Five Rivers MetroParks is dedicated to protecting Greater Dayton’s natural heritage and to providing outdoor recreation and education experiences that inspire a lasting personal connection with nature.
Miami Township purchased acreage along the Miami River in 1992 to protect open space and the underlying aquifer. In recent years the Township has converted much of the former farmland to a large hayfield. Hay production kept the land open and provided some revenue to the Township to help them manage the farm. This spring MetroParks conservation staff discovered that the new hayfield had attracted and become home to a large nesting population of rare grassland birds including bobolinks, dickcissels, Henslow’s sparrows, meadowlarks, and others. Like so many things timing is everything. If hay is cut before July 15 the grassland bird nests are destroyed. If hay cutting is delayed until after this date the young fledge successfully, and the nutritional value of the hay is not significantly affected. Miami Township and their hay farmer has agreed to delay the hay harvest to protect these birds this year and into the future. Thanks Miami Township!
RiverScape Phase III Update(9/2/09): Soil remediation and building foundation work is progressing well. Over the next several weeks building utility services, a subgrade barrier and the storm drainage system will be installed. Once foundations and utilitie...s are in place the contractors will begin filling the site and bringing elevations up close to final grade.Read More