be warming up? I can’t wait until the first really warm day of the year. After all the snow, ice and single digit temperatures, on the first nice day I want to do something ou... View More >
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Adventures in Bee Keeping: Part 1

Posted: 3/13/2014
Posted By: LaDonna Sifford
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Hello and THANK YOU for checking out my first post on the Notes from the Field blog. I would like to introduce myself by introducing one of the most interesting aspects of my job as a Cleveland Metroparks naturalist; keeping honeybees. If you are considering a hive of your own, then now is the ti... View More >
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Spotting the Buzzards - A Grand Tradition

Posted: 3/12/2014
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Spotting the first buzzards that return to Hinckley every March 15 is a grand tradition. We naturalists prefer to call them by their true name, turkey vulture ( Cathartes aura ). However, for the town of Hinckley and Cleveland Metroparks, celebrating this “welcome back” ceremony for 57 years, a m... View More >
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The Best Buzzard Itinerary Ever

Posted: 3/7/2014
Posted By: Eric Barnett
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

This year the "Annual Return of the Buzzards" is special. For more than 55 years, without fail, the turkey vultures (a.k.a. buzzards) have returned to their roost in Hinckley Reservation on March 15. Normally this day falls in the middle of the week, which is the reason we started the Buzzard Sun... View More >
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Buzzard Trivia

Posted: 3/6/2014
Posted By: Tim Krynak
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Winter is beginning to wane here in Northeast Ohio and, as with every year, our attention turns to the sky as Buzzard Day brings in the promise of spring on the wings of the Hinckley Buzzards! With March 15 th right around the corner, the exact date of the yearly arrival of Turkey Vultures coming... View More >
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A Delicate Balance

Posted: 3/6/2014
Posted By: Tim Krynak
Original Source: Notes from the Field

  I often hear how lucky we are to have this wonderful park system and I wholeheartedly agree.  There are opportunities for everyone to get out and enjoy the natural world around them.  As a park district, it can be challenging to find the balance between conserving the land, prote... View More >
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"A little news sheet"

Posted: 3/5/2014
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Emerald Necklace -March, 1952 Next time you open your copy of the Emerald Necklace , (which we hope you do every   month!) take a moment to reflect on its long and illustrious history.   The Emerald Necklace made its first appearance in March of 1952. We don’t have “official” documentat... View More >
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Connecting People with Nature

Posted: 2/28/2014
Posted By: Holly Keck
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Connecting people with nature is a mantra you hear repeated over and over at Cleveland Metroparks. It's verbally spoken by staff and volunteers, written in our mission statements and it's even captured in images featured in marketing materials. It's repeated by Outdoor Experiences, Outdoor Recrea... View More >
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Mill Creek Connector Trail, Phase-2 Project

Posted: 2/26/2014
Posted By: John Kilgore
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Cleveland Metroparks has a long-term commitment to creating recreation connections into neighboring communities.  The Mill Creek Connector Trail is one such project.  Like beads on a necklace, the trail will link the Towpath Trail in Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation with Bacci Park in ... View More >
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Garfield Park and a Hoosier Farm Boy: A Surprisingly Common Connection

Posted: 2/26/2014
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

I remember as a child in northern Indiana spending hours upon hours swimming in local farm ponds which (I believe) were  dug to keep farm kids out of trouble. In fact, our 80-acre farm had a 2-acre pond that we took advantage of in all seasons. Stocked bluegills and bass provided hours of fi... View More >
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Amphibian Migration

Posted: 2/25/2014
Posted By: Tim Krynak
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Each day spring is a little closer.  This is the time of the year for anticipation of the annual amphibian migration to local vernal pools and wetlands.  Predictable, and yet unpredictable, this migration will occur every year without fail.  The unpredictable part is the weather. R... View More >
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March Maple Madness

Posted: 2/21/2014
Posted By: Joe Yachanin
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Maple sugaring season in Cleveland Metroparks is a sure sign that we are in the final throes of winter, and after the winter we've had, we need all the signs we can get. The annual tapping of the maple trees in the Rocky River Reservation is a Cleveland Metroparks tradition that dates back to the... View More >
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Sleeping on the Floor of the Lodge

