The first of the Western Cuyahoga Audubon evening birdwalks took place on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 on a portion of the Cleveland Metroparks’ Lake to Lake Trail. Three “target species” of birds were on the list for the evening - Common Nighthawk, Eastern Wood-Pewee, and Barn Swallow. ~ Nancy Howell
Beginning in the parking lot we had our usual urban birds, Rock Pigeon, House Sparrow, European Starling, and Ring-billed Gull. As we moved beneath the I-90 bridge to view a field habitat, American Goldfinch bounced along, Song Sparrows sang, Red-winged Blackbirds and European Starlings moved in and out of the grasses, and a lovely male Indigo Bunting perched for everyone to see.
"Our resident male Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) whom I have taken to calling "Lester", shares his favorite log at Scranton Flats in Cleveland with a Spiny Softshell Turtle (Apalone spinifera) this afternoon." ~ Chuck Slusarczyk Jr., Birder and Tremont resident.
WCAS Virtual Field Trip to Cuyahoga Valley National Park June 2021 WCAS Virtual Field Trip Co-Coordinator Michelle Brosius leads a virtual field trip Wed July 14, 2021 to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio.
Virtual Field Trip Schedule Aug-Sept-Oct 2021 by Michelle Brosius, WCAS Board Member & Field Trip Co-Coordinator
Participants in the program independently visit a pre-selected location throughout a given month and then report back to me with bird lists, journaling, and photographs regarding the visit. These items are then compiled into a scrapbook that is shared during a virtual meetup the second Wednesday following the field trip month.
Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters (COAC) News and Volunteer Opportunity by Nancy Howell, Treasurer, COAC
Western Cuyahoga Audubon would like to have a volunteer representative to the Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters (COAC).
Evening walks will be a nice addition to observe birds and the beauty of nature.
We had a large group of birders for the July 2021 second Saturday of the month bird walk. Thirty-five observers gathered together for the July walk. The walk started a few minutes early with the appearance of a Yellow-throated Vireo, singing and bouncing around several trees. The Vireo gave some of us great looks.
Hummingbirds, flycatchers and woodpeckers! 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.
Member Meeting and Speaker Program 'Inclusive Engagement for Everyone 2020+' Speaker Series July 2021 Recording
WCAS Member Meeting and Speaker Series, Tuesday, July 6, 2021 begins with an expert update and assessment on regional bird disease, leaders present project, program, and fundraising updates. Speaker, Tammi Fierro-Zeis, Audubon Washington and Audubon Miami Valley, presents on “Inclusive Engagement for Everyone 2020+: Encouraging Inclusive Activism and Environmental Engagement in a Virtual World”. Programs are open to the public. Donations are appreciated.
COVID-19 social distancing abruptly severed ties and we had to get creative. Communities and environmental organizations faced barriers to internet accessibility, lack of computer competency, resource scarcity, digital leadership know-how - all further stymied by an inability to safely lead programs in person. In the past year many creative and dedicated people have come together to bridge the gaps. Our program features stories about the tools and brilliant ideas that have kept everyone engaged in this new, remote world.
WCAS is selling raffle tickets for two prize bundles starting July 1st through July 23, 2021. Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20 with proceeds benefiting a banding station in Nicaragua through The Institute for Bird Populations (IBP). IBP works with numerous bird banding stations in North America, but data is sorely lacking in Central and South America areas where neo-tropical migrants spend their time in the winter. Get your raffle tickets!
WCAS invites birders to bird at a monthly designated field trip location, share stories to a public digital scrapbook, and participate in online community meet ups.
Be a part of the WCAS Bird-of-the-Month Photo Contest to help raise awareness of bird species through photography excellence.
Publishing news, announcements and reports.
ENTER Bird-of-the-Month Photo Contest September 2021: Great Blue Heron
The Western Cuyahoga Audubon Virtual Conference Center hosts chapter programs. Download the Free Desktop & Mobile Apps-Version 2. Use the desktop icon or mobile app (see above) to enter a meeting.
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