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Field trip to Kentucky’s Boone County Cliffs State Nature Preserve

2013/05/01

On Saturday, May 4, 2013, Audubon Miami Valley offers a field trip to Kentucky’s Boone County Cliffs State Nature Preserve. The preserve derives its name from the 20-to-50 foot cliffs of conglomerate rock that rise above the valley slopes of a small tributary to Middle Creek in Boone County, Kentucky. The cliffs, considered to be among the finest examples of glacial deposits in Kentucky, originated from glacial outwash materials deposited 700,000 years ago. The preserve features mature woodland on steep hillsides. The forest is characterized as calcareous mesophytic and consists of many species including sugar maple, basswood, beech, white oak, white ash, and slippery elm. The preserve is home to uncommon salamander species as well as a great diversity of both nesting and migratory songbirds.

The May 4 field trip, led by Sam Fitton, will leave at 6:30 a.m. from the former WalMart parking lot (on Locust Street next to McDonald’s) and return to Oxford in the afternoon. For those wishing to join the group at the Preserve, projected arrival time is about 8:00 a.m. Participants are asked to pack a lunch and bring binoculars if possible.

 

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