Posted: 2/20/2014
Posted By: Carly Martin
Original Source: Notes from the Field

It has been an annual tradition at Look About Lodge for at least 10 years now to have a family overnight on the Sunday night before Martin Luther King Day.  This year was no different.   Well, there are a few differences:  Families can now register on-line for Cleveland Metroparks ... View More >
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A Bit About Acacia Reservation

Posted: 2/19/2014
Posted By: Karen Lakus
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Readers of my previous posts may surmise that I am interested in finding out how places in the parks got their names.  They are correct.  So when Cleveland Metroparks acquired the former Acacia Country Club property, now Acacia Reservation, in December 2012, I began to wonder about its ... View More >
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A Cleveland Metroparks winter gem: The RainForest

Posted: 2/14/2014
Posted By: Laura Andrews
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Need a place to warm up this winter but want to stay close to home? Did you know Cleveland Metroparks Zoo offers a tropical oasis open year-round? It's The RainForest , and here, it's always 80 degrees! The RainForest opened on November 19, 1992 and recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. The b... View More >
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More Winter Fun

Posted: 2/12/2014
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Observations by naturalist, Robert Furlong, in the Jan 1975 Emerald Necklace Last month I wrote about the history of our unique refrigerated toboggan chutes. But of course, there are lots of ways to have fun during the cold, snowy winter months in Cleveland Metroparks.   For this week’s blog... View More >
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7 Ways to Plan a Party in Cleveland Metroparks

Posted: 2/7/2014
Posted By: Danielle Garbo
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Unique. Customized. Flexible capacity. Year-round availability. And, exceptional food? I’m sold! Boasting more than 75 rental facilities across nearly 23,000 acres, Cleveland Metroparks has indoor and outdoor spaces in 18 reservations, eight golf courses and one world-class zoo. And, the Park Dis... View More >
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John Huntington: One Man's Lasting Legacy

Posted: 2/5/2014
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

What is the one common denominator among the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Metroparks, oil refineries, sandstone quarries, benevolent funds and the city of Cleveland? If you guessed John Huntington, congratulations!  I would like to introduce you to a man who started from humble beginni... View More >
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FootGolf - Just Kick It!

Posted: 1/31/2014
Posted By: Lexi Korczynski
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

When I was asked to create a post for the new Cleveland Metroparks Blog, FootGolf was the only thing on my mind! Growing up a soccer player in Northeast Ohio and later becoming a certified coach, the game isn’t completely foreign to me. We used to play our own version of FootGolf all the time - a... View More >
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Western Wheels or Water

Posted: 1/29/2014
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Imagine you and your family packing everything you own into a horse drawn wagon and moving to the wild Northwest Territory. You’re going to start a new life in the wilderness. When you arrive, you’ll immediately need to clear a section of dense forest and/or drain a section of swamp so you can bu... View More >
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Liquid Gold in Your Backyard

Posted: 1/29/2014
Posted By: Bethany Majeski
Original Source: Notes from the Field

  My dad is fond of saying that February feels like the longest month of the year, even though it is the shortest in length. I get that. It’s cold, it’s been cold, and there’s no foreseeable end in sight. The charm of fresh snow has long faded away, and the world outside seems like a vast wa... View More >
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You Know You Work at Cleveland Metroparks When:

Posted: 1/24/2014
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

Telling someone you work for Cleveland Metroparks almost always leads to more questions. In the time since I’ve started working here, people always want to know more about what it’s like to for work for the oldest park district in Ohio. It’s safe to say in year and half I’ve been working here, I’... View More >
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Amphibians are Amazing

Posted: 1/23/2014
Posted By: Tim Krynak
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Currently worldwide it is estimated that there are over 7,000 species of amphibians belonging to three distinct groups; Frogs (includes toads), Salamanders, and Caecilians (legless amphibians not found in the US).  They come in all sizes from t he world's smallest known vertebrate called the... View More >
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Cedar Point: A Pictorial History

Posted: 1/23/2014
Posted By: Kathy Schmidt
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Cedar Point, located ¼ mile south of Rocky River Nature Center in Rocky River Reservation, has long been a place of beauty.  Its 90-foot tall shale cliff with cedar trees clinging to the edge attracted visitors and enchanted local residents. During the 1800s a community of homes, farms and e... View More >
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Holes in the Snow

