Nature & Environment

Learn how to beautify (and 'green') your yard at April workshops

Spring is a great time to look at ways to improve the management of storm water in your yard.

When rain water falls on our property, it hits the hard surfaces all around us such as roofs, lawns, sidewalks and driveways. Typically, the water drainage is set up so that it runs into storm sewers or streams that drain directly to the lake, carrying with it the residue of fertilizer and pesticides along with litter, pet waste and non-biodegradable cleaners. Recent studies indicate that up to 70 percent of all lake and stream pollution comes from residential yards.

The Bay Village Green Team is offering two workshops as part of their yearlong "Green Your Life" series to educate the community about methods for dealing with rain water in an environmentally-friendly way.

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Volume 4, Issue 8, Posted 11:11 AM, 04.17.2012

Local drop-off for Habitat for Humanity donations April 28

Are you thinking about Spring Cleaning? Do you have some household items you no longer need? The Bay Village Green Team has arranged an easy way to donate your usable furniture, building materials, fixtures, tools, yard items and MORE!

Donating your usable household items provides direct benefits to our local economy. Your donations are sold to other area residents through the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and the proceeds support Habitat's mission to eliminate poverty through home construction and rehabilitation. The money is used to purchase building materials to make home ownership a dream for deserving families.

Bring your donation items to the Bay Village Police Department parking lot, 28000 Wolf Rd. on Saturday, April 28 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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Volume 4, Issue 8, Posted 11:12 AM, 04.17.2012

Girl Scout organizes April 29 sustainability workshop for kids

I am a senior at Rocky River High School and I have been in Girl Scouts for over 10 years achieving, both my Girl Scout bronze and silver awards. My next goal is to achieve the highest award a Girl Scout can get, the Gold Award. This award requires a Girl Scout to reach out into her community and create a project that will continue when she leaves.

For almost half a year I racked my brain for ideas for my project. Let me tell you, detailed projects do not come around in one night. During this time I was also in the progress of deciding my major for college. As I kept researching, I found the sustainability major, which in a nutshell, works with the environment. As time progressed, I fell in love with sustainability. I will be pursuing this major in the fall at either Baldwin Wallace University or University of Colorado-Boulder.

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 10:42 AM, 04.03.2012

The wonders of wildlife: male birds attacking windows

The phones have been ringing off the hook this week at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center’s Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center. We have been receiving many questions about the mild winter, how it has affected the wildlife in our area, and what we should expect from an earlier and warmer than average spring. But more than any other request, callers have been anxious to find an answer to a curious conundrum: “How can I stop a bird from repeatedly flying into my windows?”

In my role of wildlife rehabilitation coordinator at the nonprofit Center, I’ve had to address this very common question on a regular basis. This year, the Center’s wildlife specialists and I have been working to carefully assess each caller’s problem and adapt some handy tips to hopefully solve each unique situation.

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 10:40 AM, 04.03.2012

The harmful consequences of fertilizing your yard

It's that time of year when many of us are beginning to fertilize our lawns and gardens. What many of us don't think about is how that practice is tied to a yearly water quality issue in Lake Erie. The problem can be seen just a mile off the shores of Bay Village in satellite images.

Last year was one of the worst years on record for a water quality issue resulting from human-induced algal blooms. These blooms, in turn, result in a problem known as the Lake Erie dead zone. This is a zone of oxygen-depleted water that has grown to cover as much as half of our lake.

Many aquatic organisms, including fish and insects, cannot live in this oxygen-depleted zone. Therefore, it disrupts the web of life that helps keep our aquatic ecosystem healthy. Furthermore, some species of algae contain neurotoxins that reach high enough concentrations during some blooms to have a severe impact on wildlife and to close area beaches.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 11:51 AM, 03.20.2012

Celebrate Earth Day by signing up for recycling rewards

With Earth Day just around the corner on April 22, many of us are thinking about easy ways to help the environment. As most of you may know, Bay Village residents can get discounts and deals simply from participating in the Recyclebank rewards program through your home recycling.

Since the Recyclebank program launched last May, Bay Village residents have recycled over 471 tons of material. That’s equivalent to 3,017 newborn Orca whales or 710 SMART cars! Great job!

