The Ohio EPA Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance Water Resource Restoration Sponsorship Program announced it will protect 221 acres of the Hiram College James H. Barrow Biological Field Station. The good news comes more than two years after the Western Reserve Land Conservancy initiated the effort.
Since 1967, Hiram College has preserved the land as a 545-acre research, education and outreach facility. Here, students explore, research and protect a trove of natural treasures. American kestrel, frogs and toads, and endangered white winged wood ducks and Madagascar teals among other creatures call the field station home. A family of North American river otters at the field station was recently captured on film by way of a sensor-driven trail camera.
“This is an extremely rare sighting for this type of animal. We are also very proud that they are using the field station as their possible home range territory,” says Jim Metzinger, director of the field station.
In a letter dated March 30, 2016, Western Reserve Land Conservancy director Christopher Szell added, “Because of the College’s land protection efforts, a significant stretch of Silver Creek, one of only four cold water streams within the Mahoning River Watershed, received additional protection yesterday helping to ensure the long-term quality of this state resource.”
Located just three miles from campus, the field station has been described as one of Ohio’s most spectacular classrooms, enriching and inspiring students of all majors as well as members of the public.
For more information, visit http://www.hiram.edu/field-station.