May Bird Walk at Morgan Swamp, Ashtabula County – May 20

May Bird Walk at Morgan Swamp, Ashtabula County – May 20

Morgan Swamp, Ashtabula County

Sunday, May 20, 2018

At nearly 2,000 acres, Morgan Swamp is one of the largest protected wetland communities in Ohio. JOIN OOS for a fun day of birding on Sunday, May 20.

Leaders: Tim Colborn and Craig Caldwell

We will meet at the parking lot at Long Pond at 7:00 a.m.

The preserve harbors an array of rare species, many of which are associated with boreal habitats and are near the southern edge of their ranges in North America. A faunal survey of the preserve has revealed 108 bird species. 

We will be exploring Long Pond Trail which includes a ¼ mile trail from the parking lot to an observation deck onto a 1-mile primitive trail extension to and from the observation deck. Walk is easy to moderate.

In addition, we’re hoping to get a tour of the new Bissel Nature Center

Watch for more information – TBA in April

This event is free and open to all OOS members and friends. For further information and to register for the walk please email gtcolborn@wowway.com by May 18.

AND, be sure to bring a sack lunch 

DIRECTIONS

Long Pond at Morgan Swamp Preserve

From the north:

  • From Interstate 90, travel south on State Route 534 for about 7 miles to its junction with State Route 166/Footville-Richmond Rd.
  • Travel east on Footville-Richmond Rd. for 3.4 miles to the Morgan Swamp parking lot. 

 From the south:

  • From U.S. Route 6, take State Route 45 north for about 3.2 miles to Footville-Richmond Rd.
  • Travel west on Footville-Richmond for about 1.6 miles to the Morgan Swamp parking lot 

Brukner Nature Center Bird Walk – May 22

Brukner Nature Center Bird Walk – May 22

Brukner Nature Center

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Brukner Nature Center is a privately funded organization promoting the appreciation and understanding of wildlife conservation through preservation, education and rehabilitation.

OOS regional director, Steve Moeckel and BNC Director, Deb Oexmann will lead a birdwalk in this diverse area on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 beginning at 7:30 a.m. to end around 9.

We will meet at the Nature Center Building. 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road, Troy, Ohio.

Pre-registration is not required but would be appreciated. Attendees can call 937-698-6493 or email at info@bruknernaturecenter.org to register. (Usual BNC admission fee will be waived for this event.)

Cedar Bog Nature Center Bird Walk – May 26

Cedar Bog Nature Center Bird Walk – May 26

Cedar Bog Nature Center

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Join OOS Regional Director, Steve Moeckel on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 8 a.m. for a birdwalk at Cedar Bog Nature Preserve, 980 Woodburn Road, Urbana, Ohio. The group will meet at the Cedar Bog Education Center Building.

Cedar Bog is the largest and best calcareous bog or fen in Ohio. One of the most characteristic plants of this preserve is white cedar or arbor-vitae. Significant boreal, as well as prairie and coastal plain species, occur here.

Attendees should register by calling 937-484-3744, or email cedarbog@ctcn.net

Admission is required – $5 adult, $4 CBA, OHC, OOS members and Children

Cuyahoga Valley National Park DayTrip – May 26

Cuyahoga Valley National Park DayTrip – May 26

Cuyahoga Valley National Park DayTrip

Saturday, May 26

Would you like to bird the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park in the peak of nesting season? If you have never – you are missing something!

This will be the sixth annual OOS CVNP day trip. We hope to pick up some late migrants and some early nesters as we bird the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley where bird species abound this time of year! And, a bonus might be butterfly species, turtles (different species), snakes, plants – this could be an ‘all-around’ trip.

We hope to visit Horseshoe Pond (Blue-winged Warblers); Deep Lock Quarry (Cerulean Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, various other warblers???); Everett Road (swallow species and possible Soft-shelled Turtles); Indigo Lake; and on to Ira Trailhead for a myriad of species. We may bird other areas as time permits with our last stop will be Bath Road for the Great Blue Heron Rookery. This is always an eventful day trip – don’t know what we’ll find – be sure to bring your camera!!

THIS TRIP WILL BE LIMITED TO 20 PEOPLE, SO IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON ATTENDING, PLEASE LET ME KNOW AS SOON AS YOU CAN SO YOU CAN GET ON “THE LIST”!

    We will meet at 8 a.m.  at Happy Days Lodge (parking lot) just off St. Rt 8 exit to Rt. 303 W. towards Peninsula. About a mile down the street on the right – parking lot on the right (Happy Days Lodge – sign). EMAIL for more info – sue.evanoff@ohiobirds.org.

    You will want to bring snacks and a lunch – don’t know where we’ll be at lunchtime and there are lots of places where we can stop to eat a sack lunch.

Lake Hope State Park Bird Walk – June 10

Lake Hope State Park Bird Walk – June 10

Lake Hope State Park Bird Walk

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Join trip leader, Alex Eberts, and other OOS members as we explore the nearby trails and roads for southern Ohio specialties such as Cerulean, Kentucky, and Worm-eating Warblers.

Meeting time will be 7:00 AM at the Lake Hope State Park nature center off State Route 278 (note, this is not the dining lodge that many are familiar with; it is near the camping area, not the cabins).

We will end no later than 11:00 AM (depends on activity levels and weather), and there are some nearby fast food restaurants about 15 minutes away in McArthur for lunch.

This event is free and open to all OOS members. For further information and to register for the walk please email Alex Eberts by June 8th at alex.eberts@ohiobirds.org.

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