Wildflower bike ride series planned

(Posted May 10, 2022)

The Madison Soil & Water Conservation District is leading a free, three-part bicycle ride to view wildflowers along the Ohio to Erie Trail. At pit stops along the trail, riders will learn about local flora and fauna, history, and conservation practices.

Each ride starts at 8 a.m. at the Prairie Grass Trailhead, 262 W. High St., London, and extends southwest to the Madison-Clark county border. After the official ride ends, riders are welcome to head onto South Charleston or return back to London.

June 18–Bicyclists may enjoy the beauty of June’s peak bloom flowers such as Ohio spiderwort, bladder campion, prairie rose, and more.

July 16–Purple coneflower, milkweed and royal catchfly will be in bloom. This is the annual Prairie Appreciation Bike Ride, started in 2005 by the Jack McDowell, a botanist and prairie enthusiast. McDowell was one of the early “discoverers” of the remnant prairies of Madison and Clark counties and started the efforts to manage these prairie treasures in the midst of threats from invasive woody plant and agricultural weed species. McDowell passed away in 2012, but his dream to inspire others to preserve the Ohio prairie is not forgotten.

Aug. 20–As summer transitions into autumn, the various sunflowers, ironweed, goldenrod and asters come into bloom.

Bring your helmet, water and an inquisitive mind. Contact Broc Sehen at broc.sehen@oh.nacdnet.net or (740) 852-4003 for details.

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