Bird at a designated field trip location, share stories to a public digital scrapbook, and participate in community meet ups.
#1 Event: WCAS Virtual Field Trip October 1-31, 2020
Dates: October 1-31, 2020
Location: Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, 8701 Lakeshore Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44108 (Cuyahoga County) Map
Directions and Parking: The preserve is located on an old dredge disposal site formerly known as Dike 14 and is adjacent to the East 72d Street Marina in Cleveland. Be sure to park at the Cleveland Lakefront State Park office, not the E.72d Street Marina parking lot. The park office is at 8701 Lake Shore Blvd. Get to the Cleveland Lakefront State Park office by taking the Martin Luther King Dr. exit off of the Shoreway / I-90. Turn north toward Lake Erie, and follow Lakeshore Blvd. right to the top of the hill and turn left into the park office parking lot.
From a WCAS Member: "At the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve there are well kept trails. I think 3 different ones with a few benches although not many. There is some signage but not much. The main trail is on the perimeter and will take you from the entrance all the way around the dike. Along the way you can hear the waves crashing the wall of the dike and you can see the lake much of the time. There’s an inner trail that cuts across the dike and is a beautiful walk as well." Wear good shoes and socks, long pants for hiking. There are ticks on site. If you are concerned, you can use bug spray before the hike but that is a personal choice. You can also tuck pants into socks and do a quick check when we are done hiking, and there should be no problem.
Restrooms are available near the Nature Preserve at the Cleveland Lakefront State Park office, and in the Cleveland Lakefront State Park immediately to the west of the Nature Preserve. No facilities on site. Learn More
Featured Bird Species: Fall warblers (e.g., Yellow-rumped Warbler, Magnolia Warbler)(early October); Kinglets (e.g., Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet); Sparrows (e.g., White-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow)
Bird Walk Leader: Michelle Brosius, Director-at-Large and Field Trip Co-Coordinator, WCAS, invites birders to bird at a monthly designated field trip location and share stories to a public digital scrapbook. (Watch the video below!)
Contribute to the Scrapbook: During visits, attendees are encouraged to take photographs, draw a picture or create art inspired by what is seen, tally identified species, write down thoughts, create a poem, a Haiku, questions or curiosities about the target species or anything encountered at the location, i.e., bird, plant, butterfly, etc., or anything to do with the experience of visiting the public space. Contributions will be published to the WCAudubon.org website and shared on social media.
#2 Follow Up Event: Virtual Field Trip Community Meetup
Date: Wed Nov 11, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: WCAS Virtual Conference Center
Description: Field trip participants and the public are invited to meet fellow birders, ask questions, and share their experiences during their month of birding and journaling.
Register for the Meetup
#3 Sign Up for WCAS Email Updates and Follow the Facebook Event Page to connect!
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