Join Senior Naturalist Dan Best for some truly spring sights
The Annual Spring Bird Walk Series is part of a long-standing tradition in Greater Cleveland that provides opportunities to spot a wide variety of birds during migration throughout a variety of parks.
As our contribution to this tradition, Geauga Park District will host six walks throughout April and May – April 14 at Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve; April 21 at Frohring Meadows; April 28 at The Rookery; May 5 at Eldon Russell Park; May 12 at Big Creek Park; and May 19 at Swine Creek Reservation. All are Sundays from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and among Nature’s Not to Be Missed opportunities.
Both naturalists and volunteers, all seasoned bird-watchers, will actively assist all ages and take novices “under their wings” with observation, identification, and interpretation during these strolls.
Geauga Park District began participating in 1986 with walks at Eldon Russell Park six consecutive weeks. Starting in 1990, the walks expanded, with new parklands providing a greater variety of land and water habitat and thus a greater variety of birds, from waterfowl to songbirds.
“We’ve picked the best park for the best bet for birds at each particular stage in the migration,” said Senior Naturalist Dan Best.
“We’ve picked the best park for the best bet for birds at each particular stage in the migration,” said Senior Naturalist Dan Best, who sticks to the same park order every year. “At each walk we share aspects of bird ecology, like where it’s been wintering, where it’s going to breed and what it’s doing now, and conservation issues, like habitat loss and migration hazards, to foster a greater appreciation for the birds.”
Other free spring bird walks are sponsored by the Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Metroparks, Lake County Metroparks, and the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes.
Walks are partially wheelchair/stroller accessible and will be held rain or shine, except in the case of thunderstorms or high winds. Registration is not required. Dress for the weather, and bring binoculars and a bird guide.