Now that the weather is turning cooler, breeding birds are migrating to the south, leaving sturdier wintering birds. Shorebirds, like gulls, grebes and other waterfowl, migrate from Canada to wetlands and lakes in North America, while owls, like the Eastern screech and the Great Horned Owl, nest in the winter months. Learn more about shorebirds and owls in these free, walks and hikes in Cleveland Metroparks.
Mega Merganser on the Lake
Saturday, November 16 � 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Edgewater Park � Lakefront Reservation
Lake Erie has the largest population of red-breasted merganser in the world. These diving ducks stay on the shores of Lake Erie during the winter, before returning up to Canada for summer breeding. See several hundred to many thousands of these shorebirds staging off of Edgewater Park with this hike. Edgewater Beach is located at 6700 Memorial Shoreway, off of OH-2 in Lakefront Reservation in Cleveland. For more information, visit clevelandmetroparks.com or call 216-206-1000.
Sunday Bird Walk
Sunday, November 17 � 9 - 11 a.m.
Wildwood Marina parking lot � Euclid Creek Reservation
Loons stop on large lakes en route to the east coast where they spend the winter in the Atlantic Ocean. Join us as we search Lake Erie for loons and other shorebirds. Some binoculars will be able to borrow. Wildwood Marina is located at 16975 Wildwood Dr, Cleveland, OH 44119 Huntington Beach is located off Wildwood Drive in Euclid Creek Reservation - north of Lake Shore Boulevard. For more information, visit clevelandmetroparks.com or call 440-887-1968.
Friday, November 22 � 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Brecksville Nature Center � Brecksville Reservation
Spend some time indoors discovering what's unique about owls and their adaptations, and then venture out on the trail to find some local owls. Brecksville Nature Center is located off Chippewa Creek Drive, off the Route 82 entrance of Brecksville Reservation in Brecksville. For more information, visit clevelandmetroparks.com or call 440-526-1012.
Owls and Howls
Saturday, November 30 � 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Monarch Bluff Picnic Shelter � West Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield on a nocturnal adventure seeking mysterious and incredible great horned and eastern screech owls in West Creek Reservation. All participants must have a flashlight. Monarch Bluff Picnic Shelter is located behind the Watershed Stewardship Center, off the West Ridgewood Drive entrance of West Creek Reservation in Parma. For more information, visit clevelandmetroparks.com or call 440-887-1968.
Don't let the cold weather ruffle your feathers. Learn all about winter birds in Cleveland Metroparks - Discover, Enjoy, Protect!
SUE ALLEN - 216-635-3338, firstname.lastname@example.org
ALYSSA COOK-ALEXANDER - 216-635-3274, email@example.com