Posted: 1/21/2014
Posted By: Carly Martin
Original Source: Notes from the Field

I love tracking in the winter.  Tracks tell stories.  They tell stories of life and death, journeys and nightly rounds.  The precise linear tracks of a fox tell such a different story than the wandering, swirling tracks of a dog, while their toes are so similar.  Two paths of ... View More >
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Top 7 Wintertime Activities in Cleveland Metroparks

Posted: 1/17/2014
Posted By: Eric Barnett
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

In Northeast Ohio winter is often seen as a time to hibernate and stay indoors. Well, we here at Cleveland Metroparks don’t subscribe to this notion. Because, we know for a fact that there are amazing outdoor activities happening all around the Emerald Necklace. To help you make the most of this ... View More >
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Top 7 Wintertime Activities in Cleveland Metroparks

Posted: 1/16/2014
Posted By: Eric Barnett
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

In Northeast Ohio winter is often seen as a time to hibernate and stay indoors. Well, we here at Cleveland Metroparks don’t subscribe to this notion. Because, we know for a fact that there are amazing outdoor activities happening all around the Emerald Necklace. To help you make the most of this ... View More >
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The Many Lives of Gordon Park

Posted: 1/15/2014
Posted By: Karen Lakus
Original Source: Roots Revealed

At the end of the 19 th century, Cleveland was a fast-growing city.  Local leaders and wealthy industrialists began to see a need to preserve natural areas and give residents places to escape from the dirt and noise of downtown.  Gordon Park opened to the public in 1893 and qu... View More >
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Winter Funland: It's All Downhill From Here

Posted: 1/8/2014
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Many Clevelanders love to complain about our winter weather.   Others take advantage of the low temperatures and snowy days by getting outside and enjoying winter activities only available to us for a few months of the year.   So, while some grumble at snow, others feel cheated when the... View More >
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Welcome to Cleveland Metroparks New Blog

Posted: 1/8/2014
Posted By: Eric Barnett
Original Source: Cleveland Metroparks Blog

For nearly 100 years, Cleveland Metroparks has served the Northeast Ohio community, with a mission of conservation, education and recreation. This blog will be an extension of these goals and our commitment to the area. It will be updated regularly to provide you with exciting news, developments ... View More >
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It's Only Natural: A New Year's Wish

Posted: 1/1/2014
Posted By: Bethany Majeski
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Oh, man. It’s that time again. Time for all the commercials about whipping your body into shape. To make promises to quit smoking, spend more time with the kids, or finally clean out the spare closet. Very rarely do we pause in the daily routine of our lives to contemplate who we are and who we w... View More >
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The Legend of Robert Whipp

Posted: 1/1/2014
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Many visitors have hiked around the “Sharon Conglomerate” ledges in Hinckley Reservation for years and have admired the geological beauty they offer, but most are not familiar with the amazing story behind the ledges namesake, “Whipp.” Well, sit back for a few minutes while I tell you this true A... View More >
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Amphibian Task Force

Posted: 12/26/2013
Posted By: Tim Krynak
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Worldwide there are more than 6,300 known species of amphibians.  Today 32% are threatened, 43% are declining, and at least 168 species are believed to have gone extinct. This class of animals is in critical danger and there are several factors causing the decline including: habitat destruct... View More >
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It's Water Over the Bridge

Posted: 12/25/2013
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Aqueduct For those who’ve ever wondered what an aqueduct is, we’d like to provide you with an earworm clue. Ready? Sing: “Like a bridge over troubled water . . .” Okay. Sorry ‘bout that. But the song may help you to remember that an aqueduct is most closely associated with a bridge that conveys w... View More >
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Come Outside and Play

Posted: 12/24/2013
Posted By: Carly Martin
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Remember when you were a kid and you couldn’t wait for it to snow so you could head out for a snowball fight or to make a snowman or at least have a good reason to drink some hot cocoa?  Maybe you still look forward to snow days.  But, take a look around at the yards in any given neighb... View More >
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Conrad Mizer “Father of Park Concerts”

Posted: 12/18/2013
Posted By: Karen Lakus
Original Source: Roots Revealed

“He gave those with the slimmest of purses a fair chance to hear the best music"    On the west side of Edgewater Park stands a memorial fountain erected in memory of Conrad Mizer, who is often referred to as the “Father of Park Concerts,” in Cleveland.  Mizer spearheaded the estab... View More >
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Guardians of the Evergreens

