The annual Bobolink & Butterfly Festival at Byers Woods doesn’t bring in money. Or prestige. Or even a lot of people. But, it’s the one day of the year when we become fully engaged with the community. That mostly includes birding enthusiasts from around the state and local people who otherwise don’t give much thought to the Greater Mohican Audubon Society.
Walking toward the open fields, we began hearing (if not seeing) several breeding birds including two Willow Flycatchers that managed to stay hidden except for a few brief moments. Yellow Warblers and Common Yellowthroats were vocal along the path in areas of wet, successional growth and ever present Tree Swallows flew acrobatically, keeping us company throughout the morning. ~ Bird Walk Leader, Tim Colborn
Perfect weather for the picnic! About 20 birders and Audubon friends enjoyed the annual picnic and plant exchange. Thanks Don Howell for starting charcoal, and thank Dave Graskemper and Rich Kassouf for leading the walk. - Penny O’Connor
Meadowbrook Marsh is a relatively new acquisition by Danbury Township, and the township has worked hard to make the site accessible for birders and outdoor enthusiasts. This approximately 190-acre parcel features wetlands and large trees, and can be a great spot for migrant songbirds. Various herons and waterfowl use the marsh and open water areas. As Meadowbrook Marsh is located along a major migratory corridor for both waterbirds and songbirds, nearly anything could show up here.
Mid-June is prime nesting time for grassland birds. Leader Tim Colborn will take us to grassland hotspots in Northeast Ohio. Where? Leader's choice, depending best opportunities to see these birds based on current conditions and sightings.
The morning started off with a great view of a Great Crested Flycatcher perched on a leafless branch above the meeting area. 46 observers attended. We had 48 species on a sunny warm morning. Highlights of the walk included the Barred Owl who was present for all to see. A female Scarlet Tanager was on her nest, probably on eggs, while the elusive male Tanager was spotted lurking close by. We found a pair of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers building their nest. Along the trail we enjoyed the songs of 6 Acadian Flycatchers and 5 Eastern Wood Peewees. - Report by Bill Deininger.
We're innovating! Join us for the Conservation Project Lab this Saturday from 1:00pm-3:00pm! We'll review our Bird Friendly Plant Sale successes and failures at the Frostville Museum Farmers' Market to improve our abilities. Be part of our Cleveland campaign to grow Northeast Ohio bird friendly yards and gardens! At Bethany Presbyterian Church in Gordon Square Arts District. Everyone's welcome!
The monthly Second Saturday walks are a great opportunity for birders of all skill levels to enjoy the woods and wetlands around the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Nature Center. New to birding? You will be amazed how much you can learn in this friendly group.
WCAS is proud to sell coffee that is “Smithsonian Certified Bird Friendly” at chapter Bird Friendly Plant Sales. The name sure sounds important, but what does it really mean?
Bring your tablecloth, place settings and picnic dinner as we dine and chat with other WCAS members and friends. A grill will be available for those who would like to cook or heat their food. After dinner we will take an easy bird walk around the picnic area to the river and lagoon.
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society promotes and sells bird friendly plants for spring planting needs. Our plant selection includes flowering perennials, tree saplings, and popular annual seeds. Proceeds pay for plant costs and make a donation to Western Cuyahoga Audubon to support chapter activities. Deliveries and pick-up available.
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