Saturday, March 18, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. • Shreve Elementary School
598 North Market Street (State Route226), Shreve, Ohio 44676

This peak spring bird migration event includes self-guided tours with experts located at help stations throughout the Killbuck Wildlife Area, which covers over 5,600 acres and is Ohio’s largest wetlands complex. At the school and throughout the wildlife area, 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 ALL EVENTS and SIX WORKSHOPS. .


INDOORS -- Birder's Marketplace -- 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Vendor Booths
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.

Wilderness Center Exploration Area
Join Wilderness Center naturalist Lynda Price and explore the snakes, turtles, salamanders, mammals and other critters of the marsh. Spend as much time as you wish. The Wilderness Center has educational activities for everyone, with staff in the booth throughout the day to answer questions.

Family Activity Area
The Shreve library will have hands-on crafts, fgames, activities, and coloring for children of all ages.

Medina Raptor Center
Join the Medina Raptor Center for an up-close look t LIVE birds of prey and discover their unique lifestyle.


OUTDOORS

Help stations from 8:00-12:00
Spotters with the Greater Mohican Audubon Society will be on hand throughout the marsh to help you spot and identify birds.

Discover Brown's Lake Bog frm 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Dick Stoffer, Professor of Biology at Ashland University will meet you at the boearwalk for short guided hikes to identify the native plants in the bog and explain how and why the bog exists.

Dip Netting for marsh Creatures on Willow Road in the marsh from 10:00-  to 2:00
Great for children of all ages! Bring your boots, and let 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 animals lurking on our marsh.

Passport to Fishing  from 11:am to 3:30 pm
Yhe Passport to Fishing program provides skills, techniques, and information for beginners. Learn casting, fishing knots and rigging, fish habitat and handling, and local information. This program is for children and adults working together.


TWO FAMILY-FRIENDLY WORKSHOPS

8:30-9:15: Songs and Tails from the Woods presented by Sam Sapp and Sarah Matheny
Songs and "Tails" from the woods is a unique experience for young and old alike. Original songs by Sam are paired with interactive learning by Sarah to create a unique look at the denizens of the forest. A fun, educational experience for everyone.

9:45-10:30 : Leve Animal Presentation by the Akron Zoo
Children of all ages can explore the wonderful world of wildlife with the Akron Zoo and their animal ambassadors.



SPEAKERS

11:00-11:45: The Life and Decline of the Chimney Swift presented by Judy Semroc
This program will discuss the natural history and behavior of the chimney swifts, their overall population decline, and what we can do to help  As incredible avian insectivores (especially mosquitos), we will also give information about building and maintaining chinney swift nesting towers. Judy Semroc works in the Natural Areas Division for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History as a Conservation Specialist. Judy loves to learn about and share her passion for the natural world through hikes, interpretive programs, and photography.

12:15-1:00: Turtles of the Killbuck Region presented by Jason Larson
The expansive Killbuck marsh region is home to eight og Ohio's eveven species of turtles, including at least one rare species. In this presentation, Richland County Park District Exwcutive Dfrestor Jason Larson will discuss the life history of all turtle species found in the region and answer questions regarding fact and fiction surrounding these fascinating creatures. Live native turtle species will be utilized for this program and participants will have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with specimens folowing the presentation.

1:30-2:15: Winners and Losers: Ups and Downs in Ohio Birdlife presented by Jim McCormac
The two largest-scale surveys of Ohio's bird life were The Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas I (1982-87) and II(2006-11). The 578 page 2nd atlasp rovides a wealth of informatoon about Ohio's breeding birds. Of particular interest are the species that have either increased or decreased significantly.  In this talk, Jim discusses the biggest winners and losers, and the diverse and often fascinating reasons for their changes in fortunes. Jim works for the Ohio Division of Wildlife, specializing in wildlife diversity issues, especially birds. Prior to that he was a botanist with the ODNR Division of Natural Areas and preserves.

2:45-3:30: Trees our Birds Need presented by Cheryl Harner
What could be more important to migratory birds tnan stop-over habitat?  Birds love trees and nature enthusiasts should too! This program will offer tips for selecting that perfect tree for your home habitat and feature a few of the most incredible trees fo be found in Ohio. Cheryl Harner is interested in all forms of flora and fauna and is fascinated by the connections between botany and wildlife. Co-founder of Flora-Quest, Cheryl resides in the Mansfield area, but she can be found with binoculars and camera throught the strate. ready to bird. butterfly or botanize.

..