Saturday – August 31, 2019
Time to be Determined
SHOREBIRDS!! SHOREBIRDS!! SHOREBIRDS!!
OOS Regional Director, Jon Cefus, will be leading a birdwalk on Saturday, August 31 for members and friends. Since shorebird habitat is not guaranteed, the decision on where to find them will be made the week before the walk.
Attendees will need to email to register at firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than August 21st to get on the list and to be notified of the final plan for the day, i.e., meeting time and place. Two areas that may be in the running are Funk Bottoms in Wayne County and Berlin Lake in Stark/Mahoning/Portage Counties.
Funk is made up of nearly 2000 acres, starting in Wayne County and continuing west into Ashland County. Most of the property is a lowland. From the wildlife observation platform, located off SR 95, you can observe a large area of wetland, especially if you have a spotting scope. This time of year, shorebirds, sometimes numbering in the thousands, stop when water levels are suitable. With luck, you’ll see Sandhill Cranes flying over or feeding in the fields. A great area to bird during all seasons.
Berlin Lake was formed by the damming of the Mahoning River. At its maximum pool (springtime) the lake covers 5500 acres. Starting in July, the water is let down at a rate of 1 foot per month through November. These lower water levels form hundreds of acres of extensive mudflats. The mudflats start to appear in the southwest region and proceed northeast as the draw-down is continued. The surface area at minimum pool is about 3600 acres leaving around 1900 acres of exposed shoreline and mudflats, which is prime for migrating shorebirds!
Be sure to bring a sack lunch, snacks and plenty of water.
Saturday – July 20, 2019
8:00 am – 10:30 am
Huffman Prairie, also known as Huffman Prairie Flying Field is part of Ohio’s Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. The 84-acre (34-hectare) patch of rough pasture, near Fairborn, northeast of Dayton, is the place where the Wright brothers (Wilbur and Orville) undertook the difficult and sometimes dangerous task of creating a dependable, fully controllable airplane and training themselves to be pilots. Many early aircraft records were set by the Wrights at the Huffman Prairie.
The National Park Service currently operates this historic site where visitors may see the place where the Wrights developed the world’s first practical airplane as well as replicas of their 1905 hangar and launching catapult. While the historic flying field is mowed short, simulating the grazed pasture used by the Wrights and allowing its use for re-enactment flights, an adjacent area of tall-grass prairie is maintained un-mowed, managed instead using late-season controlled burns. A nature trail winds among the prairie’s tall grasses, diverse wildflowers, and occasional shrubs. The Huffman Prairie area is located within the Air Force Base, with a separate entrance and fencing between it and an adjacent runway and other modern base facilities.
Huffman Prairie is located inside of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Fairborn Ohio.
The entrance to the Flying Field is next to the Twin Base Golf Club. Located here: 39.791700, -84.060286
The meeting area is the main parking lot near the bridge. Located here: 39.806873, -84.064716
The trail we will be walking around is mowed grass so it will likely be wet with morning dew. Insect repellent is always a good idea. This birdwalk will be free and target some of Ohio’s grassland breeding birds (Sedge Wren, Bobolink, Dickcissel, etc.) and to see the spectacle of native wildflowers here. We truly think it might be the best prairie in all of Ohio and mid-late July really showcases its glory. Jacob Roalof, OOS Director-at-Large, will be your leader. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to bird with this very talented birder. He will also be guiding and teaching all things grassland and prairie for attendees (management, history of the location, etc.)
Trip will be limited to 30 attendees. Contact via email at email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
Saturday – May 25, 2019
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Spring Valley Wildlife Area is relatively small (842 acres) but contains a wonderful variety of habitats of interest to the birder. Its bird list features more than 230 species including almost all of the birds commonly seen in southwest Ohio (it is a designated IBA – Important Bird Area). Of special note is one of the largest and most easily accessed marshes in the area. Other notable habitats include mature hardwoods, brushy hedgerows, croplands and overgrown fields. The wetlands comprise about 150 acres and are encircled by an easily traversable trail. A boardwalk (reached by taking the unmarked trail at the south end of the upper parking lot) allows excellent access to the marsh without disturbing the delicate ecosystem. The boardwalk ends at an observation tower which provides a panoramic view of the entire area.
An excellent strategy for birding the area is to walk the boardwalk for marsh birds, then hike the 2.5 mile trail which circles the wetland. The canopy that shelters the bike trail to the west of the lake (old railroad right of way) should be checked in spring and fall for migrant passerines, and the brushy areas surrounding the parking lots are excellent for sparrows in season. Copied from OOS website.
We will meet at the parking lot at the south end of the lake
Spring Valley Wildlife Area, Greene / Warren County
1863 Roxanna – New Burlington Rd., Waynesville, OH 45068
Tom Hissong, Southwest Regional Director of OOS will be your leader.
Please contact the Tom for more information and help with directions.
Home phone: (930-898-0515, cell phone: (937-931-3099), email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This an area that Tom knows well and has birded for over 40 years. Possible birds might include Wood Duck, Virginia and Sora Rail, American Bittern, Least Bittern, Bald Eagle, Marsh Wren, Prothonotary Warbler (nester) and other neotropical migrants and residents, Baltimore and Orchard Oriole, and certainly a few surprises.
Spring Valley Wildlife Area is a marsh. Make sure to wear waterproof boots. Insects should not be bad but bring along repellant in case you might need it.
To reach Spring Valley from Dayton take SR 48 south to SR 725 (8.5 miles.) Turn left onto 725 and drive approximately 10 miles to US 42. Turn right onto US 42. Drive 1.7 miles on US 42 to Roxanna-New Burlington Rd. Turn left onto Roxanna-New Burlington Road and follow it to Pence-Jones Road (1.5 miles.) Turn right onto Pence-Jones Road. The upper parking lot is 0.3 miles ahead on the right. The lower parking lot is 0.9 miles farther and is reached by following Pence-Jones Road until and dead ends at Collett Road, then turning right and following Collett Road until it ends at the Wildlife Area (south end of the lake).
Useful Websites: https://birding-in-ohio.com/spring-valley-wildlife-area/
We are just now gearing up for our 2019 Bird Walks! Keep an eye on this page for more info as we add field trips in each of our supported regions. More coming SOON! (more…)