Glen Helen

Rescuing Raptors At Glen Helen

Sep 7, 2014
Renee Wilde / WYSO

The Glen Helen Raptor Center is a non profit organization which takes in about 150 injured or orphaned birds of prey a year. The Raptor Center is run by a former volunteer turned director, Betty Ross. For over 30 years she has been caring for injured birds, conducting public educational programs, and assisting state agencies with recovery efforts for endangered and threatened species.

So what kind of bird can you find here?  Hawks, owls, falcon’s, vultures, kites, osprey and eagles.

While we were talking, Harry Marsh brought in an injured, juvenile hawk. 

On Wednesday in Municipal Court, 22-year-old Cody Buffenbarger of Springboro was charged by the Greene County Prosecutor’s office with falsification, which is a first degree misdemeanor in connection with an incident in late June at the Glen Helen Nature Preserve. 

An investigation into last week’s alleged gunman at the Glen Helen nature preserve has ended with the suspension of the staff member who now says that they made the story up.  

On Thursday, June 27th, Antioch College and the Glen Helen nature preserve were placed on lockdown following the report of a man dressed in camouflage with what appeared to be a handgun near the Outdoor Education Center.

Greene County Sheriff’s deputies searched the area for several hours, eventually lifting the lockdown after an extensive four-mile radius search was completed. 

Wayne Baker

4pm Update:  Antioch College announced its campus lockdown has been lifted.  The suspect was not found, but police believe the area is now safe.  Glen Helen Eco Camp activities will resume as scheduled on Friday.

Previously:

The Greene County Sheriff’s Department has responded to a report of a male in his twenties, wearing camouflage and carrying what looked like a gun near Glen Helen Nature Preserve in Yellow Springs.

CarrieLu

Antioch College says that a new conservation land easement will ensure that Glen Helen near Yellow Springs will be forever preserved and open to the public.

It's first of two phases designed to protect the popular recreational destination.  WYSO's Licensee, Antioch University was a co-granter on the easement.  Both the University and College worked with the Trust for Public Land to complete the deal. 

Nick Boutis with Antioch College is Director of the Glen Helen Ecology Institute.  He says protecting the Glen has been a priority for decades.

All of us have appreciated the sights, sounds, and smells of Glen Helen….and the wild flowers, raptors, tree frogs, the great blue heron...And almost all poets have nature poems. During this holiday/solstice season those works will be shared, at a poetry reading, "In the Spirit of the Glen," on today from 7-9:00p.m. Vernet Ecological Center at 
405 Corry St in Yellow Springs.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for September 9, 2012 including the following stories:

- Confronting the Woods Bully, by Community Voices producer Wally Rehm

- Eco-Artist Basia Irland Visits Dayton, by Community Voices producer Susan Byrnes

- Community Voices producer Kristen Wicker reports on Sew Dayton, downtown Dayton's newest PopUp Shop