Member Meeting and “Emergent Mechanics of the Cup Nest and Its 'Mechanical Synthesis” Speaker Series
Birds building this type of nest appear to embody an instinctive understanding of the emergent mechanics of thin, flexible, and frictional grains, one that is currently lacking in the scientific community.
Rosemary Mosco is a wonderful naturalist who puts her naturalist eye into cartoons that are fun and also accurate. You will smile, if not laugh at the antics of birds and other wildlife in her renderings … all based on what she has seen.
In nature, hybridization between species is not common, but does occur. During the summers of 2014 and 2015, in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, an unusual warbler song was heard.
The Member Meeting included chapter news and two special invitations intended to promote the Audubon mission and act as a bridge between local and global birding communities, followed by a presentation by David Lindo, aka 'The Urban Birder', on the "Basics of Urban Birding".
UK celebrity birder David Lindo, aka 'The Urban Birder', shares the magic and thrills of urban birding and tips for birding during global pandemics. The Basics of Urban Birding session is for beginners and people who are curious about the birds they see around them but can’t recognize.
Ever wonder how to attract more birds to your home without buying bird seed? Audubon’s Michael Goldman will explain how to do just that. By planting native plants in your yard you too can have a whole menagerie full of birds.
Speaker Series: Emergent Mechanics of the Cup Nest and Its 'Mechanical Synthesis with Dr. Hunter King, University of Akron
Photo: Dr. Hunter King at The University of Akron received an NSF grant to study the collective mechanical interactions of disordered, randomly packed elastic filaments, or slender rods similar to twigs as used in birds' nests. Pictured here are "nest" materials in his lab. CREDIT Dr. Hunter King, The University of Akron
How do distinctive mechanical characteristics relate to structural demands of natural nests? Get your science on as we begin to address these questions through experiments with artificial 'nests', and observations of the construction process.
Speaker Series: Implications of Climate Change in the Arctic with Dr. Anne Farley Schoeffler, Educator, Seton Catholic School
The lives of many migratory birds, as well as charismatic wildlife, such as polar bears and killer whales are dependent on an environment that we may consider harsh. This presentation will cover the Arctic environment, Arctic amplification of climate change, and consequences for ecosystems.
Speaker Series: How Birds Shape the Air: The Structure and Function of Bird Wings with Dr. Tobin Hieronymus, Northeast Ohio Medical University
Across cultures and through history bird wings appear, grafted in their entirety, onto other beings or objects of symbols of speed or flight. Bneath the feathers lies a system of bones, muscles and tendons that governs flight mechanics in a very concrete way. Join us to explore the evolutionary story and anatomy of bird wings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
David Lindo, Author and VP Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, 7th most influential person in Wildlife by BBC Wildlife Magazine, Ambassador for Leica Birding, London Wildlife Trust, and President, Suntrap Forest Education Centre visits Cleveland, Ohio.
Speaker Series: My Adventures to Help Save Cranes in the Wild with Tom Leiden, Senior Advisor, International Crane Foundation
Speaker Tom Leiden will share his first-hand experiences as part of the field team with the International Crane Foundation. The Foundation’s work is to study and preserve cranes, especially the habitats the birds need on their breeding sites, wintering sites and migratory routes.
Speaker Series: Ohio’s Environmental Issues and How Citizens Can Help with Marnie Urso, Policy Director, Audubon Great Lakes Region
Marnie Urso, Policy Director with National Audubon’s Great Lakes Region, will walk us through how any of us can receive notice of issues AND how to become involved. Educating oneself on issues, contacting local representatives, or writing letters to the editor are just a few and easy ways to volunteer and advocate for the environment.
Western Cuyahoga Audubon’s Speaker Series, the monthly program meetings from September through May, have been popular and the 2019-2020 Speaker Series will be no exception. We would like to give our members, guests and friends an opportunity to sponsor one … or more, of our speaker’s programs. For just $100.00 per program, you may select from the programs listed below.
One of the biggest success stories in conservation was the reintroduction of the Peregrine Falcon to the eastern U.S. In Ohio, cities, such as Columbus, Toledo, Cleveland and other “urban mountains” became the stronghold of the falcons. Chad and Chris Saladin have been falcon watchers and trackers for a long time and know the history of many of the pairs of birds in and around northeast Ohio. Find out how the falcons are faring on the bridges and buildings of the urban canyons.
Bid on this beautiful collection of creative masterpieces donated by the artists themselves to fundraise for chapter conservation programs for the birds. Plan to attend the Tue May 7th speaker program hosted at the Rocky River Nature Center and WCAS Peeps, please bid generously! Proceeds support chapter conservation activities.
This presentation uses photographs to help group warblers by appearance, preferred habitat, and behaviors, such as tail wagging, which helps with identification. In addition, songs and ways to remember songs will be provided. This should get us prepared for migration!
Fine Art Auction for Donation to Western Cuyahoga Audubon at “Warbler Warm-up” Speaker Program, April 2, 2019
Nature has always been a fundamental source of inspiration for work. From nature comes spirituality and an inner emotional vision. My favorite subjects are the things I love from the natural world: People, animals, birds, and spiritual visions and yearning. ~ Beth Nilges-Nehamkin
The American Woodcock is not your typical shorebird. Rather than running on a sand beach or probing a mudflat, the woodcock haunts early successional forests and thickets especially. Many of us are familiar with or have watched the spring “sky dance” of the woodcock, but what about the rest of its life through the year? Biologist, Heather Shaw, will share with us a year in the life of the American Woodcock.
Speaker Series 2018-2019: “One Green Space for All: Areas Significant for Migratory and Breeding Birds"
Follow a set of railroad tracks, walk near abandoned industrial sites, check out an old cemetery … birds love these areas and many would be surprised how areas such as these are being used by birds while on migration as a resting/feeding stop, or for nesting.
The vastness and beauty of the Arctic and the inhabitants of the Arctic, both wildlife and people, will be shared with us by Craig Caldwell, Audubon supporter and Editor of The Ohio Cardinal, a publication of the Ohio Ornithological Society.
WCAS hosted the program, “Conservation Stories of Western Cuyahoga Audubon” on November 6, 2018 that featured personal reports by WCAS members who participated in three conservation projects: Donald Gray Gardens (1985-1996), Dike 14/Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve (circa 2000-2012), and Rocky River Important Bird Area Surveys (2006-2012).
Publishing news, announcements and reports.
Christmas Bird Count-Lakewood Circle
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