Audubon Christmas Bird Count on Sunday

AudubonWalk 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” 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” 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” or with Tom Bartlett at hthomas.bartlett “at” if you wish to help at Kelleys.

Lake Erie Islands Conservancy Keeps Momentum Going

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!

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Nature Center Building Addition

Put in Bay Nature CenterLake 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.

Gulls Delight at Put-in-Bay

Put in Bay GullsLake Erie gulls are not necessarily seagulls, as Lake Metro Parks report in a comprehensive article. Put in Bay Gulls However, this week the gulls are captivated by Put-in-Bay.  Put in Bay GullsThey swirl in large flocks Put in Bay Gullsabove the water, cram themselves along piers, and rest on rooftops.  The sudden surge in numbers prompted one Put-in-Bay resident to say, “Reminds me of a Hitchcock movie.”  No fear, these gulls simply check out all the lake hot spots!Put in Bay Gulls

Time for Autumn Bird Banding

Pat Hayes leads birders on discovery tour.

Fall Bird Banding 2019
There is nothing like getting to see migrating birds in your hand to learn those confusing fall warblers! Here are some opportunities to see Tom and Paula Bartlett and bird banding crew in action this fall on the islands.

South Bass Island Banding-The Vineyard B & and B and Scheeff East Point Preserve
September 11-12 (Wednesday, 9/11) Will be banding from mid-morning until late
afternoon. Thursday (9/12), Will band from 6:00 AM until evening.  If you come to watch the banding, please park H. Thomas Bartlettwhere directed past the Vineyard Bed and Breakfast and before the red barn.

Middle Bass Island Banding-Middle Bass Island East Point Preserve
September 23-27 – banding from 6:00 AM until evening daily
September 28 – band from 6:00 AM until noon.
Please do not park in private drives outside the preserve. The gate will be open during banding hours and you will be directed where to park. If you are coming out, e-mail Tom at hthomas.bartlett “at” or call at 567-278-2300.

Kelleys Island Banding-Jones Preserve at Long Point (passerines) and Scheele
Preserve (saw-whet owls)
September 16-21 Feathers and Foliage Festival-banding at Jones Preserve at Long Point.
October 14 -31 Kelleys Island Saw-whet Owl and Long Point or feeder banding
November 1-3 Kelleys Island Owl Festival
November 1 -11 Kelleys Island Saw-whet Owl and Long Point or feeder banding
November 12 -24 Kelleys Island Saw-whet Owl and Long Point or feeder banding