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For the birds

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Five Rivers MetroParks’ Bird Brigade By Kristen Wicker Photo: Members of the Five Rivers MetroParks Bird Brigade monitor migrating bird species at the Great Miami River Wetland Mitigation Bank Bullying is for the birds. Take, for example, a recent early-morning scene at the Great Miami River Wetland Mitigation Bank: A juvenile red-tailed hawk swoops out […]

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Plant it forward

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Prep now for your summer garden By Kristen Wicker Photo: DIY newspaper planting pots: 1. Cut out a sheet of newspaper. 2. Fold into thirds. 3. Wrap around small glass and tape the sides. 4. Fold the paper around the bottom of glass and tape. 5. Fill 2/3 with potting soil, place one to three […]

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No child left inside

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Independent play. Outside. Every day by Kristen Wicker Photo: Children play outside at Possum Creek MetroPark Seven hours. Every day. This is the average number of daily hours children ages 8 to 18 spend in front of a screen or an audio player, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The Children and Nature Network found only […]

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Adopt a locavore

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Keep your culinary adventures close to home by Kristen Wicker Photo: Rahn’s Artisan Breads is one of two dozen 2nd Street Market vendors who locally grow or produce items People may travel long distances for a mega pretzel or loaf of ciabatta from Rahn’s Artisan Breads, but the products travel less than two miles from […]

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Building a backyard habitat

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Nature in your outdoor space By Kristen Wicker Photo: Five Rivers MetroParks Director of Conservation Dave Nolin in the suburban wildlife sanctuary he has created in his yard Dave Nolin’s yard may look a bit rowdy to some people, but to wildlife, it’s a sanctuary. During the past 11 years since he purchased his home, Nolin […]

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Trade your treadmill for the trails By Kristen Wicker Photo: The couple at Carriage Hill MetroPark in March 2014 after losing a combined 250 pounds The first time Michelle and Brian Coleman visited the Grand Canyon, they could do little more than walk the rim and peer into the majestic chasm. This summer, more than six […]

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Free to muck about in the dirt and play

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Conservation leadership for a new generation By Kristen Wicker Photo: “Students recognize the greater good of the earth and how much life can be related to the natural world” – Nate Arnett, director of Adventure Central Brody was just 5 years old when he rescued a frog from a crew of schoolyard bullies, snatching the unsuspecting […]

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Free adventure!

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Inspiration, information and recreation at Adventure Summit By: Kristen Wicker Photo: The Adventure Summit offers rock climbing, slacklining, scuba and other sports at Wright State University Feb. 14-15 Dayton resident Andy Niekamp has taken such adventures as hiking hundreds of miles on the Colorado Trail and the Appalachian Trail, along with hiking from Cincinnati to Cleveland […]

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Beer loves Dayton … and parks

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New Belgium beers at Five Rivers MetroParks By Amy Forsthoefel Photo: Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing arrives in Dayton this December and $1 of each purchase made in 2014 goes to benefit Five Rivers MetroParks Dayton loves beer. The boom of local breweries over the past few years and spike in residents taking up the practice of […]

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Beetle-mania rages on

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New insect invaders pose threat to Ohio forests By Amy Forsthoefel Photo: The Asian longhorned beetle is threatening tree populations throughout the Miami Valley Remember the invasive species firestorm that swept through the region just a couple years ago with the emerald ash borer invasion? For many Dayton-area residents, it was the first time they ever […]

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Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]

Vitality Check: 6/14/16

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The dangerous game of preventing pregnancy By Rocco Castellano So I got a call from a friend of mine that […]

Spring into comics

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Comic culture in Yellow Springs By Josher Lumpkin The village of Yellow Springs is a quaint college town that manages […]