Posted: 12/11/2013
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Emerald Necklace December 1952 It is a sad fact of life that wherever there are communities of people there are problems with vandalism. Cleveland Metroparks has not been immune from this problem.  In fact the majority of early arrests made by park police (as our rangers were first known) we... View More >
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The Great Equalizer

Posted: 12/4/2013
Posted By: Bethany Majeski
Original Source: Notes from the Field

I’m sheltering hundreds of foreign refugees in my home right now. They’re wanted across the country for the blaze of damage they leave in their wake. Don’t blame me- I don’t want them around. The fact is they’ve taken my house and my family hostage for the time being- though they promise to be go... View More >
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Your Parks, Your Stories: Cleveland Metroparks Memories Project

Posted: 12/4/2013
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

I have had the pleasure of traveling throughout the Greater Cleveland area, presenting cultural and natural history programs for over 17 years.  Everywhere I go, whether it’s for senior centers, libraries, public schools, homeschool events, or various civic organizations, people approach me ... View More >
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Life Under a Log

Posted: 11/27/2013
Posted By: Tim Krynak
Original Source: Notes from the Field

I have always been a log flipper.  Every time you flip a log you never know what treasures you may find. First and most important is that there is a whole ecosystem under a log and when it is turned over it does disrupt the system. When flipping logs we need to be as gentle as possible and r... View More >
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Start a Park

Posted: 11/25/2013
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Did you ever want to do something grand? Something so awesome and amazing that you just knew people would love it, but it was almost impossible to do... because it was illegal? Should you push forward to start on your vision, knowing with almost absolute certainty that there was no way it would b... View More >
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Owls are Ambassadors

Posted: 11/21/2013
Posted By: Jen Brumfield
Original Source: Notes from the Field

EVERY experience in nature is fresh and new, full of intrigue, wonder and discovery. Even the most seasoned enthusiasts will tell you -- "I learn something new EVERY day." The incredible diversity of species and habitats we have in the immediate Cleveland region is striking. Cuyahoga County is th... View More >
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First People in the Parks

Posted: 11/20/2013
Posted By: Karen Lakus
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Humans have inhabited Northeast Ohio for thousands of years.  In the last 200 years, much of the evidence of earlier people has been disturbed or destroyed by farming, industry, roads, railroads and other progress.  In Cleveland Metroparks, there are places that we know prehistoric peop... View More >
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Rut Fun!

Posted: 11/19/2013
Posted By: Carly Martin
Original Source: Notes from the Field

There’s a lot of bravado going on with our wildlife this time of year, at least with the antlered variety.   Welcome to rutting season, the time of year when deer, especially males, are exhibiting mating behaviors. Rut starts with male deer having fully grown their annual set of antlers... View More >
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The Chewing Gum King and Cleveland Metroparks

Posted: 11/13/2013
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Pop quiz - What do the following items have in common . . . a stick of gum, a race horse and a golf club? Ok, time’s up, put your pencils down.   If you guessed Big Met Golf Course in Rocky River Reservation you get an A+.   The story goes back to the late 19 th century, a time of great... View More >
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A Camp of a Different Kind

Posted: 11/6/2013
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

When most people think of camp life, especially if you attended one as a child, you probably think of campfires, singing, silly skits, crafts, sports, nature study, night hikes and bunkhouse pranks. However, I am going to share with you another kind of camp that strengthened families, our nation,... View More >
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Gobblers, Snoods, and Beards- Oh My!

Posted: 10/30/2013
Posted By: Bethany Majeski
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Chances are the basted beauty of roasted turkey will soon be gracing a table near you. Symbolic of family traditions, cheer, and celebration, this is the bird of American holiday meals. After all, over 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in the U.S. on Thanksgiving! Alas, our familiarity with... View More >
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Meet Me At The Chimney

Posted: 10/30/2013
Posted By: Kathy Schmidt
Original Source: Roots Revealed

“Meet me at the chimney,” my friend Lee Smith (born in 1906) told his hiking buddies. Many years ago, Lee and I were going to hike in the Royalview Area of Mill Stream Run Reservation on what is now the “Yellow Trail.” He wanted to show me the beauty of his favorite reservation. “What is the chim... View More >
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White Nose Syndrome

