Explore Put-in-Bay’s Nighttime Wildlife

Friday August 10 at dusk (approx. 8:00pm); cost: FREE.Put in bay hike
Participants will meet Park Ranger Renee Market at the Massie Cliffside Preserve parking lot on South Bass Island for a night hike. The focus will be listening for owl calls, looking for spider eyes, and watching for other night-flying critters, including bats. Please bring a flashlight and wear comfortable shoes.

Bird Banding Continues on Bass Islands

Bird BandingDr. James Marshall, of Rockford University, will band birds this summer while teaching at OSU Stone Lab. A schedule for his banding is posted below.  Dr. Marshall will be at Scheef East Point Preserve and the Middle Bass Island East Point Preserve.  Don’t miss this extra opportunity to see the birds up close during the breeding season. Please be respectful of the birds and the researchers.Bird Banding Lake Erie

Birders Enjoying Success on South Bass Island

Put-in-Bay community is invited to East Point’s Vineyard B&B to see bird-bander Tom Bartlett and crew on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons until 3:30 p.m.  A sign by the road, marking where to turn, says, “Bird Banding! Park back by the red barn.”

Nice migrants are visiting the Bass Islands, as indicated by Lisa Brohl’s photo of a hooded warbler at the banding station on Sunday morning.

Lake Erie Islands Conservancy Springs to Action for Earth Day

On Sunday, April 22, the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy will hold an Earth Day walk at the Scheeff East Point Preserve. Meet in the parking lot at 10 a.m. to learn about spring arrivals of our summer residents–purple martins and tree swallows–with Paula Ziebarth. View the new Chimney Swift Tower purchased by LEIC member Karen Jennings and built by member Casey Carty. We will have garbage bags and buckets to clean up the shoreline from winter storms. We will also bring some binoculars for visitors to enjoy closer looks at our early arrivals.

After a walk and clean up, we will head to the Jane Coates Wildflower Trail for some invasive garlic mustard pulling and early spring wildflower viewing. Do your part to ensure that the Dutchman’s breeches continue to grow at the Wildflower Trail. Gloves and bags will be provided. Heineman’s winery will provide water.

Celebrate Earth Day and spring with us!

Lisa Brohl / Lake Erie Islands Conservancy

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Beautiful Birds Migrate via Put-in-Bay

birds on Bass IslandsSometimes bad weather brings down migratory birds very close to view.  Sandy Fontal took the photo of a yellow-rumped warbler in front of Tippers on Sunday. They seem to be everywhere on the island; usually they are up in the trees and hard to see, but because of the  cold and their hunger for insects they are where we can all get a good look at them. Don’t try to stress the birds, though, as they are having a hard enough time.  Just enjoy seeing them!

Lisa Brohl / Lake Erie Islands Conservancy

New Island T-shirts Available

Lake Erie Islands Conservancy

Show your Bass Islands pride!

The new LEIC t-shirts are in!

Five colors are available:  canary yellow with dark green print, scuba blue with black print, and coral (shown here), marine blue, and moss with white print.

The shirts cost $20 each, are organic and made in USA.  Contact Lisa Brohl, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy Chair, if you would like to order one.


Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, PO Box 461, Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456     /     419-366-2087     /     www.lakeerieislandsconservancy.org