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  • Longtime raptor caretaker retires

    Betty Ross with one of the Raptor Center’s permanent residents, a barn owl named Louie. Barn owls are not native to Ohio, but moved in after the forests were cleared for farming. After nearly 30 years as the Raptor Center’s director, Ross retired last month. (Photo by Audrey Hackett)

    A conservative estimate of the number of birds Betty Ross has handled in her nearly 30 years at the Raptor Center might be 4,500.

  • Glen now protected into perpetuity

    After a nine-year effort, Glen Helen is now officially preserved as forever a green space. A collaboration of federal, state and local agencies assisted in the process of raising funds to purchase conservation easements for the Glen. Shown above are leaders Krista Magaw, executive director of Tecumseh Land Trust, and Glen Director Nick Boutis. (Photo by Matt Minde)

    A nine-year effort to protect Glen Helen finally came to a successful conclusion last week, with the Glen now preserved as a wild place into perpetuity.

  • Camp out with the Perseids

    Night sky photo by Eddie Pavlu published by Astronomy Magazine in 2011.

    Glen Helen will host a camp-out for stargazers during the Perseid meteor shower Aug. 14.

  • Writer, birder Nelson to read

    Writer and birder Kent Nelson of Colorado will read from his work Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. at Glen Helen. (submitted photo)

    Kent Nelson’s twin passions for writing and birding work well together. For instance, birding takes him to remote and exotic locations, such as an Aleutian island in Alaska, where the Yupik village he visited inspired a short story — about birders who go to Alaska.

  • Celebrate Earth Week at the Glen

    This tree was planted in 1929 by Hugh Taylor Birch in memory of his daughter Helen Bitch Bartlett. (photos by Suzanne Ehalt)

    Earth Day events will be held in the Glen all week, beginning this weekend.

  • Glen hosts pancake breakfast and hikes this weekend


    The Glen will hold several community events this weekend, including the annual pancake breakfast and several spring hikes.

  • Glen Helen acquires Camp Greene

    The 30-acre property off Grinnell Road has a lodge and several rustic camp facilities.

    Glen Helen, with the help of several grants, purchased the former Camp Greene from the Girl Scouts last week.

  • Rise against the green Glen invaders

    Glen volunteer Vincent Laino helped to clear invasive honeysuckle from the Glen over the summer.

    If weeding the flower garden out back sounds bad, imagine weeding a forest. Then imagine that forest encircled by an army of invasive species.

  • Submit photos for 2015 calendar

    A beautiful blue butterfly landed on some rocks last fall. (photo by Suzanne Szempruch)

    Glen Helen is currently holding a photo contest, which seeks images for the Glen’s 2015 calendar. The images should convey the different moods and seasons of the Glen, with landscape, wildlife and macro images encouraged.

  • Glen’s Trailside raises baby chicks for Antioch College farm


    Glen Helen naturalists are raising baby chicks that will soon be big enough for the Antioch College farm.