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).
WCAS CONSERVATION PROJECT REPORT
Submitted by Tom Romito, Member, WCAS
NOVEMBER 6, 2018 WCAS CONSERVATION PROGRAM.
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). Thirty people attended this program. Following the reports, attendees at the program participated in four idea stations and produced the following ideas for potential WCAS conservation projects:
LIGHTS OUT. The Lights Out Cleveland crew picked up 2,000 live and dead birds on the ground that had struck glass on downtown buildings. Joe Reardon mentioned American Ceramics Society in Westerville, Ohio has a glass division that makes glass that could preclude birds from flying into buildings.
CLEVELAND LAKE NATURE PRESERVE (CLNP).
Here are ideas people generated for what the preserve could be:
1. Build a boardwalk on CLNP similar to Magee Marsh (located near Oak Harbor, Ohio on the lakeshore).
2. Create mudflats for shorebirds and wading birds.
3. Work on removing non-native plants.
4. Add prairie, edges, meadows, and forests.
5. Maintain the gate to preclude dogs and bikes from going on the preserve.
6. Maintain the fence around the preserve for security.
7. Building an observation tower.
9. Build habitat boxes.
1. Reduce or eliminate the use of plastic bags in stores
2. Use our own bags in stores.
3. Stop using straws and coffee cups.
4. Buy refillable soap and cleaners.
5. Buy large stock to refill individual containers.
6. Speak up at stores and say, “No, I don’t need a bag, thanks” or at restaurants and say, “No, I don’t need a straw, thanks.”
7. Hold a cleanup date at rivers, streams, and waterfronts.
8. Adopt a stream or green space, such as Wendy Park.
This idea station drew ideas from people covering a wide range of topics of their choices, as shown by this list:
1. Increase habitat with native plants.
2. Be stewards of land.
3. Build a chimney swift tower.
4. Build a bird blind.
5. Adopt urban gardens to attract butterflies.
6. Educate residents on native plants, habitat yards, and fruit plants. Link residents to resources to learn about these things.
7. Increase native plant seed availability.
8. Advocate for legislation to make cleaning products bio-degradable, and educate people about these this issue.
9. Eradicate invasive plants, such as garlic mustard.
10. Encourage nurseries to donate native plants for fund-raisers.
11. Recognize businesses that plant native species around their property.
12. Encourage schools to tell kids about habitat.
13. Invite teachers to our meetings to educate them about habitat.
NOVEMBER 10, 2018 CONSERVATION LAB
WCAS held a conservation project laboratory, see Western Cuyahoga Audubon Conservation Project Lab! November 10, 2018 Details, on November 10, 2018 at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Cleveland. The idea of this event was to build on the idea stations that took place at the WCAS program meeting on November 6 in order to create new conservation projects for WCAS. Nine people attended this event. Tom Romito facilitated the event. Following is a list of potential projects the group generated:
This flow chart emerged from this discussion:
5. The event culminated in the creation of this action plan to begin the work on these projects:
Join us for the December 2018 Project Lab!
Date & Time: Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 1:00 PM-3:00 PM.
Location: Bethany Presbyterian, 6145 West Clinton Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44102. Parking is available adjacent to the building and on West Clinton Ave. Everyone is welcome.
Announcement: Western Cuyahoga Audubon Conservation Project Lab! December 1, 2018 Details
Download: WCAS PROJECT LAB PROGRESS REPORT PDF
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