Two local chapters of the National Audubon Society challenge everyone who enjoys birds to explore the Chagrin River Valley and find as many bird species as they can in the 5th annual Chagrin River Bird Quest. Bird alone or in teams and record species in one 24-hour period from 4:00 p.m. Friday, September 13th to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, September 14th. Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland and Blackbrook Audubon Society are co-sponsoring this birding event which includes parts of Lake, Geauga, Cuyahoga and Portage counties.
All Bird Quest activities and materials are free, but registration is required. Teams can be two or more people, any age or experience level, but one team member must be at least 18 with a valid driver’s license. New birders or those needing to bring their skills into sharper focus can register for an introductory birding workshop from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 8th at The Holden Arboretum. Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland will conduct this free workshop and requires registration by Friday, September 6th. Register at https://clevelandaudubon.org
Participants have a choice of two check-in locations where they can pick up their t-shirts, maps, list of guided bird walks and checklists. Check-in can be at The West Woods Nature Center in Russell or the Novak Education Center in Aurora from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. September 13th. Audubon will award prizes for the most species overall, most warblers seen, most habitats visited and most creative team name. Contestants will turn in their checklists at The West Woods Nature Center September 14th. From 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. celebrate the quest with refreshments, door prizes and awards. For more information, visit https://clevelandaudubon.org and click the Chagrin River Bird Quest logo or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland, which covers territory along the southern half of the Chagrin River watershed, began this contest in 2015 to bring attention to the Chagrin River Corridor IBA, or Important Bird Area. National Audubon declared this watershed an IBA to highlight the many species who use riparian and other habitats along the Chagrin to nest each year and rest during migration. Once again, Blackbrook Audubon Society, which covers the northern half of the Chagrin River IBA in Lake and Geauga counties, joins ASGC as a co-sponsor and hopes to encourage its members to share in the quest. Geauga Park District and The Holden Arboretum are also sponsors.