nature

Using Citizen Science To Learn About Dragonflies

Sep 22, 2016
Bob Globhotzer,  Emeritus Curator Natural History, Ohio History Connection at Big Darby Creek in the Darby Metro Park outside of Columbus.
Renee Wilde / WYSO

Dragonflies might be the least understood insects on the planet. They have been called the Devil’s Darning Needles, Mule Killers, and Snake Doctors. For an insect that has been around since before the dinosaurs roamed the earth, surprisingly little is actually known about them. Community Voices producer Renee Wilde went in search of answers to why a dragonflies form a huge swarm on her farm in Ohio every year.

Young Volunteers Find Rewards at Local Stable

Aug 24, 2016
courtesy of Possum Creek Stables

On any given day of the week, you’ll find Elli Schroll working at Possum Creek Stables in Moraine.  She’s fourteen years old and has been volunteering at the horse barn since she was 11 years old, mucking stalls, throwing down hay bales, and feeding the horses.

No matter how difficult it can be, Elli loves working here and believes that it’s a great experience for her and the other young volunteers.  

“I’ve learned a lot since coming here, like about horses, about just myself, and everything about, like, who I am and just about horses and everything,” says Elli.

Jerry Kenney

Avian World Rescue Kingdom is a bird rescue organization that is currently home to about twenty-one exotic bird species, including Cockatoos, McCaw’s and other varieties. They all have stories, and in this excerpt from WYSO Weekend, you'll hear about some of them and meet the organization's leaders, Doug Edwards and Haley Willis. 

 

A Canoe

May 24, 2015
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This year WYSO and Tecumseh Land Trust sponsored Living on the Land, an essay contest inviting writers of all ages to reflect on what home and land mean to them. Rose Tyler won honorable mention in the high school category.

The water is a murky blue, and each time our canoe propels further, the rippling trail behind me delicately braids the water and then falls loose, like when I take out the braid in my own hair.

Always Moving, Ever Rooted

May 24, 2015
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This year WYSO and Tecumseh Land Trust sponsored Living on the Land, an essay contest inviting writers of all ages to reflect on what home and land mean to them. Tess Greene won the grand prize in the high school category.

I believe living on the land can take endless forms—save for living in a space station or on a boat.

Run-Down Elegance

May 10, 2015
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This year WYSO and Tecumseh Land Trust sponsored Living on the Land, an essay contest inviting writers of all ages to reflect on what home and land mean to them. Sumayah Chappelle won the grand prize in the middle school category.

She is my backyard. She hopes I will come back and fix her scars, recreate her beauty, or simply stop by and say hello . . . but it’s been a while since I was back there.

From My Perch

May 10, 2015
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This year WYSO and Tecumseh Land Trust sponsored Living on the Land, an essay contest inviting writers of all ages to reflect on what home and land mean to them. Izabella Kraus won honorable mention in the middle school category.

I sit on my railing staring at the setting sun. The snow on the tips of the mountains glistens. The street is quiet. The fragrance of different dinners mixes in the crisp fall air. The dew starts to gather on the tips of the grass. A moving van to my left is open with all our possessions in boxes.

The Land Keeps On Giving

May 10, 2015
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This year WYSO and Tecumseh Land Trust sponsored Living on the Land, an essay contest inviting writers of all ages to reflect on what home and land mean to them. Forrest Rowe won honorable mention in the middle school category.

Marigolds

May 3, 2015
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This year WYSO and Tecumseh Land Trust sponsored Living on the Land, an essay contest inviting writers of all ages to reflect on what home and land mean to them.  Yellow Springs resident Abigail Cobb won honorable mention in the adult category.

Lying on the Land

May 3, 2015
Trees and sky
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This year WYSO and Tecumseh Land Trust sponsored Living on the Land, an essay contest inviting writers of all ages to reflect on what home and land mean to them.  This week, we hear from Yellow Springs resident Lori Gravley.  Her essay won the grand prize in the adult category and is entitled, "Lying on the Land."

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