The partnership between Black River Audubon and Lorain County Community College (LCCC) recognizes the 21-acre preserve as an important resource for the college ecological curriculum and serves as an example to the community of the need for conservation of meadow environments.
Squinting under a blazing sun and stiffened by cold air, 25 brave birders from Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society and Kirtland Bird Club teamed up at LaDue Reservoir in Geauga County for a joint field trip on Sunday, March 25, 2018.
Many of us found ourselves out in the frigid weather searching and hunting to get a glimpse of the rare and famed “Snowy Owl”. The winter of 2017-2018 was exceptional with numerous sightings of this huge beautiful owl. Weighing 64 ounces, 23” in length, and having a wingspan of 52”, Snowy’s tower over other owls.
Why We Do Fundraising at Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society and How We Do It by Tom Romito, Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society
Tom Romito of Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society discusses the fundraising efforts Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society is undertaking. "The reason that we raise funds at all is to sustain our organization and support the National Audubon Society’s strategic goal of protecting bird populations."
We undertook bird surveys on organic coffee farms in Nicaragua and on organic dairy farms in Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio and Vermont. These 2014 surveys turned up significant numbers of birds – both species and individuals – many more than were on the eco-deserts of sun/chemical coffee farms or on large scale mono-crop farms in the US.
At my home, the window with the view of the bird feeder is my favorite window. If you have one of these views in your home, I would imagine you delight in the surprises and tranquility it can bring. As the seasons change, the tiny feathered visitors change also.
When March finds us, we can get truly excited both in the freedom that warmer temperatures bring and the beginning movements of birds back into and through the region.
Right now, the fifteen chapters in Ohio are essentially operating as independent islands without interaction with each other or the National Audubon Society. What we, Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society, wants to do is to spearhead an initiative to reinvigorate COAC and bring the chapters back together.
"Mary’s Journals" is a collection of work, bird, camping, and travel short stories of interest to anyone who is passionate about Nature and outdoor experiences.
Fundraising for important communication projects, like Lights Out Cleveland, has gotten specific companies downtown to agree to turn out their lights during migration so that birds will not be hurt so much.
Americans drink over a third of the world’s coffee. If we all buy and drink Bird Friendly certified coffee, songbirds, farmers and future generations of bird lovers will be sure that the birds return every year.
As this is being written, leaves, rather than snow, are falling. Before long we will be in the midst of Christmas Bird Count season with the Lakewood (west side) Christmas Bird Count, sponsored by Western Cuyahoga Audubon, taking place on Saturday, December 30, 2017.
Poem about a bird-window collision that knocked this colorful feathered friend far from it's living life.
The first bird I ever knowingly saw was an American robin. It was the bird I was looking at when, to my mother’s astonishment, the first words to ever come out of my mouth besides “Mama” were uttered: “Look! See the bird!”
WCAS plays a role in future communications to bring together National Audubon and the hard-working, local grassroots chapters.
Beautiful Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) by Kathy Murphy, Member, Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society, on Sunday Sept 17, 2017. Just east of the Lorain boat docks, on the peninsula that goes into Lake Erie.
Butterflies and Dragonflies Photography Exhibit by Dave Lewis at the Carlisle Visitor Center (Main Office), 12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange, Ohio from July 2 through July 31, 2017.
We had to start from the beginning to develop these methods but they are now becoming basic tools for seabird conservation. I know of at least fifty species of seabirds that have benefitted by the same methods that were pioneered in Maine. - Dr. Stephen Kress, Vice-President for Bird Conservation, National Audubon Society and Director, Seabird Restoration Program & Hog Island Camp.
Talking about habitat, Earth's greatest stages for nature's singers and the life work of Lisa Rainsong, composer, singer, teacher and naturalist with Nancy Howell, Board Member, Western Cuyahoga Audubon.
We agreed that a robust monitoring program was necessary to document the impact of lit buildings on the migration through Cleveland. The information gathered from this program could be used to convince building owners that the threat is real and action required.
The Lights Out Ohio program aims to reduce migrating bird mortality rates due to nighttime building collisions and increase data collection success with volunteer training and public education.
Lights Out Cleveland Updates with Amy LeMonds, Director of Wildlife, Lake Erie Nature and Science Center (LENSC)
Amy LeMonds, Director of Wildlife, Lake Erie Nature and Science Center (LENSC) talks about Lights Out Cleveland and issues a Call for Volunteers to address migratory bird injury and track bird mortality rates.
Dave Lewis Bird Photography Exhibit at Carlisle Visitor Center, Lorain County Metro Parks, June 2 - 30, 2017
A stunning photographic collection by Dave Lewis. Migrating warblers coming through northern Ohio from May 2016 through May 2017. Most are from Magee Marsh Wildlife Area with a few from Cleveland Lakefront State Park. Visit the exhibit at Carlisle Reservation, Lorain Metro Parks through June 30, 2017.
The Rocky River Important Bird Area serves as a replicable model for anyone to establish a National Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA) to conserve birds and habitat for science and community. Learn more in this "how-to" summary.
Panu Aaltio shares his experiences composing music for films 'Tale of a Lake' and 'Tale of a Forest' - both awarded Best Original Score for a Documentary by the International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA).
The Feathered Flyer blog publishes human interest stories about birding and habitat conservation.
WCAS is a proud member of The Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters (COAC) and promotes chapter development by sharing the best practices, brainstorming solutions to common problems, and building relationships in workshops and retreats. Subscribe
Terry Robison, Dir Natural Resources, Cleveland Metroparks, and Tom Romito, WCAS, talk about the value WCAS members have brought to advance NEO conservation at the Cleveland Metroparks.
Wendy Weirich, Dir Outdoor Experiences, Cleveland Metroparks, Tom Romito, WCAS, and Tim Colborn, Ohio Ornithological Society, talk about the value conservation groups bring to regional conservation efforts and how we can all work together for a better world.