Join us for a monthly program at
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
A short business meeting precedes the program.

 All are welcome!


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

2 to 4 p.m.
Cleveland Museum of Natural history 

Birds, Buildings, Bridges, Barriers & Baseball
Presented by Harvey Webster

The built human landscape presents unique challenges and opportunities for birds. Nighthawks, gulls and Killdeer have successfully used gravel-topped flat building roofs as nesting habitat. Peregrine Falcons use skyscraper ledges and bridges to nest in the heart of our cities. Gulls and waterfowl use the warm water discharge from electric generating plants as roosting and feeding spots in the winter. On the other hand windows and lit buildings, wind turbines and communications towers as well as many other structures kill millions of birds passing through our cities every year. In this illustrated program we will explore the perils and possibilities for birds in the urban environment and how we can ameliorate the negative impacts.

Harvey B. Webster is Director of Wildlife Resources at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. He oversees the Ralph Perkins Wildlife Center and the Museum’s Wildlife Resource Center. 
Webster led the Bald Eagle Breeding Program at the Museum that pioneered artificial insemination and other captive management techniques. The Museum was the first institution in the world to successfully breed Bald Eagles by means of artificial insemination. Eaglets produced at the Museum were fostered into wild Ohio nests and have contributed to the successful recovery of the eagle in this region.
Webster was educated at Cornell University and has been with the Museum since 1974 with background in wildlife conservation. He served on the technical committee of the Important Bird Areas initiative for Audubon Ohio. He is currently coordinating a program called Smart Light/Safe Flight, a collaboration with the Ohio Lights Out Initiative, an effort to get urban skyscrapers to turn their lights off at night during the spring and autumn migration of birds to prevent the birds from striking the buildings and save energy.
In addition he presents programs on Ohio’s eagles, raptors, birds and wildlife as well as the natural history of the region. He is a regular guest on the Sound of Applause with Dee Perry on WCPN-90.3 public radio, and makes appearances on area television and radio stations promoting conservation issues.


Please join Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society
, Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland,and Kirtland Bird Club as we present this very special event:

Sunday, October 19, 2014 
7:30 p.m.
Independence Civic Center      
6363 Selig Dr.
Independence, OH  44131

Symposium on Wind Energy and Wildlife


Dr. Michael Hutchins 
NationalCoordinator, Bird Smart Wind Energy Campaign 
American Bird Conservancy (ABC)
Dr. Hutchins isactively involved in all ABC issues concerning wind energy and its impacts onavian life. Dr. Hutchins has been an involved scientist andconservationist for three decades and has authored over 220 papers on various scienceissues.

Eric Ritter 
Communication and Strategy Manager
Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo)

Mr. Ritter is primarily responsible for managing LEEDCo's publiceducation and stakeholder engagement activities. Eric has many years of experienceworking as an outreach consultant for various environmental, social justice andpolitical causes.

We are fortunate to have representatives from two organizations deeply interested in the use of wind energy and its potential impacts on avian wildlife. The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) has a strong, successful record working to conserve birds throughout the Americas. They are active in the areas of public education, conserving avian habitats and working to eliminate threats to birds. For more information, see their web site: HERE

The Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) is a regional non-profit and economic development organization building an offshore wind energy industry in Ohio. The counties of Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, the City of Cleveland, The Cleveland Foundation, and Nortech are all founding members. For more information, see their web site: HERE



Wednesday, November 5,
7:30 p.m.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

The Barn Owl Project
Presented by Tom Henry
Barn Owls (Tyto alba practincola) are a threatened species in Ohio. Barn Owl population size is believed to be limited primarily by the lack of foraging habitat in close proximity to an abundant number of secure nesting locations. The Division of Wildlife (DOW) accumulated 14 years of productivity data on Barn Owls from 1990 through 2003. This information was obtained through capture and banding at Barn Owl nest and roost sites; in that period over 1600 chicks and 250 adults were banded. In 2003 the Division reduced its banding activities due to manpower constraints. The current Barn Owl banding project was started in 2007 to supplement that reduced effort. The project collects data on Barn Owls in a portion of their breeding range which had earlier been identified as having high to medium productivity. During the eight study years to date (2007 - 2014), we have banded a total of 1505 barn owl chicks and 239 adults (147 females, 90 males, and two of undetermined sex). We have also recaptured an additional 277 adult owls (129 females, 147 males, and one of undetermined sex) which had been banded in previous years. Join Tom as he describes the techniques used and the efforts expended to capture and band one of Ohio’s most elusive owls.

