Findley State Park Block-Busting Bird-Watching Weekend

by Terri Martincic

This weekend of birding will contribute sightings to the Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas II. We will focus on areas called priority blocks. A block is 10 square miles, only one in six blocks is considered a priority block. By visiting a variety of habitats we'll document the distribution and abundance of breeding birds. This statewide program through Ohio State University is in the 4th year of a 5 year study. The Findley State Park area has had minimal coverage, and has many interesting birding hotspots. Join us for one or all of the field trips, beginning birders are encouraged to join us, the more eyes the better. Bring binoculars and be prepared for bugs and occasional off trail conditions. To see maps of the target areas go to click on "enter atlas data" then enter any one of the priority block numbers: 39D7CW, 39C7CE, 40C1NW, 40D1CE.

Friday-June 12, Saturday-June 13, and Sunday-June 14th

The cornerstone of this event will be the morning field trips. At 7:30 am meet at Wellington Reservation Visitor Center, to divide into groups and go out to the priority blocks. If you'd like to preregister contact one of the organizers:

David Bragg, 440-647-2355,

Terrri Martincic, 440-769-8220,

Brad Phillips, 419-588-2497,

Grant Thompson, 440-930-5057,

Friday-June 12, Saturday-June 13, and Sunday-June 14th

11:30-1:00 lunch at Burger King, 823 North Main (Rt 58), Wellington. Turn in check lists, data entry volunteers needed to help add our sightings to the Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas II website. A few wireless laptop computers will be available for data entry.

Thursday-June 11th

8:00 am hike Adams (Black-necked Stilt stopped here during migration few years ago)

10:30 am hike Budzelic

Please RSVP with Terri 440-759-8220, or

Friday-June 12th

5:30 pm hike Findley State Park, 900 acre camp ground, much of it pine forest.

Saturday-June 13th

1:30 pm Charlemont Reservation, New London Eastern Rd. This 757 acre park was home to the second Ohio hybrid Field Sparrow/Clay Colored sparrow last summer. 5:30 pm Babcock, 1000 acre farm, with 400 acres of woods. Meet at Findley State Park office, 25381 State Route Rt 58 , carpool to site. 7:00 pm Caley Reservation,West Road. Long Eared Owls regularly winter here, it's possible they stay and nest here.

Tent campers

Tent camping is available at Findley State Park's group campground #1 back in the woods, near the entrance to the main camp area. One price reserves any or all dates between 3:00 pm on Thursday, June 11 thru 1:00 pm on Sunday, June 14th. Reserve your place in the camp site by sending $10 to Black River Audubon Society, 301 West, Elyria, Ohio 44035. RV or vehicle camping is available in the main campground.

Other lodging in the area includes:

Days Inn, Amherst Rt 58, 20 miles north, 440-985-142

Motel 6, Amherst Rt 58, 20 miles north, 440-988-3266

Medina Motel, Lafayette, Rt 42, 15 miles east, 330-725-6200

Many groups are involved in making a large event like this happen. Thank you: Black River Audubon Society, Erie MetroParks, Firelands Audubon, Friends of Wetlands, Kirtland Bird Club, Lorain County Metro Parks, Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society, and Western Reserve Land Conservancy.