In the skies, among the trees, and under the surface, Cincinnati’s native species are all around us. Meet the plants and animals (and…rocks?) that make our region an ecological wonder—and the conservationists dedicated to making sure they’re still around for years to come.


By Killian Baarlaer, Lauren Fisher, Kane Mitten, Sam Rosenstiel, and Carrie Blackmore Smith
Edited by Lauren Fisher; Photograph by Devyn Glista

Kill Your Lawn: Six Options to Help the Environment (And Your Wallet)

Traditional turf lawns are a staple of suburban America. They’re also terrible for the environment—and your bank account. Here are six better options.

Make an Impact: Seven Tips to Boost Your Local Ecosystem

Small actions—even just tweaking your habits—can make big changes to the local environment.

How You Can Turn Your Garden Into A Pollinator’s Playground

A pollinator garden program started by the Cincinnati Zoo’s horticulturists has gone nationwide. Plus, how to grow your own national park, find new seeds, and get releaf.

Rock On: The Traces of the Past Beneath Our Feet

With a unique geographic location, rich geologic history, and wealth of fossils, Cincinnati has become a darling among paleontologists.

Five Unwelcome Enemies Of Cincinnati’s Native Critters

Not all creatures are friends. These flora and fauna are wanted dead or alive.

Class Is in Session: Nature Learning Experiences Around Ohio

Take your eco knowledge to the next level with these classes and guided tours.

The Edge of Appalachia Preserve Is Fighting For The Little Guys

At the Edge of Appalachia Preserve, tiny endangered species like the Indiana bat, green salamander, and Allegheny woodrat find space to survive and thrive.

Five Gorgeous Local Trails For Your Next Nature Retreat

Sometimes the best way to explore the city is to get out of it. Hit the trails and learn how to leave no trace as you enjoy our area's natural beauty.

See What A Milford Nonprofit Is Doing For Ohio’s Feathered Friends

Ohio’s raptors are making a comeback, thanks in part to one Milford-based nonprofit.

Making a Healthy River

When it comes to river health and the creatures who live in and along it, the Ohio’s muddy surface only tells part of the story.

Discover The Kitchen Delicacies Hidden In Your Own Backyard

Jason Neumann dives fork-first into the bounty of nature—and he can teach you how to do the same.

These Comeback Kids Are Endangered Species Success Stories

Rehabilitation efforts do pay off, and these three species are living proof.

This Land Trust Stops Invasive Plants in Their Tracks

In the battle between native and invasive plants, new corridor preserves are a point for the primordial.

A Destructive Disease Is Killing Ohio’s Night Hunters

When the sun goes down, the bats come out. But a devastating disease is putting these nocturnal creatures at risk.

Meet Four Cincinnatians Who Are Spearheading Ecological Change

The Queen City is home to some of our most outspoken eco champions.

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