Saturday, March 21, 2015
7:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. • Shreve ElementarySchool
598 North Market Street (State Route226), Shreve, Ohio 44676

This peak spring bird migration event includes self-guided tours throughout the Killbuck Wildlife Area. This ares, covering over 5,600 acres, is Ohio’s largest wetlands complex. At the school, enjoy a full day of “sensational” family-friendly activities in addition to six workshops offered by well-known experts in their fields.

A $15.00 admission ($20.00per family) includes any or all events and SIX WORKSHOPS. Registration will open at 7:00 a.m. at the Shreve Elementary School with FREE MAPS to the help stations located in the marsh. Birder’s Market Place opens at 8:00 a.m.

Workshop Speaker Details
8:30 to 9:15 a.m. —  Snakes of the Killbuck Region, presented by Jason Larson

Thousands of nature and wildlife enthusiasts descend upon the Killbuck region of Ohio each and every year but few people actually understand the complex ecology and wildlife diversity of Ohio's larges inland marsh complex.  Many individuals have little idea that this expansive weland area is home to 14 species of snakes including at least one rare and venomous species.  In this presentation Richland County Park Districk Executive Director Jason Larson will discuss the life history of all snake species found in the region and answer any questions that you might have regarding fact and fictuion surrounding these fascinating creatures.  Live, native snake species will be utilized for this program and paritcipants will have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with specimens following the presentation.

Use this break — 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. — to visit  the observation sites shown on the map you receive at the school. The help stations are open 8:00 a.m. to noon at six of the seven sites shown on the map.
10:30 to 11:15 a.m. — Bats: A Better Understanding, presented by Don Plant

Bats may be the most misunderstood animals in the world, although as consumers of enourmous numbers of insects, they rank among the most beneficial of all animals.  In fact, bats are the only major preditors of night-flying inscets. Don's presentation will focus on Ohio's bat species, including their habitats, common myths and facts, interaction of humans and bats, and how we can assist them.  In particular he will discuss the fungus disease "White-nose Syndrome" that is killing millions of bats throughout the Eastern United States.  Hopefully the program will help you to understand and appreciate tan animal that represents approximately 25% of all known species on earth.  Don is a member of Bat Conservation International and the Organization for Bat Conservation, a charter member of the Ohio Bluebird Society and the Greater Mohican Audubon Society as well as being a member of the North American Bluebird Society and the Purple Martin Conservation Society.

12:30 to 1:15 p.m. — Hog Island Audubon Camp, presented by Chuck Jakubchak

If you like birds and enjoy the serenity that only nature can provide, Hog Island is a destination that you might want to consider when planning a summer getaway. Chuck will discuss how you can benefit fro a week on an island off the coast of Maine and will overview the Field Onthology Camp that he attended in June 2014.  He will also review other nature classes available to adults and teens on Hog Island.  Beautiful photographs and interesting anecdotes are sure to entertain and Chuck may even inspire you add Hog Island Audubon Camp to your "Bucket List."  You might think summer camps are just for kids, but Hog Island proves otherwise. 

1:30 to 2: 15 p.m. — Ohio Lights Out, presented by Amanda Duren

Every spring and fall, millions of birds migrate through Ohio on their way to or from their breeding grounds. Many birds migrate at night, and lights on tall buildings or aimed at the sky can cause birds to strike windows or circle buildings until they fall from exhaustion.  Lights out prgrams reduce these risks by encouraging building owners and tenants to limit lighting during migration seasons.  In this presentation, Amanda Duren, Program Coordinator of the Ohio Bird Conservation Initative, will discuss the results of a monitoring program for bird collisions in downtown Columbus and how these results are guilding the implementation of the new statewide Ohio lights Out initiative.  Amanda will also share tips for you to prevent window collisions from happening at your home.

2:30 to 3:15 p.m. — The Sensational Wetlands of Southwest Wayne County, presented by Jim McComac

Ihe village of Shreve is bookended by spectacular wetland complexes. Killbuck Marsh and Funk Bottom wildlife areas collectively encompass over 7,000 acres- the largest welands in Ohio away from western Lake Erie.  Nearby Brown's Lake Bog provides a taste of our glacial past, and supports rare speciesmostly long vanished from Ohio.  Because of its wetlands, southwest Wayne County harbors some of the richest brid life in the state.  At least 285 species have been recorded locally and 140 species have nested.  Collectively, birds that visit the Shreve area each year radiate out to nearly every corner of the Americas.  Regional conservation effots take on global significance when birds are taken into consideration.  This talk will offer a pictoral overview of Shreve's special welands and why they are so special.  Jim is author of Birds of Ohio (Lone Pine 2004), the Lake Erie Birding Trail Guidebook (2014 and Wild Ohio: The Best of Our Natural Heritage (Kent State University Press 2009).

3:30 to 4:15 p.m. — Birds and People: A Powerful Connection, presented by Kimberly Kaufman

The connection people have with birds and birding is strong enough that it sometimes borders on addiction.  What is it about birds that captivates us so?  In this presentation Kimberly will share thoughts on why we're so crazy abou birds and birding and why this passion is worth sharing.  Kimberly Kaufman is an Ohio native whose lifelong love of the outdoors grew into a passion ofr birds in the 1990's.  She monitored nesting bald eagles for the Ohio Division of Wildlife and ran bluebird trails before she began banding migrang songbirds for the Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO).  Kim became the observatory's education director in 2005 and then executive director in 2009, a position she still holds.

In addition to the 6 workshops, enjoy these "SENSATIONAL" activities:

IN THE MARSH (Cemetery Road)

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. --  Willow Raod: Dip-Net for Marsh Critters - with Carrie Elvey, The Wilderness Center. Great for children of all ages! Bring your boots and let Carrie and the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists help you dip net for aquatic invertebrates. They will have tables set up with microscopes to help you learn about the most numerous creatures lurking on our marsh. New Location!
2-4:00 p.m., Wright Marsh — STORYWALK  — Enjoy the afternoon at Wright Marsh as you read a story page by page along the path. At the end of the path, birders will help you spot waterfowl. This is a great opportunity to enjoy an afternoon help station designed just for families!

9:30 a.m. — Backyard Wildlife, by Akron Zoo. Discover animals that live in Ohio. Learn about their lives in the wild and how people and animals can co-exist.
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. — Family Activity Area, sponsored by the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists
and The Shreve Branch of the Wayne County Library. Stop by any time for activities, games and rafts.
12:30pm-- Musical Mark: Learn about migration and Ohio wildlife with his super educational, super fun concert. Great for even the youngest of nature lovers.
2:30 p.m. — Raptors! Join the Medina Raptor Center for an up-close look at birds of prey and discover their unique lifestyle.

ALL DAY — Wilderness Center Exploration Area in Birder’s Market Place. Join Wilderness Center Naturalist Lynda Price and explore the snakes, turtles, salamanders, mammals and other critters of the marsh. Adults and children can walk through the displays and spend as much time as they wish. The Wilderness Center will have educational activities for everyone, with staff in the booth throughout the day.
Visit booths in the Birder’s Market Place from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Our vendors have wonderful items for sale including a large selection of binoculars, spotting scopes, nature photographs and books, all kinds and shapes of bird houses, wildlife art by local artists and educational items. Also on display are exhibits by the Greater Mohican Audubon Society, Division of Wildlife, Medina Raptor Center with LIVE BIRDS, and other nature groups.