July 12-14, 2019

2017 Saturday Field Trips! 10:00 - 2:00

Saturday we will go afield to see what we can see. With 11 choices of trips, it will be hard to choose.We're so proud of the guide teams and trips we've assembled this year! Please indicate your top 3 choices of trip when you register as all will have limited space. All trips leave from the Lodge. Guide designations are subject to change. We will make sure you are well taken care of! Lunch is provided.


1. Botanical Bonanza & Shawnee Safari II - SOLD OUT!
Your Guides: Jason Larson & MaLisa Spring

Difficulty Level – Easy, in and out of vehicles
Transportation: Meet at Shawnee Lodge, van transportation provided.

Join Jason & MaLisa on a spectacular natural history adventure throughout the Shawnee State Forest! The Shawnee region supports an amazing diversity of plants and wildlife found nowhere else in the state of Ohio! Along the way, we plan to seek out some of the unusual botany found throughout the forest, including an abundance of flowering species, like the rare and miniscule Green Adder's Mouth Orchid, which will in turn lead us to a fantastic assemblage of insects which feed upon them. Special emphasis will be placed on finding butterflies, moths, caterpillars, dragonflies, damselflies and much more! Anything that flies, slithers, crawls, scurries, swims or sprouts is fair game on this natural history free-for-all, including local specialties like Worm-eating Warbler, Black Kingsnake and Gemmed Satyr! From hilltop overlooks to babbling brooks, these enthusiastic naturalists will take you on a wild ride across Shawnee. A scavenger hunt for July natives doesn’t get any better than this!

2. Caterpillar and Plant Jamboree - SOLD OUT
Your Guides: John Howard and Sam Jaffe
Difficulty Level - Easy, van stops with short hikes
Meeting Place: Meet at Shawnee Lodge, van transportation provided

What could be better than hunting larvae in Adams County, at the height of summer, with Sam Jaffe, a caterpillar expert? Adams County has one of the highest diversity of leps anywhere in North America. So, caterpillar hunting is rewarded with many different and interesting species. July is a great time to scour the leaves and branches for all types of caterpillars. And, with John along, you won't miss any interesting plants that may be in bloom. They will scout out the best sites prior to the trip to determine the current best spots.

3. Shawnee Stunners
Your Guides: Amanda Kriner & Kyle Bailey
Difficulty Level – Easy to Medium, in and out of vehicles, van stops with short hikes, some uneven trails
Transportation: Meet at Shawnee Lodge, van transportation provided
This trip will travel to the Edge of Appalachia region, specifically Sandy Springs Cemetery and Lynx Prairie, in an attempt to see some of the rarer crawlers and fliers of southern Ohio. Hopefully this will include many rarely seen insects such as: American Copper butterflies, Velvet Ants, Variegated Fritillary butterflies, Grey Petaltail dragonfly and more. We will also be birding and botanizing where we can along the way! Time and weather permitting, we may also check out a few spots inside Shawnee State Forest for additional cool sights. Our key species will be insects, but everything is fair game for this trip through some of the amazingly diverse habitats that surround Shawnee State Forest!

4. The Butterfly Bus! - SOLD OUT
Field Trip Leaders: Jim Davidson, Greg Raterman, and Eric Metzler
Difficulty Level - Easy, in and out of vehicles, some walking
Transportation: Meet at Shawnee Lodge, van transportation provided

What could be better than Shawnee in August for butterflies? Those brilliant and beautiful cousins of the moths will be our focus here, and one could argue that the Shawnee area is the best spot in the state to find them. Goodies we could potentially find include: Sachem and Fiery Skipper, Sleepy Orange, Checkered White, Southern Dogface, Gold-banded Skipper, Hoary Edge, Zebra Swallowtail, Juniper Hairstreak, Hayhurst Scallopwing, and White M Hairstreak. And when you're in the field with these three you can be sure that no facet of nature will remain unexplored.

