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Birds and birders flock to northern Ohio

David Beach  |  05/02/14 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Connecting to nature, Plants & animals

We often think of northern Ohio as a working landscape of industry and agriculture. But, if you open your eyes, you can see amazing natural wonders. A highlight is the spring bird migration, which attracts birders from all over the country.

Spring mania<br />The boardwalk at Magee Marsh is one of the best places in the country to observe the spring migration of warblers and other neotropical migrants. Late winter at Pymatuning Reservoir<br />Northeast Ohio offers year-round birding opportunities, such as a late winter field trip to the Pymatuning Reservoir in eastern Ohio led by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Lakefront phenomenon<br />During the winter thousands of gulls congregate around the warm water discharges of power plants along the Lake Erie shore, including the plant by Gordon Park in Cleveland.New lakefront treasure<br />The Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, a former disposal area for river dredgings, is now a birding hotspot within view of downtown. Dunes along the shore<br />The rare habitat of Mentor Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve attracts unusual birds throughout the year.

Fascinating before-and-after photos of treelawns in CLE reveal the awesome nature of cities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/11/14 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Home landscaping, Connecting to nature, Plants & animals

During a recent trip to Tijuana, Mexico landscape designer, Armando Ramos, who is fighting for the creation of a central park within the borders of his city of 1.7 million inhabitants, made a connection between nature and math. The World Health Organization has calculated that we all need to breath 360 liters of oxygen a day, he said, adding that it...

Honeylocusts on Morton<br />This tree canopy on Morton in Cleveland grew in a mere 40 years.Lindens on South Woodland<br />Images from the same spot in 1970 on the left and 2007 on the right show the impact trees can have on our feeling of a place. 

From Street Tree Evaluation Project: Forty Years of Street Tree Evaluation in Five Communities.Faasens Black Norway Maple on Arlis<br />The tree canopy on Arlis in Cleveland has the visual effect of making the road seem narrower.Japanese Scholartrees on W. 33rd Street<br />None of the original trees from the 1950s survived. Many were aggressively pruned below the power lines.Callery pears on Birchwold<br />The variation between losing a brick-lined street for asphalt is interesting. The pear trees didn't survive particularly well.Corktrees on College<br />College Street in Wooster shows how mature canopy trees dramatically change our perception of place.Norway maples on W. 58th Street<br />Many Cleveland streets suffered the loss of tree lawn trees over the last 40 yearsHawthornes on Heinritz<br />Heinritz in Cleveland lost many of its street trees since 1970.Lake in Toledo<br />Ash trees on W. 182nd Street<br />Miracle on W.182nd Street in Cleveland. The survival of Velvet Ash trees.
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A plan emerges to connect Cleveland and suburbs with greenways and bike trails

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/31/13 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Connecting to nature

Does your city make you sick? Cuyahoga County and Cleveland expect to find out where are the greatest health disparities within the region. Their $100,000 Health Impacts Assessment (HIA) is looking at a range of social and environmental conditions—from crime to roads—since they are stronger indicators of health than genetics, says Martha Halko at the county Board of Health.

Shaker Lakes <br />An urban park between Cleveland and Shaker Heights has some trailsLake to Lakes Trail<br />Linking University Circle and ShakerOpportunity knocks<br />Belvoir Road in South Euclid and University Heights could be ideal for a greenway and bike trailThe eastside connection<br />City of Euclid is looking to link Euclid Creek Metropark with the lakefrontRails to trails<br />Cleveland converted an old rail line to a bike trail in Slavic Village

An opportunity to green the corridor?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/21/13 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Connecting to nature

Back in 2008, the state of Ohio woke up to its fiscal constraints and examined the myths handed down from the past, such as, road construction: Does it create permanent jobs, quality places and a certain magic that made traffic jams disappear? When the answer was 'no', projects like Opportunity Corridor literally went away.

Green opportunity corridors<br />A map of green systems and vacant land in Cleveland. Image: Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative from 2008 ReImagine projectGreen crown<br />A vision for a green restoration of Kingsbury Run. Image: Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. Vacant to green<br />A vision for vacant land as a green corridor in Slavic Village. Image from Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative.

Lakefront hopes

David Beach  |  06/10/13 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Connecting to nature

A great lakefront—clean, beautiful, green, and publicly accessible—has been at the top of Cleveland's civic to-do list for decades. Now it's starting to happen.

Edgewater Park in Cleveland<br />

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