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Field Trip, Sunday, February 23, 2014: Crooked Run Nature Preserve / Chilo Lock 34 Park


Run Nature Preserve, located on the Ohio River, is a state dedicated nature preserve managed by the Clermont County Park District. The river and Crooked Run Creek estuary offer a great resting point for migrating waterfowl. The forest and fields, with over a mile of hiking trails, provide 77 acres of excellent habitat for migrating birds and other wildlife. The adjacent Chilo Lock 34 Park, located on the site of a former lock and dam, includes a 1.5 acre wetland. A map of the parks can be found at If time allows, we’ll continue our search for gulls and waterbirds at Mehldahl Dam, managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is located just a few miles downriver from Crooked Run. The trip will leave Oxford at 7:00 a.m. from the former Wal-Mart parking lot (on Locust Street next to McDonald’s) and return to Oxford in the afternoon. We’ll be met at the Preserve by Clermont County birder Kathi Hutton who will lead our visit. Participants should pack a lunch and bring binoculars if possible.

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