Western Cuyahoga Audubon Newsletter Vol.17 Issue 3 August 2019 and Membership Letter-Digital Edition
Quarterly stories, reports, news and announcements dedicated to birding and environmental conservation activities in northern Ohio USA.
Joint Bird Walk with Black River Audubon Society to French Creek Reservation, Saturday, July 20, 2019
"Nearly all of French Creek Reservation 426 acres is forested, making it one of the largest forested areas in the lake plain. The forest varies greatly in age, with some areas over 100 years old while others have only been reforested since Lorain County Metro Parks obtained the land in the 1960s. A walk through the reservation reveals a variety of trees, including sycamore, pin oak, walnut, maple, cottonwood, and chestnut. In the warmer months, trillium, violet and wild geranium add splashes of color to the rich green. Many species of wildlife call these woods home, including deer, red fox, king fisher, great blue heron, garter snake, black rat snake, 2-lined salamander, red-bellied woodpecker and lots of songbirds." ~ Lorain County Metro Parks
The theme, ‘bird-friendly native plants’, was our first time selling at a farmers market. The sale could not have happened without the perseverance of many volunteers who, over a period of months, determined the location of the sale, researched the types of plants to sell and where to purchase them, setting up the booth and display, monetary considerations, created a presentation on the benefits of bird friendly plants and more.
Migrating Birds, Coffee Farms, and Our Interconnectedness by Lisa Del Rio, Bird-Friendly Coffee Coordinator
The farmers engage in a variety of practices to ensure quality and sustainability. They fertilize the soil with coffee pulp, manure, and tree debris, use tree leaves to deter destructive insects, employ shade to help balance the ecosystem and prevent plant disease, use methane from manure for cooking fuel, and take advantage of abundant solar energy for power.
The Second Saturday bird walk included 24 observers. It was sunny with the temperature starting at 74 degrees and ending at 82 degrees. We had 44 species and one unidentified gull. A well marked Red-tailed Hawk flew over. We all had a good look at a male Scarlet Tanager as he sat for several minutes preening his red-orange and black feathers. We also had a close look at 4 Eastern Phoebes waiting for a parent to bring an insect. And our Barred Owl was tucked in the top of a pine tree for all to see. - Report by Bill Deininger.
Summer is ending and we may see a hint of the start of fall migration. 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. We meet at the Rocky River Nature Center parking lot.
Western Cuyahoga Audubon’s Speaker Series, the monthly program meetings from September through May, have been popular and the 2019-2020 Speaker Series will be no exception. We would like to give our members, guests and friends an opportunity to sponsor one … or more, of our speaker’s programs. For just $100.00 per program, you may select from the programs listed below.
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