Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Shreve Ohio Spring Migration Sensation March 29, 2014

Exploration, child-oriented events, naturalist workshops, and more are yours to experience at the 14th Annual Shreve Spring Migration Sensation, taking place Saturday, March 29, 2014, 7 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.  For best parking, plan to arrive early at Shreve Elementary School, 598 N. Market St. (St Rt 226) Shreve, Ohio 44676, where you will register and gather schedules and free maps for your day of exploration and learning. Admission of $15, or $20 for an immediate family, includes any or all events and workshops. Be sure to bring your binoculars, scopes, and boots for various marsh activities.

Canadian Geese in Killbuck Creek

At Shreve Elementary, six certified naturalists and expert "Birders" will be speaking from 8:30 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. Workshop topics are: A Man, A Bird, and Black River Audubon, Birding Ohio's North Coast, Birding by Habitat, Learning the Magic of Birdsong, The Ohio Winter Bird Atlas..., and World Patterns of Bird Migration. A "Birder's Market Place" of vendor booths will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the school.

For children of all ages, families, and everyone, there are many sensational activities; Dip-Netting for Marsh Critters (wear boots), a Storywalk, backyard wildlife presented by the Akron Zoo, and the Medina Raptor Center featuring birds of prey.  Help stations will be open only from 8 a.m. to noon.

The Migration Sensation points and stations extend beyond the 5,671 acres of the Killbuck Marsh, Ohio's largest inland natural wetland.  Birdwatching, self-guided tours, activities, and experts will be at various points:  Bald Eagle Observation Area, Shreve Lake, Brown's Bog, Wright Marsh Area, Killbuck Wildlife Marsh, and Funk Bottoms Observation Deck.

Killbuck Wildlife Marsh
This week I drove along the many roads that lead in and out of the Killbuck Marsh.  After 17 years of living within 4 miles of the marsh, I was unaware of the vastness and significance of this wetland and the many designated roadside parking spots provided for birdwatching.  Example:  Several miles north of Holmesville on St. Rt. 83, opposite of where Twp Rd. 246 meets St Rt. 83, there is a rather obscure pull off and parking area on the west side of St Rt. 83, Parking Area 1.  Signage and a cable barricade indicates where vehicle travel is prohibited; however, foot paths are provided and permitted beyond the cables. Walking is permitted at the stops where there are paths, except, according to Eric Long of the Killbuck Marsh office, NOT where there is signage at several foot bridges that are distinctly marked prohibiting foot traffic.  Please comply with all postings.  On the ODNR Killbuck Marsh Map you can find the roadside pulloffs, designated hiking paths, the abandoned Rail Road track, and more.

The Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is located only 3 1/2 miles from the Holmes County Trail that follows the Killbuck Creek and is part of the Killbuck Marsh. Our Apple Hill Property, with large suites, ideal for families, is within 1/2 mile of the Holmes County Trail, and about a 15 minute drive from Shreve Elementary School. 

Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast accommodations

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
March 19, 2014


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