Rocky River IBA "Kick-off Event"

March 5, 2006

What a great kick-off to WCAS’s adoption of the Rocky River Important Bird Area!  Over 200 visitors attended this March 5 event in the Rocky River Nature Center Auditorium featuring activities and information geared to explaining what WCAS is all about, and what we are currently up to.     

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 Diana Steel and Mary Jane White ran the membership/info    station and signed up ten new chapter members!

Dan Petit, Head of Natural Resources for the Cleveland Metroparks, gave the first power point presentation explaining what an IBA is and why it is important to our local community.  He also described what point counts are, and how they supply scientific data to help protect habitat. Tom Romito gave two more presentations on this subject to interested audiences.

Liz Clingman kept everyone happy with delicious refreshments.  Dave Lewis displayed his wonderful bird photos as well as taking many pictures of the event, some of which are shown  on this page.  Bill Deininger set up his excellent home-made video of birds to run throughout the event. 

Nancy Howell ran her Forest Birds ID game and also explained our Shade Grown Coffee  display. Terri Martincic was our Bird DJ at the bird song station. 

After each presentation, the visitors were     encouraged to circulate through the five stations set up and staffed by WCAS members

The Medina Raptor Center displayed a live falcon all afternoon, much to the delight of everyone present.        

 Laurie Boylan and Kit Birch were busy dispensing pine cone bird feeders, hand stamps and stickers.

Mary Lou Hura and Mary Anne Romito had fun passing out door prizes and assisting wherever needed.

  Last, but  not least, our very own “legal eagle”, Pat Poole, dressed in an eagle costume and directed visitors our way.
 Everyone had a great time mixing public education and advocacy with fun activities and camaraderie, and we signed up 72 new volunteers for our IBA project!  Our sincere thanks to Ken Gober and RRNC for the use of the auditorium, and to all the great RRNC staff. 

Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society, 4310 Bush Ave, Cleveland, OH 44109