Get a bird's-eye view of nature's feathered friends as they return here to nest or migrate north during the 81st annual Series of Spring Bird Walks. These free, guided bird walks are held on six consecutive Sunday mornings, April 13 through May 18, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at 18 different locations throughout northeast Ohio.
Novice and experienced birders alike can observe a variety of birds ranging from songbirds to waterfowl to raptors. Each week, southerly winds bring vast waves of birds northward including:warblers, sparrows, thrushes, shorebirds, orioles, grosbeaks, tanagers, common grackles, mourning doves and American woodcocks.
Bird walks will take off from the following Cleveland Metroparks locations:
Hemlock Creek Picnic Area parking lot � Bedford Reservation
Hemlock Creek Picnic Area parking lot is located off Button Road in Bedford Reservation, just east of Dunham Road in Walton Hills. For more information, call 440-734-6660.
Lake Isaac � Big Creek Reservation
Lake Isaac is located off Big Creek Parkway in Big Creek Reservation, between Fowles Road and Main Street in Middleburg Heights. For more information, call 440-734-6660.
Parking Area at Station Road Bridge Trailhead � Brecksville Reservation
The parking area at Station Road Bridge Trailhead is located off Riverview Road, south of Route 82 in Brecksville. For more information, call 440-526-1012.
Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve
Meet at Cleveland Metroparks Lakefront Reservation Offices parking lot in Gordon Park. Exit the Shoreway at Martin Luther King Boulevard, proceed north, park entrance is on the left. For more information, call 440-734-6660.
Bridge at the south end of Hinckley Lake � Hinckley Reservation
The bridge at the south end of Hinckley Lake is located off State Road in Hinckley Reservation in Hinckley Township. For more information, call 440-734-6660.
Huntington Beach parking lot � Huntington Reservation
Huntington Beach parking lot is located off Lake Road in Huntington Reservation in Bay Village. For more information, call 440-734-6660.
North Chagrin Nature Center parking lot� North Chagrin Reservation
North Chagrin Nature Center parking lot is located off Buttermilk Falls Parkway, off the Sunset Lane entrance in North Chagrin Reservation, off SOM Center Road/Route 91 in Mayfield Village. For more information, call 440-473-337
CanalWay Center parking lot � Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
CanalWay Center parking lot is located on Whittlesey Way, off the E. 49th Street entrance of Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation, between Grant Avenue and Canal Road in Cuyahoga Heights. For more information, call 216-206-1000.
Rocky River Nature Center parking lot � Rocky River Reservation
Rocky River Nature Center parking lot is located at 24000 Valley Parkway in Rocky River Reservation, north of Cedar Point Road in North Olmsted. For more information, call 440-734-6660.
This series of spring bird walks are co-sponsored by Cleveland Metroparks, Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and other local park districts.
For more information and a complete list of locations, including those outside the Park District, check the April issue of Cleveland Metroparks Emerald Necklace publication online at clevelandmetroparks.com.