Additionally, Bay residents have earned over one-million Recyclebank points translating into thousands of dollars saved. On average, each resident can earn over $100 in reward value through their annual recycling efforts. These savings have also helped boost the local economy because nearly 50% of the rewards are redeemed locally right here in Bay Village at locations such as Bay Lanes, Discount Drug Mart, Wild Birds Unlimited and Bay Village True Value Hardware.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 11:56 AM, 03.20.2012

Bay residents can get a jump on spring by reserving a community garden plot

Make organic local food part of your healthy lifestyle by reserving a community garden plot today! The Bay Community Garden, located on Wolf Road, is now accepting applications from Bay residents for the 2012 garden season. The garden plots are 4-by-8 feet, and are rented for $40 per year. Since a technique called “Square Foot Gardening” is used, it is amazing how many vegetables and herbs can be grown on each of these plots.

The gardening is all organic. The city provides gardeners with rich humus to spread on the garden plots. The humus is leaf-based compost that is the result of the leaf pick-up program. In fall, the leaves are taken to the Westlake Service Center to be composted and returned as humus in spring to use in the gardening. The humus is a great soil amendment that is mixed into your garden to create a fertile planting bed.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 11:47 AM, 03.20.2012

Friendships and retirement blossom when you get involved

When I retired from my full-time job as membership coordinator at The Union Club in downtown Cleveland in March 2008, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Having an art background, I knew I wanted to take some art classes and explore painting styles, and I also wanted to join a garden club. 

I attended my first meeting of the Westlake Garden Club the month I retired and was recruited to become the recording secretary. I joined the garden club in April 2008 and started taking minutes of the meetings in August 2008.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 11:54 AM, 03.20.2012

Bay Village Green Team's Green Tip of the Month

Having a Super Bowl party? Then making it a “zero waste” party by:

  • Using reusable dinnerware, utensils & reusable or recyclable bottles
  • Using cloth napkins and tablecloth instead of paper products
  • Marking recycling and compost receptacles and using them! 
  • Informing your guests of your goal of zero waste
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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 2:02 PM, 01.24.2012

Kids have fun while learning about watershed protection

Numerous families took advantage of a fun-filled event at the Educator’s Market & Toy store in Westlake on Saturday, Dec. 10.  As part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Project, “A Holistic Watershed Approach to Health at Huntington Beach,” the fun fest used a book by Joel Harper called “All the Way to the Ocean” to help teach kids and adults about watershed protection.  

The Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District provided a hands-on learning game called Incredible Journey to allow kids to make a bracelet while learning about the water cycle. Lake Erie Nature & Science Center brought a variety of cuddly and interesting animals which allowed an up-close look at these fascinating creatures.

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Volume 3, Issue 25, Posted 2:55 PM, 12.13.2011

Tips to make your holiday season a little more 'green'!

The holiday season is upon us, and there are so many wonderful traditions that help us to celebrate with family and friends like entertaining, gift giving and decorating. Here are some tips to make your holiday season “greener.”

When entertaining:

Invest in an extra set of inexpensive plates. The white ones go with anything. This way you won’t need the single-use paper or plastic plates. Same goes for utensils and glasses. In the long run, you’ll save money and “green” your entertaining events.

Buy some inexpensive cloth napkins. Place them in a napkin holder, and they will look very festive around your holiday table.

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Volume 3, Issue 25, Posted 2:42 PM, 12.13.2011

Nature Center's legacy continues to blossom

In 1945, when Dr. Elberta Fleming planted the seeds of what would become Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, she probably couldn’t foresee how far its branches would spread.

In 2011, as she snapped a photo of her daughters smiling below a spreading fir tree, Center education program specialist Maggie Watson (nee Gibbons) took a moment to reflect on the Center’s enduring legacy and how it had touched the lives of her family.

It was as a sophomore at Magnificat High School in the mid-1990s that young Maggie Gibbons first connected with the Center.

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Volume 3, Issue 25, Posted 2:50 PM, 12.13.2011

Green Team creates video for Bay Village curbside recycling program

Members of the Bay Village Green Team’s communications committee have created an interactive flash video to educate residents on the new recycling and compost program. The piece was produced as a public service announcement (PSA) to promote recycling in Bay Village and funded by a grant from the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District. Watch the video at (click on Curbside Recycling and wait for the video to load).

