|Tri-Moraine Audubon Society sets October trip, program|
|Thursday, September 26, 2013 12:00 AM|
LIMA — Tri-Moraine Audubon Society will feature “Raptor Migration in the Lake Erie Marshes” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the meeting room of OSU-Lima’s Visitor and Student Services Center, 3900 Campus Drive. Take the Mumaugh Road entrance to the OSU campus. It’s the first building to your left (first left turn). The program is free and open to the public.
Mark Shieldcastle, research director of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, will unravel some of the mysteries of raptor migration — the timing of the migration, how habitat type affects raptor movements, and what role weather and Lake Erie play in the spring raptor migration. Ohio’s oldest systematic raptor migration survey was conducted from 1991-2009 along the western basin of Lake Erie. The main count location is the observation tower at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area. Lake Erie represents a major physical barrier to migrating raptors, resulting in countable spring concentrations ranging from 7,000-14,000. Shieldcastle is an outstanding speaker and photographer.
Tri-Moraine Audubon Society’s Oct. 19 field trip will be to Camp Myeerah in Logan County. Tri-Moraine has held its annual spring Environmental Education Weekend at the camp for more than 30 years. Camp Myeerah is on of six Important Bird Areas in our service area and the chapter is engaged in habitat restoration involving 102.5 acres on the property — 90 acres of grasslands and a 12.5-acre pollinator patch for butterflies and hummingbirds. This will be our first fall field trip to see this wonderful facility, approximately 450 acres of fields, woods, streams, ponds, wetlands and lake. The camp is located at 7405 State Route 540, Bellfontaine.