Cedar Bog Nature Preserve will hold its annual Orchid Walk on Saturday, June 4 at 2 p.m.

Cedar Bog Nature Preserve Volunteer Naturalists Jean Gayley and Cheryl Erwin will lead the tour groups on the mile-long boardwalk loop to discover the different orchids in bloom. Cedar Bog boasts one of the largest populations of Showy Lady Slipper Orchids in the state with nearly 500 blooms. It takes several years for an orchid to even bloom, so it is a treasure to have such a large population of orchids at Cedar Bog Nature Preserve.

The cost for the orchid walk is $5 per person or $4 for Ohio History Connection or Cedar Bog Association members and children.

In addition to the Orchid Walk on June 4, Cedar Bog is a featured stop as part of the Green Energy Ohio Tour on June 3, 4 and 5. Cedar Bog will be showing the film “Byrd 1933” at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 4. Culled from reels of film found in the papers of Admiral Richard E. Byrd and recently preserved by the National Film Preservation Foundation, “Byrd 1933” is a glorious cinematic record of the famed explorer’s expeditions in 1928-30 and 1933-35. This unprecedented visual diary, shot by Paramount Studios cameramen, was largely a silent film with some short studio recreations.

Through extensive archival research in Byrd’s own papers, filmmaker Pamela I. Theodotou has painstakingly cataloged film clips using the scripts for Byrd’s lectures, crafting a film that captures the expedition as a whole. Byrd’s own voice and the environmental and animal sounds of Antarctica originally recorded by scientists on the expedition can be heard in the film thanks to audio found in and adapted from Ohio State’s Byrd Papers archive. A panel discussion, including staff from Ohio State’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, follows the screening. Climate Scientists will discuss the changing climate and its impact on Earth.

There is no admission fee to watch the film at the Education Center on Saturday, June 4 at 10 a.m. and learn more about Cedar Bog’s green energy building and the Green Energy Ohio Tour.

Cedar Bog will also host a “Dragonflies” lecture with Bob Glotzhober on Saturday, June 11 at 10 a.m. Join Bob and learn about the many species of dragonflies at Cedar Bog. Afterward, go out and find some dragonflies at Cedar Bog! The cost of the June 11 lecture is $10 per person or $5 for Ohio History Connection or Cedar Bog Association members and children, which includes admission onto the boardwalk.

For the families wanting to learn more about night insects, join Cedar Bog for its Moth Night with Entomologist and Cedar Bog Volunteer Naturalist Jim Lemon on Friday, June 10 at dusk (around 8 or 9 p.m.). In the event of rain, Moth Night will move to Saturday, June 11 at dusk (around 8 or 9 p.m.). Several rare species of moths have been spotted at Cedar Bog, so join Jim for an interesting night looking at our insects of the fen. There is no cost to attend Moth Night, but donations are appreciated since we are a non-profit. It is recommended to bring or wear a hat and long-sleeved shirt for this event.

For more information on events at Cedar Bog, please call 937-484-3744 or email cedarbog@ctcn.net.

Cedar Bog boasts the largest population of Showy Lady Slipper Orchids in Ohio.
http://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2016/05/web1_june-9-004.jpgCedar Bog boasts the largest population of Showy Lady Slipper Orchids in Ohio. Submitted photo
Other June activities involve moths, dragonflies and Admiral Richard E. Byrd film

By Tracy Bleim

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