Blackbrook Audubon Society monitors Beaty Landing on December 22

Accompany Blackbrook Sunday, December 22nd as members 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 raises their binoculars in 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 eBird.

The trail is rated moderate on compacted gravel and has multiple access points to view the Grand River. National Audubon designated this IBA for its unique mix of habitats: river, forested floodplain and open field.

While the number of species seen has declined, Blackbrook wants to visit the park in all seasons to record as much data as possible. The group sometimes meets for breakfast after the walk. 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: Song Sparrow, photo courtesy of Blackbrook Audubon Society