On a good day in January, the Cuyahoga River is a haven for waterfowl and gulls searching for open water.
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society Field Trip to Rivergate Park (Merwin's Wharf) Sunday, January 26, 2020
On a good day in January, the Cuyahoga River is a haven for waterfowl and gulls searching for open water.
Last year we had 25 birders who braved the 27 degree temperature, including a birder from Alaska. The second surprise was a Rough-legged Hawk who did a fly over directly above our heads. We ended up with 28 species, including a fly over Bald Eagle and a very tough to see Barred Owl. What will we see this year?
Speaker Series: Purple Martins of Summit County with Kay Lukac, Portage Lakes Purple Martin Association
Purple Martins are the largest swallow in Ohio. Nesting in colonies, usually martin boxes or gourds supplied by people, the birds are a sound of the summer. As the martins ready themselves for migration to Brazil, they will gather by the thousands around lakes and wetland habitats. Portage Lakes in Summit County is one of the areas in which the birds congregate. This program shares information about the life history of the martins as well as the importance of the habitats the birds need prior to migration as well as in South America.
The 120th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count-Lakewood Circle is Saturday, December 28, 2019.
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 2019?
The Giving Day Fund is a new fund in its second year designed specifically to raise funds to support chapter conservation projects and activities. The 2019 Giving Day will be highlighted at the December 3, 2019 Speaker Series program, “Photographing Birds in Their Natural Setting”. Join us and make a donation to ensure WCAS conservation activities and programs continue to serve future generations!
Speaker Series: Photographing Birds in Their Natural Setting with Earl Peck, WCAS Member and Photographer
As a photographer and an amateur birder, WCAS member, Earl Peck, will share his photographs of birds in their natural habitats from his travels in many parts of the world. We’ll view hummingbirds in the US and Costa Rica, penguins on the Galapagos Islands, in Argentina, the Falklands, and South Georgia Island, and much more. Relax while we visit places and birds you want to see.
David Lindo, The Urban Birder, guest celebrity and world traveler, makes a special appearance at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes for the Grand Public Opening of All People's Trail festivities. Visitors can meet David at the Birding Station on the All People's Trail to learn more about urban birding. "How To Be an Urban Birder" books will be available in the Center Gift Store for signing and photos with the author to share on social media.
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 2019?
Join us! Be a part of the WCAS Conservation Project Labs! Labs bring small groups of like-minded people together to build fun, mission-driven conservation projects that provide local solutions to climate change and raise important donation dollars to support chapter activities. All are welcome!
Urban Birding with David Lindo Week | Lights Out Cleveland Hotspot Field Trip, Workshop, and Bird Walk
Join us for a Lights Out Cleveland field trip to explore downtown Cleveland birding hotspots and learn how birds interpret cityscapes. Our next stop is Lake Erie Nature and Science Center for an informative workshop and dialogue about Lights Out Cleveland and Urban Birding, we'll enjoy a catered box lunch, and participate in a collaborative conversation with Tim Jasinski, Wildlife Rehabilitation Specialist, and guest David Lindo, The Urban Birder. Our meet up concludes with a bird walk at Huntington Reservation.
Join us as we search for migrating waterfowl, late wading birds, and early “winter birds”. We’ll go over the checklist after the walk inside the Johnson Wetland Center. Hiking level is easy/moderate.
Join us for a facilitated intensive design and planning session to draft model solutions to raise public awareness of urban birds, wildlife and forest habitat. David Lindo, The Urban Birder, will review the basic tenets of urban birding and teach us how to see the world as a bird does. Help us begin a new conversation about what an urban birding trail could mean for downtown Cleveland and neighborhood residents. Join us to design a model any community could build to grow conservation education, environmental awareness, and ecotourism.
Urban Birding with David Lindo Week | "How to Be an Urban Birder" with David Lindo at the Kirtland Bird Club
David Lindo, The Urban Birder, presents "How to Be an Urban Birder" at the Kirtland Bird Club Speaker Series, Wednesday evening, November 6, 2019 at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. David will talk about his urban birding experiences around the world in an effort to raise awareness and educate people on the importance of preservation and conservation of bird and wildlife habitat.
We'll explore a local urban Cleveland neighborhood with David Lindo as our guide. On our walkabout we'll learn how to think like a bird in that particular locale and how to apply basic urban birding principles to design an urban birding trail. Help WCAS incubate the Urban Birding Cleveland initiative to connect people, birds and wildlife, and green spaces! What could an Urban Birding Trail look like in your neighborhood?
Join us for an evening of conversations, research reporting, and sharing stories to help us all grow a sustainable future by working together in collaborations and partnerships for birds and habitat conservation. Plan to attend the pre-program Supper and Book Signing with guest celebrity David Lindo, author of "How To Be an Urban Birder" and program speaker, Joseph Lautenbach.
Urban Birding with David Lindo Week | Bird Walk at Morgana Bluffs Nature Preserve with Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland
Conservation work rightly focuses on the ecological details. The abundance and distribution of plant and animal species, the sinuosity of streams, the diversity of wetlands, the extent of the tree canopy – conservation saves all of it. The reality, though, is that conservation saves people. Given enough time, the earth would heal itself from our misdeeds, but we need nature now and will need abundant access to it in the future. ~ Robert Koonce, Chief Development Officer, Boy & Girls Clubs of Cleveland. West Creek Conservancy recently completed the Morgana Bluffs Project which helped preserve a high quality wetland in Cleveland’s Slavic Village (October 2018)
Speaker Series: Bird Conservation in Ohio: Success Through Partnerships with Joseph Lautenbach, Wildlife Biologist, Ohio Division of Wildlife
For bird conservation efforts to be successful, conservation organizations in Ohio need to pool resources to maximize efforts to protect habitats and restore bird populations. Wildlife Biologist, Joseph Lautenbach, will discuss conservation partnerships and success stories throughout Ohio.
A birding tour along the Lakefront of Lake County. Stops may include Mentor Headlands/Dunes; Mentor Marsh; and Mentor Lagoon. We will begin at the Lake Erie Bluffs, a 592 acre park along Lake Erie. The property is a mix of woodlands and fields that provides great habitat for migrating songbirds. There is a 50 foot tower that offers unique views of migrating waterfowl and other birds along the lake.
A Lakefront tour of Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, West 55th Street Pier, Burke Lakefront Airport, Wendy Park, and Edgewater State Park.
Urban Birding with David Lindo Week | The Fun and Foibles of Connecting People to Nature Fundraising Event
Join in a spirited panel discussion with the Urban Birder, David Lindo, and regional bird walk leaders on the fun and foibles of connecting people to nature through birds and the power of those connections to drive conservation and science. Everyone is welcome to this special fundraising event for conservation.
Good conditions permitting, we'll see Black-crowned Night Herons, a wide variety of Ducks, Peregrine Falcons, Gulls, Northern Mockingbirds, with luck, Bald Eagles. There will be a variety of spotting scopes to share.
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society hosts a Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation IBA Bird Walk for the public and in honor of special visitor, David Lindo, The Urban Birder.
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Join us to meet UK celebrity birder, David Lindo, author of "How to Be an Urban Birder" who helps us to see our urban environments as a bird would: The buildings are cliffs and any green areas are an oasis for nesting, resting and feeding. Plan to attend this special community event for urban residents, city dwellers, citizen scientists, and dedicated birders who want to learn more about connecting to wildlife and nature in urban environments.
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