FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
BOB ROTATORI - 216-635-3263 - or -
ERIC BARNETT - 216-635-7014
Become a citizen scientist and make a difference! Learn how to safely and properly monitor bird nests and contribute towards the conservation and study of birds as Cleveland Metroparks hosts Cornell Lab of Ornithology's �NestWatch� this March.
Every spring and summer, volunteers from across the country visit nests and report their findings to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's �NestWatch� program. As a NestWatcher, participants keep tabs on bird family life, following progression from eggs to fuzzy chicks, to gawky youngsters ready to take their first flight. The data is added to a continually growing database used to monitor bird populations and study their behavior. Through collective efforts, the �NestWatch� program aims to better understand how and why bird populations thrive and decline so that ultimately people can take the necessary steps to conserve birds everywhere.
Cleveland Metroparks is a registered chapter of the �NestWatch� program and provides annual free trainings to the public. Come learn what the program is, how the information is used and even how to participate from home at these training sessions in March:
Saturday, March 9 � 1 - 2:30 p.m.
CanalWay Center (216-206-1000) � Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation � Cuyahoga Hts.
Saturday, March 16 � 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Rocky River Nature Center (440-734-6660) � Rocky River Reservation � North Olmsted
Friday, March 22 � 7 - 8:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Nature Center (440-473-3370) � North Chagrin Reservation � Mayfield Village
�These trainings give people a chance to see what's involved with the �NestWatch� program and see if they are interested in volunteering with the program and for Cleveland Metroparks,� said Naturalist and �NestWatch� Chapter Coordinator Mindy Murdock.
For more information about the trainings, call the individual nature/visitor center or visit clevelandmetroparks.com.
Help the world's bird population by becoming a NestWatcher with Cleveland Metroparks - part of your life, naturally!