The Grand Valley Site is a former gravel pit excavation located between State Route 126 and the scenic Little Miami River in an area historically known as Camp Dennison, Ohio. The Village of Indian Hill owns the 304 acre site and in 2006 recruited the help of Feather Link in cataloguing flora and fauna at the site, measuring their changes going forward and to provide future recommendations for enhancing the site's ecosystems.
Satellite image of Grand Valley prior to any reclamation efforts
Ivory-billed Woodpecker Search in Florida
On May 21, 2005 Dr. Geoff Hill, ornithology professor at Auburn
University, and two research assistants took a kayak trip down
the Choctawhatchee River in the Florida panhandle in search of
the legendary Ivory-billed Woodpecker. Within hours they
spotted a large woodpecker with white on both the upper-
and underside of the trailing edge of the wings. Subsequent
double-knocks heard by the trio, large entrances found in tree
trunk cavities and bark scaled from recently dead trees
suggested that an Ivory-billed might exist in this mature
swamp forest. Members of Feather Link have participated
in the field work that Geoff and his staff are conducting and
have provided materials for video taping their continued
to see Geoff’s full report and updates on this project.
Guam Rail Back into the Wild
In 2007, Feather Link sponsored the work of Eric Duning involving the Guam Rail on the Mariana Islands of Guam and Rota. The Guam Rail, along with most of the other avifauna on Guam, were extirpated by the Brown Tree Snake, accidentally introduced onto Guam after WWII. Eric assisted in the husbandry of the captive breeding population on Guam, as well as the soft release introduction of two birds into suitable habitat on Rota.
Over the last 200 years, more than 100 bird species have disappeared