Saturday, June 13, 2020

Thoreau Wildlife Reserve Brunersburg, Ohio

Thoreau Wildlife Reserve is located behind Noble School in Brunersburg,OHIO on Haller St. 

In 1989, Defiance College, in partnership with the Diehl Family Foundation, 
established the Thoreau Wildlife Reserve. It was named after Henry David Thoreau,
who has inspired many influencial minds in history. He is best known for his book Walden, 
a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. 
This reserve was used by the Defiance College Restoration Ecology 
Department but is now open to the public from dawn to dusk. 

At the Thoreau Wildlife Reserve they have planted more than 40,000 trees 
in addition to herbaceous terrestrial and wetland plants. 
There is more than 200 acres of farmland that has been converted to prairie, meadow, 
deciduous forest, wetland, and white pine forest habitats. 
The Defiance College students have conducted research involving prairie burns 
as you will see along the areas trails. 

There is an apiary area with 4 beehives, swamp, and butterfly garden. The Reserve is covered with 1000s of flowers throughout the trails, plenty of butterflies, 
dragonflies, and everything in between. The area has had a reintroduction of bobwhite quail and 
ring-necked pheasants, and distributions of amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. There are
planty of places to park and a great place to just drive through. There are many picnic areas and 
forest trails. You really get a little bit of everything out here. 
I have traveled alot and seen many nature reserves, this by far is one of the best in Ohio! 
I feel very lucky to have such a large nature preserve with a variety of habitats so close by! 
I highly recommend taking a trip out there.
Thanks for checking out today's video. Have a great day and come back soon. 

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