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Monday, February 9- Exploring the EcOhio Wetlands, Brian Jorg, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

2015/01/30

1 - Brian Jorg The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is currently reestablishing a wetland on a farm in Warren County. Donated to the Zoo, this property, historically a wet place on the landscape is now being reestablished as a 25 acre wetland through grants and volunteer labor. You will see how the zoo is using its growing facilities to produce plants for this project. Within the last year, over 125 species have been found on the property including bald eagle, sand hill cranes, and nesting blue grosbeaks.

Brian F. Jorg, Manager of Native Plant Program at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, joined the organization in 2004. Prior to joining the Zoo, Brian was a horticulturist at Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum, a national historic landmark, for 15 years. His responsibilities include managing the Native Plant Program that includes the conservation, education, and promotion of native flora. Finding more efficient ways of propagation and cultivation are a prime goal of this program and these protocols can be used on rare and endangered plants in conservation efforts. Brian also manages the tulip display, in which over 100,000 bulbs are planted seasonally. Brian’s passion is outdoor photography and his photographs have been published in various books, magazines, field guides, calendars, advertisements and greeting cards. Numerous institutions use Brian’s images in their educational displays. Brian leads trips all over the world and in April 2015 he will lead a 14 day wildlife expedition to Argentina and Brazil including Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls.

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