Black Swamp Conservancy Introduces Ohio Wildlife Guide

Ohio Wildlife: A Coloring Field Guide Available May 11

Where can you learn about wildlife found in Ohio, in a format that’s family-friendly? Ohio Wildlife: A Coloring Field Guide offers information about fish, amphibian, reptile, bird and mammal species found in the state, in an inviting coloring book format with projects, activities and species information for the whole family to enjoy.

Black Swamp Conservancy, who helped create the guide, will introduce it at a family event May 11, in the Rotary Pavilion at Side Cut Metropark, Maumee, Ohio.

“I happened upon the Michigan version of this guide last summer, and was so impressed with it that I reached out to the author, Amalia Celeste Fernand, to see if we could collaborate on an Ohio edition,” said Conservancy Executive Director Rob Krain.  “She was excited to take on the project, and help create this fantastic outdoor education tool for Ohio children.”

The 108-page guide provides a range of details about each animal: appearance, size, tracks and signs, diet, habitat, scat and life cycle. In addition, each section features a range of activities for creating art, conducting experiments, exploring in nature and creating games. The guide was created by Fernand, a native of Michigan with degrees in environmental studies and ecological leadership and education, who has worked with children and animals in over 20 countries on six continents. She established Nature Explorers International to inspire excitement and curiosity for the environment through art, science and outdoor experiences. The guide was illustrated by Anna Bazyl, and designed by Toledo-based Margo Puffenberger of m.e.puff design.

With funding from the Reed Fund of the Toledo Community Foundation and the Seed-to-the-Sower Fund of the Toledo Community Foundation, the Conservancy has 1,000 copies of Ohio Wildlife: A Coloring Field Guide to distribute for free to area families.

The guide will be introduced May 11 with a 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. event in the Rotary Pavilion of Side Cut Metropark. Author Fernand will be there to lead family activities inside the Pavilion and around the park. Free copies of the guide will be available to local children.

In addition, copies of Ohio Wildlife: A Coloring Field Guide will be distributed at the Oak Openings Region Family Day of Blue Week, Secor Metropark, Berkey, Ohio, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on May 19.

“Appreciation and compassion for nature are rooted in curiosity and understanding, inevitably leading towards conservation,” said Fernand. “Young naturalists are the future of this earth.” Proceeds of the sale of the book will go towards creating a permanent Nature Explorers classroom space in Benzonia, Michigan.

Once the free copies have been distributed, the guide will be available for purchase from the Conservancy. For more information about the guide, visit BlackSwamp.org or call 419-833-1025.

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About Black Swamp Conservancy:  Black Swamp Conservancy is a land trust dedicated to protecting natural habitats and family farms, now and for future generations. Since its founding in 1993, the organization has permanently protected more than 17,500 acres of wetlands, woods and working lands across northwest Ohio, supporting Clean Water, Good Food & Wild Places. BlackSwamp.org