Blackbrook Audubon Society will begin their annual Spring Bird Walks at 7:30 a.m. April 14th at Headlands Beach State Park. Birders of all skill levels are welcome to attend this series of six walks Sundays through May 19th. Participants can park in the lot at 9600 Headlands Road. This Mentor Marsh parking lot is on the west side of Shipman Pond at the northern trail-head of Zimmerman Trail. For more information, contact Becky Donaldson at [email protected] or 440-257-0777.
Birders will have the option of the walk or a “big sit” on the final Sunday, May 19th. Participants should bring chairs, binoculars, and snacks to share for this passive style of birding at 8:30 a.m. Blackbrook will provide coffee and beverages. Meet at the far eastern side of the parking lot, row P-1, near the Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve. This migrant hotspot is reached by using the entrance to Headlands Beach State Park, which is at the northern end of Rt. 44 or Heisley Road. The new handicapped-accessible boardwalk leading to the beach is near the gathering spot for the Big Sit. The restrooms at the park are also nearby. Last year, there was a dense fallout of warblers and tanagers during the sit.
On the morning of the Big Sit, Blackbrook will have the drawing for its ticket raffle of a 15″x19″ quilted wall hanging depicting a Red Oak at Gully Brook Park in Willoughby. Proceeds from the raffle will help purchase Audubon Adventures, a publication for third – fifth grade students in Geauga and Lake Counties. For more information, email [email protected] or visit Blackbrook Audubon Society.
This will be the 86th annual Spring Bird Walk series for Audubon. Sites of other walks in the series by chapters and park districts are listed here: https://clevelandaudubon.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/86th-Annual-Series-of-Spring-Bird-Walks-2019.pdf
Blackbrook Audubon started as the Blackbrook Bird Club and has been leading walks in this area since the 1940’s. Now Blackbrook is the local chapter of National Audubon Society covering Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake Counties. Follow Blackbrook Audubon Society on Facebook.
Pictured In Cover Photo: Cape May Warbler at Headlands Dunes SNP, photo courtesy of Blackbrook Audubon Society