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Volume 3, Issue 23, Posted 4:17 PM, 11.16.2011

Nature Center staffer achieves prestigious first

Amy LeMonds of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center in Bay Village has become the first rehabber in the state of Ohio to be certified by the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC).

“The IWRC is an organization that the Center has belonged to for 17 years and I had attended their basic rehabilitation courses during my studies and early career here," explained LeMonds. "When I learned that the IWRC was making strides in providing an official certification to help develop the profession of wildlife rehabilitation, I immediately wanted to get involved. I felt that this new certification was important to support and obtain because I think it helps to create a level of respect for the profession. It requires continuing education coursework to maintain and hopefully will help to set high standards for rehabbers in the future.”

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Volume 3, Issue 23, Posted 4:15 PM, 11.16.2011

Bay recycling rate takes a leap

New Program Doubles Recycling Rate

A new program to expand recycle and compost capabilities was introduced in Bay Village in the first half of 2011. The program was made available through Republic Services, the city’s recycle and refuse hauler. The benefits of the program are already being seen in the recycle and landfill statistics. The expansion of the curbside collection services include:

  • You can now recycle all of your paper and cardboard curbside. You can still recycle your bottles, cans, and plastics No. 1 and No. 2 curbside.
  • Yard waste is also being diverted from the landfill and taken in a separate truck to a compost facility. (The yard waste must be in brown yard waste bags or in separate containers marked “Yard Waste.”)

As a result of the new program, the amount of waste being landfilled declined by a whopping 27% when you compare the three months ending Sept. 30, 2011, to the same period in 2010. The curbside recycling more than doubled, and the remaining reduction of landfill waste is attributed to yard waste that is now being composted. This is a very significant decrease in the amount of waste being landfilled and Bay residents are to be commended for their quick adoption of the new program.

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Volume 3, Issue 22, Posted 11:28 AM, 11.01.2011

A universe of discovery at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

As the weather turns colder and rain clouds seems to be a constant companion, you can always be sure that the stars are shining brightly in the warm, dry, clear skies of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center's Walter R. Schuele Planetarium. Adults and children alike are invited to join us for a number of spectacular space science programs throughout the fall season.

Second Nature, our new series of programs for lifelong learners, returns on Thursday, Oct. 20, with "Meteorites and Moon Rocks." Presenter John Oldham, a passionate collector of these visitors from the stars, is also the Exhibit Specialist at NASA Glenn Research Center. He will share a few nuggets of trivia as he explains a brief history of meteors and shows off a lunar sample or two. A question and answer session with John will follow the presentation. Meteorites & Moon Rocks runs from 7-8:30 p.m. and is free to the public.

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Volume 3, Issue 21, Posted 5:16 PM, 10.18.2011

Habitat for Humanity collection a big success

The Sept. 17 Habitat for Humanity Collection at the Bay Village Police Department was the largest turnout since we started the drop-off program in Bay in 2010, with over 100 donors. What a great response from the community! Look for the next drop-off to be scheduled in spring 2012.

Here is how you can support Habitat for Humanity:

If you are planning to remodel in the future, donate your old cabinets, sinks, hardware, and more by calling 216-429-3631 or have your remodeling contractor call.  

You can also drop off items directly at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, located at 2110 W. 110th St., Cleveland, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Tuesday-Friday.

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Volume 3, Issue 20, Posted 3:47 PM, 10.04.2011

Cast your line for steelheading success

Steelhead fishing season is kicking into gear now! As the temperature continues to drop, trout are migrating from the deep, cool waters of Lake Erie back to our local streams and creeks. Ten percent of steelhead trout fishermen will catch 90% of the fish! Are you one of the top 10%?

This October, The Backpackers Shop in Sheffield Village once again presents its popular series of Steelhead Fly Fishing Expos. The shop is legendary for knowledgeable outdoor enthusiasts who are always ready and willing to share their advice and experience. And this same devotion to excellence is carried through to the ongoing series of Steelhead Fly Fishing Expos. Attendees leave the event armed with everything they need to know to work towards being part of that coveted 10% of expert fishermen.

