Fall Bird Banding Starts Soon!

Fall Bird Banding Schedule–Come Visit and See the Birds

Master bird bander Tom Bartlett and his wife Paula Bartlett will be on the islands this fall for bird banding. All activities noted below are open to the public. They ask that visitors maintain social distancing, especially unvaccinated individuals. Wearing of masks by visitors is encouraged. Check www.lakeerieislandsconservancy.org for any covid-related changes.

There are hundreds of songbirds that stop on their migration south to feed on the abundant insect resources of the Lake Erie Islands. Although not as colorful as in their breeding plumage in spring, the warblers, thrushes, and other birds are just as fascinating to see up close. The islands are an amazing place to witness this annual migration of birds, monarch butterflies, dragonflies, and bats!

The Vineyard-Scheeff East Point Preserve

Turn left at the Vineyard sign just before the Scheeff East Point Preserve; drive back to the red barn to park.

Monday-September 13th 6:00am to 3:00pm

Tuesday-September 14th  1:00pm to 3:00pm

Wednesday-September 15th 1:00 to 3:00pm

Thursday-September 16th 6:00am to 3:00pm

Friday-September 17th 6:00am to 12:00pm

Kelleys Island-Jones Preserve

Drive to Long Point and park to the left 100 yards before the gate.

Sunday-September 19th 6:00am to 3:00pm

Monday-September 20th 6:00am to 3:00pm

Tuesday-September 21th  6:00am to 3:00pm

Wednesday-September 22th 6:00am to 3:00pm

Thursday-September 23th 6:00am to 3:00pm

Friday-September 24th 6:00am to 12:00pm

Middle Bass Island East Point Preserve

This is located at the end of a private drive. Please contact Lisa Brohl at 419-366-2087 or leiconservancy “at” gmail.com to let us know you want to  come. Please drive through the gate to park near the banding station. Do not park in private drives outside the gate.

Sunday, September 26th 6:00am-3:00pm

Monday September 27th 6:00am-3:00pm

Tuesday September 28th 6:00am-3:00pm

Wednesday September 29th 6:00am-3:00pm

Thursday September 30th 6:00am-3:00pm

Friday October 1st 6:00 am-12:00pm

Kelleys Island Scheele Preserve and Jones Preserve

October 14-31     Songbirds banding during Day at Jones Preserve 6:00Am to 3ish

Saw-whet Owl banding 7:00 PM to ??? at Scheele Preserve

November 1-15 Songbirds banding during Day at Jones Preserve 6:00AM to 3ish

November 1-22 Saw-whet Owl banding 7:00 PM to ??? at Scheele Preserve


Kaptur Applauds $3.5 Million Award for Erie, Ottawa County Airports

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) released the following statement after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced a series of grants totaling $3,541,777 for the Kelleys Island LandField Airport, the Put-in-Bay Airport, and the Middle Bass Island Airport. The grants are made available to regional airports due to the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act, supported by Rep. Put in Bay airport 3W2Kaptur, and signed by President Biden on March 11, 2021.

“Our regional airports play a vital role in supporting the local economy and connecting our communities,” said Rep. Kaptur. “I am excited to see the American Rescue Plan living up to its promise, and delivering the resources Northern Ohio needs.”

The FAA grants announced today include:

$147,381 for the Put-in-Bay Airport to reconstruct a terminal building.

$2,888,618 for the Middle Bass Island Airport to rehabilitate an apron, runway, and taxiway.

$359,605 for the Kelleys Island Land Field Airport to conduct an environmental assessment.

$146,173 for the Kelleys Island Land Field Airport to rehabilitate a runway and reconstruct lighting.

More information on the awards can be found here.


Put-in-Bay EMS Manager Moving On

A farewell party for Put-in-Bay EMS Manager Pat Rogers is on Wednesday, 18 August 2021, from 5-8pm.  The event takes place at the Put-in-Bay Fire Rescue Squad truckDepartment.

For the past six years Patrick has touched many lives.  He has helped many island residents and visitors receive appropriate medical attention.  He also has contributed major improvements to PiB EMS.

At the end of August, Pat will move to a new position in Columbus, Ohio. His paramedic and leadership skills will be missed. Please join us in a farewell at the Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Department.  A main course and beverages will be provided; bring a side dish if you like.

–Bernice Walton, Put-in-Bay EMS Supervisor


Island Green Week Up Next!

Island Green Week celebrates natural beauty, ecology, and history.  From August 7th – August 15th 2021, Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, Stone Laboratory, and Put-in-Bay Township Park District produce an array of events to support and highlight island natural, historical, and cultural resources. These events educate and interpret our resources so that they may be used and loved for many years to come.

For complete details, click Special Edition Green Week Flyer.


Ottawa County Monitors COVID-19 Delta Variant

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its interim public health recommendations for limiting the spread of COVID-19 in response to the Delta variant, which is driving an increase in cases across the U.S. In its updated guidance, the CDC recommended that everyone, including fully vaccinated people, wear masks in indoor public settings in communities with substantial or high transmission.

The Ottawa County Health Department, Port Clinton, Ohio, is continuing to monitor the new cases and trends of COVID-19 within Ottawa County. During the month of June, Ottawa County was averaging less than a case per day. This trend continued into the first half of July, as we averaged less than a case per week. In the last 14 days, Ottawa County has averaged almost three new cases per day. While this may not seem like a significant increase to some, it is a trend that we are monitoring very closely as we head into the coming weeks.

Due to the smaller population size of Ottawa County, this increase in cases over the last two weeks currently categorizes us as having substantial transmission in our community.

Visit the CDC tracker at https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#datatracker-home to see the most up to date data at the county level in the United States.

In most cases, those who are vaccinated are protected from serious disease and hospitalization, so we continue to urge anyone who can do so to get vaccinated. Getting vaccinated is still the best way to protect yourself against COVID. Adding a mask indoors will help to further protect those in our community who can’t yet get the vaccine, including children under 12 and people with health conditions.

The only way we will defeat this pandemic is by working together. By applying the many tools we have – getting vaccinated, masking, distancing and limiting indoor gatherings – we can limit the spread of COVID in Ottawa County. Everyone has a part to play. By checking our website at ottawahealth.org, as well as our social media, you can stay informed and up to date with the latest information on ways you can protect yourselves and each other form COVID-19.

This aligns with our mission to help the citizens of Ottawa County to live healthier, happier, and longer lives.


Island Green Week Returns!

Island Green Week celebrates natural beauty, ecology, and history.  From August 7th – August 15th 2021, Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, Stone Laboratory, and Put-in-Bay Township Park District produce an array of events to support and highlight island natural, historical, and cultural resources. These events educate and interpret our resources so that they may be used and loved for many years to come.

For complete details, click Special Edition Green Week Flyer.