SNEAK PREVIEW OF A NEW PARK: The last golfers have walked the fairways at this 250+ acre golf course, and the grounds have been purchased by Western Reserve Land Conservancy. Plans are to eventually reopen the parcel as a public park, adding to the emerald patchwork of parks in Lorain County.

As the owners were considering preserving the land for conservation rather than keeping it running as a golf course, members of Black River Audubon Society conducted spring bird surveys for the past several years. Even though these surveys were but a snapshot in time, they turned up some gems, including one sighting of a Bobolink. Now that the property will be preserved, restored and eventually open to the public, our hope is that the Bobolinks will return to the “links” in force.

In 2017, Killdeer nested in a crack in the asphalt parking lot and Tree Swallows took advantage of a defunct outlet cover for constructing their nest. And that was when the fairways were still being mowed and the golf carts running. Monarchs and other pollinators flock to the several dense acres of swamp milkweed. In addition, planned restoration of creeks and streams will make the park an even greater magnet for wildlife.

Our walk on Saturday, May 18, will be the first view of the land by birders since its purchase by the Land Conservancy in early April. We have the chance to see local nesting species, like prolific numbers of Red-Headed Woodpeckers and Eastern Meadowlarks, as well as choice migrant species, like Veery, Solitary Sandpiper, Tennessee Warbler, and many others.

The very special access to this site provided by the Western Reserve Land Conservancy is in appreciation to the birding community for helping collect data for grant applications that secured the property for conservation.

Who: Ohio Ornithological Society, Black River Audubon Society, and Western Reserve Land Conservancy

Where: Lorain County—details provided upon sign-up

When: Saturday, May 18, 2019 8 a.m.-11 a.m.

Sign-up is required.
Contact: Diana Steele, diana.steele@ohiobirds.org, 440-865-2342 Be prepared for possibly wet grounds and dress for ticks and sun.

The walk is free, but OOS will be collecting donations for constructing a Chimney Swift tower. Checks in any amount may be made out to Ohio Ornithological Society, with “Chimney Swift” in the memo line.

  • May 18, 2019
    8:00 am - 11:00 am

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