Elegant migrating shorebirds grace the Lake Erie marshes on their way south after nesting in the Arctic. Howard Marsh is about 90 miles from the west side of Cleveland. It is new addition to Toledo Metroparks. Restored wetlands host more than 100 species in July and August, including multiple species of shorebirds.
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.
According to eBird, almost 40 species of waterfowl have been seen at Wellington Upground Reservoir over the years. Greater White-fronted Goose and Cackling Goose are among the species. Wellington Reservoir offers handicapped parking just feet from the water. Birding can be done a few steps from your car, or even sitting in the car.
Ten birders came out to the walk rescheduled from the previous week due to high winds. Red-winged Blackbirds were singing, setting up territories along the canal and the Cuyahoga River. While no Bald Eagles were sighted, a cooperative Northern Mockingbird was much enjoyed. - Penny O’Connor, Bird Walk Coordinator
Bald Eagles have been sighted recently in this area of the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath. These and other birds are attracted to the outflow of relatively warm water from the NEORSD Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant, where it empties into the Cuyahoga River.
As we were pulling up 2 other birders were walking toward the parking area, so I asked if they had seen the Merlin and they had. So our group jumped out of our cars and walked to the pine trees where we had great views of the the Merlin for several minutes before we left for Scranton Flats.
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.
Scopes were needed to see birds on the lake, but a variety of waterfowl were present. Horned Grebes and Loons dove. Mallards and Redheads and Buffleheads cruised in groups, to the delight of several new birders. Two Belted Kingfishers rattled along Spencer Creek. Thanks Rich and Karen Kassouf and Nancy Howell for sharing eBird lists. The list below is a compilation. - Penny O’Connor, Bird Walk Coordinator
Bradstreet's Landing in Rocky River, Ohio offers easily accessible views of Lake Erie waterfowl. Grebes, loons, scaup, scoters have been seen here, as well as Cave Swallows. Depending on local sightings, we will either stay at Bradstreet's landing, or move to other nearby Lake Erie hotspots.
I recognized that I love to connect to people and get involved in a community. As a part of my life, I want to keep volunteering even if I am in a foreign country. Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society gave me a great chance to do that, and I appreciate the many people that surround me who are always encouraging me!
Joint Field Trip with Kirtland Bird Club October 7, 2018 at Erie Street Cemetery and Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve
We begin at Erie Street Cemetery, a historic 8.9-acre cemetery located on East Ninth St within walking distance of Progressive Field. From there we travel to Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, a National Audubon Important Bird Area host to 290 unique recorded species.
The first day of fall greeted us with the coolest morning of the season to date. Temperatures were in the low 50’s but sunny skies made it seem nicer. We were treated to excellent views of Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and several warblers along the all-purpose trail through the woods to the fire station.
Our first stop was Wendy Park along the lakeshore just west of downtown Cleveland. While the shorebird migration is in its early stages, we found Least and Pectoral Sandpipers, Killdeer and Semipalmated Plovers, Lesser Yellowlegs and about ten beautifully buffy orange Short-billed Dowitchers feeding at the iron ore ponds just west of the main Wendy Park parking lot.
Join us for Hotspot Birding! Early migrant shorebirds such as Least, Semipalmated, Pectoral, Stilt, Solitary and Spotted Sandpipers, Short-billed Dowitcher and both Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs and of course, any rarities that might be around northeast Ohio!
It was a sultry morning on Sunday, June 17 as 6 participants attended the WCAS field trip to the Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation’s CanalWay Center. A variety of habitats in an urban area, forests, wetlands, the river, shrub and brushy areas along the Cuyahoga River, provided us with 46 species.
Nature has a way of softening the grittier, industrial parts yet, not surprisingly, wildlife does find a home here. During this trip, we will locate a variety of birds within different habitats and perhaps find young birds recently out of their nests.
Come after work for an early evening bird walk through the woods and fields around Lake Erie Nature and Science Center. Warblers are migrating through northeast Ohio on their way to nest in Canada. Barred Owls have nested often in the ravine below LENSC. We may possibly see one or more.
Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters (COAC) Conference Calls, Workshop, and Field Trips Schedule May-June 3, 2018
The Conservatory Workshop Venue: "About 4,460 square feet of The Conservatory is under glass. Within the building, 4,200 square feet is used for botanical displays and meeting space. The remaining 2,800 square feet is used for instruction, research, and service purposes. A plaza, gardens and outdoor art by a local artist enhances the entrance to The Conservatory."
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In the more open field and brushy areas, Wild Turkey, Mourning Dove, Eastern Towhee, Brown Thrasher, Northern Cardinal, Eastern Phoebe, American Robin, American Goldfinch, Brown-headed Cowbirds, and Song Sparrows made an appearance and most sang or vocalized. Sharing the sounds of birds is important on these walks.
A variety of habitats around Lake Isaac includes forest and fields along Baldwin Creek as well as Lake Isaac. On a walk, the end of April 2017 birders saw 60 species. This field trip celebrates the 85th Annual Series of Audubon Spring Bird Walks Apr 15-May 20, 2018.
We continued from Lake Erie Nature and Science Center to Huntington Beach where we observed several Gulls and Hawks. We didn't have many duck species, as Lake Erie is still frozen close to shore and open water was far beyond our reach. Gull species included Ring-billed Gulls, Herring Gulls, and Great Black-backed Gulls.
Great Backyard Bird Count Field Trip at Lake Erie Nature and Science Center, Sunday, February 18, 2018
The annual Great Backyard Bird Count runs from Friday, February 16, 2018 through Monday, February 19, 2018. WCAS will celebrate at LENSC on Sunday with a walk from Lake Erie Nature and Science Center to Lake Erie and back.
We went to 4 different places yesterday. The weather was a balmy 30 degrees and lots of sunny blue skies. 50 people showed up.
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"Dance" by Beth Nigles-Nehamkin for auction donation at “Peregrine Falcons: Predators of Urban Canyons” speaker series Tue May 7, 2019, 7:30 pm, Cleveland Metroparks, Rocky River Nature Ctr, 24000 Valley Pkwy, North Olmsted, OH 44070. Details
WCAS Bird Friendly Plant Sale Apr 7 - June 1, 2019. Purchase WCAS Bird Friendly Plants at the STORE and Sat June 1, 2019 from 9:00am - 1:00pm at the Frostville Museum Farmers' Market, 24101 Cedar Point Rd, North Olmsted, Ohio 44070. Details
Shopping for spring and summer gardening? All year the Rock Pile Garden Center donates 5% of your purchases back to WCAS to support chapter activities! Tell your cashier you want your donation to go to WCAS! Details
86th Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks 2019
Join us as we watch migratory birds return or travel through our area towards their summer breeding grounds during the 86th Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks. Celebrate one of the oldest citizen science partnerships with a total of 6,160 Spring Bird Walk checklists entered into eBird, dating back to 1955! Locations PDF
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What’s a WCAS Conservation Project Lab?? Kurt Miske, WCAS Board member, Ch Conservation Committee, talks about why WCAS launched Project Labs at Bethany Presbyterian Church, Gordon Square Arts District and what's happening because of them. Article
NEO Sierra Club members Kathy Schaefer, Urban Issues Committee, and Fran Mentch, Activist, Co-Chair, Water Committee, participate in the Jan 2019 WCAS Conservation Project Lab, Bethany Presbyterian Church, Cleveland, OH, Gordon Square Arts District.
"Well, I was just at the most recent Western Cuyahoga Audubon meeting and we're planning new projects to possibly raise money through growing native plants and selling them to people who are interested in growing native plants in their gardens." ~ Patrick McGuigan
Terry Robison, Dir Natural Resources, Cleveland Metroparks, and Tom Romito, WCAS, talk about the value WCAS members have brought to advance NEO conservation at the Cleveland Metroparks.
Thank you for joining us for “Conservation Stories of Western Cuyahoga Audubon”, an evening of legendary member stories and participatory idea stations to generate next-gen conservation projects supported by the WCAS Giving Day Fund.
Wendy Weirich, Dir Outdoor Experiences, Cleveland Metroparks, Tom Romito, WCAS, and Tim Colborn, Ohio Ornithological Society, talk about the value conservation groups bring to regional conservation efforts and how we can all work together for a better world.
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