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.
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?
The southern shore of Lake Erie is one of the principal stopovers for migrating warblers in need of rest and refueling enroute to their nesting grounds in Canada. We will walk the woods and fields of Huntington Reservation, from Lake Erie Nature Nature and Science Center to the lake and back. Chances are very good for a look at nesting Barred Owls and Red-headed Woodpeckers near the nature center.
For the April 2019 field trip, Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society joins in on the third week of the Audubon Spring Bird Walks, held throughout Northeast Ohio at many locations. Spring migration is ramping up and Lake Isaac's varied habitats attract a variety of bird species, migrants and residents.
WCAS Bird Friendly Plants will be for sale on Saturday June 1, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Frostville Museum Farmers' Market, 24101 Cedar Point Rd, North Olmsted, Ohio 44070. The Frostville Museum is a living history of 19th century Ohio run by the Olmsted Historical Society.
The second Saturday bird walk started with sunny skies and twenty five observers. The walk lasted over two and a half hours. Highlights were a Barred Owl and a female Purple Finch. Red-winged Blackbirds were back at their expected locations. We had ten Red-tailed Hawks and 5 Coopers Hawks. Woodpeckers were also spotted in good numbers with thirteen Red-bellied woodpeckers and twelve Downy Woodpeckers. At least a dozen Cardinals were spotted with many singing on their territorial perches. - Report by Bill Deininger.
WCAS held a fifth conservation project laboratory on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Cleveland. Thirteen people attended this event, including Kurt Miske, Karen Czerniawski, Lisa Del Rio, Betsey O’Hagen, Bruce Missig, Tom Romito, Gloria Ferris, Joe Reardon, Ali Grant, Alex Hopkins, Michelle Manzo, Pat McGuigan, and Kaoru Tsubone. Kurt opened the meeting and Tom facilitated the event.
January can be a terrific month for gull-watching along the Lake Erie shore. We’ll brave the frigid temperatures and strong winds to see if we can find both the common and rarer gull species, as well as other wintering birds like ducks, grebes, loons, and raptors.
"Seeing a Philadelphia Vireo is a real treat! The bird was in a group with an Eastern Phoebe and a Great Crested Flycatcher. Over the dipping pond Belted Kingfishers put on an aerial display, rattling loudly." - Second Saturday Bird Walk August 12, 2017 at Rocky River Nature Center Report
We had a number of early migrants, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Eastern Phoebe, Brown Creepers, and both Kinglets. Other first-of-year birds that showed up include, Tree Swallows and Northern Rough-winged Swallows, a Broad-winged hawk circled directly over our heads, an early Green Heron and five Hooded Mergansers popped into view.
Now Western Cuyahoga Audubon would like to hear from you. What suggestions can YOU share in order to live a little more lightly on the planet?
Shade coffee plantation in Guatemala. This image is typical of a traditional shade coffee plantation in which only some or none of the canopy has been removed and coffee crops have been added.
Birders today enjoyed a hazy, pleasant day with crows and jays mobbing a raptor or owl unseen by any of the humans on the ground in the trees above Porter Creek by Lake Erie Nature and Science Center.
Seven Magnolia Warblers were among the six warbler species on this walk.
A beautiful, mild July day with good company and great birds! Bobolinks, Horned Larks and shorebirds were highlights.
A highlight of the walk was an Acadian Flycatcher feeding her nestlings.
I have written a few stories and included some of my photography. I'll gladly share my pictures of these beautiful birds to help show everyone what we need to admire and protect!
Above: Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, Cleveland Ohio, Cleveland Port Authority, February 2016. Photos by Alice Merkel. Explore the entire Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve photo album here.
The breeding season is in full swing now, with young American Robins and Red-winged Blackbirds everywhere, and fledglings of other species scattered about.
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ABOUT VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS with Michelle Brosius, Director-at-Large and Field Trip Co-Coordinator, WCAS.
Mapping Wonder™ with Stormy Sweitzer, Oct 24-Nov 21, 2020. LEARN MORE.
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WATCH Introduction to, 'Urban Ag for People, Birds, and Wildlife'
WATCH WCAS Member Meeting and 'Emergent Mechanics of the Cup Nest and Its 'Mechanical Synthesis', Nov 3, 2020.
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