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Volume 3, Issue 20, Posted 3:51 PM, 10.04.2011

Experiencing the Bay Village Community Garden

As a new member of the Bay Village Community Garden, I was glad to meet friendly and helpful villagers this summer who shared seeds, garden advice, ideas, suggestions and camaraderie. The garden fee was very reasonable at $40 per plot. For that amount, I was given soil, compost, mulch, and water which was made available for each gardener.

I was so happy with my experience that I almost bought another space when the beds were reduced to $20 at mid-season! However, since I have a significant amount of work at my home perennial and annual flower beds, I decided to keep a single plot.

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Volume 3, Issue 19, Posted 2:54 PM, 09.20.2011

Hayrides return to Science Center in October

Autumn at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is a special time with preschool and after school classes back in session and special events on tap to celebrate the season. Although Fall Session classes are already underway, families can still enroll in the few remaining preschool class spots while they last. There’s also still time to get in on one of the most popular autumn activities at the Center – Fall Family Hayride Nights – but you’ll need to pre-register soon!

The first of two Fall Family Hayride Nights takes place on Friday, Oct. 7, and begins with a full pizza and salad dinner. Participants also enjoy hay wagon rides around Huntington Reservation, kid-friendly seasonal crafts and hands-on activities, planetarium star shows and live animal encounters.

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Volume 3, Issue 19, Posted 2:58 PM, 09.20.2011

Learn about beneficial rain gardens at free workshop

A rain garden is an attractive landscaped area planted with perennial native plants which don’t mind getting “wet feet.” Built in a bowl shape, a rain garden is designed to increase infiltration allowing rain and snowmelt to seep naturally into the ground. Benefits of rain gardens are multiple: they recharge groundwater supply, prevent water quality problems, provide habitat for birds and butterflies and are great-looking landscape features.

Amy Roskilly of the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District and the Bay Village Green Team are partnering to sponsor a FREE rain garden workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Bay Community House, 303 Cahoon Rd. To register, call Amy at 216-524-6580, ext. 22, or email

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Volume 3, Issue 19, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.20.2011

Composting is a family affair

Learn how to compost at a free seminar Sept. 14 at the Bay Community House

Watch as your yard trimmings and kitchen waste change into a rich resource – plant clippings, carrot tops, apple cores and potato skins are transformed into a great soil material that can be used to fertilize your yard or garden within 90 days or less.

Bay Village resident Laura Crabb says that her family has been composting for over seven years. Laura actually got her introduction to composting at a young age when her father was an avid composter.

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Volume 3, Issue 18, Posted 4:19 PM, 09.07.2011

Habitat for Humanity drop-off Sept. 17 at BVPD

The Bay Village Green Team has arranged for another Habitat for Humanity drop-off at the Bay Village Police Department parking lot, 28000 Wolf Rd., on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Donate your usable items and provide direct benefits to our local economy. Your donations are sold to other area residents through the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and the proceeds support Habitat's mission to eliminate poverty housing through home construction and rehabilitation. The money is used to purchase building materials to make home ownership a dream for deserving families. 

The Greater Cleveland ReStore is one of the largest reuse and recycle centers in Cuyahoga County. Not only does your donated item get reused, thousands of tons of usable materials are diverted from the local landfill in Oberlin.

If you have large items, you can also arrange for home pick up by contacting Jerry Jarc at 440-823-4579 prior to Sept. 17.

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Volume 3, Issue 18, Posted 4:22 PM, 09.07.2011

A robot's 'life on Mars' the topic of free lecture

It’s been nearly 50 years since we got our first close-up look at our next-door neighbor, the planet Mars, courtesy of NASA’s Mariner 4 spacecraft.

Thanks to numerous Mars orbiters and landers, a wealth of glorious images of the Red Planet have made the 35-million-plus-mile journey back to Earth, eagerly awaited by scientists and laypeople alike who yearn for more than a birds-eye view of a truly alien world.

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center will explore NASA's robotic missions during “A Mars Odyssey,” a free lecture on Thursday, August 25 at 7 p.m.


