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The Greater Cincinnati Orchid Society Conservation

The main threat to orchid survival is the wholesale destruction of their natural habitat. Orchid habitat is being rapidly consumed by deforestation, agriculture, industry and development. Many orchids that once grew freely in nature have all but disappeared outside of cultivation. Orchid hobbyists and growers may be the best hope of preserving some endangered orchids.

Conservation News!

If you are interested in joining the Conservation Committee please contact Teresa, our conservation committee chair.

Upcoming Events:

  • Adams County Hike tenatively scheduled for May 2013.
  • Cedar Bog Field Trip tenatively scheduled for June 2013.1% for conservation
  • Cranberry Bog outing tenatively scheduled for June 2014.
  • Shawnee State Park Orchid Hike not scheduled yet.

Check back for details and always visit our calendar for further information.

To learn more about orchid conservation, see our handout, Orchid Conservation and You and/or visit us at our meetings.

Information from other organizations:

Orchid Conservation Overview
American Orchid Society's Conservation Information

Please help us protect and appreciate orchids by making a gift to The Greater Cincinnati Orchid Society's conservation efforts. For information on donating to the society please email info@cincinnatiorchids.org.  Your donation to The Greater Cincinnati Orchid Society's causes are tax deductable because we are a 501(C)(3) organization.

Please help us protect and appreciate orchids by making a gift The Greater Cincinnati Orchid Society and participating in our monthly events.  For information on donating to the society please email info@cincinnatiorchids.org.


Native Orchids in Ohio

Orchids of  Ohio posted in The Ohio Naturalist by Kate R. Blair.  Describes locations, Genera, and identification

Rare Discovery of Ohio wild orchids An article by the Ohio Department of natural resouces talking specifically about a find of  Plantanthera leucopharea and Plantanthera ciliaris

Ladyslipper article from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Looking Back on 2012:

We had an exciting and productive year. The Conservation Committee set a goal to educate Society members on native orchids of Ohio and to view them in situ. A hike to Hocking Hills and a hike to Adams County allowed our members to experience seven native orchids. Some were in bloom and some not. Many of these orchids are on the Rare or Endangered list. We finished off the year creating a poster that featured many of the native orchids seen on these hikes.

Looking Forward to 2013:

Our first meeting will be Tuesday, January 22, 2013. The major topic will be determining the Conservation Committee goals for 2013.

Orchid Resources
Orchid Pictures