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Family Friendly Activities

Following state and local guidelines for COVID19 the Migration committee is cancelling the 2020 Migration Sensation.





2020 Activities

Help Stations in the Marsh- Experienced birders will have scopes set up to help you locate and identify birds at:

  • Funk Wildlife Area
  • Wright Marsh
  • Shreve Lake
  • Force Road
  • Cemetery Road

Brown's Bog Tours-8AM-Noon Brown Road- Join Friends of Brown's Bog members Emily Speelman and Noah Klenovich for guided tours along the boardwalk, learn to identify the plants native to the bog and learn how and why the bog exists. Meet on the boardwalk.

Dip-Netting For Marsh Creatures-11AM-2PM Willow Road- Join the Wilderness Center Chapter of the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists for hands on marsh exploration. Fun for all ages!


Presentations at Shreve UMC Activity Center

Migration Sensation Orientation- Jason Larson 8AM to 9AM

Join Jason Larson from the Richland County Park District for an introduction to migration. Whether you are new to this event or new to birding, this class will get you started. Jason will give you pointers to get the most out of the day’s activities and beginners tips for observing birds



Waterfowl ID- Aaron Brown 9:15AM to 10:15AM

Ducks and waterfowl are all around us, especially when visiting the Killbuck Valley. Are you confident when identifying them either up close or at a distance? Join ODNR Division of Wildlife professionals as you learn to identify ducks, geese, and swans from many angles and distances.


Songs and Tails from the Woods- Sam Sapp 10:45 to 11:45 AM

Join Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Sam Sapp and naturalist Sarah Matheny for a fun, familyfriendly concert featuring songs about common Ohio wildlife.


Bobcats in Ohio-Katie Dennison 12:15 to 1:00 PM

Explore bobcat ecology, including diet and habitat preferences and spatial ecology, and finish up with an Ohio bobcat update, including an overview of findings from bobcat research and monitoring in Ohio. Katie Dennison is a wildlife biologist for the Ohio Division of Wildlife specializing in research and monitoring of furbearing animals


Birding the Arctic Tundra- Tyler Ficker 1:15 to 2:00 PM

At over 300 miles into the Arctic Circle, Barrow (now known as Utqiagvik) is the northernmost city in the United States. Among a chorus of displaying shorebird species, the summertime brings eiders and loons in from the ocean to nest on the tundra ponds. During that season, birders can enjoy non-stop viewing as the sun never sets over the tundra. Tyler is currently completing his undergraduate degree in the School of Environmental and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University and began his second term as president of The Ornithology Club at Ohio State.


Opal Ashcraft: Birder, Artist, and Friend- Elizabeth Kanzeg 2:15 to 2:45 PM

Elizabeth serves on the student advisory board for the central chapter of OYBC. She loves the study of languages, the intersection of history with the arts, and boba tea. She recently appeared on the web series “Birds of North America” and blogs at


eBird: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly- Jon Cefus and Kent Miller 3:00 to 3:45 PM

Birders have been using eBird for years, and it can potentially enhance your birding experience. It can also present challenges that you may not have considered.  Learn to make the most of this powerful tool, while trying to avoid pitfalls along the way.  Join Jon Cefus (East Central Ohio Director of the Ohio Ornithological Society, and eBird regional reviewer) and Kent Miller (Ohio eBird Statewide reviewer and one of Ohio’s most experienced citizen scientists and birders) for a discussion about the pros and cons of using eBird.  You will also have an opportunity to have some of your questions answered about the use of and ethical concerns about reporting birds in eBird.




Food available-ODNR Division of Wildlife's Mobile Kitchen 11AM-1PM

Intrigued by the idea of eating local wild game ethically and safely harvested from the fields, forests, and waters right here in the Buckeye State? ODNR Division of Wildlife’s Mobile Kitchen offers visitors the opportunity to try out free samples of Ohio wild game and fish. Please stop by and watch as staff turn nature’s bounty into some tasty table fare

Birder's Marketplace 8AM-3PM

Shop for local arts and crafts and all things bird related. This event is sponsored by the Shreve Firefighters Auxiliary.