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Volume 3, Issue 17, Posted 3:07 PM, 08.23.2011

Emerald Ash Borer creeps into Bay Village

The city of Bay Village, along with all cities in the 88 counties of Ohio, is currently under Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) quarantine. An EAB is a small, metallic looking, wood-boring beetle from Asia that is believed to have entered the United States in 2002 around the Detroit, Michigan/Windsor, Ontario border.

The EAB bores into ash trees with their larvae feeding on the living portion of the tree, directly beneath the bark. Feeding on this part of the tree reduces the tree’s exposure to essential food and water, causing mortality within a few short years. While the EAB has the ability to travel up to a half-mile in one flight, their spread of infestation has been helped along by man moving infected trees across counties.

Since its discovery in 2002, the EAB has rapidly spread. Quarantines have been implemented in an effort to slow the spread of the infestation.

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Volume 3, Issue 17, Posted 6:34 PM, 08.23.2011

Nature Center plans field trip to Observatory Park

Have you ever wondered what the night sky really looks like without the light pollution that blocks out the stars for those of us who live near Cleveland? You’re invited to come along and find out as Lake Erie Nature & Science Center joins in the Grand Opening festivities at Observatory Park in Geauga County. Come experience the universe like you've never seen it before!

Part of the Geauga Park District, Observatory Park is an area that has long been recognized by astronomers as one of the few regions left in Northeast Ohio that has not yet been affected by artificial light pollution. Provisionally certified as one of only five "Dark Sky Parks" in the U.S., guests at Observatory Park will be treated to a stunning view of exceptionally starry skies.

Observatory Park has planned a great day chock-full of fun, free activities for the whole family to celebrate their Grand Opening on Saturday, August 20. The festivities kick off at 4 p.m. and will include a family concert under the stars, a hot dog dinner, stargazing and more!

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Volume 3, Issue 16, Posted 2:51 PM, 08.09.2011

Name your garden! BAYarts creates botanical destination

Thanks to the efforts of Cleveland Metroparks and Maple Leaf Landscaping, the Fuller House is not the only new attraction on the BAYarts campus. As a result of the Fuller restoration project, Cleveland Metroparks saw a need for updating the campus walkways, creating accessibility in an aesthetically inviting way.

The meandering paths that lead from Huntington Playhouse to BAYarts inspired new garden spaces. Kicked off by the Village Foundation with a "Welcome Garden," naming rights have been procured by various individuals and groups through donations. Working with landscape designer Julia Shutt of Maple Leaf, who have donated their services and labor, the owners' personal input is reflected in each garden.

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Volume 3, Issue 16, Posted 2:45 PM, 08.09.2011

Owls in my backyard!

Did you know there are a lot of owls that live in Bay Village? I had an amazing experience with an owl family in my backyard. Last year for Mother's Day we got my mom an owl box. For a year just squirrels were living in it until one day we saw a feathery head peeking out. It was a screech owl!

We soon realized there were two babies, a mom and a dad. They stayed in the box for about five weeks and began to move out of the owl box to nearby branches. Around 8:30 p.m. every night the owls would start their "flying lessons."

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Volume 3, Issue 16, Posted 2:46 PM, 08.09.2011

Our Great Lake Erie the theme of Nature Center's annual benefit

The staff at Bay Village's Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is finalizing preparations for the upcoming “Discover Our Great Lake” Annual Benefit & Auction. 

On Sept. 10 from 6:30-10:30 p.m., the Center will be hosting a laid-back Erie-inspired evening in support of their nonprofit mission to educate and inspire each of us to understand, appreciate and take responsibility for our natural universe!

Guests will be treated to seaworthy eats by Brennan’s Catering and Banquet Center, delectable drinks, waves of live music from Island Jeff, and a treasure trove of auction items and raffle prizes. Get ready to don your casual apparel (nautical outfits are encouraged!) and "Discover Our Great Lake" Erie.

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Volume 3, Issue 16, Posted 2:56 PM, 08.09.2011

Collaborative effort underway to improve Huntington Beach water quality

On Wednesday, July 27, a public meeting was held at the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center to kick off a local project entitled, “A Holistic Watershed Approach to Health at Huntington Beach.” This project is part of the U.S. EPA’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and is designed to improve recreational water quality at Huntington Beach by identifying potential pollution sources within the Porter Creek Watershed.

