Birds

An overgrown field was a golf course not long ago.
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Since the recession, more than 100 golf courses have closed each year in the U.S., but what happens to all that green? Turns out some golf courses are going even greener: they're getting "re-wilded."

In a dry, overgrown field of thistles and goldenrod, Michael Enright, the conservation manager with Five Rivers MetroParks, explains that not too long ago, this was a trim, manicured golf course called Larch Tree.

“I’ve been to Africa several times and it reminds me of the savannah there when I look out across it,” said Enright.

NPR Commentator and natural history writer and artist, Julie Zickefoose, lives in a farm in southeastern Ohio. But this week, she's in the Miami Valley leading a workshop for the Tecumseh Land Trust's 20th anniversary celebration. Zickefoose is an avid observer of birds, and says that this time of year is her favorite for bird watching in southern Ohio.