‘Birds of Lake Erie’ event introduced for all levels of birding experience

Wood ducks were hunted to near extinction in the late 19th century. They have recovered thanks to the Migratory Bird Treaty and other conservation efforts.

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center recognizes the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty with the introduction of the event, Birds of Lake Erie Day, on Saturday, April 30. The treaty was initially signed in 1916 as an international effort to protect, conserve and manage migratory bird populations and their habitats.

Birds are a mechanism for many important environmental functions such as seed dispersal, waste management, and pest control. Observing bird populations can provide valuable insight into what is occurring in our natural world.

“We wanted to both celebrate the past 100 years of progress and to promote conservation and education moving forward,” says Director of Wildlife Amy LeMonds.

Birds of Lake Erie Day offers something for everyone, from beginning birders to expert conservationists. Presentations will cover topics such as Ohio’s current species of concern, successful efforts in reestablishing populations, local rehabilitation efforts, spring migration in northeast Ohio and more. Students of the Center’s Project Wildlife program will be circulating with live animals. A planetarium show highlights the impact of light pollution on wildlife. Hikes will be led through Huntington Reservation to the shores of Lake Erie.

Activities begin at 9:00 a.m. with a bird hike. Presentations begin at 10:00 a.m. and run through approximately 4:00 p.m. The day’s events conclude with a hike led by expert birder and Center staff member, Tim Jasinski. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased in advance through lensc.org or at the door. More information can be found on the website or by calling 440-871-2900.

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center provides assistance for injured or ill wildlife at no charge to the public. The Center is an independent non-profit funded primarily through contributions, grants and class fees.

Wendy Hanna

Wendy Hanna is on staff at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

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