FOR IMMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 25, 2010
Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve Celebrates 30 Years
Public invited to Anniversary Open House on September 4
HURON, OH – To kick off its 30th anniversary as a coastal wetland research laboratory and outdoor classroom for scientists and community members alike, the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve is offering a variety of free, family-friendly events on Saturday, September 4.
Events including butterfly tagging, guided hikes, facility tours and research demonstrations will begin at the top of each hour from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. In addition to these programs, the visitor center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring historical displays, activities and a time capsule. Guests ages 10 and older will have the opportunity the explore Old Woman Creek estuary by canoe on a first come, first served basis at 2 p.m.
Events will take place at the Old Woman Creek visitor center located 1 mile west of SR 61 at 2514 Cleveland Road East. For more information regarding the 30th anniversary open house, please visit www.oldwomancreek.org or call the visitor center at (419) 433-4601.
Estuaries like Old Woman Creek protect Lake Erie by removing pollutants from streams and rivers. Estuaries also benefit coastal communities by acting as a buffer against floods and erosion.
The environmental and economic importance of estuaries is undeniable, as these ecosystems provide habitat for wildlife as well as a nursery for important Lake Erie sport fish. Recreational fishing in Lake Erie contributes over $300 million to our state’s economy annually. Bird and other wildlife watchers spend nearly one billion dollars statewide each year. To learn more about Old Woman Creek Reserve and estuaries visit www.oldwomancreek.org and www.estuaries.gov.