Geauga Park District Winter Birding Program has options for everyone to enjoy.


Counting, coffee & hand-feeding covered in seasonal birding programming


When it comes to guided birding this winter in Geauga Park District, there is truly something for everyone – all requiring registration at or 440-286-9516.


The warmest birding option this season is available sitting or standing in front of the large windows of The West Woods Nature Center overlooking a vast wildlife feeding station. It is always bustling! In addition to casual visitation here, which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., you may also like to sign up for a time slot to identify and count birds at the feand the National Audubon Society will make you an official Citizen Scientist!


To enjoy a cup of joe with your casual bird observation, sign up to join Naturalist Linda Gilbert during Coffee with the Birds on Saturday, January 23, at The West Woods Nature Center.


Have you tried hand-feeding The West Woods’ wild birds yeteders during the Great Backyard Bird Count on Friday or Sunday, February 12 or 14. Assisting with this worldwide bird count coordinated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology ? If not, sign up for a Bird in the Hand Hike on Saturday, January 16, which will take you out to the feeding station for a guided experience. (You can find more information about self-guided hand-feeding on our website under Activities, then Birdwatching.)


The annual opportunity that helps Nature-lovers witness the amazing “skydance” with “wing song” and careening descent of the American Woodcock returns to The Rookery on Wednesday, March 24, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Space is extremely limited, so please be sure to register in advance.


And finally, those birders who’d like to expand their view outside of the parks may also register for one of the following offerings: a virtual program called The Physiology of Birdsong (presented with the free software Webex) on Sunday, February 28, at 3 p.m., and the Ice-Off Waterfowl Watch: LaDue Reservoir on Saturday, March 27, at 8 a.m.


Again, registration is required for all these programs; a link to join the virtual program will be emailed to you upon registration. Please call 440-286-9516 with questions.


For more on Geauga Park District offerings, please call 440-286-9516 or visit Geauga Park District online via, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.