“Western Cuyahoga Audubon needs your help to assist in protecting the species we enjoy. What is being asked is that anyone reading this become a Western Cuyahoga chapter member. Membership dues go directly to the chapter in support of conservation, education, and advocacy activities.”
By Nancy Howell, WCAS Board member
As this is being written a Carolina Wren is scolding me. The pair built their nest under the eaves of our patio, the chicks have hatched and now the pair are busy supplying food to their young. Amazing. Perhaps some of you have had a similar experience with American Robins, House Finch or Eastern Phoebes nesting on or around your structure. Some birds are adaptable and are faring well in neighborhoods … while others are not.
The Spring bird walks series that Western Cuyahoga Audubon helps sponsor, has been ongoing for over 85 years and the data, old and recent, from those walks has been entered into eBird. Not long ago I met with one of the natural resources managers in the Cleveland Metroparks to discuss using some of this data to help manage or maintain habitats for birds and other wildlife. Many migratory birds use the parks in the spring and/or fall as a stopover to rest and refuel while on migration, so maintaining habitats for this type of use is a “win-win” for the migratory species and birders as well as.
I have been conducting a bird survey on a conservation easement property located in a neighboring county that is growing rapidly. Even though this parcel of land is protected, I see nearby properties up for sale and housing developments encroaching. Not good for the birds and wildlife that need the fields, forests and brushy areas that will be impacted in the near future.
So what does any of this have to do with “A Simple Ask”? Western Cuyahoga Audubon, as a conservation organization, needs your help to assist in protecting the species we enjoy in our neighborhoods as well as species requiring something more. What is being asked is that anyone reading this, whether online or as a printed piece, to become a Western Cuyahoga chapter member. These funds go directly into the chapter for conservation, education and advocacy.
While reading this newsletter consider how much information is packed into it and our WCAS website is packed with even more. We ask that you consider going a step beyond by adding a donation to support the quality information WCAS provides. Enjoy our monthly speaker series? The series for 2019 - 2020 looks great so we’re asking that you consider sponsoring one of our monthly speakers through the Sponsor-A-Speaker program. We ask that you look through the list of volunteer opportunities and become involved. Everyone has something to offer, so a bit of your time, your ideas, suggestions, creativity will bring the diversity the organization needs to move forward and be a powerful voice for conservation. I hope you will say to yourself, “Let me contact Western Cuyahoga Audubon at firstname.lastname@example.org because I have some ideas and want to help!” Thank you from the wild things and wild places that are already protected.