"Naturalist on Duty" event-"Seasonality and Change in Wetland Habitats"

Ashland University’s Environmental Studies Center located at the AU Black Fork Wetlands, 2628 Ashland Road, will host the last of the four “Naturalist on Duty” events on Saturday, August 13th. The event, which will be held between 12 noon and 3 p.m., is free and open to the public.

The informal, come-when-you-can programs provide an opportunity for those of all ages to learn about “Seasonality and Change in Wetland Habitats.” Those under 16 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

Dr. Patricia Saunders, associate professor of biology and director of the environmental science program, worked together with Amanda Kriner (AU environmental science and biology graduate class of 2013) of the Richland County Park District to develop this program. They recruited trained volunteers to answer questions and talk about seasonal changes in the wetland and surrounding habitats, including local plants in bloom and changes in animal activity.

According to Saunders, the discussions might include awakening from hibernation, wetland flooding, seasonal metamorphosis, mating seasons, bird migrations and the peak times for highly anticipated flowers.

“You also will have an opportunity to see the Environmental Studies Center’s new wetlands classroom, complete with bathrooms, and learn a little more about this eco-friendly building,” Saunders said. “The boardwalk, observation tower, and most of all, the beauty and diversity of the Black Fork Wetlands will guarantee that you see something different every single time you come out.


Start Date: 
Saturday, August 13, 2016 -
12:00pm to 3:00pm
Off-Campus Location: 
2628 Ashland Rd.
44905 Mansfield , OH

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