Virtual Field Trip Report, June – August 2021 by Michelle Brosius, WCAS Board Member & Field Trip Coordinator
The Virtual Field Trip series is an option for engaging with nature and community while adhering to social distancing guidelines necessitated by COVID-19. 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. Items are compiled into a scrapbook that is shared during a virtual meetup the second Wednesday following the field trip month.
Six attendees came to the walk. It was nice to have a small group so that birds sighted could be easily pointed out. We were not disappointed with bird sightings including some surprises! Twenty-six species were sighted and/or heard as we walked from the parking area to the Scranton Flats fire station. It took 2½ hours to get that short distance!
We've selected three exciting bird-related books to read together and we hope you'll join us in quarterly discussions!
Early Evening Bird Walk, Cleveland Metroparks, Rocky River Reservation, Lagoon Picnic Area, October 20, 2021 Report
Our final early evening bird walk for 2021 was held at the Lagoon Picnic Area in the Rocky River Reservation. It was a gorgeous evening and attracted 19 participants. What was just as fun as seeing the birds was doing some astronomy as the sun set. The full moon had not risen over the valley, but Jupiter and Saturn had!
WCAS Virtual Field Trip to Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve, September 2021 hosted by Michelle Brosius, WCAS Board Member and Field Trip Coordinator on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.
Four warbler species were observed with a high count of 15 Yellow-rumped warblers. Several flocks of American Goldfinch were scattered in several locations. One highlight was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker that tried to keep out of sight. Best highlight was a Juvenile Bald Eagle that was perched in a dead tree several yards off the trail.
Summer is ending and we may see a hint of the finish 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.
Member Meeting and Speaker Program “Trash to Treasure: Rust Belt Riders Composting Program” October 2021 Recording
WCAS Member Meeting and Speaker Series, Tuesday, October 5, 2021 hosts speaker Daniel Brown, Co-Founder, Rust Belt Riders presents, “Trash to Treasure: Rust Belt Riders Composting Program”. Programs are open to the public. Donations are appreciated.
Member Meeting and “Trash to Treasure: Rust Belt Riders Composting Program” Speaker Series October 5, 2021
What a story ... Rust Belt Riders creating wonderful soil products from composted waste from homes and businesses! This Cleveland-based company started as a humble project collecting compostable material via bicycle, but has since grown and produces tons of beautiful soil products.
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