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Edge of the Farm Conservation Area Photo Album

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The Edge of the Farm Conservation area (Oxford, Ohio) was placed into a conservation easement with the Three Valley Conservation Trust in December, 2007. The total size is ~32 acres with ~11 acres of prairie and 5 wetlands, and 21 acres of forest. Funding for the prairie restoration were provided by US Fish and Wildlife (thanks Sergio!), Miami Valley Pheasants Forever provided essential technical advice and assistance, Cardo JFNew ecological consulting firm (thanks Joel & Danielle) provided funding and assistance, and yours truly! Special thanks to FRIENDS of the EDGE who have volunteered their time and hard labor to remove many acres of honeysuckle! Your efforts in restoring the land are much appreciated!

--Sedge Planting spring 2008 : Table of Contents
Wetland 2 Delta
Wetland #1 Sunset
Wetland #2 Erosion
Wetland # 2
Wetland #2 Drainage
Wetland#1 Delta
N-S Swale
Western Swale
Western Swale
Student help
Western Swale
Student help
Wetland # 2 Watershed
Button Bush Planting
Buttonbush Planting
Buttonbush Planting
Buttonbush Planting
Carrying the seed


Edge of the Farm Conservation Area Seasonal QUICKTIME Movies/Audio

2013 Audio and Videos

  • April 16, 2013. Male American Toads enjoying the spring season and trying their best to get lucky! Edge of the Farm Conservation Area, April 16, 2013, at Willows in the Wind wetland.
  • April 9, 2013--spring, after a very late start, is finally exploding! This AUDIO focuses upon a chorus of Spring Peepers at Vollmer's Pond. American Toads and Northern leopoard frogs were also heard calling!
  • Here is another frog audio at the nearby "Willows in the Wind" wetland, April 10, 2013. It was awesome!

    August 2009 Audio and Videos

  • Mid-Aug 2009 UPDATE VIDEO!!! A mid-August 2009 walk across a portion the the Prairie and wetlands. The transformation has been nothing short of spectacular!!

    July 2009

  • Cricket Frogs and Gray Tree Frogs calling in July 2009 at Wetland B (Rush Run).
  • NEW!! Check out a mid-July (2009) UPDATE of the Prairie Development Edge of the Farm Conservation Area. Amazing progress over one year!

    April 2009

  • Algae has exploded on Wetlands 2 and 3. The farmer's fields adjacent to the preserve were recently fertilized and BOOM!! Here, we removed most of the algae from the wetlands. April, 2009
  • Flowers are blooming like crazy. Here are a few 'spring flower scenes' taken on April 19, 2009.

    January 2009

  • A QUICKTIME movie of a January 24, 2009 Walk on the Prairie and Wetlands.

    Extended Time Frame Movies (Birds, Foxes and Spring 2008-Jan 2009 images)

  • A QUICKTIME Slideshow of images taken over the last year (Spring 2008-Jan 2009) from the Edge of the Farm.
  • In the spring, 2007, we had a den of Red Foxes just across from McCummins Creek near McCoy Road. Wow!
  • A QUICKTIME slideshow of BIRDS that we have seen on the Edge of the Farm Conservation Area over the last several years.

    Frog AUDIO on the Edge of the Farm Conservation Area

  • Cricket Frogs and Gray Tree Frogs calling in July 2009 art Wetland B (Rush Run).
  • Spring is finally here! Spring Peepers frantically calling on March 17, 2010 at Wetland 4 (Vollmer Pond).

    Photos Copyright Dr. R. Hays Cummins and Dr. Donna McCollum, Authorization required. For permission, contact haysc@muohio.edu

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