SPRING BIRDING – Time to get outdoors and welcome our migrants back home

Want to get in on the enjoyment, excitement, fascination and joyful outdoor recreation that is birdwatching? It’s among one of the most popular pastimes in America, and Geauga Park District is eager to help you get you involved.

Continuing a Greater Cleveland tradition since 1933, the Annual Spring Bird Walk Series returns for six walks throughout April and May. Located where there is the best bet for birds at each particular stage in migration, these walks connect experienced bird watchers with novices of all ages for bird observation, identification and interpretation.

All are Sundays from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and among our naturalist staff’s Nature’s Not to Be Missed opportunities – April 10 at Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve, April 17 at Frohring Meadows, April 24 at The Rookery, May 1 at Eldon Russell Park, May 8 at Big Creek Park, and May 15 at Swine Creek Reservation. Please dress for the weather and bring a bird guide and binoculars if you have them. Registration is not required for any of the above mentioned.

Also available this season for birdwatchers (or aspiring birdwatchers) are the following naturalist-led adventures, all requiring registration at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org or 440-286-9516.

Warbler Warm-up

Sunday, April 10, 2-4 PM, at The West Woods Nature Center

Noted local birders Matt Valencic and Kelly Kozlowski present techniques for IDing spring warblers using color patterns, habitat, behaviors and song. Attention paid to songs of common warblers. Program hand-outs emailed upon request. A collaboration with the Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland.

Birding for Early Birds

Held at various parks weekdays from 8 to 10 a.m.

Spot a variety of birds as they return to prime breeding habitat during spring migration. Experienced leaders assist participants with observation and identification.

World Migratory Bird Day Evening Bird Walk

Monday, May 16, 7:30-9:30 PM, at Observatory Park

This year’s World Migratory Bird Day theme is the impact of light pollution on migratory birds – so let’s take an evening bird walk at our “dark sky” park! Weather permitting, we’ll also have a telescope focused on the moon and maybe see some birds in their migratory journey.

Neotropical Bird Walk

Saturday, May 21, 7:30-9:30 AM, at Swine Creek Reservation

Hike the Walnut and Razorback trails in Swine Creek Valley in search of beautiful, neotropical songbirds! Includes a stream crossing with water up to two feet deep, so waterproof or water-tolerant footgear is a must.

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

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