What it's all about: Bringing the community out to see nesting bobolinks and other natural phenomena at Byers Woods, which is designated an Important Birding Area. Photo by Irv Oslin.
Bobolinks at Byers Woods
By IRV OSLIN
It’s the high point of the year for our local Audubon chapter.
The annual Bobolink & Butterfly Festival at Byers Woods doesn’t bring in money. Or prestige. Or even a lot of people. But, it’s the one day of the year when we become fully engaged with the community. That mostly includes birding enthusiasts from around the state and local people who otherwise don’t give much thought to the Greater Mohican Audubon Society.
We rent a few tents from our local Lions Club, ask area conservation organizations to set up displays and offer soft drinks and snack foods. The requested donations for the food and drink almost cover the cost of the food.
Last year, we invited the Ashland Public Library to bring a bookmobile. We hoped that would attract more youngsters, our modest goal for expanding the festival. It worked and we plan to repeat that.
Our Bobolinks at Byers Woods Festival isn’t the social event of the year. That would be county fair. But, it keeps chapter members busy preparing for the event — and keeps Greater Mohican Audubon in the public eye for one Saturday a year.
That’s fine with us.
This year’s Bobolinks Festival is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 23, 2018 at Byers Woods, 675 Co Rd 1754, Ashland, OH 44805. The park is off State Route 60, at 675 Co Rd 1754, Ashland, Ohio (south of the city).
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