2022 Classes, presentations, and listening hikes
In-person programs - indoors, outdoors, and both combined - began to return in spring, 2021. COVID uncertainty continues, but there are both in-person and virtual programs in 2022 as situations allow.
I will update my 2022 program list as dates and locations are confirmed.
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Spring Peeper, and Sword-bearing Conehead
Thursday, February 17, 2022, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: "The Chorus Returns to the Stage" Portage Park District Zoom webinar. Registration details will be available soon. https://www.portagecounty-oh.gov/portage-park-district
Thursday, March 10, 2022. 10:00 am. "The Chorus Returns to the Stage" for Ecophilia. For COVID safety, this program will likely be presented via Zoom. I'll update closer to the program date.
Thursday, March 17, 2022 7:00 pm. "Songs from the Pond: an Amphibian Serenade." Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland virtual program. https://clevelandaudubon.org/?tribe_events=songs-from-the-pond-third-thursday-series-via-zoom
Friday, March 18, 2022. 7:00 pm. "The Chorus Returns to the Stage." Presque Isle Audubon Society virtual program. Zoom link will be provided when available. https://www.presqueisleaudubon.org/
Friday, March 25, 2022 Vernal Poolooza (Ohio Wetlands Association) at Salt Fork Lodge. "Nature's Concert Halls: the early spring performers of March.” The conference is March 24-27 and my presentation will be on March 25th. Conference registration can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vernal-poolooza-2022-tickets-252050589097?aff=Website
Saturday, April 2, 2022, 8:00 am (rain date Sunday, April 3). "Birdsong Walk at Wooster Memorial Park. This listening walk is organized by Friends of Wooster Memorial Park, and others are also welcome to join us. This gorgeous park is right in the overlap zone of Black-capped and Carolina Chickadees, and we will likely hear both species as well as hybrids that can't be conclusively identified. The park is located at 5197 Silver Road, Wooster, OH 44691 just off Route 250 and just north of Route 30.
Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 7:00 pm: “Gardening for a Concert.” Westlake Porter Public Library https://westlakelibrary.org/event/6084953 Registration for this free program may be required; check their website, 27333 Center Ridge Rd, Westlake, OH 44145. (440) 871-2600
Saturday, May 21, 2022. "Birdsong: Learning to Listen." Midwest Native Plant Society's Shawnee Spring Nature Safari at Shawnee Lodge and Conference Center. Wendy Partridge and I will be joined by Teri Gilligan for a morning through afternoon listening skills exploration in Adams County on the Saturday of this three-day Spring Safari (which is May 20 - 22). The songs and calls of birds are essential communication, and many species also have multiple songs in their repertoire. It can seem overwhelming at first, but we'll focus on how to listen and what's being communicated. We'll also learn what makes a meadow sound different from a forest and how knowing each avian singer's habitat helps us refine our identification choices.Registration for the Spring Nature Safari is at https://www.midwestnativeplants.org/NatureSafari
Saturday, May 28, 2022. "Dawn Chorus at Summerhill Farm" Birdsong listening walk begins before dawn through the first part of the morning. Breakfast follows, then a late morning bird walk to hear what additional birds are singing in different habitats. Summerhill Farm is a beautiful sheep farm outside of Wooster. Program and registration information will be available in the spring.
Friday, June 3, 2022, 2:00 pm. "Home for the Summer: songs and habitats of our summer resident songbirds." Hamlet Village Retirement Community clubhouse, 200 Hamlet Hills Dr, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022.
After the rush of migrating songbirds is over, the songs of our summer and year-round residents are much easier to learn. Not all birds sing in the same habitats, and it's possible to learn them by "habitat ensembles." This program is free and open to the public.
Friday, July 1, 2022, 2:00 pm. "Listening to Climate Change: what our local birdsongs and insect songs can tell us. Hamlet Village Retirement Community clubhouse, 200 Hamlet Hills Dr, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022. As our climate warms, new birds and singing insects are able to move further north. We can recognize their arrival by the new songs we begin to hear. This program is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, August 3, 2022: 7:30-9:30 pm. “A Concert of Crickets and Katydids.” Himelright Lodge, Valley View Area of Cascade Valley Park, Summit Metro Parks. This program begins with an indoor introduction to the singers followed by an outdoor walk to listen to – and perhaps find – the musicians. Bring a flashlight and walking/hiking shoes. Program registration is free at:
Tuesday, August 16, 2022. 6:30 PM. Mahoning Valley OCVN: "Concert of Crickets and Katydids." 6:30 PM indoor program. We'll then move outside to listen to and look for the singers. Mill Creek Metroparks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Rd, Canfield, OH 44406. https://mahoning.osu.edu/events/concert-crickets-and-katydids-0