Protecting what we have so future generations can enjoy the unspoiled land, and the clean air and water that we enjoy.
Metroparks actively works to preserve the best examples of Northwest Ohio’s natural areas for public enjoyment. Protecting forests, grasslands, rivers, and wetlands, promoting sustainable use, is the most important work that we do.
Articles Tagged in Conservation, Resources, Protection
Dragonflies are some of the oldest insects on earth. These beautiful animals took to the air long before dinosaurs walked the earth and were enormous---- the largest having a wingspan of two and a half feet! However, today, you may only encounter a “large” dragonfly at only three inches long. Lucas County is home to approximately 95 species of Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) and Ohio has more than 150 species, with interesting names like “Dragonhunter,” “Dasher,” “Darner,” and “Clubtail.”
A buzzy, insect-like “tick tucka zreeeee” resonates from the lower tip of a plant stalk in the middle of the prairie. A hidden “tssssslipp” echoes underfoot in two or three spots. These interesting sounds always add some mystery to the spring and summer grasslands in special places of the Oak Openings region.
Most of us visiting a Metropark during the spring and summer won’t realize just how many birds are watching us from their nests as we pass them by on the trails or by boat. Birds and their nests are often quietly camouflaged or hidden in the grasses, wetland vegetation, or small shrubs. Numerous species of birds choose Metroparks to call “home,” during the summer months, due to the fact that these natural areas offer abundant food and excellent habitat.
Before settlement, north Toledo and downtown encompassed a mosaic of different natural habitats that included mostly marshland, as well as forest and prairie. Wetland areas along the banks of the Maumee and surrounding areas, were a popular haven for large numbers of frogs and toads, and early Toledo was appropriately dubbed the name “Frogtown.”
April is officially Native Plant Month in Ohio, and the Metroparks have a beautiful array of wildflowers to discover.
How has the forest at Pearson Metropark fared 17 years after the arrival of a destructive Asian pest called the emerald ash borer. About as well as researchers could hope, according to a new scientific paper.
Deal is a rare opportunity to expand a Metropark in one of Ohio's most significant natural regions, the Oak Openings.
Human land uses have a strong influence on landscape level patterns of plant species diversity, especially for exotic species, a recent study concluded.