A great family event is coming to Osborn Metropark in Sandusky on September 20-21. LAKE ERIE WING WATCH promotes birding and natural areas in Erie and Ottawa counties. If you are interested in birds and nature, you will want to check this out. There is no pre-registration (except for canoe trips) and there is no admission charge. Come for all or any part of the event.
Beginning Saturday morning you can Bird by Canoe at Old Woman Creek in Huron. Then at 2 pm things kick off at Osborn Metropark with vendors, exhibits, kids’ activities and live animals. Frosty Frog Jr. will be on hand with great food and ice cream. Natures’ Nursery will be there too with live animals. Time and Optics, a company from Holmes County, will have binoculars and scopes for you to try out.
At 2:30 pm on Saturday, our keynote presenter Jen Brumfield will speak. Jen is a nationally known birder and artist who lives in Cleveland. She works for Cleveland Metroparks, has her own bird touring company and is a representative for a major optics company. She is passionate about birds. You won’t want to miss this free talk. But get your seat early as it will fill up fast.
After the keynote, there will be five 30 minute sessions in the Erie Room from 4-6:45 pm. The titles of these talks include:
4 pm – Birding 101 – Join us to learn the basics of bird identification
4:45 pm – Birding Hotspots in Erie County – We will share the best spots to go birding and what birds to expect
5:30 pm – Waterfowl ID – Many ducks migrate through our area in fall—let us help you learn them
5:30 pm – Birding With Technology – Presented by an Ohio Young Birder
6:15 pm – Attracting Winter Birds – Tips to use for attracting birds to your yard
After the sessions, head to the campfire for s’mores and live music by local musician Emily Keener from 7-9 pm. Bring a chair or blanket.
On Sunday September 21 local bird guides will lead walks at Sheldon Marsh, Edison Woods, Resthaven Wildlife Area, Castalia Quarry, Schoepfle Gardens and Kelleys Island. The best way to learn about birds is to get out into the field.
Check out the full schedule for Lake Erie Wing Watch at www.LakeErieWingWatch.com.
Mark your calendars, spread the word, and plan to be there!