Tom Henry worked for the Ohio Division of Wildlife (ODW) at the Wildlife District Three office in NE Ohio for 28 years. The first 8 years of his career were spent assisting landowners as a private lands biologist and the remaining years serving as an assistant wildlife management supervisor. In his supervisory capacity, Tom was responsible for coordinating both the Peregrine Falcon and Osprey hatching projects that helped to reintroduce these two previously endangered species to NE Ohio. He also coordinated the capture and banding efforts of ODW personnel in NE Ohio over the sixteen years that the Barn Owl banding efforts were active. Tom received a B.S. in Wildlife Management and a M.S. in Zoology both from The Ohio State University. Tom retired from the ODW in 2006 with over thirty-two years of state service and now spends his summers volunteering as a Bald Eagle nest monitor and capturing and banding Barn Owls in the Amish communities of central Ohio.


Northern Wheatear
September 10, 2014
Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve
Photo by Jerry Talkington


Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve Bird Surveys 
This summer, the Kirtland Bird Club will commence birding surveys at the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve (formerly known as Dike 14). This citizen science project will occur year-round with a greater focus during migration season. It is expected to last for at least 10 years.

Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve (CLNP) first opened to the public less than a couple of years ago, yet it has been a place to see amazing lakefront migration since the 1970s. Since then, CNLP has become an important migration stop-over for our passerines. It remains in the possession of the Cleveland Port Authority – an institution which has graciously made this area open to the public to enjoy. However, at times, parks too are subject to development for various reasons – especially if the data proving their importance towards biodiversity remains non-existent. The Port Authority has granted us permission to install 16 T-posts in order to conduct point counts which will prove the importance of this significantly important birding area. 

Mark Sheildcastle from the Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) and Laura Gooch of Cleveland are responsible for organizing the protocol for the point counts at CLNP. It will closely reflect upon the protocol used at Navarre Marsh, Shaker Lakes, and other important bird areas throughout Ohio. This will allow us to compare the results from these 
various locations with a greater accuracy. BSBO has agreed to crunch the numbers and analyze the data we gather. This will come at no cost to us. The data and its analyses will be shared with us, the Port Authority, and the greater public. In the future, we may perhaps publish this data for further dispersal as well. It is very exciting to have the Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society and Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland Partner with us. You do not have to be part of a birding organization in order to join and all are welcome.

The Survey will consist of 16 points along the trail which runs through CNLP. It will take a total of two hours to walk the whole trail and hit all points. Most groups will not hit all the points, and will use a far shorter amount of time to conduct their part of the survey.
Our first meeting to hear about the protocol and set up these posts will take place on Saturday May 31, 2014 at 9 a.m. in front of the Management Center at CLNP. Its address is 8701 Lakeshore Boulevard, Cleveland Ohio 44103. There, Mark Shieldcastle will present the protocol. Then, President of the Kirtland Bird Club, Lukas Padegimas will introduce Laura Gooch – The Project Coordinator of the Point Counts at CLNP. Finally, we will divide in groups and go on a short tour of the reserve and put the point markers in. The actual point counts are scheduled to start between mid-June and mid-July.

If you are interested, or know anyone who is interested, please contact us at . Project updates will be posted here and on our Facebook page at


We meet  on the first Wednesday
of each month
September to June at the

Cleveland Museum of
Natural History
in a downstairs class room
which is located at 
1 Wade Oval
University Circle
Cleveland, Ohio

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