Director’s Update (7/8/21)
This July heat is no joke! We are spending our days around here trying to find ways to stay cool.
While we have the ability to control our indoor climates and the ability to carry resources like water on our person, wildlife do not have the same capabilities. So how do animals beat the heat?
Rabbits will use their long ears to radiate heat by taking blood away from the core of their bodies to cool off a
few degrees before heading back toward the heart. Estiviation is a state of dormancy, similar to hibernation, that some species of snail and toad will enter if temperatures are too extreme. You’ve probably noticed your dog panting under the sun. Breathing rapidly will help excess heat escape the body. Some animals simply hide out in shaded shelters or underground to escape the climbing degrees!
We want to thank the amazing education group from Marion’s YMCA summer program for visiting Terradise this past Tuesday. While on property 54 students had the opportunity to go on a tree and wildflower identification hike and investigate the skulls and pelts of Ohio’s native mammal species. We hope to host this group again in the future! If you know of small or large organizations and/or classrooms interested in on-site conservation sciences program have a representative reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On August 21st Terradise will be hosting an Olentangy River Clean-up in partnership with Del-Co Water and the Olentangy Watershed Alliance. We would be happy to welcome any volunteers that may be interested. We will be starting north of Caledonia, near the Aqua Station, and floating south while removing litter and debri from the waterway. This clean-up will serve as a major step in conservation for the village of Caledonia and the river flowing south to Terradise. Boats and floats are not required, but will make the day a little more enjoyable.
This project is subject to change as weather and/or river levels may jeopardize the safety of our volunteers.
There is buzz around the Terradise Board that we may be planning a larger community event to take place the afternoon of the River Clean-up. “Cheeseburgers in Terradise” it has been cleverly named! More information to come!
-Tyler, Terradise Nature Center