Upcoming Portage Trail Group Meetings


“Dragonflies and other Summer Insects”
August 15, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
Bath Nature Preserve
4160 Ira Rd., Bath Township

early-heath-dragonfly-2186186__340Judy Semroc of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History will lead a discussion of one of her favorite topics, dragonflies and damselflies (after all, she is co-author of the definitive study). The walk will be in Bath Pond and surrounding area. Recommended footwear for participants are comfortable hiking shoes or similar footwear since Judy will wade into the wet areas and fetch interesting insects for us to see on dry land. Judy is also an expert on birds, trees, wildflowers, and most other aspects of the natural world, so count on a few informative digressions.

We will meet at the University of Akron Field Station, 4160 Ira Rd., before heading out on the walk. There is limited parking there with more at the regular lot near the entrance.  In case of rain, Judy will present a fascinating slide show in the Field Station. Note: as a precaution against ticks, spray bare legs with deet insect repellent or tuck long pants into socks.

“Western Reserve Land Conservancy in Action”
September 19. 2017 at 7:30 pm

Unitarian-Universalist Church
330 Morewood Road, Fairlawn Ohio

The Western Reserve Land Conservancy received our coveted Seiberling Environmental Award last March for its aggressive campaign to preesrve open space and add to our many parks. Andy McDowell, who heads the Land Conservancy’s operatioons in our area, will report on what he’s doing now to fight sprawl and preserve northeast Ohio’s natural landscape.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Here’s are great opportunities for alert, wide-awake, energetic, and committed environmentalists!

Akron Peninsula Road Cleanup. Picking up trash along two miles of Akron Peninsula Road in the CVNP is a long-standing PTG responsibility. We do it three or four times per  year on Saturday mornings. It takes at most two hours. A nice walk if nothing else. If you can help out, call or email Dan Nelson, 330-666-4246 or DMNelson@roadrunner.com

Little Cuyahoga River Water Sentinels. The Sierra Club has a very active water quality monitoring program, and the Portage Trail Group is doing its part through quarterly tests of the Little Cuyahoga River and its tributaries. We need volunteers to help with this important effort. We ask for just two or three hours of your time once every three months. We provide training and equipment. For details, call Guy Marentette at 330-922-4381 or gmarentette@gmail.com.

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