Nearly two dozen residents listened as Amy Roskilly, Conservation Education Coordinator for the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District, and I presented information about watersheds, sources of pollution and ways to minimize – or in some cases reverse – environmental damage.

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Volume 3, Issue 16, Posted 3:56 PM, 08.09.2011

Beautify your yard while reducing stormwater run-off

Did you know that many sources of water pollution can originate in our own backyards? When rainwater falls, it hits the hard surfaces all around us such as roofs, lawns, sidewalks and driveways, and runs into streams or storm sewers that drain directly to the lake. This means much of the fertilizer and pesticides along with litter, pet waste, and non-biodegradable cleaners can drain into our streams and lake with each rain event. Recent studies indicate that up to 70% of all lake and stream pollution comes from residential yards.

What can you do to help? According to Amy Roskilly from the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District, there are actually a number of things that you can do to help reduce the run off of storm water from your property.

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Volume 3, Issue 15, Posted 3:35 PM, 07.26.2011

Calling all Observers: Be on the lookout for Cedar Waxwings!

Have you ever seen a beautifully colored bird dining on a feast of berries? Then you are likely looking at a Cedar Waxwing, a type of bird typically found in wooded areas and near farms, orchards and suburban homes where berry trees and bushes are plentiful. They have a large head with a short neck and bill and are adorned with a variety of colors. Cedar Waxwings have brown heads that fade to gray on their wingtips, yellow bellies, a black face mask outlined in white and their namesake waxy red tips on the end of their wings.

“At this time of year, Lake Erie Nature & Science Center receives many calls asking about these birds because it is their peak nesting season,” said Wildlife Rehabilitation Coordinator Amy LeMonds. “Cedar Waxwings are unique because they are very social birds that tend to flock and dine together. Wherever one Cedar Waxwing can be found, there are bound to be more.”

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Volume 3, Issue 15, Posted 3:30 PM, 07.26.2011

You can make a difference at Huntington Beach!

Are you passionate about the health of Huntington Beach in Cleveland Metroparks and its usability for future generations? If so, be certain to attend the kick-off meeting for a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant project at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center on Wednesday, July 27, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Anyone interested in helping with the monitoring or prevention efforts of the GLRI should plan to attend.

The grant will be explained, an activity will be provided for children, and a preliminary survey to test your knowledge about watershed protection will be given. Additional information is available at the GLRI Website at At the kick-off meeting, Bay Village and Westlake residents will have a chance to win a free rain barrel for their home.

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Volume 3, Issue 14, Posted 2:04 PM, 07.12.2011

Nesting season spells danger for determined, fearless and slow-moving turtles

Three midland painted turtles are in the care of the Wildlife Education & Rehabilitation staff at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center after sustaining shell injuries. All three were hit by cars while crossing the road.

“The repair on a turtle’s shell can take as long as a few years depending on the placement and depth of the crack,” says Wildlife Rehabilitation Coordinator Amy LeMonds. “We nursed a snapping turtle back to health for two years after it sustained a shell injury.” The Center expects to keep the currently injured turtles in rehabilitation until at least next year.

This is a very dangerous time of year for these turtles because it is their peak nesting season. From May to July, painted turtles will leave the safety of their pond, river or lake and travel to their nesting grounds to lay eggs. Turtles return to the same place to nest every year, even if it is miles away from their home or over dangerous terrain. Nothing will stop a turtle when it’s trying to reach its nesting grounds. These determined little fellows will fearlessly cross a busy street.

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Volume 3, Issue 14, Posted 2:03 PM, 07.12.2011

Sea Scouts devise way to turn hazardous waste into cash for marinas

To help clean up our waterfront, a group of 20 high school youth and adult leaders, members of Sea Scout Ship 41, are working with local marinas to improve their used oil recycling stations. The scouts are participating in the Waterfront Challenge, an international initiative sponsored by Interlux, a worldwide manufacturer of yacht paints, aimed at encouraging people to “make a difference” by improving the quality of their local waterfronts.

