BUTLER TWP. — The Northmont Rotary recently learned about the Brukner Nature Center during a meeting held at Aullwood Farm.
Becky Crow, Curator of Wildlife, spoke about the mission of the Center through preservation of lands for wildlife, education, and wildlife rehabilitation. Through the rehabilitation services, they accept injured, ill, or abandoned wildlife. The goal is re-release to their native habitat.
Brukner is home to more than 50 wildlife ambassadors, native Ohio species that can no longer survive in the wild. The public can view them in both indoor and outdoor exhibits at the nature center.
There are six miles of nature trails that allow visitors to search for wildlife on quiet mulch trails through woodland, wetland and prairie areas. Brukner also offers a ‘Tree-Top Bird Vista’ with an admission fee Monday through Saturday with free admission on Sunday. Brukner is a premier birding spot for spring bird migration, winter feeder watching (Project Feeder Watch) or to enjoy birds at any time of the year.
The Tree-Top Bird Vista is an air-conditioned oasis during summer months and a warm and inviting place to spend winter hours. The pileated woodpecker visits the Brukner feeders on a regular basis year-round. Meet members of the Brukner Bird Club on the third Sunday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Tree-Top Bird Vista.
Brukner’s Heidelberg Auditorium and Meeting Room features art exhibits and kid’s nature art exhibits each new season. All visitors can enjoy the field guides, nature writings, DVDs and more in the Nature Library. A special section of the Nature Library is devoted to kids’ nature picture books where families can gather for their own nature story time.
The grounds are also home the historic Iddings Log House, which was originally built in 1804.
Brukner offers a wide variety of programs and activities and is located at 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road, Troy. For more information visit bruknernaturecenter.com
Brukner Nature Center Curator of Wildlife, Becky Crow with an Eastern Screech Owl.