The southern shore of Lake Erie is one of the principal stopovers for migrating warblers in need of rest and refueling enroute to their nesting grounds in Canada. We will walk the woods and fields of Huntington Reservation, from Lake Erie Nature Nature and Science Center to the lake and back. Chances are very good for a look at nesting Barred Owls and Red-headed Woodpeckers near the nature center.
For the April 2019 field trip, Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society joins in on the third week of the Audubon Spring Bird Walks, held throughout Northeast Ohio at many locations. Spring migration is ramping up and Lake Isaac's varied habitats attract a variety of bird species, migrants and residents.
According to eBird, almost 40 species of waterfowl have been seen at Wellington Upground Reservoir over the years. Greater White-fronted Goose and Cackling Goose are among the species. Wellington Reservoir offers handicapped parking just feet from the water. Birding can be done a few steps from your car, or even sitting in the car.
Speaker Series 2018-2019: “One Green Space for All: Areas Significant for Migratory and Breeding Birds"
Follow a set of railroad tracks, walk near abandoned industrial sites, check out an old cemetery … birds love these areas and many would be surprised how areas such as these are being used by birds while on migration as a resting/feeding stop, or for nesting.
January can be a terrific month for gull-watching along the Lake Erie shore. We’ll brave the frigid temperatures and strong winds to see if we can find both the common and rarer gull species, as well as other wintering birds like ducks, grebes, loons, and raptors.
Aerial insectivores, birds that catch insects on the wing, such as the Chimney Swift are declining and there may be several reasons for the decline.
2017 Count day saw clearing, some snow showers, breaks with sunshine, then bands of heavier snowfall occurring throughout count day making visibility difficult at times and causing some birds to hunker down. What will we find in 2018?
In 2017, we saw a Sharp-shinned Hawk and a Red-shouldered Hawk who perched on a broken tree top and gulped a “critter” down. We had an unobstructed view at a very close range. What will we see in 2018?
The vastness and beauty of the Arctic and the inhabitants of the Arctic, both wildlife and people, will be shared with us by Craig Caldwell, Audubon supporter and Editor of The Ohio Cardinal, a publication of the Ohio Ornithological Society.
Bradstreet's Landing in Rocky River, Ohio offers easily accessible views of Lake Erie waterfowl. Grebes, loons, scaup, scoters have been seen here, as well as Cave Swallows. Depending on local sightings, we will either stay at Bradstreet's landing, or move to other nearby Lake Erie hotspots.
This is a good date for maximizing migrant, resident and wintering waterfowl including geese, swans, dabbling ducks and divers.
Sub-freezing temperatures did not deter 26 birders for the November 2017 Second Saturday walk. Ice had formed on the ponds. Eastern Bluebirds and Pileated Woodpeckers came in threes. Birders enjoyed American Tree Sparrows. What will we see in 2018?
Western Cuyahoga Audubon has played an active role in Cleveland habitat conservation for nearly fifty years. Join us for a multimedia retrospect of chapter conservation projects that created some of today's northeast Ohio iconic landscapes, often starting with the small actions of one or two people.
Several highlights include 23 Yellow-rumped warblers. Good looks at a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. The Cuckoo was initially on the ground, flew up at eye level for about a minute, then flew up higher before disappearing.
In October 2017, two Bald Eagles flew overhead and there were great views of two Pileated Woodpeckers and two Eastern Bluebirds. Fall migration reached a point when the only warblers to be seen were Yellow-rumped Warblers. What will we see in 2018?
I recognized that I love to connect to people and get involved in a community. As a part of my life, I want to keep volunteering even if I am in a foreign country. Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society gave me a great chance to do that, and I appreciate the many people that surround me who are always encouraging me!
Joint Field Trip with Kirtland Bird Club October 7, 2018 at Erie Street Cemetery and Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve
We begin at Erie Street Cemetery, a historic 8.9-acre cemetery located on East Ninth St within walking distance of Progressive Field. From there we travel to Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, a National Audubon Important Bird Area host to 290 unique recorded species.
What inspired you to purchase Bird Friendly Coffee? I like the idea that coffee can be grown in areas where our migrants winter, and other birds homes have not been taken away.
Every day is an opportunity to preserve bird habitat, whether you are out on the trail or standing in your kitchen sipping a newly brewed cup of coffee. Birds and Beans links conservation and coffee together by providing Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society an annual rebate of 5% annual sales volume to put towards Ohio’s conservation projects.
Speaker Series 2018-2019: “Careless Whispers? Deciphering the Hidden Vocal Repertoire of a Common Backyard Bird, the Dark-eyed Junco”
Evidence seems to indicate that these “secretive” sounds are an important part of the bird’s ability to survive and reproduce.
The first day of fall greeted us with the coolest morning of the season to date. Temperatures were in the low 50’s but sunny skies made it seem nicer. We were treated to excellent views of Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and several warblers along the all-purpose trail through the woods to the fire station.
Walk the woods and fields of Cleveland Metroparks Huntington Reservation and the Lake Erie Shore in search of migrating warblers and other birds moving through the area on their way south.
Six warbler species, including eight American Redstarts, six Magnolia warblers and five Black-and-White warblers were viewed by the group in several locations. We had some good birds including a Barred Owl, a Scarlet Tanager, and a pair of Solitary Sandpipers.
