Blackbrook Audubon Leads IBA Walk on Sunday, July 28

Join Blackbrook Sunday, July 28th as they continue their monthly Important Bird Area survey at Beaty Landing just east of Painesville. After three years of bird surveys in the Chagrin River Corridor IBA, Blackbrook turns their binoculars to the Grand River – Lower Watershed IBA. Birders can take advantage of Lake Metroparks’ expansion of Beaty Landing with a new parking lot and trail on 35 more acres to find more birds.

Park at the larger, lower lot of Beaty Landing, 543 East Walnut Avenue, Painesville, at 8:00 a.m. Blackbrook will monitor this site on the fourth Sunday of each month at least until March 22, 2020. The list of birds found is posted on http://eBird.org. Birders of all skill levels are welcome.

Blackbrook’s first walk in May yielded 50 bird species, including two new records for the park when a flock of Whimbrels flew over and two Olive-sided Flycatchers lingered until all 21 participants got good looks at them. The June walk recorded 48 bird species as well as a softshell turtle and six kinds of butterflies.

Blackbrook last monitored Beaty Landing in 2010. Participants can avoid the steep hill they climbed back then by using the new entrance and added trail loop, which is compacted gravel and rated moderate. National Audubon designated this IBA for its unique mix of habitats: river, forested floodplain and open field.

Come see what the group will spot this month. For more information, visit Blackbrook Audubon Society or Lake Metroparks Beaty Landing. Email blackbrookaud@aol.com. Follow Blackbrook Audubon Society on Facebook.

Pictured In Cover Photo: Indigo Bunting, Male, photo courtesy of Blackbrook Audubon Society

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