Welcome to the Canton Audubon Society!


Happy New Year!

Scholarship Winner Announced!
Congratulations to Shelby Kaplan.
More about Shelby HERE

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GET INVOVLED
Become a chapter supporter by becoming a member of CAS. For more information click here.

MONTHLY PROGRAMS
Program Meeting schedule HERE 
Field Trip schedule HERE
Current Newsletter HERE
All are welcome! 

WHAT’S NEW
Project FeederWatch going on now!

CAS Upcoming Events
  • Wednesday, March 18th, 5:30pm – CAS Monthly Bird Walks (pre-program) resume. Join us for the bird walk or the program or both!  This will be our first bird walk after our winter break and hope for good weather.
  • Wednesday, March 18th, 7:00pm - “Understanding Global Climate Change” presented by Dr. Jeffrey Corney, Executive Director of The Wilderness Center. 
  • Wednesday, April 15th, 7:00pm - “Jackson Bog State Nature Preserve” presented by CAS Member Michael Witt, Author and Photographer.
  • Wednesday, April 22nd, 5:30pm – Earth Day Walk with President, Alan Dolan, at Jackson Bog State Nature Preserve in Massillon.

 

CITIZEN SCIENCE! 

  • Project FeederWatch - This is a winter-long survey (Nov 8th through Apr 3rd) of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. FeederWatchers periodically count the birds they see at their feeders from November through early April and send their counts to Project FeederWatch. This data helps scientists track broadscale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. Anyone can participate. Fee is $15 (the project is supported entirely on these fees.)  Link
  • YardMap – This is a new citizen-science project from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Sign up for the free online project. Participants zoom in on satellite images to construct maps of their yards, local parks, workplaces or any other green space they know well. Mark the maps to show areas of lawn, buildings, native plants and feeders. Scientists and participants will learn how the spaces connect to form larger landscapes. It will also teach participants how to improve their habitats, even with small changes, and how those changes can impact their green space and wildlife.  Link
          All are welcome to all our events!
 
We provide a public program the third Wednesday of every month (Sep-May) at 7:00pm.  Programs are at Exploration Gateway (Stark Parks’ Facility at Sippo Lake) 5712 12th Street NW, Canton 44708
Other Local Birding Events
  • Sign up now for CVNP’s Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Program. The OCVN program offers 40 hours of combined classroom and field instruction by natural history experts. Participants receive certification upon completion of 40 hours of approved volunteer work. Fee: $250. For details, call 330-657-2796 ext. 100 or email cdages@forcvnp.org. Friday and Saturday, March 27 – 28. Overnight kickoff. Saturdays, April 11 and 25 and May 9 Fridays, April 17 and May 1 and 15 Classes, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, March 11th, 9:30am-11:30amHomeschool Hoopla: Birds of Prey at Stark Parks. Students aged 6-12 will learn about the various birds of prey that call Stark County home.  Registration required. Link
  • Thursday, March 12th, 6:00pm -7:30pmChickadee Box Workshop at Stark Parks. Learn about these songbirds and then make a nesting box to place in your yard. $10 per kit; 1 kit per family. Pre-registration is required by calling 330-409-8096. Link
  • Saturday, March 14th, 9:00-11:00amWaterfowl Watch with Summit Metro Parks. Naturalist Mike Greene will lead a walk to view ducks, geese and other water birds during their spring migration. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope. Link
  • Sunday, March 15th, 2:00-4:00pmNestbox Workshop at Huston Brumbaugh Nature Center. Make a nesting box for our feathered friends, such as bluebirds, chickadees and house wrens. Attendees need to bring their own hammer – all other materials will be provided. Registration is limited to 15. One box per family. Best for ages 8 and up. Register by Friday, March 13th. Link
  • Tuesday, March 17th, 7:30pm-9:00pm - Woodcock Walk at TWC. Join TWC Bird Club at dusk to listen for their vocal “Peent” preceding the most spectacular aerial courtship display. We will meet in the TWC parking lot to listen and watch. Be sure to dress warm – it can get pretty chilly standing there waiting, but the result is worth it. If the program is cancelled on Tuesday due to rain or snow, alternate date is Wednesday March 18. Link
  • Saturday, March 21st, 1:00-3:00pmBald Eagle Walk at Walborn Reservoir with Stark Parks. All are welcome! Link
  • Saturday-Sunday, March 21-22ndShreve Migration Sensation in Shreve, Ohio. This bird festival features speakers, workshops, kid’s activities, self-guided field trips at local birding hot spots and a vendors market. The draw for non-birders are the spot scopes and helpful people with them that can guide you in what you are seeing on the self-tour. Fee for lectures, but not needed if doing self-guided tour.  $15.00 admission ($20.00 per immediate family) includes any or all events and six workshops.
  • Thursday, March 26th, 10am-11:30am“Fun Things – Birds” at TWC. Join in for this fun series and discover simple ideas to explore the world of birds. You’ll go home with ideas, craft materials and instructions to facilitate lots of bird fun with your young charges.  $10/members, $15/non-members, advanced registration required, space is limited. Link
  • Friday-Sunday, April 4th-6thBirding Optics and Gear Expo in Columbus, Ohio. Registration is free. This is a great way to try out various pieces of gear with plenty of knowledge floating around.
  • Wednesday, March 11th, 9am-3:30pmWildlife Diversity Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Sponsored by the ODNR Division of Wildlife, this will be thick in nature goodness and especially good for Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists. Registration is $25 before February 26th and $35 afterwards.

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Stark Parks Link
SMP: Summit Metro Parks
CVNP: Cuyahoga Valley National Park
TWC: The Wilderness Center Link
CMP: Cleveland Metroparks

 
In The News
New Nature Conservancy Nature Preserve to be in Ottawa County. Link
Great Lakes Plagued by Tiny Plastic Beads. Link
Ohio to Establish more than 28,000 Acres of Pheasant Habitat.
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Ohio Wildlife Council Approves Early Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons. Link
Five Types of Birds Your Grandchildren May Never See But Wish They Could.
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ODNR Ends Contract That Would Threaten Columbus-Based Sawmill Wetlands. Link
Biologists Estimate Over 20 Black Bears Sighted In Northeast Ohio During 2012
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Leatherback Sea Turtle Could Be Extinct in 20 years. Link
KSU Stark Pond/Wetland recognized as an official Certified Wildlife Habitat site by National Wildlife Federation. Link