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Old Woman Creek Is 40 Years Young

Jul 7, 2020 | Clean Water, Old Woman Creek, Ohio, Reserves, What We Work For

Join us in celebrating our Old Woman Creek Reserve’s 40 years of conservation, education, and research on Ohio’s Lake Erie.

Established in 1980, the 573-acre Reserve protects one of Ohio’s best remaining examples of natural estuary. More than 300 species of birds use the Reserve as habitat, including bald eagles. For the first time this year, great blue herons started a heronry in the wetland, and the first chicks are now fledging. The Eastern Box Turtle—Ohio’s only terrestrial turtle species—also calls the Reserve home. 

The Old Woman Creek Reserve works on behalf of the communities that surround Lake Erie. Many community members enjoy recreational activities like paddling and hiking at the Reserve. They also participate in Reserve programs designed to protect the estuary, including workshops focused on reducing plastic pollution and volunteer efforts to remove invasive species.

“In the future, we look forward to bringing more people to the coastal wetlands to learn about science, stewardship, and what Lake Erie’s backyard should look like,” says Jennifer Bucheit, the Reserve’s education coordinator. “We have a chance to shape the future of Lake Erie, and our goal is to introduce as many people as we can to the wonders of living near a Great Lake.”

After forty years of watching Old Woman Creek lead the way on clean water, healthy habitat, and climate resilience in Ohio, we can’t wait to see what the next forty look like! 

To keep up with happenings at our Ohio Reserve, follow their Friends group on Facebook.


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