Jacki Chamberlain, CTC Marketing Specialist
Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Serious birders know that there is no better place than Northern Ohio to witness the spring birding migration. With our close proximity to Lake Erie and the Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area in our backyard both the experienced bird watcher and beginners know if you’re trying to add birds to your list Wayne County is the place to be.
Wayne County offers many diverse birding opportunities. There are natural foot trails, bike trails, and waterways, including Ohio’s largest inland natural wetland complex, the Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area, covering 5,671 acres. For a complete list of birding areas with directions visit us on line at wccvb.com and click on the Wayne County tab then The Outdoors. On our mobile site use the Parks and Our Past icon.
Mark your calendars for March 21, 2015 when the Spring Migration Sensation returns to the Village of Shreve. 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. At the elementary school enjoy a full day of workshops and family-friendly activities. A list of this year’s speakers includes: Jason Larson speaking on Snakes of the Killbuck Region, and Bats: A Better Understanding with Don Plant. Chuck Jakubchak will share his experiences at the Hog Island Audubon Camp and Amanda Duren will speak on birds that migrate at night with Ohio Lights Out. Author, Jim McCormac will tell us just how special the Killbuck Wetlands are with The Sensational Wetlands of Southwest Wayne County. Kimberly Kauffman will speak on the birding and the strong connection it has on people bordering on an addiction in Birds and People: A Powerful Connection. Admission is still just $15.00 per person or $20.00 per family and includes all workshops, family activities, and a map to the Help Stations. Doors open at 7:00 am, Birder’s Market Place at 8:00 am and workshops begin at 8:30 am and continue until 4:15 pm.
The Secrest Arboretum & Gardens at OSU/OARDC in Wooster offers Guided Bird Walks throughout the year with the Greater Mohican Audubon Society. These walks are free and open to birders of all skill levels. Dates for 2015 include February 14, April 11, June 13, August 8, October 10 and December 12, all meeting in the arboretum at 9:00 am. For more information visit the arboretum on line at secrest.osu.edu
So calling all Birders, seasoned or new…come to Wayne County to find out why it’s called the GREAT outdoors! Visit us online at wccvb.com for our calendar of events and attractions.