Welcome to the Canton Audubon Society!


Christmas Bird Count
Join us for counts at two locations: The Wilderness Center and Quail Hollow State Park!

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
Christmas Bird Count coming up! Join us on the 19th & 20th as we help with the CBC.
Project FeederWatch going on now!

CAS Upcoming Events
  • Friday, December 19th, 9:00am – Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) at The Wilderness Center. Join plenty of fellow birders for this annual event. This is a great time for families to bring kids, as there is much activity and knowledge in the room. To register ASAP and for more information, contact Ben Morrison at 330-935-0398.
  • Saturday, December 20th, 7:30am – Annual Audubon CBC at Quail Hollow State Park.  If you haven’t been to Stark County’s very own State Park, this is the time! Join us all morning to participate in some good old citizen science. Not only is this a great location to bird, but some fresh additions in administration has allowed this hidden gem to sparkle quite a bit more. To register ASAP and for more information, contact Ronnie Macko at 330-935-0952
  • Wednesday, January 21st, 7:00pm – Meeting Program “Member’s Night.” CAS members share photos, trips and stories with guests. All are welcome. This is usually a very interesting night as topics vary greatly.
  • Wednesday, February 18th, 7:00pm - ”Watersheds: Nimishillen Creek” is presented by Dr. Robert Hamilton, Professor at KSU Stark Campus. Join us on this night to learn more about our local waterway that travels throughout private properties, businesses and our park system.

 

CITIZEN SCIENCE! 

  • Christmas Bird Count (CBC) - The 115th CBC starts on Sunday, Dec 14th and runs through Monday, Jan 5th (the same dates every year.) This event started out as a hunting contest, but with the decline of populations and the advent of real conservation efforts, it easily translated into an event of counting bird species.  Since it is the longest running citizen science program, the value lies in the years of data and less in a one-time count. Long-term data is able to reveal trends that short-term counts could never encompass. Important efforts and information are gained from this particular count. Many local parks provide a one-day event in order to involve families.  Link 
  • 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
  • Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) – This project (Feb 13-16th) teams Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society and allows those that submit observations to see what others are submitting around the world. This Count is great for anyone to do from home with as little as a fifteen-minute observation. Great for kids to break into the world of detailing the birds in their own backyard. It is free, but it does require an account to be created to keep track of your birds.  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
  • Thursday, December 18th, 2:00pm - Wilderness Walk at The Wilderness Center in Wilmot. Join a naturalist for a walk on the trails on a winter day. 
  • Thursday, December 25th - Merry Christmas!!
  • Thursday, January 1st – Happy New Year 2015! 

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

 
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KSU Stark Pond/Wetland recognized as an official Certified Wildlife Habitat site by National Wildlife Federation. Link