Great Backyard Bird Count
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The Doughty Gorge Preserve is located in eastern Holmes County near the Village of Charm. The original tract of land of 77.5 acres was donated to TWC in 1978 by Roy Keim with a second parcel of 13 acres being added in 1998. Although the western portion of the property is composed of old field habitat and some woodlands, the eastern half of the preserve is the real jewel. Here you’ll find a mosaic of forest types including an eastern hemlock ravine found along sandstone outcroppings, mature stands of beech-maple, and mixed oak-hickory woodland types which line a steep gorge bounded by Doughty Creek on the west. Nearly 160 species of plants have been recorded here including trillium, bluets and scented bed-straw.
Forty-one species of fish have been recorded in Doughty Creek which has a use designation of Warm-Water Habitat. Fish species include banded and greenside darters, black-nosed and red-bellied dace, mottled sculpin and small-mouth bass. A first order stream entering into Doughty Creek provides habitat for several salamander species including northern dusky, two-lined, northern red and long-tailed salamanders. ... See MoreSee Less
Buttterflyweed grows like a weed along roadsides and in the ditches of southern Ohio. In northeastern Ohio our soil is different (clay vs. sandy) so we are not as lucky. However, if you find a spot that Butteflyweed likes in your yard or garden, consider yourself in for a treat!
The plant is slow to come up in the spring, but once you see the shoots in late May, it grows quickly. Butterflyweed is in the Asclepias family so it is true to its name. Butterflies of all types drink the nectar from the flowers and Monarch caterpillars eat the leaves. Pictured above, the plant in my prairie garden is smaller due to competition but has maintained its place there for 20 years! Lynda ... See MoreSee Less