Posted: 10/24/2013
Posted By: Tim Krynak
Original Source: Notes from the Field

On October 1, 2013 the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) proposed listing the northern long-eared Bat ( Myotis septentrionalis ) as a federally endangered species.  Currently it is in a 60 day review period, but most likely this species will be officially listed after this peri... View More >
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Tinker's Creek

Posted: 10/17/2013
Posted By: Karen Lakus
Original Source: Roots Revealed

  Cleveland Metroparks Bedford Reservation is a wonderful place to enjoy nature any time of the year, but especially in autumn.  The Tinker’s Creek Gorge Scenic Overlook provides a spectacular vista for viewing the fall color that emerges along this largest tributary of the Cuyahoga Riv... View More >
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Precious Places

Posted: 10/10/2013
Posted By: Carly Martin
Original Source: Notes from the Field

If you’ve been following Cleveland Metroparks blogs, you know that we have one dedicated to history (Roots Revealed) and this one is dedicated to natural history, or nature.  Today I’m going to skate the line between the two.  I work at Look About Lodge.  Most people who walk into ... View More >
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Camera Fiends

Posted: 10/9/2013
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

1918 Kodak ad courtesy of Duke University Library Digital Collections http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/eaa_K0173/ I have been enjoying the beautiful photographs posted on Instagram during the Show Your Love Contest. (details at http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/MyCLEMetroparks-Ins... View More >
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All About Galls

Posted: 10/2/2013
Posted By: Bethany Majeski
Original Source: Notes from the Field

They’re all around you, though you may not have noticed: the papery brown balls kicked up by your feet on a forest trail, the odd-looking goldenrod that never did flower, but instead sports an unruly mop of spiky, pineapple-like leaves at its top, the almost-cute, fuzzy lumps on the surfaces of o... View More >
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Chagrin Valley's Colorful Character

Posted: 10/2/2013
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

I often get asked which Cleveland Metroparks reservation is my favorite. I can honestly say I do not have a favorite because they all have unique ecosystems and stories that draw me to them, time and time again. However, I do find myself encouraging people to take a hike along the Aurora branch o... View More >
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Wood Ducks of North Chagrin

Posted: 9/26/2013
Posted By: Tim Krynak
Original Source: Notes from the Field

I think wood ducks are one of the most beautiful ducks in the world and Cleveland Metroparks North Chagrin Reservation is considered one of the best locations in the world to view and photograph this species.  Typically shy, wood ducks at North Chagrin have become accustomed to human activit... View More >
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What's in a Name? -- Tremont

Posted: 9/25/2013
Original Source: Roots Revealed

  Tremont's vibrancy is shared with its namesake school Throughout your history, you’ve probably been called a variety of different names, ranging from what’s printed on your birth certificate to what your family and friends call you, to what you like to be called. You’re you, but you’re cal... View More >
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The Flood of 1913

Posted: 9/18/2013
Posted By: Karen Lakus
Original Source: Roots Revealed

“They took us out of the house and put us all into a boat. I remember when we went out of the house we had to duck our heads to get under the telephone wire” recalled William Bramley of Independence. Bramley was 11 years old and lived near the current intersection of Riverview and Pleasant Valley... View More >
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Finding Balance

Posted: 9/17/2013
Posted By: Carly Martin
Original Source: Notes from the Field

It’s between seasons for Cleveland Metroparks naturalists.  The schools out, camp time, feet in the streams, sun on your face, soak it all in before it’s over, summertime rush, has waned to a whisper.  We are just starting spiced cider, cool breeze, find your jeans, watch for peak leaf ... View More >
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Autumn Spiders

Posted: 9/12/2013
Posted By: Tim Krynak
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Late summer / early fall is one of the best times of the year to look for spiders.  They have fed and grown all summer long and are now at full size and appear to be everywhere.  For some, just the word spider makes them nervous, and I bet these small animals are in the top three feared... View More >
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The End of the Ride

Posted: 9/11/2013
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Image courtesy of Cleveland State University Cleveland Memory Project Full disclosure . . . this little girl on the miniature turnpike ride at Euclid Beach in 1964 is NOT me, but it could have been.   Yes I am old enough to remember summers at Euclid Beach before it closed in 1969.   No... View More >
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Little Hannah Jane Egbert

