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In 2011, Lorain County Metro Parks began the initiative BioBlast to celebrate the nature within Lorain County. One thing we have focused on is forming a comprehensive list of animal species observed throughout the Lorain County Metro Parks. Our goal is to create a database of fauna species at each metro park reservation and develop an inventory of photographs for use in future programs, promotional materials, newsletters, and the like.

Entrance to French Creek Nature CenterCanada Buffalo-berry, Shepherdia Canadensis, is a potentially threatened species in Ohio Found along the high banks of the Vermilion River.

Surveys of birds, mammals, fish, herps, and macroinvertebrates have been ongoing throughout the years, and lists have been updated as new species were seen. Recorded observations and photo confirmations of species were reported in our printed publications, as well as here on the website and through our E-newsletters. Guest lecturers were invited to talk about important studies and findings, and park program presenters shared new nature knowledge through an array of events associated with our 2012 BioBlast mission. With the help of our staff, Friends of Metro Parks volunteers, and area professionals, you can take part in helping us accomplish this task!


Through a variety of programs, activities, and events, you can participate in the search for all fauna found within the LCMP. A checklist of northeastern Ohio species will be available online to help you manage your own survey as you accumulate points for attending BioBlast programs (indicated by the leaf symbol in the Arrowhead calendar). You can also volunteer help as a LCMP Citizen Scientist to add to our master species list and photo inventory through naturalist-organized Independent Study programs.


Entrance to French Creek Nature CenterLeast Weasel found in the Carlisle Reservation, one of the few animals which changes its color in the winter

We’re on a mission to locate, identify, photograph, record, and report as many fauna species as we can over the years, and we hope that you’ll join us! While we have a firm understanding of the species we should expect to occur within the many park reservations of Lorain County, we may be surprised to discover what’s also out there making use of the natural places around our own homes. Keep current with BioBlast happenings by visiting our BioBlast page (with updated blog) and subscribing to the NATURE Enewsletter. Look for BioBlast related programs and events in the Arrowhead newsletter or online at


The Naturalist Staff of the Lorain County Metro parks is looking for a few good volunteers.

  • Do you love to explore the great outdoors?
  • Do you want to learn more about the nature in Lorain County?

We are looking for volunteers to assist with the compilation of data regarding the many and varied species found in our metro parks and throughout Lorain County. If this sounds like something you would like, please contact the Naturalist Supervisor at the French Creek Nature Center at (440) 949-5200 ext 230.


Check out the Arrowhead for BioBlast programs around the year. Explore the less traveled areas of the park district, participate in hands on activities and learn the nature of Lorain County.


Entrance to French Creek Nature CenterPleuroloma flayipes, a millipede (up to 3” in length)which secrets cyanide as a defense mechanism can be found beneath the leaf litter of many of the Lorain County Metro parks Reservations.


Independent studies is also a part of BioBlast. Some of these studies are conducted by professional researchers, but some are available to veteran amateurs and beginners as well. If you want more information on research projects, or if you want to consider conducting a project yourself, please contact Grant Thompson at (440) 387-8107.






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