Nature Notes: Wilds photos, Mohican mountain biking

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Mohican State park ride

Via Moab, leader of local bike group the SpokeJunkies:

"This Sunday, September 2, the Spokejunkies will be riding at Mohican State Park at the stroke of 12 noon. E-Rae and Banana will be hosting this epic 24 mile ride. Shorter options are available upon request."

Moab, a veteran rider of Ohio trails and others across the country, has a great write-up and trail guide for Mohican here. Topo maps and other tools are also listed.

[Check it]

Where the wild things are

Last week, Will Shilling and I got a great tour of the 9,154-acre expanse known as The Wilds. It's the largest conservation facility in North America, a grassland enclave home to numerous species of African, Asian and othe exotic wildlife.

Thanks to Brandon Speeg, a biologist in the animal management division, for his candid and intriguing interview. [Feature]

See photos after the jump! Thanks much to Alive photographer Will Shilling, who took these beauties.