During the winter, the Scarlet Tanager lives in mature forests and forest edges and often visit shade coffee plantations in the Andes, Mexico, and Central America during migration. They are hard to see because they like to hide among the wide leaves of deciduous trees in the forest canopy.
They feed mainly on insects along with some fruit and tender buds and joins mixed species foraging flocks with flycatchers, antbirds, woodcreepers, and resident tropical tanagers.
How can you help this songbird? Help by preserving birding habitat! Join the Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society’s informal coffee club today and start drinking bird-friendly coffee. You’ll love the taste! Go Here
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FACT: Songbirds that migrate to Mexico and the tropics are on the decline.
TRUE: According to the North American Breeding Bird Survey, the population of chestnut-sided warblers has declined by 4% between 1966 and 2015.
FACT: Coffee plantations use various farming methods, such as full-sun to agroforestry systems, to grow and harvest coffee beans.
TRUE: According to a paper published on the "Biodiversity Conservation in Traditional Coffee Systems of Mexico" in 1999, Coffee is grown under a continuum of conditions, from rustic or traditional, to full sun, and these “shades of shade” are not equal when it comes to the health of ecosystems (Reference: Biodiversity Conservation in Traditional Coffee Systems of Mexico. 1999. Conservation Biology 13:11–21.). How do you know that every single bean in every single bag is shade-grown? Buy Birds and Beans coffee!
FACT: Coffee label lingo (Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, Shade-grown, Organic) can confuse consumers in the grocery aisle.
TRUE: Without understanding the certifications on the label, you really will not know how the beans are grown. For example, to be certified as Rainforest Alliance, farmers are to maintain shade cover of 30% or greater. According to the 2017 Consumer Report article, "The Truth About Coffee Packaging Claims", this seal means that some or all of the coffee in the bag is sourced from farms that have met standards aimed at promoting sustainability and protecting farmers, forests, wildlife, and local communities. But Rainforest Alliance standards for minimizing pesticide use and incorporating native trees are not as stringent as those behind the Bird Friendly Habitat designation. Learn More
FACT: Specialty coffee costs more than well-marketed coffee brands.
TRUE: The Whole Foods grocery store in Rocky River, Ohio, sells only one blend of organic, bird-friendly coffee, named Early Bird Blend. One 12-oz bag sells for $11.99 (ground). Birds and Beans coffee comes in many blends, grinds, and sizes. One 12-oz bag without shipping and handling sells for $9.25. With shipping/handling shared among other coffee drinkers, WCAS sells it for $11.75 a bag. Buying a bag larger than 12 oz every other month yields even more savings to you.
If you have a question, contact Suzanne Aldrich, WCAS Volunteer, at (440) 465-6612 or send Suzanne and email here.
REMINDER: 5% of annual chapter sales support local conservation projects.
USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. 2015. North American Breeding Bird Survey 1966–2015 Analysis.
By becoming a member of the Western Cuyahoga Audubon Bird Friendly Coffee Club, you are supporting the shade grown coffee industry, and the farmers and their families who maintain hospitable critical winter habitat for our migrating avian friends.
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Join us for WCAS Giving Day, Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 7:30 PM for “Conservation Stories of Western Cuyahoga Audubon”,
Rocky River Nature Center, 24000 Valley Pkwy, North Olmsted, OH 44070. An evening of legendary member stories and participatory idea stations to generate next-gen conservation projects supported by the WCAS Giving Day Fund. Details
Join us! Waterfowl Hotspot Field Trip at Sandy Ridge Reservation, Sat Nov 17, 2018 Details
Sponsor-A-Speaker in the WCAS 2018-2019 Speaker Series. See Details
Volunteer Positions 2018-2019
WCAS Speaker Series 2018-2019 Trifold
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All Kinds of Signs in Westlake, Ohio, offers premium posters for WCAS Web Platform Fund Donations. Go Here
Birds & Beans is the only coffee brand in the USA that is 100% certified Smithsonian shade grown Bird Friendly®, USDA Organic and Fair Trade. Orders in by the 10th of every month! Details
LEAP Native Plants of the Year 2018
LEAP Native Plants of the Year 2018 card. Sponsored by Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society and Native Plant Society of Northeast Ohio. Click Image to View (PDF)
Support WCAS Digital Transformation. Make a donation to the Web Platform Project Fund!
Shopping for fall gardening? The Rock Pile Garden Center donates 5% of your purchases back to WCAS to support conservation activities! Go Here
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The 'BAZAAR’ features low-priced goods to fundraise for chapter conservation activities. Follow updates here and on social media!
Photos: June 2018 2nd Sat Bird Walk; Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation Field Trip; July 2018 2nd Sat Bird Walk & Hotspot Birding Field Trip
WATCH "On the Cusp of Spring Migration" with Tim Colborn, Board Member, WCAS. Read Story
WATCH "Second Saturday Winter Birding 2018 Delights". Read Report
WATCH "The Sights and Sounds of Migrating Warblers". Photos by Dave Lewis, sounds by Andrew Spencer. Read More
WATCH "Early Evening Bird Walk" May 17, 2017, Lake Erie Nature and Science Center. Read More
WATCH Edgewater Park and Wendy Park Birds Jan 28, 2017. Read More
Second Saturday Bird Walks Are For Everyone
Second Saturday Birds January 14, 2017
Second Saturday Bird Walk July 9, 2016
Annual Picnic, Plant Exchange & Bird Walk 2018
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