5. Herps of Shawnee
Your Guides: Craig Biegler and Jenny Richards
Difficulty Level - Difficult; possible slippery conditions, scrambling around on uneven ground and ledges, hiking
Transportation: Meet at Shawnee Lodge; van transportation provided

With at least 66 species of reptiles and amphibians in residence, Shawnee is perfect for "herp hunting." The landscape is rife with rock ledges and tree falls that make for excellent reptile hunting, and the streams and vernal pools are full of amphibians. Join these two fun and knowledgeable guides on a search for these crawling critters. If we are lucky, we could even encounter the venomous copperhead or an endangered timber rattlesnake, so wear long pants and strong, preferably leather, boots.

6. Aquatic Adventures
Your Guides: Dave McShaffrey and Laura Hughes
Difficulty Level - Medium - Uneven, wet surfaces
Transportation: Meet at Shawnee Lodge; van transportation provided

Wade Ohio Brush Creek (or similar site) with an eye towards insects. We’ll sample the stream and the shore looking for aquatic insects in both the adult and larval form. We might see the larval forms of some of the insects coming into the lights at Wolf Den Lake, or encounter interesting caterpillars in the vegetation at water’s edge. We’ll look for aquatic caterpillars as well! Not a lot of walking, but be ready to scramble down a bank. Have closed-toe shoes you don’t mind getting wet and bring water, sunscreen and bug repellent. With any luck there should also be some excellent photographic opportunities, so don’t forget your camera, though you might want to bring along a plastic bag if you are worried about taking a spill while we are walking.

7. Anything Goes! SOLD OUT
Your Guides: Jim McCormac & Doug Tallamy
Difficulty Level - Easy, in and out of vehicles, some walking on uneven surfaces
Transportation: Meet at Shawnee Lodge; van transportation provided

Join these two brilliant and enthusiastic naturalists for four hours of field exploration focusing on…everything! Few people know the forests and prairies of this area better than Jim and Doug has a gift for interpreting science for the non-scientist. Count on these two to lead you on a fun and educational romp through nature that you won't soon forget!

8. Photography, Flowers, and Fliers
Field Trip Leaders: Steve Gettle, Kim Banks, and Elisabeth Rothschild
Difficulty: Easy, van stops
Transportation: Meet at Shawnee Lodge; van transportation provided

Jewel like butterflies, pastel flowers, ever wonder how nature photographers get “the shot”? Come hear Steve talk about nature photography as you explore the best spots in Shawnee for that special picture. With Kim and Elisabeth along, you won’t miss any special flower or butterfly that Shawnee provides this time of year.

9. Explore on land the headwaters of Scioto Brush Creek
Field Trip Leaders: Martin McAllister & Marcey Schaffer
Difficulty: Moderate, off trail
Length: 1.5-2 miles

Scioto Brush Creek originates high on the edge of the Unglaciated Appalachian Plateau but passes through a portion of the Interior Low Plateau. This provides a unique opportunity to explore a very diverse set of geologic strata in a very small area. If time allows, participants will explore three nature preserves (Shoemaker, Davis Memorial and Chalet Nivale) in the headwaters of this outstanding stream and learn how the geology affects its route, chemistry and ecology. Hiking difficulty is moderate to easy with each trail ranging from one to two and half miles.

10. Exploring the Secrets of Spring Glen
Your Guides: Robyn Wright Strauss and Linda Romine
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 2 miles

Journey over hill and dale seeking summer wildflowers and the creatures that visit them in Spring Glen. This property adjoins the Edge of Appalachia’s Lynx Prairie and is owned by renowned naturalist Paul Knoop and his wife Cathy Knoop. Red cedars, pines, and a variety of hardwoods make up the diverse forest which is interspersed with high quality prairies. A small and unusual wet area holds interesting plants even in the driest conditions.

11. Highlights of Shawnee Insects Edition - SOLD OUT
Your Guides: Dave Horn, Fiona Reid
Difficulty: Easy, trail walking
Length: 2 miles

Shawnee in July is prime season for all things entomological. Join Dave and Fiona as you explore Forest Service Road 5. John Howard calls this trail “infamous” for the variety of wildlife possible here. The rare and elusive Golden Banded Skipper and possibly the Early Hairstreak. Striped Hairstreaks, Northern Oak Hairstreaks, and White-M Hairstreaks have also been sighted on this gem of a forest road. There is also a chance here to glimpse a bobcat, black bear or timber rattlesnake for your rare and thrilling animal viewing pleasure.

2017's Saturday Trips - Of note