Over 1000 people visited Olander last night, dressed as witches, doctors, zombies, skeletons, you name it! 20 treat stations provided plenty of halloween loot, and everyone went home satisfied and tired, and likely a little chilly. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make this event a success! We couldn’t do it without you! See you next year!!
Did you know that TOPS owns a 7-acre parcel where Herr Road crosses Ten Mile Creek?
Currently, the Herr Road property contains floodplain forest, a vernal pool and some old turf areas. But the old turf area has stopped looking like a yard … over the past several years, some cool native plants started just growing up in the turf. We’re going to help that area change back into native wildlife habitat by removing the turf that’s left and helping native plants grow in its place.
We’re going to do a habitat restoration experiment there. We’re trying two methods of turf removal … scraping the turf off with a loader and spraying the turf with herbicide. Then, we’re going to sow native seeds in half of the scraped areas and half of the sprayed areas. In the other half of the scraped and sprayed areas, we’re going to see what plants grow up from the seed bank … like those natives that already grew through the turf all on their own.
We have been working hard at Southview Oak Savanna. TOPS own Conservation Crew has been spending a lot of time there, but so has another group from our collaborators Partners for Clean Streams. Here’s a Blade article you can read to learn more about Partners for Clean Stream’s Maumee Conservation Corps and what the Corps has been helping TOPS do out at the Savanna.
While working hard, we’ve been seeing lots of cool critters! Here are a couple:
The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library kicked off its Dig Into Reading campaign by filming commercials at our Fossil Park!
Check out the links to the videos to see Fossil Park in action. Then come visit Fossil Park at 5675 Centennial Road and dig up your own Devonian fossils! Don’t forget to visit your local library, too, and Dig Into Reading.
On Monday, May 13, around 8:30 am. 3 Sandhill Cranes were observed flying over the southern part of Sylvan Prairie Park. Later in the day, Ian a member of our conservation crew, heard the cranes while planting native wetland plants at the park. Very Exciting!
2019 Trout Derby Information
Join hundreds of other families from the community to try your hand at trout fishing at Olander Park on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Registration is now available online. Register by April 7th to guarantee a free t-shirt at olander.recdesk.com
Day Of Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Nederhouser Community Hall. Drop your line in starting at 9 a.m. and enjoy the fun until 1 p.m. Enjoy yummy food from Smashdawgz Food Truck! Entrance to the park is free to Sylvania residents and $5 per car for all others, the Fishing Derby is FREE!
This morning’s bird walk at Olander Park was fabulous! Lots of warblers sighted! The warblers were on the ground looking for insects instead of high up in the trees so viewing was easy. They were just feet away!
Ruby Crowned Kinglet
Yellow Shafted Flickers
Many regular visitors to Olander Park have been treated to bald eagle sightings! We have had one eagle who comes to Olander regularly. We saw it often in the late fall and winter, but hadn’t seen it as much once early spring started. This week, though, we were lucky enough to see the eagle on two days! One day it put on quite a show, diving at American coots swimming on the lake. The eagle was trying to catch one of the coots, but they are quick diving water birds, and got away every time. The eagle made a few passes, though, and it was fun to watch!
Are you interested in knowing what birds we’ve seen lately on Lake Olander? Or maybe you want updates on the restoration work we’re doing at Sylvan Prairie. Then you should check out this blog! We’ll use this blog to share with you the work we do and the cool things we see when we’re out and about in our parks. You can contribute, too, by posting comments. Let us know what cool animals and plants you see in our parks!
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