When it comes to guided birding this winter in Geauga Park District, there is truly something for everyone – from active counting to the most casual of observation.
If you’d like to see birds up close and personal, a good place to start is putting your name on the Bird Banding Hotline call list via Geauga Park District or 440-286-9516. Then we can call you any time between January and March when naturalists decide to throw up a mist net at The West Woods Nature Center and do some banding at the feeders between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Bring your camera to share some of your experience at home!
Another easy birding option is the Great Backyard Bird Count in February. Stop in anytime during listed hours to identify and count birds at the feeders, becoming an official Citizen Scientist during this worldwide bird count coordinated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. Counts are at Swine Creek Reservation on Friday, February 14th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.; and at The West Woods Nature Center on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 14th, 15th and 16th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
To enjoy a cup of joe with your casual bird observation, attend Coffee with the Birds on Saturday, January 25th from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at The West Woods Nature Center. That morning the same park will also host Backyard Bird Feeding Basics from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Join Cristin Smith from Nature’s Way Bird Products as she presents tips on feeding wild birds, including types of feeders, seed to use, and the best combination to attract the widest variety of birds. You’ll also learn quick and easy squirrel-proofing and enter a raffle to win a free bird feeder.
We won’t be seeing bluebirds during our bluebird programming on Saturday, March 14th, but attending could bring them into your yard! Register to Become a Better Bluebird Landlord with a presentation by Naturalist Tami Gingrich at 10:00 a.m. at The West Woods Nature Center, and/or register to Make a Bluebird House at noon at The Rookery.
The amazing “skydance” with “wing song” and careening descent of the American Woodcock is a Nature’s Not to Be Missed opportunity returning on Friday, March 27th from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Rookery.
And finally, those birders who’d like to expand their view outside of the parks may also register for one of this season’s three van trips: the Winter Hawk Watch Van Trip on Sunday, February 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to noon or 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., meeting at Swine Creek Reservation; the Lake Erie Winter Van Trip on Saturday, February 8th from noon to 4:30 p.m., meeting at Big Creek; and the Ice-Off Waterfowl Van Trip: Mosquito Lake on Saturday, March 28th from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., meeting at Swine Creek Reservation.
Again, please note that registration is required for the call list, bluebird programs and van trips. Please call 440-286-9516 with questions.