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SPRING 2018   

We have a full schedule of bird walks set for this spring. At this season the birds are rushing north and in their best plumage. After being inside much of the winter it is great to get out and watch the birds migrate north. We shall be meeting at Buck Creek State Park at the parking lot at the corner of Croft and Robert Eastman Roads for all of the trips except the ones at Old Reid Park, Estel Wenrick Wetlands, and Snyder Park. This is at the southwest corner of the dam near the tower. Most of the trips are on Saturday but there are two Friday trips scheduled with the city parks. Do not let inexperience keep you from participating on our field trips. We all started at one time and our leaders are always willing to help in any way possible. Be sure to dress for protection from the weather, brush, briars, and muddy conditions. Wear comfortable shoes that will keep your feet warm and dry. Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them. Times indicated are departure times, so be ready to leave the assembly point at that time. Please call the leader before meeting the group at the destination instead of the usual meeting place at Buck Creek State Park.  For additional information call Doug Overacker at 324-1871.

Saturday, March 17th, 7:30 AM               
Buck Creek State Park
We shall start the spring walks with a trip to the lake to look for ducks and other water birds. We usually see 12 or more species of ducks and may see some grebes or loons. It could be muddy and cold so be prepared. The walk should be over by noon.

Friday, March 23rd, 8:00 AM                               Old Reid Park
This walk is with the National Trail Parks and Recreation District. We shall meet at the bridge on Pumphouse Road. You can get there either from Columbus Avenue or from Croft Road. We shall walk from the bridge to the ponds looking for ducks and other water birds as well as any other birds that show up. This walk should be a couple hours long.

Saturday, March 24th, 7:30 AM                   Kiser Lake State Park
We should see some ducks and a few woodland birds on this trip. There are some trails which could be muddy. We can also walk along some of the roads. This is a half day trip.

Saturday, March 31st, 7:30 AM               
Buck Creek State Park
We should still see some ducks and other water birds. We may walk some trails looking for sparrows and some other early migrants. The walk should be over by noon.

Saturday, April 7th, 7:30 AM                    Glacier Ridge Metropark
We haven’t been to this park in Union County for awhile. It has a wetland, some woods, and some prairie. There are nice trails and lots of places to walk. We might see some sparrows along with some ducks. This is a half day trip.

Saturday, April 14th, 7:30 AM             South Charleston Bike Trail
The walking is all on a paved trail so no boots are necessary. We might walk quite a long ways though. This is a great place for sparrows and we should see several species which might include White-crowned Sparrow and Vesper Sparrow. We have found the only Clark County records of a couple species of sparrows along this trail. This is a half day trip.

Saturday, April 21st, 7:30 AM               Estel Wenrick Wetlands
We will be meeting at the Estel Wenrick Wetlands parking lot on Union Road this morning. That will give us an earlier start at this local park. We could see some early warblers this morning. We should also see a few sparrows. Great Blue Herons nest at the wetlands and we will see the nests. This is a half day trip.

Friday, April 27th, 7:30 AM          Snyder Park We shall meet at the clubhouse shelter house at the old golf course. There is a trail around the old golf course and that is where we shall walk. We should find a variety of birds including a few warblers. The grass may be a little wet so be prepared. This has turned out to be a good place for birds. The walk will be about two hours.

April 28th, 7:30 AM              Davey Woods and maybe Kiser Lake This is a very nice woods. What we will find will depend on the weather. If we have some early warm weather we hope to see Cerulean Warblers and some other warblers. If the weather is nice and people want to look around a little more we might go to Kiser Lake for a while. This is a half day trip.

Friday through Sunday   May 4, 5 and 6      Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and Magee Marsh This is the best birding area in the state of Ohio for spring warblers. We are going early this year. Some of the birds won’t be here yet but there should be lots of birds and very few leaves. There are plenty of places in the area to search. We will be just at the beginning of the Biggest Week so there will be quite a few people. Please call Doug to let him know if you are going and if you need any information.

Saturday, May 12th, 7:30 AM                      Gallagher Fen Last year we had great birds at this preserve. We will hope that it repeats this year. This is Migratory Bird Day. If the weather is right there could be lots of migrants plus most of the breeding birds will be back. There will be lots of birds to see. We may look for a few other birds if people want to keep birding. This is a half day trip.

Saturday, May 19th, 7:30 AM                   Buck Creek State Park This is our last walk for the season. There should still be migrants to look for although the leaves will make them harder to see. They will be singing and that should help us find a long list of birds for the day. The walk should be over by noon.