Audubon monitors Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve

Blackbrook Audubon welcomes birders of all skill levels to their monthly Important Bird Area (IBA) walk at 8:00 a.m. Sunday, July 24.

Meet at the entrance gate to the utility pipeline access road, an otherwise restricted area, by the intersection of Woodridge Lane and Forest Road in Mentor Headlands. This will be a closed program with group birding together, not the open-house style that’s offered by the Marsh Nature Center staff on the second Saturday morning of each month. After birding the pipeline, participants will explore the public path that leads to the interior of the Marsh, the Wake Robin Trail boardwalk. Parking is available along the south side of Woodridge Lane or in the lot at 8936 Woodridge at the trailhead of Wake Robin. This trail begins with a steep hill with rope railing.

The June visit featured several parent birds either carrying food or feeding it to their young. The group heard begging calls from juvenile American Crow and watched  a Barn Swallow transfer food to her eager fledgling. Although the water level was noticeably low in the Marsh, other wildlife that turned up near the boardwalk included turtles, six species of butterfly, a muskrat and green frog.

Mentor Marsh was declared Ohio’s first state nature preserve in 1971.  As part of the Grand River – Lower Watershed IBA, the Marsh represents the old outlet of the Grand River into Lake Erie.

Blackbrook Audubon covers Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake Counties as the local chapter of National Audubon Society. For more information, email or Follow Blackbrook Audubon Society on Facebook for updates.


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