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Lake Erie Birding Trail Comes Alive in Spring

COLUMBUS, OH – Spring migration will bring millions of birds to Ohio in the coming months, and the Lake Erie Birding Trail offers a great opportunity to view many rare and exciting species, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

The Lake Erie Birding Trail encompasses the Ohio shoreline and inland areas from Conneaut in the east to Toledo in the west. More than 80 primary birding sites are highlighted along the trail, which is divided into seven loops: Ashtabula, Cleveland, Huron and Lorain, Sandusky Bay, the Lake Erie Islands, the western Lake Erie marshes and the Oak Openings. The sites within each loop are similar in habitat and landscape. People can visit the entire trail in one trip or explore the trail loop by loop.

Many birds migrate north in the spring to reach their breeding grounds. Nearly 400 different species of birds have been spotted in these areas, and these sightings typically occur in spectacular numbers. A diverse group of migrant songbirds fill lakeside woodlands. Waterbirds pack marshes and the open lake waters, and secretive marsh birds breed in coastal wetlands.

Help protect wildlife and habitat when visiting the Lake Erie Birding Trail by following designated trails and respecting private property. Use binoculars or zoom lenses to get close to birds, and avoid chasing or flushing them.

Visit the Lake Erie Birding Trail website at lakeerieohiobirding.info for bird identification tips, checklists, events and facts on the Great Lakes. More birding resources are available atwildohio.com.

Birders and others who enjoy nature and want to help fund conservation in Ohio can now purchase the 2013 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp. This year’s collectible stamp features a black-capped chickadee photographed by Sheffield Village resident Bruce DiVaccaro. The sale of the Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp benefits the Wildlife Diversity Fund, which is used to protect and manage wild animals and their habitats.

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Northeast Ohio Blows Away Those Turkeys

Male wild turkey in Brookline, Massachusetts, ...
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COLUMBUS, OH- Ohio’s fall wild turkey season ended November 28 with 1,336 birds killed during the seven-week season. Ashtabula County led the state with 75 birds taken, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.  Last year, 2,180 birds were taken.

“The decline in the fall turkey harvest we observed from 2009 to 2010 was not unexpected. Acorn mast crop failures like we observed in 2009 typically result in increased hunter success and higher fall turkey harvests because turkeys feed in open areas, such as agricultural fields and pastures,” said Wildlife Biologist Mike Reynolds. “Bumper acorn crops like we’ve experienced in 2010 often lead to reduced hunting success and harvests because turkeys are feeding on acorns in the forest, and are often widely scattered and difficult for hunters to locate.”

The fall turkey season which ran October 9 through November 28, allowed hunters the choice of pursuing a bird with a shotgun, muzzleloading shotgun, bow or crossbow. Hunters had 48 counties in which to pursue a wild turkey of either sex.

Before the start of this fall’s hunting season, Ohio’s estimated wild turkey population was around 230,000. As many as 20,000 people, not counting private landowners hunting on their own property, enjoyed Ohio’s fall wild turkey season.

The top 10 counties for fall turkey harvest were: Ashtabula-75, Licking-57, Trumbull-56, Knox-55, Coshocton-54, Highland-52, Tuscarawas-49, Clermont-48, Ashland-46 and Geauga-45.

Hunters who wish to share their success can submit a photo of themselves and the turkey they killed this year to wildohio.com.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR web site at www.ohiodnr.com.

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Peregrine Falcon Chicks at Cleveland's Terminal Tower

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CLEVELAND,OH – Wildlife biologists from the ODNR Division of Wildlife will be examining peregrine falcon chicks and placing identifying metal bands on their legs on Friday, May 14th, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. A total of three chicks began hatching on April 25th. The falcon parents are Ranger (male) and S/W (female).

There are currently 34 territorial sites of peregrine falcon pairs being monitored by the Ohio Division of Wildlife, 19 of which are in northeast Ohio. A total of 19 pairs are actively nesting throughout the state. Specifically in the Cleveland area, biologists are monitoring 11 sites, of which nine are currently incubating or have hatched chicks.

These banding events not only allow wildlife experts to examine the chicks but also to obtain blood samples for DNA fingerprinting. The leg bands act like a social security number, providing very valuable information. The ability to identify each bird helps keep the Division of Wildlife as well as the public informed about their history, movement, and migration routes.

To watch the banding take place, go to www.falconcam-cmnh.org The “Falconcam” is managed by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History to provide educational and research opportunities for falcon enthusiasts around the world.

Because of nesting success in Ohio and across the nation, the peregrine falcon was removed from the federal endangered species list in 1999; it is listed as threatened in Ohio, downgraded from state endangered in 2008.

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Poland North Elem. Newest 'Wild School" Site

Mahoning County school 104th in the state; fifth in the county

POLAND, OH –  Poland North Elementary School was dedicated on May 6, 2010 as an official WILD School Site according to ODNR Division of Wildlife. The school is the 104th site dedicated in Ohio. The school celebrated during a small ceremony for the students and staff.

Only the fifth school to be dedicated in Mahoning County, Poland North has performed many projects to learn about and benefit from wildlife and the environment while enhancing habitat for wildlife in the school’s enclosed courtyard. Projects include: erecting bird feeding stations and working in their on-site greenhouse to produce flowers for the school property. A beautiful pond structure with a small waterfall was recently installed by PondScape of Youngstown. Students who attended ceremony helped release fish into the water feature. Wildlife that benefits includes countless migratory birds and a variety of reptiles and amphibians, just to name a few.

Poland North is also a 2010 WILD School Sites grant recipient. Only 40 grants of $500 each are distributed by the Ohio Division of Wildlife each year. The grant funding will help Poland North to further enhance the pond feature as well as provide additional habitat enhancement for wildlife on the school grounds. Follow Principal Masucci’s school blog by visiting www.poland.k12.oh.us/North

The WILD School Sites program is considered an action extension of the national Project WILD program. Any school property used by students, teachers, and the school community as a place to learn about and benefit from wildlife and the environment can be certified. The sites function within the premise that every school, regardless of size and location, can provide outdoor educational opportunities that can and should be part of an integrated environmental education program. WILD School Sites that demonstrate program development and site enhancement consistent with the premises outlined in this program are eligible for certification as an official Ohio WILD School Site.

For information on WILD School Sites, Project WILD, and grants click here or call 1-800-WILDLIFE to be connected with your District Office.

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