Arbor Day in Canal Winchester

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Messenger photos by Theresa Garee
First grader Lalan Shearer was the first of the students at Canal Winchester’s Indian Trail Elementary to place dirt upon the bald cypress that was planted in the school yard in celebration of Arbor Day on April 28. The tree was chosen by the Street Tree Advisory Board, a five-member panel of Canal Winchester residents who have worked to preserve, protect, and enhance trees and plants throughout the community since the early 1990s. “We want to help teach everyone about the importance of tree canopy coverage. Trees create shade and cool temperatures, which is very important in urban areas,” said Dick Miller, Canal Winchester’s urban forester.
Manon Van Schoyck holds up an American Kestrel for the students of Indian Trail Elementary to see at the Canal Winchester Arbor Day events. Van Schoyck is owner of the Ohio Nature Education Organization and was invited out to teach how trees are important to our Ohio native wildlife. O.N.E is a non-profit volunteer organization which provides a permanent home for wild animals that are too sick or injured to be released back to the wild.
This little flying squirrel liked to study the volunteer who was holding his cage. Did you know the flying squirrel is actually Ohio’s largest species of squirrel!

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