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Please welcome COAC affiliates either 'officially' represented, have members/staff attending, or are unable to attend but want to remain connected to participate in a future COAC activity:
Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters (COAC) Sunday, March 3, 2019
Times may vary. In consideration of the large attendee response, and wanting to remain open to all, meeting organizers appreciate your patience and flexibility.
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM-WORKSHOP WELCOME | INTRODUCTIONS
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM-UPDATES & BUSINESS MEETING
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM-LUNCH
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM-RESOURCE MASHUP
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM-BREAK
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM-IDEA STATIONS
4:00 PM - BIRD WALK (Optional. See information below.)
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About BIRd walks at the Blanche Katherine Novak Sanctuary
BIRD WALKS (optional)
9:30 AM & 4:00 PM
Event: Novak Sanctuary Bird Walks
Date & Time: Sunday, March 3, 2019, 9:30 am & 4:00 pm
Location: Novak Education Center, 382 Townline Road, Aurora, Ohio 44202 Map
Leaders: Jim Tomko, President, and Matt Valencic, Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland, and Kaoru Tsubone, Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society support leader volunteer.
Participating photographers: Matt Valencic, Tom Fishburn, Kaoru Tsubone, and others.
Target Species: Incubating Eagles, Cedar Waxwings, Red-headed Woodpeckers, Eastern Bluebirds. Printable Bird Checklist
Description: The Novak Sanctuary is 152 acres of successional forest, high-quality wetlands and old fields. Our walk takes us through open fields into young successional forest where occasional wet openings offer micro habitat for birds and amphibians. Continuing through slightly older forest will take us to a small valley with dense thickets along a stream, an especially good area for migrating songbirds. Up the hill and left brings us to a spacious blind overlooking a cattail marsh with an active Eagle nest at the far end. A slight detour north will bring us to the beaver pond, surrounded by shrubs and mature beech/maple forest, a dream habitat for birders and naturalists. Red-headed Woodpecker, Belted Kingfisher and migrating waterfowl regularly use this habitat. We will be early for most migrants, but the abundant edge habitat throughout the sanctuary could serve up some surprises. WATERPROOF MUD BOOTS ARE RECOMMENDED as the trail will be muddy.
Directions: Go to the Novak Education Center, 382 Townline Road, Aurora, Ohio 44202 and meet in the parking lot about 100 yards south of the building on the east side of Townline Road on the Aurora/Mantua border. The Novak Education Center building is located on the Blanche Katherine Novak Wildlife Sanctuary and State Nature Preserve.
About The Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland’s Novak Education Center
The Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland’s Novak Education Center The Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland’s Novak Education Center is situated on the Blanche Katherine Novak Wildlife Sanctuary and State Nature Preserve located at 382 Townline Road, in Aurora, Ohio. Map
About the Blanche Katherine Novak Sanctuary: In 1991 Bill Novak donated the Blanche Katherine Novak Sanctuary to Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland (ASGC). The 152 acres of farmland, forest, and high quality wetland has lain fallow since the 1950s. It has been designated a State Nature Preserve. Most of the woodland is a 70 year old Beech/Maple – Oak /Hickory forest but some is older and some is in earlier successional stages. The fields are being maintained through 5 year rotational strip mowing and spot spraying with a wetland approved herbicide in an effort to control invasive buckthorn. For 10 years we have had a pair of Bald Eagles nest and fledge eaglets which are viewable from the blind with a spotting scope. The fields have a good number of American Woodcocks involved in courtship display during the spring. Often Cedar Waxwings are seen gleaning berries and regularly a pair of Red-headed Woodpeckers is seen working the snags of the beaver pond. Later in the spring and early summer the fields occasionally host Bobolinks. The trail is often muddy in the late winter and spring so waterproof mud boots are recommended.
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