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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Spring Bird Walk in Secrest Arboretum April 9

March 21, 2011

WOOSTER, Ohio -- See who comes back this spring when Ohio State University’s Secrest Arboretum holds a free Leisure Birding Walk April 9.

Northward migrating birds, such as tree swallows and eastern phoebes, should be among the arrivals, who may find the place looks different than when they left. A tornado hit the arboretum last September -- after many summer birds had gone south -- and turned more than 1,000 trees into virtual toothpicks.

But the walk, led by members of the Greater Mohican Audubon Society, will go on -- from 9-11 a.m.

In fact, while the twister essentially clearcut parts of the arboretum, about three-quarters of the plant collection’s 120 acres came through unscathed.

The arboretum is part of the university’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Meet at the still-standing Seaman Orientation Plaza on Williams Road, about 1.7 miles from OARDC’s main campus entrance.

Call 330-464-2148 for more information.

Secrest Arboretum holds bird walks every other month and plant-related public events all year. Next is a guided Spring Walk April 26; the 18th annual Plant Discovery Day, a fund-raising plant sale, May 7; and a Spring Planting Workshop May 18.

Learn more, including about the arboretum's tornado renewal fund, at

OARDC is the research arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

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Kurt Knebusch
Ken Cochran