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

Lake Erie Islands a Treasure for History Buffs

Put in Bay historyLake Erie Islands give history buffs the opportunity to immerse themselves in multiple historical arenas.  Whether ice-age geology, marine shipping development, naval battles, or Mid-West settlement/culture, there is much to learn and experience on the Bass Islands and Kelleys Island.

Perry's MonumentPerhaps most popular is Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial at Put-in-Bay.  The 352-foot (107m) Doric column with observation deck and the visitor’s center celebrate the long-lasting peace among Britain, Canada and the U.S. The Memorial column sits only five miles from the US-Canadian border.Put in Bay history

Also in the village of Put-in-Bay, the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society museum has artifacts on display about local history and culture, as well Centennial and Bicentennial celebrations of the Battle of Lake Erie.  A visit to South Bass Island Lighthouse, a National Historic Register Landmark, informs one about the significant shipping industry of bygone days.

Middle Bass Island offers a glimpse of business interests which shaped the character of the Lake Erie Islands.  Lonz Winery, formerly a bustling production and entertainment facility, now preserves the unique flavor of wine-making history in a restored plaza and state park.  Travel between Middle Bass Island and The Boardwalk at Put-in-Bay comes courtesy of the Sonny-S Boat Line.  The Sonny-S, a NOLAN 50.5-foot passenger ferry built in 1948, started as a gill-net fishing vessel and continues in the family-owned and operated service.

Road ScholarsNot least in importance is the cultural history at Kelleys Island.  A visit to the Kelleys Island Historical Association reveals more than a boatload of information about glacial grooves, Indian tribal heritage, island fishing and limestone mining, as well as grape-growing.


Aerial Views Display Local Character

A morning flight aboard Island Air Taxi presents a good opportunity to catch the aerial views which define northwest Ohio’s coastline.  Pilot Dustin Shaffer and his wife, Chontel, own and operate Island Air Taxi from Put-in-Bay Airport (3w2) on South Bass Island. The Piper Cherokee Six with Club Seating carries five passengers or cargo. Flights can be scheduled from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week, year round.  Today’s images are from the 10:30am flight from Port Clinton to Kelleys Island to Put-in-Bay.  Photos by Donna Steinbach

Genoa Bank, bottom left, and Bassett’s Market, middle, at Catawba Island. Sandusky Bay in the distance.
South Bass Island and Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial on horizon
Southwest corner of Kelleys Island
Major ice shove at Kelleys Island
Kelleys Island Airport (89D), Rwy 27
Home to Glacial Grooves State Memorial
Lake Erie ice floes between Kelleys Island and South Bass Island
Perry’s Monument and iced-in Put-in-Bay Harbor