Audubon Recounts Ohio’s Early Natural History
Blackbrook Audubon will offer a free program Tuesday, March 20th at 7:00 p.m. at Penitentiary Glen Nature Center in Kirtland. Dr. Joe Hannibal will share tales of the explorations by Prince Maximilian of Wied, a province in Germany. The prince traveled to Brazil and studied indigenous people there 1815-1817. He explored the then newly-opened Ohio & Erie Canal in 1834. Maximilian detailed his observations in the two-volume Travels in the Interior of North America. His work as a naturalist was recognized in the scientific names of the margay (Leopardus wiedii), a small cat in Brazil, and the sunflower (Helianthus maximilianii).
Dr. Hannibal is also an author, as well as a geologist and Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Everyone is welcome to attend the presentation. Programs cancelled due to weather will be announced on the iAlert system on WKYC-TV 3, Newsradio WTAM 1100, Follow Blackbrook Audubon Society on Facebook.
Audubon Strolls Diverse Wetland
Blackbrook Audubon will meet 9:00 a.m. Sunday, March 18th at Columbia Reservation, 25145 Royalton Rd., Columbia Station, 44028. Primarily a wetland reservation, the 409 acres of this Lorain Metropark include a number of created ponds built around waterways near the west branch of the Rocky River. Trails include paved, gravel and mowed paths. Participants will look for resident and migrating waterfowl, but keep an eye out for resident raptors and songbirds as well. Dress for the weather, bring binoculars and a spotting scope if available. For more information contact Pat Morse at 440-256-1404 ext. 2101.
Monthly IBA Walk
Birders are also welcome to accompany Blackbrook on its monthly IBA walk at Chagrin River Park Sunday, March 25th. The one-mile walk begins 8:00 a.m. at the Reeves Road parking lot. In February, the group heard and saw Red-winged Blackbirds, a hopeful sign of spring.