In spite of a stay-at-home order, “buzzards” have returned to Put-in-Bay. Officially, Turkey Vultures are identified as Cathartes aura. Order: Cathartiformes, Family: Cathartidae.
Twelve years ago, the citizens of the islands created Put-in-Bay Township Park District. With the encouragement and support of property owners, individuals, organizations, the State of Ohio, and the Federal government, we have been able to safeguard and protect forested areas, wetlands, and grass lands which are disappearing to development at an alarming rate. With your help, we have been able to complement commercial and residential development with areas of green — natural areas that preserve the treasures of the Lake Erie Islands. The Park District is proud of its accomplishments.
Members of the Board of Commissioners
Walk the island from dawn to dusk listening, watching, counting. Enjoy the quiet time of year. Or sit in your recliner and watch colorful winter birds visit your bird feeder for a portion of the day. It all adds up with statistics from other birders around the country and participation is a lot of fun!
The Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count in the Lake Erie Islands Count Circle is on Sunday, December 15, 2019. Participants are needed on Kelleys, Pelee, and the Bass Islands that day. On South Bass, we need volunteers to listen for owls in the early morning, to travel the island bird watching during the day, and to watch their feeders at home. We are also looking for birders or feeder-watchers to help with Middle Bass and North Bass.
If you are interested in watching your feeders or traveling the island for all or part of the day, call Lisa Brohl at 419.366.2087 or e-mail at leiconservancy “at” gmail.com. Those on South Bass can meet at the Brohl residence (441 Mitchell Rd.) at 7:00 AM for coffee and strategy. We will get together for pizza and to share results after the count. Participation in the Christmas Bird Count is free and a lot of fun!
Contact Nancy Welter (nkw2329 “at” yahoo.com) or 419.341.5806 to participate on Middle Bass. John Pogacnik, the official Count Circle Compiler, will coordinate the efforts on Kelleys Island. Please correspond with him at jpogacnik “at” hotmail.com or with Tom Bartlett at hthomas.bartlett “at” gmail.com if you wish to help at Kelleys.
Lake Erie Islands Conservancy continues to successfully promote the beautiful natural environment in Lake Erie’s Western Basin. Their winter newsletter addresses such incredible items as land donation, new geocaches, Clean Ohio Conservation Fund Grants, Wildlife Diversity Partners, island birding surprises, and Great Lakes Alliance developments. If you want an example of heroic and devoted community service, look no further than our very own Conservancy!
Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center breaks ground on a building addition this morning! The Center could not have gotten to this point without the amazing support from our community. Thank-you to all who donated and supported the journey towards improving the Nature and Wildlife Center. They continue to serve the community and follow the mission of promoting conversation about and education pertinent to the flora, fauna, and lands of the Lake Erie Islands ecosystem.