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And your bird can sing

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Celebrate the coming of spring with birding tips from the experts Kristen Wicker Birds in your local Five Rivers MetroParks are just like the proverbial canary in the coalmine. “We monitor bird populations year round, and it’s important we get good counts,” says Yvonne Dunphe, conservation volunteer coordinator for MetroParks. “Birds are a good indicator […]

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2016 Adventure Summit at Wright State

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Paralympic medalist Amy Purdy speaks on adversity Kristen Wicker If you love the outdoors, there’s an indoor event this week you can’t miss. Seriously. The Adventure Summit, held Feb. 12-13 at the Wright State University Student Union, provides inspiration and information for planning your next epic outdoor journey, whether that be a thru-hike on the […]

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Green earth, lean you

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The MetroParks guide to a healthier 2016 Kristen Wicker Photo: Explore the region’s paved trail network by cross-country skiing, which burns 700-900 calories an hour. An estimated 40 to 50 percent of us make New Year’s resolutions, most of them focused on improving our health. Regardless of whether you made a vow to get it […]

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Winter wonderland

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Make the most of the season outdoors Kristen Wicker Photo: Birding at Eastwood MetroPark is one of many outdoor activities to be enjoyed in the winter season Kelly Kingery’s favorite wintertime memory encapsulates the magic of the season. “I was cross country skiing with a friend at Possum Creek MetroPark and watching the snow fall […]

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Farm to prairie

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Project to create a pollinator prairie takes flight By Kristen Wicker Photo: Land near Germantown MetroPark will be transformed into a native Ohio prairie, similar to the one found at Huffman Prairie State Natural Landmark, with a focus on monarch habitat The creation of a special natural area just for birds, bees and butterflies—particularly monarchs—is […]

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Prairie of the past

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Huffman Prairie State Natural Landmark gets a new coat of paint Kristen Wicker Photo: A group tours through Huffman Prairie, a 112-acre natural landmark with significant historical and ecological relevance A hidden Dayton gem has a new shine: The addition of interpretive signage, brochures and programs at the historical Huffman Prairie State Natural Landmark has […]

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Get the dirt

An insider’s guide to exploring your MetroParks By Kristen Wicker Photo: The tucked-away Sunderland Falls is located at the edge of a Vandalia neighborhood With nearly 16,000 acres of land, 160 miles of managed trails for the likes of hiking and mountain biking and 270 miles of river corridor, there’s plenty to discover in your […]

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Pets in the Park

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Enjoying Five Rivers Metro Parks with your pets By Jessie Sullivan Photo: Shane Sullivan of Kettering walks Newman [left] and Slaw [right]   14 DaytonCityPaper.comMay 12-18, 2015greenFrom hiking with your dog to rid-ing your horse on the bridle trails, Five Riv-ers MetroParks has many options for en-joying nature with your four-legged family members.Riders can explore more […]

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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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No membership required

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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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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]