The scouts have found that marinas tend to locate their used oil recycling stations behind their maintenance sheds – out of sight, out of mind – but one improperly-disposed-of used oil filter could contaminate 62,000 gallons of drinking water. The EPA requires that a used oil filter be “hot” drained at engine operating temperature for a minimum of 12 hours before being disposed of as regular trash.

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Volume 3, Issue 13, Posted 6:33 PM, 06.28.2011

Important information on Bay's new recycle and trash pick-up program

Each FRIDAY, the following items are picked up by 3 separate trucks:

  1. Green recycle container – for your recyclable materials (bottles, cans, plastics No. 1 and 2, paper, magazines, newspaper and cardboard).
  2. Blue trash container – all items than cannot be recycled, donated or composted (yard waste)
  3. Compostable yard waste (collected April 15-December 15) must be in brown compostable bags or in a trash container clearly marked “Yard Waste.” Approved "Yard Waste Only" stickers are available from the Bay Village Green Team for $1.50 and can be purchased at the Mayor’s Office in City Hall.

NOTE: The recycle and trash pick-up date is moved to SATURDAY when there is a holiday during the week. (For example, the pick-up for the week of July 3 will be moved to Saturday, July 9, due to the Fourth of July holiday.)

Also, MONTHLY, there is a special BULK TRASH PICK-UP:

The Bulk Trash Pick-Up each month allows you to put out additional trash such as used carpet or extra garbage bags that don’t fit into your trash container.

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Volume 3, Issue 13, Posted 6:33 PM, 06.28.2011

Alternatives for removing animals living in places you don't want them

Do you have an animal living somewhere that you don’t want? Lake Erie Nature & Science Center receives countless calls every year about raccoons nesting in attics, skunks living under porches and other animals taking up residence in places where people don’t want them – in our own homes.

Recently, the Center received a call from a homeowner who had called a trapper to remove a mother and baby raccoon from their attic. However, two more babies remained in the attic, and rather than have the trapper come back for an additional fee, the couple removed the babies on their own and brought them in to the Center.

Unfortunately in Cuyahoga County, raccoons cannot be rehabilitated by professionals or released by trappers because of rabies laws and therefore must be euthanized. However, in most cases there are alternative options to hiring a trapper that can be more beneficial to homeowners and to the invasive animals in the long run.

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Volume 3, Issue 13, Posted 6:26 PM, 06.28.2011

Skate park foundation starts to ‘pay it forward’

The Bay Skate and Bike Park Foundation remains active in the community, despite the fact that its seven-year mission was completed with the opening of the park in October 2010. The organization, led by Lawrence Kuh, still has unfinished business. The BSBP Foundation’s second annual Rib Rockin’ Raffle fundraiser was held in May, raising more than $10,000 for various projects, including spectator seating and other park improvements.

But the group had other plans for a portion of those funds – sharing it with their friends. On June 14, members of the Bay Skate and Bike Park Foundation stopped by the monthly meeting of the Bay Village Green Team at the Community House with a check in hand.

Lawrence Kuh told the Green Team members that the $500 donation was “a way of saying thanks for all of your support.”

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Volume 3, Issue 13, Posted 6:34 PM, 06.28.2011

Nature's foster families give injured babies a second chance

For some wildlife, foster parenting comes naturally. That acceptance is a huge help for wildlife rehabbers working toward the goal of returning injured baby animals back into the wild.

Recently, Lake Erie Nature & Science Center’s Wildlife Education & Rehabilitation Program staff successfully released two young gosling patients into new “foster” families at Westlake’s Clague Park. Both babies had required rehab treatment for leg injuries.  

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 2:14 PM, 06.14.2011

Final update on Westerly's rain barrel project

Did you hear? The Rain Barrel Run Off project that Mrs. Fisher’s class did was a huge success! All the rain barrels were sold and soon lots of houses will be conserving water and helping the environment. 

If you see one, please take a moment and think about all the hard work that was put into it. The rain barrels will help reduce storm water, pollution and all kinds of other things.

If you bought a rain barrel then you know how beautiful and bright they are and how they fit nicely in your garden. The rain barrel water can be used for things such as washing cars or watering plants and flowers. Thank you for supporting our project and we hope you enjoy them.

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 2:17 PM, 06.14.2011