Earth Calendar for May 9th and May 10th

May 9, 2014

If you live along the Ohio River in Clermont County a small brood of 13 year periodical cicadas are due to start emerging over the next couple of weeks! The insects have spent the last 13 years feeding on the sap in tree roots. 

They have now started to climb to the surface of the soil to prepare to emerge. You may notice some round 1/2 inch holes in your yard that these one inch long bugs form as they reach the surface. For more information on these 13 year cicadas, click here to check out the College of Mount St. Joseph website. Information is also available on how you can help researchers map this natural phenomenon using your smart phone. For more updates on the cicada emergence at Chilo Lock 34 Park and Crooked Run Nature Preserve, visit the Clermont County Parks  website.

On Our Calendar: The Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments is updating a policy plan to improve quality of life and service to the public in southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky, and southeast Indiana, and they want to hear from the public. Issues in the plan affect everyday life in the region, such as congestion on roadways, the attractiveness of communities for business and job creation, housing for all ages, income levels and family types and adequate water and sewer facilities. The draft plan and questions to invite feedback are available on-line. To find out more and share your opinions, visit the website.