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Field Trip, Sunday, September 20, 2015: Rush Run Wildlife Area

2015/08/20

Horticulturalist Dick Munson will lead us on a visit to the hilly terrain of the Rush Run Wildlife Area, located in southern Preble County near the village of Somerville. Half of this 1,174-acre preserve is in woods, mostly on the steep hillsides of Rush Run Creek Valley. The rest includes meadows, cropland, and fields that are reverting to woodland. A map of the area is at http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/Portals/wildlife/Maps/Wildlife%20Area%20Maps/PDFs/rushrun.pdf. Rush Run Creek is an intermittent stream, named for its rapid water flow. In a four-mile stretch it descends 300 feet. The lake, covering 58 acres, was constructed in 1970. Large numbers of waterfowl and songbirds migrate through in spring and fall, many bird species nest there, and hawks stop over during fall migration. Rush Run is also an excellent place for hunting fossils. The trip will leave at 8:00 a.m. from the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s) and return to Oxford in the afternoon. Pack a lunch and bring binoculars if possible.

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