Posted: 9/4/2013
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

  Near my office in Bedford Reservation is a little-known gravesite within Shawnee Hills Golf Course.  Those who have golfed at Shawnee Hills in the last year have probably noticed the broken sandstone tombstone as they follow the path down from the 10 th green to the 11 th tee. Barely ... View More >
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The Shape of Things - a Canal Prism

Posted: 8/28/2013
Original Source: Roots Revealed

A little digging can help you understand the shape of things when we talk about digging the Ohio Canal (later called the Ohio & Erie Canal). We often speak about the canal’s minimum dimensions being 40’ wide at the top, 26’ wide at the bottom, and 4’ deep. It’s a trapezoidal shape, referred t... View More >
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Migration is Amazing

Posted: 8/22/2013
Posted By: Tim Krynak
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Migration is amazing!  Birds, bats and some insects annually undertake incredible journeys with just the power of wind and their wings.  These amazing animals follow a predictable timeline on ancient migratory routes to wintering to grounds from Ohio to the tip of South America.  I... View More >
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The Tradition Continues

Posted: 8/21/2013
Posted By: Karen Lakus
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Cleveland Metroparks recent management agreement with the City of Cleveland for six lakefront parks is not the first of its kind. Over the years, Cleveland Metroparks has assumed management of a number of properties that were established by the Cleveland Board of Park Commissioners more than a ce... View More >
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My Favorite

Posted: 8/20/2013
Posted By: Carly Martin
Original Source: Notes from the Field

What’s your favorite animal?  Seems like an innocent question.  It binds me in knots faster than a trip to the dentist office.  Favorite?  You could add 100 qualifiers to that question and I’d give you 100 different answers, each with equal reverence and fondness.  What w... View More >
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The Butterfly Effect

Posted: 8/14/2013
Posted By: Bethany Majeski
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Where are all the monarchs ? It’s been the top question asked around the nature center this season. Those miracles in orange and black that startle our logical minds with their proven ability to migrate fully across a continent into the same safe haven in the forests of Mexico year after year are... View More >
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The Youngsters Camp Out: Part Three

Posted: 8/14/2013
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

As summer draws to a close, and the kids get ready to head back to school (cue groans from the kids and smiles from the parents) I am finishing up my series of posts on summer camps.   This month I am highlighting Camp Cheerful.    Operated by the Achievement Centers for Children &... View More >
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Bluestone: A Touchstone to the Past

Posted: 8/7/2013
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Back in 1996, when I first moved to the Cleveland area and began my career with Cleveland Metroparks, the topic of sandstone always seemed to come up. I didn’t pay much attention to it until I ran across a program that a previous historical interpreter offered a few years earlier. The program was... View More >
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American Avocet at Edgewater!

Posted: 8/1/2013
Posted By: Jen Brumfield
Original Source: Notes from the Field

One of the Nation's most stunning species of shorebirds, the American Avocet, is a western and east coast species, with only small numbers of migrants showing up in the Great Lakes region. Avocets are rare in Northeast Ohio during migration, but vigilant observers can sometimes find them on beach... View More >
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Mystery Cave of Cedar Point Valley

Posted: 7/31/2013
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

A mysterious "cave" bordered by an archway of sandstone blocks stares out of the shale cliff across the river from Maple Grove Picnic Area in Rocky River Reservation. “Hermit’s Cave,” as it is sometimes called, was once the entrance to a 50-foot long sluiceway, a tunnel that brought water fr... View More >
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Cleveland's Brown Pelican

Posted: 7/30/2013
Posted By: Jen Brumfield
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Cleveland has been hosting a mega-rare East Coast visitor for 39 days, now - an immature brown pelican. There are only two previous records of this species for Cuyahoga County - a one-day wonder on April 29th, 1990, and another one-day wonder, September 7, 2012 - both from Huntington Reserva... View More >
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Naturalist's Almanac

Posted: 7/29/2013
Posted By: Jen Brumfield
Original Source: Notes from the Field

A great month-to-month short guide to seasonal sightings is Cleveland Metroparks Naturalist's Almanac. (See link below). Bookmark it, and follow the natural occurrences of each month in Cleveland Metroparks. Learn what to look for in the outdoors and when, including birds, wildflowers, fall color... View More >
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Finding Barred Owls

