The March 2018 Workshop is hosted by the Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland at the Novak Education Center situated on the Blanche Katherine Novak Wildlife Sanctuary and State Nature Preserve, 382 Townline Road in Aurora, Ohio 44202.
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Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters (COAC) Quarterly Workshop
Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters (COAC) quarterly workshops promote chapter development by sharing the best practices, brainstorming solutions to common problems, and developing relationships for innovation and collaboration.
Workshop Schedule (subject to change)
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
WORKSHOP WELCOME | INTRODUCTIONS
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
LUNCH | Roundtable Topics: LUNCH | Discussion Topics: COAC Platform consensus; chapter updates; future meeting topics and formats. Catered lunch (specify if you want the vegetarian option), cheese and fruit plate, salad, dessert, assorted beverages. $8.00 per person. Register by 2/26/2018 at firstname.lastname@example.org
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM
WRAP UP & NEXT STEPS | BIRD WALK (Optional)
A Resource Table will be available for sharing Chapter materials.
Bird Walk (optional)
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Event: Novak Sanctuary Bird Walk
Date & Time: Sunday, March 4, 2018, 9:30 am
Location: Novak Education Center, 382 Townline Road, Aurora, Ohio 44202 Map
Leader: Jim Tomko, President, Greater Cleveland Audubon Society
Target Species: Incubating Eagles, Cedar Waxwings, Red-headed Woodpeckers, Eastern Bluebirds
Description: Go to the Novak Education Center, 382 Townline Road, Aurora, Ohio 44202 and meet in the parking lot about 100 yards south of the building on the east side of Townline Road on the Aurora/Mantua border. The Novak Education Center building is located on the Blanche Katherine Novak Wildlife Sanctuary and State Nature Preserve.
The Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland’s Novak Education Center
The Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland’s Novak Education Center is situated on the Blanche Katherine Novak Wildlife Sanctuary and State Nature Preserve located at 382 Townline Road, in Aurora, Ohio. Map
About the Blanche Katherine Novak Sanctuary: In 1991 Bill Novak donated the Blanche Katherine Novak Sanctuary to Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland (ASGC). The 152 acres of farmland, forest, and high quality wetland has lain fallow since the 1950s. It has been designated a State Nature Preserve. Most of the woodland is a 70 year old Beech/Maple – Oak /Hickory forest but some is older and some is in earlier successional stages. The fields are being maintained through 5 year rotational strip mowing and spot spraying with a wetland approved herbicide in an effort to control invasive buckthorn. For 10 years we have had a pair of Bald Eagles nest and fledge eaglets which are viewable from the blind with a spotting scope. The fields have a good number of American Woodcocks involved in courtship display during the spring. Often Cedar Waxwings are seen gleaning berries and regularly a pair of Red-headed Woodpeckers is seen working the snags of the beaver pond. Later in the spring and early summer the fields occasionally host Bobolinks. The trail is often muddy in the late winter and spring so waterproof mud boots are recommended.
About Jim Tomko, President, Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland and Bird Walk Leader: While Jim Tomko’s childhood friends were playing baseball and football he was exploring the northeast Ohio woodlands and fields discovering the magic of salamanders, frogs, snakes, birds, insects, and spiders. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Miami University and a Master’s degree in Environmental Biology from Ohio State University. He also has a Doctorate in Optometry from Ohio State University. To this day he is like a kid that never grew up turning over stones, wading in streams, and investigating hollows. His need for a frequent natural history “fix” is supported by his Optometry practice in Aurora, Ohio. Jim currently serves as the president of the Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland and the president of the Moebius Nature Center.
About the Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters Network, or "COAC Network": The COAC Network is an initiative of the Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters to grow conservation education activity in the State of Ohio. The COAC Network acts entrepreneurially, communicates, seeks collaboration, and in alignment with National Audubon Society strategic investments, builds public-private partnerships to sustain, restore and protect birds and habitat in Ohio by leveraging funding, building conservation capacity, and focusing partners and resources toward key ecological issues. As one of the first steps toward developing a COAC Network, a schedule of conference calls and workshops was organized to grow connectivity amongst existing and new Ohio Audubon Chapters. COAC activities are open to Audubon Chapter representatives, members, and interested participants. A website, or “platform”, to promote networking among the chapters will be developed and network communications will be organized. COAC development activity is currently incubated at Western Cuyahoga Audubon.
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