Ask The Land
The initial Ask the Land (ATL) survey began in April 1997 and continued through October 1997. This survey confirmed what many visitors to Shepherd’s Corner had recognized; that the site is ecologically rich and valuable. Over 650 species of fungi, plants, and animals were identified on the property. This includes approximately 320 plant species, numerous invertebrate species (e.g., snails, spiders, and insects), over 20 fish species, eight amphibians, six reptiles, and 13 mammals. In addition around 105 bird species were seen or heard. Our 160 acres has seven habitats: garden, hay field, old field, woodland, wetland, pond, and stream (Blacklick Creek).
In 2015, the ATL survey was re-visited with the assistance of volunteers and a Columbus Foundation grant which allowed for a summer intern. The new survey counted butterflies, wildflowers/plants, and birds. Shepherd’s Corner continues to add to the data and appreciates any additional volunteers to help with this task.
You can access the 1997 ALT document here.
Linked to the pictures you will find lists of the plants and wildlife that were observed here at Shepherd’s Corner.
Below you will find a few pictures from our 2015 Ask The Land Survey.