GAMBIER ó Cool your heels in the Kokosing River. Take a short hike and wade in to discover the diverse life of our State Scenic River. The Science Play-Space Initiative invites the public to go Kokosing Creeking on Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Kokosing River boasts an impressive 78 species of fish, including endangered and threatened species. Local fisheries expert Brian Zimmerman will be on hand to share some of these species with participants. Zimmerman is currently working on the Fishes of Ohio Inventory and Distribution Project for Ohio State University Museum of Biodiversity, and will bring his knowledge of traveling state-wide looking for Ohioís 175 fish species. The food web of these fish also depends on aquatic insects that populate the stream bottom. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Scenic River Program staff will join the program to help participants hunt for these bugs, which are used as indicators of a riverís health.
Wear water shoes or old sneakers for walking in water.
Directions to the Laymon Road canoe access point from downtown Mount Vernon, follow Ohio 229/Gambier St. east four miles. Turn right onto Laymon Road, and immediately right into canoe access parking lot.
Published on August 7, 2012