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Published: 5/19/2013


Southview Black Oaks Savanna

Nature lovers received an educational tour of the Southview Black Oaks Savanna, featuring remnants of the sandy dunes left behind from the glacial thaw 12,000 years ago. About a dozen hikers met at Organic Bliss on King Road at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 19, 2013, to tour the seven acres that makeup the Oak Openings patchwork of habitats across the northwest Ohio region. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE PHOTO, START SLIDESHOW

Todd Crail, a lecturer of Environmental Sciences for the University of Toledo, photographs wild blue lupine and white lupine along the University Trails bike and walk path near the Southview Savanna. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Todd Crail, a lecturer of Environmental Sciences for the University of Toledo, photographs wild blue lupine and white lupine along ...
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Erika Buri, conservation manager for Olander Park, says fire is not used to clear the undergrowth in the seven-acre Southview Savanna because of neighboring housing developments and Southview High School. Listeners include, at right, Jan Dixon of Holland, a butterfly monitor at Kitty Todd Nature Preserve. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Erika Buri, conservation manager for Olander Park, says fire is not used to clear the undergrowth in the seven-acre ...
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Todd Crail, a lecturer of Environmental Sciences for the University of Toledo, discusses the problems associated with leaf litter, or a leaf build-up on the soil, for the seven acre Southview Savanna. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Todd Crail, a lecturer of Environmental Sciences for the University of Toledo, discusses the problems associated with leaf litter, or ...
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A lecturer of Environmental Sciences for the University of Toledo, Todd Crail shows garlic mustard, an aggressive, invasive plant in the Oak Openings area. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A lecturer of Environmental Sciences for the University of Toledo, Todd Crail shows garlic mustard, an aggressive, invasive plant in ...
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A lecturer of Environmental Sciences for the University of Toledo, Todd Crail shows garlic mustard, an aggressive, invasive plant in the Oak Openings area. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A lecturer of Environmental Sciences for the University of Toledo, Todd Crail shows garlic mustard, an aggressive, invasive plant in ...
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Cinda Stutzman of Bowling Green, carries her daughter Olivia, 6, amidst a host of Blue Lupine. Wild blue lupine is a potentially threatened species in Ohio, and is the lone host plant for a butterfly called the Karner Blue. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Cinda Stutzman of Bowling Green, carries her daughter Olivia, 6, amidst a host of Blue Lupine. Wild blue lupine is ...
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Erika Buri, Olander Park conservation manager, discusses the Oak Openings area in Ohio and Michigan before the hike begins. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Erika Buri, Olander Park conservation manager, discusses the Oak Openings area in Ohio and Michigan before the hike begins.
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Erika Buri, Olander Park conservation manager, discusses the Oak Openings area in Ohio and Michigan before the hike begins. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Erika Buri, Olander Park conservation manager, discusses the Oak Openings area in Ohio and Michigan before the hike begins.
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Jan Dixon of Holland, left, and Angie Cole of Sylvania, both butterfly monitors at Kitty Todd Nature Preserve, along with Todd Crail, look at some Goat's-Rue that is slowly returning to the savanna. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Jan Dixon of Holland, left, and Angie Cole of Sylvania, both butterfly monitors at Kitty Todd Nature Preserve, along with ...
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Toni Andrews of Sylvania, left, is shown an aerial photo of the area from the 1940s and the 1950s by Erika Buri. Behind them is the football field of Southview High School. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Toni Andrews of Sylvania, left, is shown an aerial photo of the area from the 1940s and the 1950s by ...
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