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Living In Harmony with Wildlife: Feral Cats

Posted on 03/08/19 by Kelly in Educational Outreach

Feral Cats. Photo credit: ASPCA

Bird migration time is upon us! One of the many obstacles that migrating and non-migrating bird populations face is predation by an ever increasing cat population. Some of these are protected or struggling bird species whose populations are at risk, such as the bobwhite quail in Florida where cat predation is having a large impact. It has been... read more

Say No to Non-native Plants, Shrubs, and Ornamental Trees

Posted on 03/04/19 by Chris in Storm Water Services

Native swamp rose-mallow in a rain garden

During a visit to the Great Big Home & Garden Show at the I-X Center in early February, I was walking through the “garden showcase” exhibit area and noticed many of the plants, shrubs, and ornamental trees on display were non-native to northeast Ohio. I realize there are awards given out in various categories to some the landscaping... read more

Winter Watershed Restoration: Live Stakes and other Vegetative Streambank Stabilization Practices

Posted on 02/19/19 by Jared in Rocky River Watershed

Live Stakes installed along a headwater stream.

When most people in Northeast Ohio think of winter, planting things outside usually isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But if you are a landowner dealing with eroding streambanks, it should! November through March is the ideal time to install live stakes, live fascines, brush mattresses, or a combination thereof. Collectively known as streambank bioengineering or... read more

Planning Your Rain Garden

Posted on 02/12/19 by Elizabeth in Educational Outreach

Excerpt from Washtenaw Master Rain Gardener Class Pack

Are you considering a rain garden for your yard but not quite ready to commit? Come join our staff for a Rain Garden 101 Talk Tuesday April 16th from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek Reservation in Parma! To get your creative gardening juices flowing here are your basic planning steps you will... read more

Crooked River - 50 years of Progress

Posted on 02/05/19 by Jacki in Educational Outreach

2018 poster

Cuyahoga County students are invited to add their voice to the Crooked River Conversations with their submissions to the Cuyahoga SWCD 2019 Poster Contest. The theme for this contest for students in grades K-12 is Crooked River – 50 years of progress. The Cuyahoga River is also known as the “crooked river” because of the way it winds back... read more