Have you been to the Gilliland Nature Sanctuary in Franklin Township? The Franklin Township Green space Committee invites you to join Naturalist Tom Bain and several of his peers on a night hike through the Sanctuary, on October 22, 2011, registration starting at 6:30 PM. As you register you will head out onto the trail. Registration will close at 7:30 PM. Parking and registration will be at South Shore Sportsman’s Club, 5380 Club Island Road, Celina, OH 45822. Following the hike there will be a bonfire with refreshments at the Club. Dress for the weather, this is a free public rain or shine event!
Enjoy the experience of a twilight guided tour through an 80 acre prairie grass and wooded wildlife sanctuary. Throughout the trail there will be stations with naturalists providing information on the area. This group is organized by Naturalist Tom Bain, who facilitated the event in 2010. He has more than 30 years natural history experience ranging from banding Peregrine Falcons on cliffs in Greenland in the early 1980’s to doing ice dynamics research at South Pole Station Antarctica. On this tour Bain will include owl calls, astronomy and more! Bain has a degree in geology and minor in zoology. He currently serves as Bird Conservation Chair for the Ohio Ornithological Society. He is a professional and volunteer guide for birding and natural history. He works in natural area restorations and ecological surveying. Bain ensures that nighttime is the right time for a new view of nature.
For more information contact: Franklin Township, 419-268-2139 or email franklinclerk@bright.net.
For those not sure about a night hike, watch the newspaper and bulletin boards for future walks and talks along the Franklin Township Trail. The committee will be planning more events throughout the coming seasons. If you have recommendations or requests, please feel free to contact the Franklin Township Green space Committee, 419-268-2139. Committee members are: Gary Steinbrunner, Susan Gilliland, Jim Tesno, Sandy and Steve Dorsten, Sandy Armour, Laura and Matt Walker, Kip Wright, Ron Puthoff, Tim Homan and Ruth Dorsten.