Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society to host 31-mile bird watching walk May 23

Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society to host 31-mile bird watching walk May 23 – Cleveland.com: “The entire length of the 31-mile route is part of the Rocky River Important Bird Area. Walkers are seeking pledges to help them finish their 5-year survey of birds in the area, which is being done in hopes of securing funds for Cleveland Metroparks to buy additional parcels of land in the valley so they can be protected from development.”

What a wonderful way to support Cleveland Metroparks and enjoy a day-long outdoor adventure with experienced birders. Check this out and expand your horizons.

For more information: visit the Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society’s web page.

 

Bird Watching in Cleveland and NE Ohio | Ohio Birding – cleveland.com

Bird Watching in Cleveland and NE Ohio | Ohio Birding – cleveland.com: “The trees appeared to be dripping with yellow-rumped warblers, whose wheezy songs echoed all around us. The most common of songbirds were accompanied by a wave of early-arriving warblers: Northern parula, prothonotary, black-throated blue, black-throated green, ovenbird, blue-winged, pine, Blackburnian, black-and-white, Tennessee, Nashville, hooded and both waterthrushes, Northern and Louisiana.”

This article may inspire a few couch potatoes to get out and explore nature. I sure hope it does. Take a look at the article, then look at our beginning birding page to get some ideas about how to find and identify our fine feathered friends.

GET OUTSIDE!

 

Bird Gardens – Wildlife Gardening for Birds – thedailygreen.com

Check out this post at the Daily Green: Bird Gardens – Wildlife Gardening for Birds and Other Ways to Help Birds. Not only does it include some great photos, but there are 25 bird conservation tips from the National Audubon Society.

The skunk cabbages have been up for over a week, so Spring is just around the corner! Soon spring migrations will be heating up, so this is a perfect time to brush up on some beginning bird watching tips as well.

 

Avon Lake Power Plant Field Trip

Northeast Ohio Nature: Avon Lake Power Plant Field Trip

The blackbrook Audubon Society had a field trip to Lake Erie last week where they saw Glaucous gull, Greater Backed gulls, Redhead ducks, Common Mergansers, Common Goldeneye and Bufflehead ducks. Check out their blog posting and photos of the trip.

Blackbrook Audubon Society promotes conservation and restoration of ecosystems with emphasis on birds and habitat through education and advocacy within Ohio’s Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula counties and adjacent communities. Lord knows we could use more of that!

If you ever have a chance to attend an event like this, even if you don’t know birds well, it is a real treat. Their next event is SUNDAY, MARCH 15th, 2009, when Blackbrook Audubon will visit Sheldon’s Marsh in Huron Ohio. You can learn more by going to their web page.

 

Great Backyard Bird Count Begins!

Bird Watching in Cleveland and NE Ohio | Ohio Birding – cleveland.com
Get outside and count some birds in this great, widespread, and important event from February 13th through 16th, 2009. For instructions and a place to post your results, see the National Audubon Society’s page on the Great Backyard Bird Count .

 

Division of Wildlife engaging Birders in Conservation

Hunters have bought Duck Stamps for almost a hundred years to help conserve waterfowl habitat. Will Ohio birders soon be able to purchase a “Bird Stamp” to support conservation or other bird habitat? Read about this at the Plain Dealer’s web site: Should birders have to pay to play? | Ohio Birding – cleveland.com.

Seems to me to be a no-brainer. There should be Bird Stamps, Fish Stamps (maybe even Steelhead, Bass, Walleye and other gamefish separately), and private land conservation stamps. Anything that we all can do to help the state and private entities out there conserving land ought to be done. If birding is our outdoor recreational activity of choice, we should have the opportunity to support our habit by helping to preserve habitat.

If just 2% of the birders who seek out our feathered friends in Ohio each year would buy a Bird Stamp, at $25.00 each, it would raise $1.5 million dollars per year. This could pay for preservation of lots of habitat. Especially when you consider that the money can be used to match federal grant programs that magnify the impact of our local & state money.

If you agree, contact the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife at the address or number listed here.