Posted: 7/25/2013
Posted By: Tim Krynak
Original Source: Notes from the Field

I was in North Chagrin Reservation this past week when I heard the “scream” of a fledgling Barred Owl ( Strix varia ).  I am sure this was an attempt to try and encourage a nearby adult to hurry up with the next meal delivery.  June – July are great months to hear this call even during ... View More >
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“Why the Long Rope, Bub?” – Etiquette on the Canal

Posted: 7/24/2013
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Did you ever see a picture of a canal boat being towed by a team and wonder, “Why is that rope so long?”    Let’s start with canal operation. The Ohio & Erie Canal is at least 40 feet across (at the top) and is filled with water (ideally). Water flows downhill. Canal boats however, ... View More >
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The Youngsters Camp Out: Part Two

Posted: 7/10/2013
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Last month I wrote about the many summer camps in Cleveland Metroparks.   This month and next I will be highlighting two unique camps, the River Road YMCA Camp at North Chagrin Reservation, and Camp Cheerful at Mill Stream Run Reservation.   While the Y camp closed up operations in the ... View More >
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Harriet Keeler - Teacher - Author - Citizen

Posted: 7/3/2013
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

There are two amazing woman authors/naturalists from the turn of the 20 th Century that I would have loved to have taken a hike with (or at least been asked over for tea): Gene Stratton - Porter from Indiana and Harriet Keeler, who spent most of her life here in the Greater Cleveland area. Gene S... View More >
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Leave Those Babies Alone!

Posted: 6/26/2013
Posted By: Bethany Majeski
Original Source: Notes from the Field

It happens to every naturalist at one time or another. Too often, really. You’re working at the nature center when you see a distraught-looking visitor walking up to the building carrying a cardboard box, Rubbermaid tote, or cat carrier. Uh-oh - there’s something alive in there. Sometimes, the se... View More >
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A Lesson in Trestlin’ (or, You’ve Been Trained)

Posted: 6/26/2013
Original Source: Roots Revealed

  Looming large across Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation (OECR) is a rather impressive two-track trestle. Guests to CanalWay Center and OECR are treated to the frequent familiar rumblings from the upwards of 50 freight trains per day. Tons upon tons of material roll across the 1,988’ metal m... View More >
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Welcome to Cleveland Metroparks Nature Blog!

Posted: 6/25/2013
Posted By: Jen Brumfield
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Welcome to Cleveland Metroparks nature blog, "Notes from the Field." For 96 years Cleveland Metroparks has been providing conservation, education and recreation opportunities to the public. Notes from the Field aims to provide you with weekly fascinating, exciting experiences and finds, and ... View More >
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Balto at Brookside

Posted: 6/19/2013
Posted By: Karen Lakus
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Many visitors may know Brookside Reservation as the park next to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, but do not realize that it once WAS the zoo!  The first zoo was moved from Wade Park (to make way for the Cleveland Museum of Art) to Brookside Park in 1907 and was called the Brookside Zoo.  It e... View More >
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The Youngsters Camp Out

Posted: 6/12/2013
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Under the section titled “ The Youngsters Camp Out ,”  the 1929 annual report of Cleveland Metropolitan Park District notes that several thousand children who attended the summer camps in the parks “ secured a new measure of health, pleasure, recreation and knowledge.”  The “youngsters”... View More >
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A Long-Lasting Tradition

Posted: 6/5/2013
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

A Long-Lasting Tradition – Bridle Trails Around the "Emerald Necklace" Trail riding has been an enduring tradition in Cleveland. In the 1929 Cleveland Metropolitan Park System Annual Report, there were 37 miles of bridle paths. Rocky River, Big Creek, Hinckley, South Chagrin, North Chagrin, Breck... View More >
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Early Ranger Life

Posted: 5/29/2013
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Cleveland Metroparks Ranger Department has gone through dramatic changes since its inception 92 years ago. Here are some interesting facts and tidbits about early Ranger history that you may not know… Cleveland Metropolitan Park System hired its first patrolman on May 5, 1921. Charles L. Fox was ... View More >
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Canal Water Here and There

Posted: 5/22/2013
Original Source: Roots Revealed

One of the questions we hear a lot at Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation is, "Why do some sections of the canal have water and others do not?" The answer is somewhat complicated, so we'll try to simplify it a bit. In the early 1800s, Cleveland was a small town next to a major river. Industries tha... View More >
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First People at Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation

