Bird watching in the air at Cedar Bog


Spring activities just around the corner

By Tracy Bleim



A number of birding-related activities will take place at Cedar Bog in February and March.


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If you enjoy birds, Cedar Bog has several events lined up for the bird enthusiasts in February and March.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is Feb. 12-15 and Cedar Bog Nature Preserve will be holding activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 13 for the Great Backyard Bird Count. Cedar Bog is offering an opportunity for students to participate in citizen science and learn about the birds in our area. Several bird activities will be offered in our Education Center, as well as hot chocolate and coffee. Admission rates will be reduced to $3 for children and $4 for adults for this event. Ohio Historical Society and Cedar Bog Association members are admitted free.

On Saturday, Feb. 13, there will be identification games, valentine bird treats to make, and opportunities to walk the trail. Children can set up an account and register the birds they counted on the hike. Come make a log suet feeder to bring home and enjoy! For more information on the Great Backyard Bird Count and how to set up an e-bird account go to www.birdsource.org/gbbc. This is a great education site with identification games and activities. There is a link on this site to create an account on e-bird for students who choose to participate in the count.

Skunk cabbage time opens spring season

On Sunday, Feb. 28 at 1 p.m., join Cedar Bog Nature Preserve Volunteer Naturalist Cheryl Erwin as she leads the annual Skunk Cabbage Walk. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for Ohio Historical Society and Cedar Bog Association members. Children 6 and over are $4.

In March, Mark Shieldcastle of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory will discuss the spring migration of birds. Shieldcastle is the research director of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory along Lake Erie’s shoreline. An off-the-boardwalk tour will be offered as part of this event so reserve your seat early for this limited availability workshop. This event will be on Saturday, March 12 at 10 a.m. and pre-registration is required. The cost for the off-the-boardwalk tour, which will follow his presentation, is $25 per person or $20 for Ohio History Connection or Cedar Bog Association members. The cost for the presentation only will be $10 per person or $5 for Ohio History Connection or Cedar Bog Association members.

The Cedar Bog Nature Preserve is located at 980 Woodburn Road, located four miles south of Urbana off of U.S. Route 68. For more information on events at Cedar Bog, call 937-484-3744 or email cedarbog@ctcn.net.

A number of birding-related activities will take place at Cedar Bog in February and March.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2016/02/web1_Birding.jpgA number of birding-related activities will take place at Cedar Bog in February and March. Courtesy photo
Spring activities just around the corner

By Tracy Bleim

Tracy Bleim is site manager at Cedar Bog Nature Preserve.

Tracy Bleim is site manager at Cedar Bog Nature Preserve.