With input from its members, Blackbrook Audubon’s monthly Important Bird Area survey will migrate from Chagrin River Park to Beaty Landing Sunday, May 26th. After three years of bird surveys in the Chagrin River Corridor IBA, Blackbrook will focus on 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 new east entrance to Beaty Landing, 543 E. Walnut Street, 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 will be posted on eBird.org. Birders of all skill levels are welcome.
Beaty Landing safeguards habitat for the Grand River valley’s wildlife, including nesting Bald Eagles about two miles upstream. National Audubon designated this IBA for its unique habitat which provides breeding sites for Dark-eyed Juncos, Winter Wrens and various warblers.
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.