Posted: 5/15/2013
Posted By: Karen Lakus
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Native Americans occupied the Cuyahoga Valley for thousands of years before the arrival of the first Europeans. Sites dating from the Woodland (1000 B.C. – 1000 A.D.) and Late-prehistoric (1000-1650 A.D.) time periods dot the landscape along the Cuyahoga River. These prehistoric groups did not ha... View More >
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Our First Naturalist

Posted: 5/7/2013
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

     A.B. Williams and chickadee Photograph courtesy of Cleveland Museum of Natural History Do you have a favorite naturalist or cultural history interpreter at Cleveland Metroparks who has unlocked the wonders of nature and cultural history for you? To thousands in the 1930s and ‘... View More >
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Practical Dreamer

Posted: 5/1/2013
Posted By: Judith MacKeigan
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Cleveland City Parks Engineer, William A. Stinchcomb, wrote in his 1906 report: “Through the valleys of Rocky River on the west, and Chagrin River on the east, lie some of the finest stretches of natural park lands to be found in the northern part of Ohio. While all this is now entirely outside o... View More >
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New Cleveland Metroparks History Blog - Roots Revealed

Posted: 5/1/2013
Posted By: Foster Brown
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Welcome to the first entry of Cleveland Metroparks history blog – Roots Revealed . For 96 years Cleveland Metroparks has been providing conservation, education and recreation opportunities to the public. Our aim is to reveal fascinating facts, connect names and events to the area's history, and s... View More >
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Welcome to the Warm Heart of Winter

Posted: 12/27/2012
Original Source: Notes from the Field

February is a month of change in Cleveland Metroparks. For the past few years now, this month has relaxed its traditional grip on winter and brought us middling snows and slush. Your grandparents knew a different February than you, when snow fell and stayed for two months straight, and temperatur... View More >
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The Promise of Spring

Posted: 12/27/2012
Original Source: Notes from the Field

The month of January was named, it is told, for Janus, the Roman god with two faces. One face looked backward to what was in the past, and the other looked forward into the future, for what will be. In January, the future is ripe with promise. I've always thought of January as the great leveler. ... View More >
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October - Nature's Last Hurrah

Posted: 12/27/2012
Original Source: Notes from the Field

October is nature's last hurrah, I think. By month's end uncountable tons of leaves blanket the forest floors of Cleveland Metroparks, only to return as food for their maker next year and nourishment for the splendor of spring wildflowers. November is a gray and gritty month, filled with bare lim... View More >
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An Essay on Garlic Mustard

Posted: 12/27/2012
Original Source: Notes from the Field

From time to time, I find writing so insightful and applicable to our beloved Cleveland Metroparks that I relinquish my usual monthly message to you and ask the author’s permission to share it instead. This is one of those articles, speaking of the horrific impacts of alien plant invaders and exp... View More >
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Protecting the Great Brecksville Salamander Migration

Posted: 12/27/2012
Original Source: Notes from the Field

There is a spectacle in March that remains largely unnoticed by the majority of park users. Every March night, when a gentle rain falls and the air temperature rises above 45°F, hundreds, sometimes thousands of salamanders undertake a perilous trek from the hidden forest haunts across Valley Park... View More >
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Bird Migrations

Posted: 12/27/2012
Original Source: Notes from the Field

They are stirring. Restless, their eagerness building, soon they will come, millions upon millions, as the great migration northward begins. No adjective can enlighten a statement about the enormity of it all, the very diversity of songbirds and the masses that swarm through on starlit nights as ... View More >
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Notes on the Future of Life

Posted: 12/27/2012
Original Source: Notes from the Field

Technology Marches On In mid-June this year, it was announced that a technology firm had created an artificial DNA-like structure that could self-replicate, creating what has been described as an artificial bacteria. Never before in the history of mankind has non-living matter been able to duplic... View More >
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Saint John's Wort, The Solstice Flower

Posted: 12/27/2012
Original Source: Notes from the Field

There are icons that emerge from one's life, things that add meaning to the calendar and the circular flow of time through the year. Some are simple, like spring migration and December snow, and others are individual and often deeply personal, arising from discoveries and experiences that have sh... View More >

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