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Workshops for 2018

Live Animal Program: Backyard Wildlife- Presented by the Wilderness Center
8:30 to 9:15 AM

Meet some animal ambassadors representing Ohio’s wildlife! Children of all ages can learn interesting details about how animals live in the wilds of your own backyard


Live Animal Program: Owls- Presented by The Medina Raptor Center 9:45 to 10:30 AM

Showcasing the magnificent snowy owl, children of all ages can explore the wonderful world of owls and find out how unique and diverse these birds are— and what incredible hunters



Song Structure and Variation in the Veery- Courtney Brennan 11:00 to 11:45AM

The Veery (Catharus fuscescens) is a Neotropical migrant thrush whose breeding range narrows as it draws south through the Appalachian Mountains. Despite their wide distribution, this species is poorly understood in many regards—including a clear and basic description of song structure and an investigation into geographic song variation. This lecture presents an updated description of Veery song and singing patterns and on how elements of Veery songs vary geographically across the Appalachian Mountains.



Birding by Bike- Benny Yoder 12:15 to 1:00 PM

Benny Yoder will discuss how he traveled 6,000 miles on his bicycle to identify birds in twelve counties in Northeast Ohio.



Nature's Strange Relationships: Unraveling Ecosystems- Cheryl Harner 1:30 to 2:15 PM

Spend time in nature, and soon you will begin to see hidden relationships all around us. How do white-tailed deer and earthworms impact groundnesting birds? How did the reintroduction of wolves improve the vegetation in Yellowstone? How did America’s “bread basket” become a graveyard for migratory Monarchs? We’ll explore some secrets from nature and look to the big picture of protecting species for the future. Harner’s extensive conservation work includes leadership roles in the Ohio Ornithological Society and the Ohio Natural Areas and Preserves Association



The Recovery of the Bald Eagle in Ohio- Harvey B. Webster 2:45 to 3:30 PM

In this illustrated program we will chronicle the history of the Bald Eagle in Ohio. At the time of European contact in the 1600s, the Bald Eagle enjoyed a range that encompassed most of North America, yet due to persecution and habitat loss, by the 1970s its numbers had withered. Intensive management, vigorous protection, and the conservation of wetlands have brought about a renaissance of this noble raptor. The Director of Wildlife Resources at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Webster will relate the extraordinary story of how the eagle went from regal to rare to recovery.



In addition to the 6 workshops, enjoy these "SENSATIONAL" activities:


Whispering Hills Jellystone Park- End your sensational day at Jellystone where you can spot birds with their Ranger, enjoy activities for children, roast s’mores around the fire, or head down to the pond to participate in the Passport to Fishing program.

Passport to Fishing Noon - 3:00 pm At Jellystone
Passport to Fishing provides skills, techniques, and info for beginners. This program is for children and adults working together and participants can enter to win a free fishing pole!


Dip-Netting for Marsh Creatures 10:00 am - 2:00 pm on Willow Rd in the marsh
Great for children of all ages! Bring your boots and let Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists help you dip-net for aquatic invertebrates. They will have tables set up with microscopes to help you learn
about the most numerous animals lurking in our marsh.


Help Stations 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Spotters will be on-hand with scopes set up throughout the marsh to help you spot and identify birds.


Discover Brown’s Lake Bog 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Meet at the boardwalk for short, guided hikes to identify the native plants in the bog and learn how and why the bog exists.


ALL DAY —Explore the snakes, turtles, salamanders, mammals, and other critters of the marsh. The Wilderness Center has educational activities for everyone, with staff in the booth throughout the day to answer questions.


Visit booths in the Birder’s Market Place from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Vendors will have wonderful items for sale including a large selection of binoculars, spotting scopes, nature photographs and books, all kinds and shapes of bird houses, wildlife art by local artists, and educational items. Also on display in the Birder’s Marketplace are exhibits by the Greater Mohican Audubon Society, the Division of Wildlife, and other nature groups.

Shreve Branch of the Wayne County Library

Children of all ages can enjoy hands-on crafts, games, activities, and coloring with volunteers from the Shreve Library..


Medina Raptor Center
Join the Medina Raptor Center for an up-close look at LIVE birds of prey and discover their unique lifestyle.