Greater Akron Audubon Society

Bath Nature Preserve Activities

Page last updated July 28, 2014

2014 Garlic Mustard Pulls and other events

2013 Garlic Mustard Pulls and other events

2012 Garlic Mustard Pulls and other events

2011 Garlic Mustard Pulls

1. Garlic mustard pulls will once again be held at Bath Nature Preserve, in conjunction with the UA dept of biology. Dr Randy Mitchell will lead the efforts. Dates are April 16 and April 24 (rain date, or 2nd pull). Meet at 1pm at the main trailhead parking lot. Don't forget to bring gloves, waterproof shoes, a hat, and water. Please consider joining in this event if you can. Also, feel free to recruit others. No RSVP necessary!

May 14, 2011 Bird Walk

Greg Smith (UA biology field station manager) and Mark Purdy (GAAS chapter president) will lead a UA/GAAS bird walk on May 14 (International Migratory Bird Day.) Start time will be 8am at the main trailhead parking lot.

2010 Garlic Mustard Pulls

1. Garlic mustard pulls were held at Bath Nature Preserve, in conjunction with the UA dept of biology. Dr Randy Mitchell lead the efforts on April 3 and April 24.

2. In addition to the "official" pulls mentioned above, Mark Purdy will be doing some additional scouting/pulling on his own. His efforts are typically spur of the moment decisions; however, if anyone is interested in joining him, please send contact information to Garlic Mustard Pull.

We have some pictures that were taken during the April 6th pull. You can click on an image to open a larger window of that picture.

2009 Garlic Mustard Pull

The annual garlic mustard pull at Bath Nature Preserve was held on Sunday April 19 at 1pm. Dr Randy Mitchell (UA biology) was once again our leader. Please consider joining in this event if you can. Also, feel free to recruit others. No RSVP necessary! Meet at the main parking area near the Ira Road entrance to the Preserve. Don't forget to bring gloves, waterproof shoes, a hat, and water.

2008 Garlic Mustard Pulls

The first Garlic Mustard Pull of 2008 was held on Saturday, April 12 starting at 1:00. The pull involved students from the Department of Biology at the University of Akron led by Dr. Randy Mitchell, members of the Greater Akron Audubon Society and one neighbor of the Preserve. We met at the main parking area near the Ira Road entrance to the Preserve. Bringing gloves, waterproof shoes, a hat, and water were very important since the conditions were chilly and wet. Fortunately there wasn't much rain to "dampen" our spirits :>) The turnout was excellent - I didn't get an exact count, but it was on the order of 14 or 15.

Open House

The University of Akron Field Station will host its Annual Open House on Saturday, September 22 from 10 am - 2 pm. Come join us and "Discover Bath Nature Preserve!" There will be activities for all ages, highlighted by guest speaker, Larry Rosche. Larry is the author of "A field guide to warblers of North America," "Birds of the Cleveland region," "Dragonflies and damselflies of northeast Ohio," and more. He will speak on "The art of flight." For more information, please visit our webpage at Field Station.

Purple Martin Houses

The chapter recently donated $125 toward the construction of Purple Martin houses at the Bath Baseball Park on Everett Road. The work was done by Matt Gerberich, as part of an Eagle Scout project (Troop 385, Bath Township.) According to Matt, our donation helped buy concrete, a 15' telescoping pole, 12 martin gourds, a predator guard, a feeder tray, and a perching station. Although not in the Bath Nature Preserve, the houses are nearby. Some photos of the boxes can be seen below. You can click on an image to open a larger window of that picture.

2007 Garlic Mustard Pulls

We held one pull on Saturday, April 21 with students from the Department of Biology at the University of Akron led by Dr. Randy Mitchell. We will hold another pull on Sunday, April 29 starting at 1:00. Be sure to bring gloves, waterproof shoes, a hat, and water!

2006 Garlic Mustard Pull

There will be a Garlic Mustard pull at the Bath Nature Preserve on April 29, 1-4pm. Randy Mitchell of the Department of Biology at The University of Akron is organizing the event. Meet at the parking lot; transportation to the affected areas will be provided. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and ground conditions. Don't forget your work gloves!

2005 Garlic Mustard Pulls

There will be two garlic mustard pulls at the Bath Nature Preserve in April, both Saturdays of April 9 and 16. Volunteers should meet at the BNP trailhead (off of Ira Road) at 1pm. Wear gear appropriate for the conditions!

Wood Duck Nesting Box Cleaning

On 2/27/05, a team of Akron Audubon volunteers (Jack Monegan, Marc Nolls, Lew Monegan & Mike Edgington [left to right in attached photo], and Mark Purdy) went to Bath Nature Preserve and serviced the Wood Duck nesting boxes. The boxes were installed as part of an Eagle Scout project 2 or 3 years ago, but have not been maintained since. Dr. Randy Mitchell of The University of Akron Department of Biology asked Audubon to help. The team checked structural integrity of the six boxes, emptied the old nest material, and re-filled the boxes with fresh wood chips/shavings. The team plans to establish a monitoring schedule so that useage and nesting success can be determined. More on this topic later in the Spring!

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