CITIZEN SCIENCE AT DIKE 14, CLEVELAND, OH

During our March 9th meeting on past-day extinction and present-day conservation, a number of members asked “what can we do to help protect the birds we love”? Amongst the possible actions we could do, the idea of conducting bird surveys at the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve (formerly known as Gordon Park and Dike 14) was brought to the floor. 

This preserve 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, the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve 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. We need to gather the data that would prove the importance of this significantly important birding area.

The Kirtland Bird Club has considered asking the Cleveland Port Authority to “adopt” the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve  as a survey sight for conducting point counts around various areas of the preserve. The plan is to have volunteers conduct point counts in various areas following a similar protocol to that which is used at Navarre and Shaker Lakes. This would allow us to compare data and to contribute to a larger study on passerines in general.  Prior to submitting our proposal to the Port Authority, we will have to finalize the protocol. Mark Sheildcastle from the Black Swamp Bird Observatory has volunteered to prepare that for us. Prior to doing so, we need to have an estimate of the amount of volunteers who would like to participate.

If you are interested, or know anyone who is interested, please contact KBC President, Lukas Padegimas, at lukas_padegimas AT sbcglobal.net so that you can be added to the list. It would be a wonderful opportunity to conduct a significantly worthwhile citizen science project, aid in the conservation effort, and have the perfect excuse to make frequent birding visits to this beautiful park. 

MONTHLY MEETINGS

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The Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
A short business meeting precedes the program.

   
 All are welcome!

MARCH
Sunday, March 9, 2014
“The Lost Bird Project” and Saving Species from Extinction
 2 - 4 p.m.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Auditorium 

Sponsored by Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society, Kirtland Bird Club,
and Audubon Society of 
Greater Cleveland 

One hundred years ago this September, Martha, the last Passenger Pigeon, fell dead in her cage at the Cincinnati Zoo. With her death, the Passenger Pigeon, once the most numerous bird species in the world, became extinct. 

The stunning loss of this and other species at that time became a wake-up call to conservationists and helped garner support for the modern conservation movement. As a result of this push for conservation 100 years ago, many species have been nurtured back to healthy populations and their habitats have been preserved. Some species considered rare or endangered just a short time ago have staged remarkable recoveries, such as Bald Eagles and Peregrine Falcons. Yet even now, in the 21st century, we still hear about an impending extinction crisis that prompts us to ask the following questions:

-What have we learned from the extinction of these once common species?

-How are we keeping the memory of these extinct species alive and relevant?

-How are we helping to strengthen wildlife populations today and preserve the habitats that are necessary for their survival?

-How can people become involved and help? 

The program will attempt to answer these questions through a viewing of the film, the “Lost Bird Project,” followed by a panel discussion. The film highlights the work of artist Todd McGrain and his effort to create memorials for five extinct species close to the area where the last of their kind lived. Following the film, we will convene a panel of local experts who will speak about their efforts to improve the future for wild things and wild places, both regionally and across the planet. We envision a lively discussion between panelists and the audience about successful strategies for preserving habitats and species, including how participants can become involved.  

Free Admission - Free Parking - Free Refreshments!

Open to the public – bring your friends!


APRIL

Wednesday April 2, 2014 
  
7:30 p.m.
Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Birding the Historic Sante Fe Trail
Presented by Dave Dvorak

The Santa Fe Trail ran from Missouri to New Mexico and was active most of the 19th Century. Today there are many great birding spots along the course of the trail that offer opportunities for seeing a variety of birds as you trace the history of the trail. 




MAY
Wednesday May 
 7, 2014
7:30 p.m.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Searching for Cassowaries in Papua New Guinea
Presented by Andrew Mack
Andy Mack built a research station in a vast pristine rainforest of Papua New Guinea (PNG) far from any or airstrip. There he spent four years tracking cassowaries and closely scrutinizing the contents of their droppings.  This effort yielded some new perspectives on rainforest ecology and led more than a few of the indigenous hunters to think him a bit odd. He sometimes found the seeds of a mahogany tree in cassowary droppings, which turned out to be a new species, since named for him, Aglaia mackiana. He is thus one of the few biologists to have discovered a new species of tree in dung.  He studied how far these elusive fruit-eating birds disperse seeds and their role in rainforest ecology. This talk opens a view into the secretive lives of these huge, dinosaur-like birds.

 
  

 


JUNE
Wednesday June 4
, 2014
7:30 p.m.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Chasing Butterflies and Moths on Kelley’s Island, Ohio

Presented by 

Barbara K. Coleman, Docent and Entomology Volunteer

Join Barbara about her story in participating in a fifteen year Citizen Science Project of surveying butterflies and moths on Kelly’s Island.  During those years, she has compiled a list of over 300 moth species in a winery which has now reverted back to prairies. 

An island is a distinctive collection of environments. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History has six different preserves on Kelley’s Island, Ohio - a western Lake Erie island. The preserve on Bookerman Road, in the middle of the island, is mostly old vineyard cleared to restore it to a prairie. 
The Bookerman Road survey established a baseline for future study.  Fifteen years of Citizen Science, surveying butterflies and moths on Kelley’s Island, resulted in a list of over 300 moth species. 



 For program details click HERE.




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September to June at the

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Natural History
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1 Wade Oval
University Circle
Cleveland, Ohio

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