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Workshops for 2017

Songs and Tails from the Woods- Sam Sapp & Sarah Matheny
8:30 to 9:15 AM

Songs and “Tails” from the Woods is a unique experience for young and old alike.  Original songs by Sam are paired with interactive learning by Sarah to create a unique look at the denizens of the forest. A fun, educational experience for everyone!

Live Animal Program- The Akron Zoo 9:45 to 10:30 AM

Children of all ages can explore the wonderful world of wildlife with the Akron Zoo and their animal ambassadors.


The Life & Decline of the
Chimney Swift- Judy Semroc
11:00 to 11:45AM
This program will discuss the natural history and behavior of chimney swifts, their overall population decline, and what we can do to help. As incredible avian insectivores (especially mosquitos), we will also give information about building and maintaining chimney swift nesting towers. Judy Semroc works in the Natural Areas Division for The Cleveland Museum of Natural History as a Conservation Specialist. Judy loves to learn about and share her passion for the natural world through hikes, interpretive programs, and photography.


Turtles of the Killbuck Region- Jason Larson 12:15 to 1:00 PM

The expansive Killbuck marsh wetland region is home to eight of Ohio’s eleven species of turtles,
including at least one rare species. In this presentation, Richland County Park District Executive Director Jason Larson will discuss the life history of all turtle species found in the region and answer questions regarding fact and fiction surrounding these fascinating creatures. Live native turtle species will be utilized for this program and participants will have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with specimens following the presentation.


Winners & Losers: Ups and
Downs in Ohio’s Birdlife- Jim McCormac
1:30 to 2:15 PM

The two largest-scale surveys of Ohio’s bird life were the Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas I (1982-87) and II
(2006-11). The 578 page 2nd atlas provides a wealth of information about Ohio’s breeding birds. Of particular interest are species that have either increased or decreased significantly. In this talk, Jim discusses the biggest winners and losers, and the diverse and often fascinating reasons for their changes in fortunes. Jim works for the Ohio Division of Wildlife, specializing in wildlife diversity issues, especially birds. Prior to that, he was a botanist with the ODNR Division of Natural Areas
and Preserves.


Trees Our Birds Need- Cheryl Harner 2:45 to 3:30 PM

What could be more important to migratory birds than stop-over habitat? Birds love trees and nature enthusiast should too! This program will offer tips for selecting that perfect tree for your home habitat and feature a few of the most incredible trees to be found in Ohio. Cheryl Harner is interested in all forms of flora and fauna and fascinated by the connections between botany and wildlife. Co-founder of Flora-Quest, Cheryl resides in the Mansfield area, but she can be found with binoculars and camera throughout the state, ready to bird, butterfly, or botanize.


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


Whispering Hills Jellystone Park
You can register, enjoy activities for children, or learn to fish at Whispering Hills Jellystone Park.


Passport to Fishing 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Passport to Fishing program provides skills, techniques, and information for beginners. Learn casting, fishing knots and rigging, fish habitat and handling, and local information. This program is for children and adults working together.


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 with the Greater Mohican Audubon Society 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
Dick Stoffer, Professor of Biology at Ashland University, will meet you at the boardwalk for short,
guided hikes to identify the native plants in the bog and explain how and why the bog exists.


ALL DAY —Join Wilderness Center naturalist Lynda Price and 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, the Medina Raptor Center, and other nature groups.

Shreve Branch of the Wayne County Library

Stop by for lots of hands-on crafts, face-painting, and coloring for children of all ages.


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


Waterfowl Identification Workshop
9:30 am - 10:30 am downstairs in the cafeteria
Join Division of Wildlife personnel for a hands-on look at waterfowl identification.