Gear up for the village’s own winged migration
- Published: April 30, 2013
The frequent showers and blooming of wildflowers heralds not just the true beginning of spring but also Glen Helen’s annual birdwatching marathon, otherwise known as Make it Count for the Birds. This year’s count of local and migratory birds will take place on Saturday, May 11, and the Glen is asking that volunteers, especially knowledgeable ones, sign up for a count area.
In addition to birdwatching, the event is the Glen’s largest fundraiser for land stewardship projects. The preserve hopes to reach its goal of $15,000 in order to be able to continue the ongoing work of habitat restoration and invasive species removal.
The Glen is asking volunteers to:
• Sign up as a participant by contacting Ann Simonson at [email protected] or 937-769-1902 ext.103
• Sign up as leaders (or at least designated skilled observers) on a few of the scheduled hikes. See the schedule below; starred hikes still need leaders.
The schedule on May 11 will be as follows:
5:30 a.m. Dawn Chorus along the Little Miami Greet the dawn and hear the forest awaken with song. MEETING SPOT: Grinnell Mill, 3536 Bryan Park Rd.
8 a.m. Woodland Bird Walk We expect fifty species or more on this two-hour hike. MEETING SPOT:Trailside Museum
** 8 a.m. Pine Forest Walk Migratory songbirds, with occasional sightings of unusual finds like the colorful pine warbler. MEETING SPOT: Horace Mann Meadow, Bryan Park Rd., just south of John Bryan St Park entrance
** 11 a.m. The Homestead Walk The sparsely visited area of the South Glen is home to a recently restored wetland. MEETING SPOT: The far end of West Jacoby Rd. (Access from Rt. 68)
11 a.m. South Glen Wetlands The slope wetlands and cattail marsh of the South Glen present a wholly different habitat than that of the North Glen. MEETING SPOT: Greene County Boat Launch at the end of East Jacoby Rd. (Access from Clifton Rd.)
1 p.m. Tally Rally Birders share what they’ve found (and what they’ve missed). Nosh on complimentary sandwiches and coffee. LOCATION: Trailside Museum
** 2 p.m. Trailside Museum Sit Bird from the comfort of the Inman Terrace, as we find out how many species can we spot from one 17-foot circle. LOCATION: Trailside Museum
** 2:30 p.m. Prairie and River Walk We’ll walk through the South Glen along the Little Miami. Expect orioles, finches, swallows, and warblers. MEETING SPOT: The Little Miami Bridge on Grinnell Rd.
2:30 p.m. Cleanup Crew We’ll dispatch teams in search of known species missed during the morning hikes. MEETING SPOT: Trailside Museum
5 p.m. Evening Tally Rally Join our birders for the evening species count. LOCATION: Trailside Museum
10 p.m. Owling Hike with s’mores We hike through the Glen in search of nocturnal birds. MEETING SPOT: Trailside Museum