Chautauqua Bird Walk

 Friday, August 20, 2021 
9:00am-10:30am  
Train Station Patio

The Lake Erie shoreline is a renowned location for viewing all kinds of birds, attracting birdwatchers from all around the country, especially during the spring and fall migrations. Join local birding experts, Martyn and Morgan Drabik-Hamshare, to learn why the region is so important. We will hike around the trails and parks of Lakeside, help you find and identify birds, and learn interesting facts along the way. Some of the species you may expect to see while on the hike include Bald Eagles, Double-crested Cormorants, and Northern Cardinals. If we’re lucky, we may also find Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Baltimore Orioles and any of the 40 species of neotropic warblers that migrate through the region.

REGISTRATION

All attendees of this bird walk must pre-register by emailing John Mann at Jmann@lakesideohio.com by 5pm on Thursday, August 19. There are limited spots so early registration is encouraged. We will begin at the Train Station Pavilion at 9am. Please bring a pair of binoculars (a small number will be available to borrow). Suitable footwear should be worn for this walk. Appropriate clothing should be selected based on weather conditions of the day.


PROGRAM LEADERS:

Martyn Drabik-Hamshare and Morgan Pfeiffer (birding life lists of 810 and 829 species, respectively) met in South Africa, where they both completed their postgraduate degrees in Ecology and Zoology studying under the same professor. Martyn is an ecologist from England who has been living in northern Ohio for around 3 years. His main passions are with reptiles and amphibians, but he has quickly become well-known within the local birding community, and now works as a full-time naturalist, providing nature education and recreational programs for the Erie County community. Morgan is an ornithologist from Pittsburgh who has lived in the region since 2016, and has been birding since a very young age. Morgan now works for the USDA as a scientific researcher studying human-wildlife interactions, specifically relating to preventing aircraft collisions. Morgan has a PhD, has provided talks for international birding conferences, and has 20 scientific papers to her name.

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