Come out and discover the joy and excitement of a wild bird landing right in your hand and taking a seed! Hand feeding chickadees at Cleveland Metroparks Brecksville Nature Center is a thrilling, 70-year tradition that continues to delight children and adults. Feeding black-capped chickadees by hand began back in the 1940s as a way to connect people with nature and wildlife. Continue the tradition or start anew by sharing this unique outdoor nature experience with family and friends, December 20 - 24 and 26 - 31 from 10 a.m. to noon. Chickadee feedings will continue in January and February on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon.These small, black, white and gray birds will land on an open hand, take a single black oil sunflower seed and then fly elsewhere to eat it. Brecksville Nature Center provides the black oil sunflower seeds along with instructions to help make this unique experience one to remember. Cleveland Metroparks prohibits feeding of wildlife in the Park District but makes an exception for this one-of-kind program.Brecksville Nature Center is located off Chippewa Creek Drive, off the Route 82 entrance of Brecksville Reservation in Brecksville. For more information, call 440-526-1012 or visit clevelandmetroparks.com. Check the Park District's monthly publication, �Emerald Necklace,� or clevelandmetroparks.com for more hand feed a chickadee opportunities, guided bird hikes and other winter bird programs in the upcoming weeks.
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