Did you know that there’s a globally threatened ecosystem, the Oak Openings Region, that’s a hotspot for biodiversity, right here in NW Ohio and SE Michigan? And that there’s three generations who enthusiastically work together to research, conserve and restore this remarkable natural environment?

The lecture spoke about new and on-going nationally acclaimed conservation projects including helping to bring back the American Chestnut, Monarch butterfly and Orange Fringed Orchids, recovering Irwin Prairie State Nature Preserve, update on endangered Karner blue butterflies, Green Ribbon and Wild Toledo initiatives and the benefits of growing native plants to conserve this region’s natural heritage. Denise Gehring, of Wild Ones Oak Openings Region, spoke at the Franciscan Center.