- Wednesday, April 15th, 5:30-6:30pm – Monthly Bird Walk. Everyone is welcome to our Bird Walk that occurs before our monthly program. Meet on the back patio of Exploration Gateway. Come just for the walk or stay for the program!
- 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 CAS Member, Michael Witt, at Jackson Bog State Nature Preserve in Massillon.
- 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
- Tuesday, March 31st, 7:30-9:00am – Walk with the Birds at Stark Parks. Hike along the Mahoning Valley Trail and search for migrating and resident birds. Participants are encouraged to bring their own binoculars. A limited number will be available to borrow. Link
- Tuesday, March 31st, 9:00-10:30am – Waterfowl Watch with Summit Metro Parks (SMP.) Spring is a great time to view ducks, geese and other waterfowl. New and experienced birdwatchers can join in during the migration. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope. Link
April – Part One
- Friday, April 3rd, 7:30-9:00pm – American Woodcocks: The Sky Dancer. Join Stark Parks to look for this bird performing spectacular courtship rituals. Dress appropriately, dark clothing preferred, and bring a small flashlight. Link
- Friday, April 3rd & 11th, 8-10am – Big Bird Night: Woodcocks & Owls with SMP. Join Naturalist Mike Greene to discover the amazing woodcock and attempt to witness the male bird’s spectacular courtship flight over nearby fields, and then hike to search for owls. Bring binoculars and flashlights. Link
- Saturday, April 4th, 10:00-11:00am – The Amazing Bluebird at The Wilderness Center. Learn more about Eastern Bluebirds, bluebird trails and how to attract them to your yard. Afterwards, make your own bluebird box. Pre-registration required, especially if wanting to build your own box, which will require a fee. Link
- Friday-Sunday, April 4th-6th - Birding 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.
- Monday, April 6th & 20th (May 4th & 18th), 7:00-8:30am – Birds Before Work! Join Naturalist Adam Zorn on the Nickel Plate Trail in Louisville, OH for a morning bird walk. Great for beginners and experienced birders. Level, paved walking surface. Bring your binoculars. Meet at the trail head on Pinevale Ave, Louisville, OH. Canceled for inclement weather. RSVP requested. Link or Link
- Wednesday, April 8th, 6:00-7:30pm – Wren Box Workshop at Stark Parks. Make a nesting box for the house wren and learn about these small, insect-loving songbirds. $10 per kit; 1 kit per family. Pre-registration required by calling 330-409-8096. Link
- Friday, April 10th, 7:30-9:00pm - Bird Watching: Sky Dancers at CVNP. Join Park Volunteer Naturalist Paul Motts to meet Mr. Timberdoodle, the American woodcock. If weather conditions are right, there is an excellent chance of seeing this unusual shorebird perform a 300-foot sky dance. NPS Park Headquarters. Link
- Saturday, April 11th & May 9th, 8:00am-12:00pm. Bird Banding with Al. See live, wild songbirds in the hand and learn why bird banding is an important tool for bird and wildlife conservation. Drop in any time between 8am and noon. Meet Al outside on the east side of the Visitors Center. Banding sessions are canceled in the event of rain. Link
- Sunday, April 12, 1:00-3:00pm – Heron Watch. Join a Summit Metro Parks naturalist to observe the nesting behaviors of one of Ohio’s largest birds, the great blue heron, through their binoculars and spotting scopes. Meet at the Bath Road Heronry on Bath Road, between Riverview and Akron-Peninsula roads in Akron. Link
April – Part Two
- Friday, April 17th and 24th, 7:30-10:30am – Friday Firestone Feathers and Friends at SMP. New and experienced birders join Naturalist Pat Rydquist for spring bird walks along the Tuscarawas River migratory flyway. This is an excellent opportunity to see avian travelers on their way to summer breeding areas. Binoculars are recommended. All participants will receive a checklist and final tally of birds seen this season. Link
- Saturday, April 18th, 2:00-4:00pm – Birds and Blooms Hike at Huston Brumbaugh. Join Naturalist Adam Zorn on a walk through the Nature Center’s preserve to search for and observe ephemeral wildflowers and migratory birds. Participants should be prepared for a moderately strenuous hike. Binoculars suggested; cameras welcome. *Registration is required and closes April 16. Link
- Saturday, April 18th, 2:00-3:30pm - Explore the Beaver Marsh: Migrants and Residents at CVNP. As the weather warms, waterfowl continue to migrate through and resident wildlife becomes more active. Join a park ranger for a 1.5-mile walk along the firm, flat Towpath Trail at Ira Trailhead. Link
- Thursday, April 23rd,7:30-9:00am – Walk with the Birds. Hike along the Towpath Trail and search for migrating and resident birds. Bring your own binoculars, but a limited number will be available to borrow. Meet at the John Glenn Grove Trailhead. Link
- Saturday, April 25th, 7:30-10:00am - Bird Watching: Returning Songbirds with CVNP. Bird along the firm, flat Towpath Trail with Park Volunteer Dwight Chasar. We might see nesting yellow-throated warblers. Station Road Bridge Trailhead. Link
- Sunday, April 26, 8:30-10:00am – Beginning Birders: Migration Sensation at SMP. Beginners are invited to join Naturalist Meghan Doran and expert volunteers to find out why this is a hot spot for long-distance migrants. Some binoculars and field guides will be available for use. Bring your patience and your questions. Link
- Thursday, April 30th, 10:00-11:30am - The Explorers will travel Huston Brumaugh Nature Center’s trails in search of migratory birds. Many species passing through will travel more than 1,000 miles between their winter grounds and breeding grounds. Binoculars available to borrow. This program will be canceled for inclement weather. Participants should be ages 7-11 years old. *Registration is limited, required and closes on April 28. Link
Stark Parks Link
SMP: Summit Metro Parks
CVNP: Cuyahoga Valley National Park
TWC: The Wilderness Center Link
CMP: Cleveland Metroparks