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2018 Annual Conference: Hiking and birding in Northeast Ohio

Cara J

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Don’t forget to pack your binoculars when you come to Cleveland! With it’s location on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland provides a great opportunity to check off species on your birding list, including rare species like the red phalarope and purple sandpiper. Early October will bring some of the early migrants, including waterfowl, to the Cleveland area.  For those that don’t want to travel far from the convention center, start your mornings out with some fresh air and a short 10-minute walk to the lakeshore looking for birds. On calmer days birds can be found inside the breakwall. But if it’s windy, the birds can often be found congregating in the marinas and bays. For those wanting a unique experience, a one-hour drive to the west brings you to Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve, one of only two Great Lakes-type freshwater estuaries in the country, which can provide some more great birding opportunities. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, take an extra day before or after the conference to travel the Lake Erie Birding Trail, featuring 88 stops on seven loops stretching along the shores of lake, including a Cleveland loop. While not required, a guidebook can [...]


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