The Oak Openings Region

Oak Openings RegionCovering more than 130 square mile, the Oak Openings Region in NW Ohio is an exceptionally unique ecosystem. Consisting mostly of savannas of white and black oaks and grassland prairies. It is considered by The Nature Conservancy as having a similar ecological importance as the Florida Everglades.

This extraordinary region was created after the last ice age, after the continental glacier melted away it left behind a sizable body of water named Lake Warren. Eventually, this lake steadily decreased leaving Lake Erie and also a substantial area of land. The region has sustained frequent wildfires in which exclusively oak trees survived. Once pioneers appeared they called the region the “Oak Openings”.



 Oak Openings Bio Blitz Videos

Videos taken during a survey of critters and plants at Oak Openings Metropark, June 22-23,2007



 The Amazing Lupine Flower

Lupines are symbolic of the imagination. The name “lupinus” actually means “of wolves” due to the mistaken belief that ancient peoples had that lupines robbed the soil of nutrients. The fact is that lupines actually add nitrogen to the soil.

In the United States, lupines grow well in the Pacific Northwest, the West Coast, New England and other northern states. They are both cultivated flowers and wildflowers. Lupines also grow abundantly throughout Europe and as far north as Norway.

There are many varied uses for lupines. The flowers are useful for dyeing cloth. The seeds are said to aid digestion and have been used in skin care for removing spots from the face. The Romans used the flat seeds for theater money. The Romans also used lupines for fertilizer and ate the high-protein seeds.

Wild lupines are the only foods for the Karner blue butterfly caterpillar. The larvae crawl up the stems of wild lupines to feed on the new leaves in mid-April. The Karner blue butterfly is a member of the genus Lycaeides. It has a wingspan of about 2.5 cm, or one inch. The upper surface of the male is blue, with a black edge and white outer fringe. The female is similar but more brown or grayish in color, with a row of dark spots with orange crescents along the wing margins. The underside of both male and female Karner blue butterflies are similar: a slate gray background with several marginal rows of orange and black spots.

Lupines come in blue, pink, white, yellow and purple. The scent from lupine blossoms is like that of honey, a nice addition to any garden. The magnificent flower spikes can be from 36-60 inches high. Lupines need full sun, rich soil and lots of moisture. They can grow in poor soils if the soil is not too alkaline. Add some imagination to your garden with a full array of colorful, stately lupines!

Kathleen Karlsen, MA is an artist, writer and design consultant residing in Bozeman, Montana. Kathleen is best known for her contemporary impressionism style and her colorful forest, landscape and flower paintings. Kathleen’s original art and fine art gifts can be seen at http://www.livingartsoriginals.com For an extensive article about flower symbolism see http://www.livingartsoriginals.com/infoflowersymbolism.htm



 Eastern Bluebird


Bluebird that’s singing, you can hear dozens more behind him.



 Blue Racers


The majestic Blue Racer.



 Oak Openings – A Nature Walk

This video just shows the Beauty of Northwest Ohio In Spring Time. It is a Beautiful Place and this video didn’t do it justice. On In the Video you will see a few wild creatures here and there. You will just hear nature at its best.



 Pond Survey at Oak Openings Oct 4 2008

Surveying the critters in a pond at Oak Openings Metropark on
October 4 2008.



 Groundwater contamination by the hands of human

The process of eliminating and removing pollutants and other contaminants before these pollutants pollute the groundwater is called groundwater remediation. It is more or less a process of purification of groundwater carried out by different techniques, also called purification of soil and water in industrial areas. We can avoid many environmental problems by the aid of groundwater remediationgroundwater remediation. These problems actually affect the health of soil and air as well as health of people living around the globe. It is most effective way to make our environment healthy, if we take care of water pollution. As we all know that water is basic requirement of all living thing on this planet and its contamination will affect all living thing to some extent. There is massive involvement of human activities to pollute water.

When human civilization moved forward towards economic development, we started making big and massive structure in the race of development but we never thought about various environmental factors. We saw consequences when we tried to disturb the processes made by nature itself. Now people started to think about environmental friendly products and adapted a path in which nature is not further harmed by human activities. Contamination of groundwater is another human activity and now groundwater remediation is used to minimize the damages done by the hands of humans. It is also considered vital way to remove pollutants because it protects humans and environment for long period of time.

There are different ways to purify groundwater one of them is use of activated carbon. It is important part of purification because of having large surface area, which binds with chemical and organic impurities. This process is called absorption, where carbon absorbs impurities out of water. This process is very effective in removing impurities from water. Active carbon is used in powder form to increase its surface area further. There are some other ways to carry out groundwater remediation as well, which falls in two categories, biological methods and chemical methods. Chemical methods are just like we discussed the use of active carbon, chemicals are used to either absorb impurities or make them into form of precipitations, which can be filtered easily. Sometimes problem is not with water but soil is contaminated, since soil is connected with ground water or in other words, water have to pass though soil in order to reach ground. For such situations we use soil remediation methods so we can obtain pure groundwater.