Guest Blog-Shreve Migration Sensation
14th Annual Shreve Spring Migration Sensation to be held Saturday, March 29, 2014
This will be the 14th year for the Shreve Spring Migration Sensation which is sponsored by the ODNR Division of Wildlife, Friends of the Killbuck Marsh, Inc., The Wilderness Center, Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists, Greater Mohican Audubon Society, Triway Local Schools, Shreve Library and Shreve Business & Community Association.
The event takes place at the Shreve Elementary School, 598 North Market St. (State Route 226), Shreve, Ohio 44676 and at the nearby Killbuck Marsh.
EVENT SUMMARY – This peak spring bird migration event includes self-guided tours with experts located at help stations in the nearby Killbuck Marsh, Shreve Lake, Brown’s Bog and Funk Bottoms wildlife areas, Ohio’s largest inland natural wetland complex, covering 5,671 acres. At the school, enjoy a full day of “Sensational” Family-Friendly Activities in addition to six workshops held by well-known experts in their fields. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m., and the Birder’s Market Place opens at 8:00 a.m. Help stations are open 8:00 a.m. to Noon.
NEW THIS YEAR!! 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wright Marsh – Storywalk
Enjoy the afternoon at Wright Marsh as you read a story page by page along the path. At the end of the path, birders will help you spot waterfowl. This is a great opportunity to enjoy an afternoon help station designed just for families!
A $15.00 admission ($20.00 per immediate family) includes all events and six workshops. Register at the school with FREE MAPS to the help stations located in the marsh.
Six Workshops: Saturday, March 29, 2014 Shreve Spring Migration Sensation
8:30 to 9:15 a.m. – A Man, A Bird and Black River Audubon, by Chuck Jakubchak, Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist
Ohio’s population of American Kestrels has been on the decline for the past few decades, and Black River Audubon in Lorain County has developed a program to reverse the population trend of this important species of bird. Inspired by Jack Smith, the co-founder of Black River Audubon, the Black River team rallied around Jack’s final request and implemented a simple, regional plan that would make any naturalist proud. Chuck’s presentation will focus on the heartwarming actions of Black River Audubon and discuss the challenges currently facing American Kestrels in Ohio. In addition, Chuck will solicit your help in restoring suitable nesting sites for a bird that is a true “friend of the farmer” and genuinely contributes to the quality of our lives. Warning: This program may motivate you to do more to help the birds that you enjoy!
10:30 to 11:15 a.m. – Birding Ohio’s North Coast, by Jim McCormac
To many people, Lake Erie is Ohio’s greatest natural resource. It is certainly our most conspicuous feature and plays an enormous role in influencing the Buckeye State’s bird life. Lake Erie and its environs support greater numbers and species of birds than anywhere else in Ohio, and most of the Midwest. To date, 396 species have been found in the counties bordering Lake Erie – 94% of all species currently known from Ohio. An incredible 30 species have only been found along the lake. This program will travel far and wide along the lakeshore, looking at the habitats and species that make Lake Erie a world-class birding destination. Jim works for the Ohio Division of Wildlife specializing in nongame wildlife diversity issues, especially birds, and is a noted author and columnist.
12:30 to 1:15 p.m. – Birding by Habitat, by Cheryl Harner
Cheryl will group birds by habitat and highlight some of the best plants and places for specific species. Once birders consider the plant life associated with the bird they would like to see, it’s easier to find the most desirable birds or even attract them to your yard. Cheryl Harner is interested in the connections between botany and wildlife. She is an avid gardener and lifelong wildflower and butterfly enthusiast. Her extensive volunteer work includes long-time leadership in Greater Mohican Audubon Society and Richland County Master Gardeners. She currently serves two land trusts and works as an environmental educator and advocate for nature. Co-founder of Flora-Quest, she writes a blog for its website,: Weedpicker’s Journal, at www.cherylharner.blogspot.com.
1:30 to 2:15 p.m. – Learning the Magic of Birdsong, by Lisa Rainsong
Learning bird songs can feel a little overwhelming at times, especially when it seems that everyone is singing at once! Bird song is music, and the techniques used in ear training and music appreciation classes can provide valuable tools for identification of avian musicians and their repertoire. Lisa Rainsong, Music Theory faculty
member of the Cleveland Institute of Music, will help you sort out the triumphant birdsongs of early spring through an approach that can be applied to many of the birds we hear. In addition to her work with bird songs, she does field research on crickets and katydids – research work that is done primarily by ear. Her recordings and photos can be found on her blog, Listening in Nature at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2:30 to 3:15 p.m. – The Ohio Winter Bird Atlas: a First in Ohio and a First for the Nation, by Kimberly Kaufman
In 2002, the country’s first winter bird atlas began right here in Ohio. Initially spearheaded by Victor Fazio, the project was soon adopted by Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) who took on the task of coordinating and finishing this important survey of Ohio’s winter bird use. The OWBA was designed to document bird communities and distribution across the state during the month of January. Listed in many conservation plans, the winter time frame is one of great ‘unknowns’ for habitats across the country and in the avian life cycle. In this presentation, BSBO Executive Director Kimberly Kaufman will highlight specific findings and investigate the implications for Ohio’s stewardship of the birds utilizing our state during the winter season.
3:30 to 4:15 p.m. – World Patterns of Bird Migration, by Kenn Kaufman
The Spring and fall passage of birds through Ohio can be spectacular. But how does it fit into larger patterns? Kenn Kaufman has observed migrating birds on all seven continents, and in this program he shares insights into patterns of bird migration all over the world. Although it’s tempting to think that birds simply fly north in spring and south in fall, the truth is far more complicated and more fascinating than that. Some birds migrate east and west, or uphill and downhill, instead of north and south. Some birds endlessly circle the oceans of the world, while others wander in the desert. Some birds migrate by walking, while others fly thousands of miles nonstop. With their awesome feats of endurance and astonishing powers of navigation, migratory birds bring wonder and magic to every corner of the world.
In addition to the Six Workshops and Help Stations throughout the marsh, enjoy these
“Sensational” Family-Friendly Activities
9:30 a.m. – Backyard Wildlife, by Akron Zoo
Discover animals that live in Ohio. Learn about their lives in the wild and how people and animals can co-exist.
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Family Activity Area, sponsored by the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists and The Shreve Branch of the Wayne County Library.
Stop by any time for activities, games and crafts.
2:30 p.m. – Raptors!
Join the Medina Raptor Center for an up-close look at birds of prey and discover their unique lifestyle.
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Cemetery Road – Dip-Net for Marsh Creatures, with Carrie Elvey, of the Wilderness Center
Great for children of all ages! Bring your boots if you want to get in on the dip-netting. Carrie and the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists will help you dip-net for aquatic invertebrates and learn about the most numerous creatures that lurk in our marsh. They will have a table set up near the roadway for you to get a close look and learn about these little creatures of the marsh.
All Day – Wilderness Center Exploration Area in the Birder’s Market Place
Join Wilderness Center Naturalist Lynda Price and explore the snakes, turtles, salamanders, mammals and other critters of the marsh. Adults and children can walk through the displays and spend as much time as they wish. The Wilderness Center will have educational activities for everyone, with staff in the booth throughout the day.
8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Visit booths in the Birder’s Market Place
Our vendors have wonderful items for sale including a large selection of binoculars, spotting scopes, nature photographs and books, all kinds and shapes of bird houses, wildlife are by local artists and educational items. Also on display are exhibits by the Greater Mohican Audubon Society, Division of Wildlife, Medina Raptor Center with LIVE BIRDS, and other nature groups.