Meetings/Programs on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park.

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All are welcome to all our events! They are free, educational and community-centered.

Join us for bird walks! They continue through the fall and occur just before each monthly meeting.


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  • August 21st 6:00pm – Chimney Swift Watch Party – Sippo Lake Exploration Gateway. Bring dinner and a lawn chair to the new Chimney Swift Tower for this watch party.
  • September 18th 5:30pm – Pre-meeting Bird Walk – Meet at the south facing balcony overlooking  the lake.
  • September 18th 7:00pm –  CAS monthly meeting – Presentation is “Extinct or Not? An Active Search for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker” presented by Matt Courtman. Whether or not the dazzling, enormous IVORY-BILLED WOODPECKER is extinct has been a hotly-debated topic in the scientific community since at least 1944. Matt Courtman, will stoke the debate by revealing exciting developments in his team’s ongoing search for the Ivory-bill. Spoiler alert: Matt thinks that his team has found a population of Ivory-bills living in a forbidding and awe-inspiring Louisiana forest. A native of Monroe, Louisiana, Matt is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy (New Hampshire), the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a former president of the Louisiana Ornithological Society. Matt has contributed to several birding publications. When Matt was nine, Roger Tory Peterson’s Field Guide to the Birds included one of Matt’s sightings for the range map of the American Goldfinch.Growing up in Louisiana, Matt has been enthralled with the Ivory-billed Woodpecker ever since he was ten when he first held ACTUAL Ivory-bill specimens at LSU. For more information on the search, visit his website: www.ivory-billconnection.com. If you want to discuss Ivory-billed Woodpeckers and/or birding generally, Matt would be delighted to hear from you at scout@ivory-billconnection.com.
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We provide a public program the third Wednesday of every month (Sep-May) at 7:00pm.  Programs are at Exploration Gateway (Stark Parks’ Facility at Sippo Lake) 5712 12th Street NW, Canton 44708.
Monthly bird walks are held just before the meetings March – October.
Everything we do is open to the public. Please joi- n us!


  • August 1st – 31st 9:30am – 5:00pm – Hunt of the Month: Hummingbirds – Cleveland Metroparks/ Ohio and Erie Canalway Center – Hummingbirds are migrating to warmer climates starting in August. Come find all 20 of our hidden paper hummingbirds while you keep an eye on our feeders. Through August 31. Click here for more information
  • August 20th 9:00am – 10:30am – Adventures in Birding – Stark Parks/ Petros Lake Park – Take a leisurely hike as we search the trails at Petros Lake Park for native bird species.  Please bring your own binoculars.  We will meet at the Lakeview Shelter. Click here for information
  • August 24th 9:30am – 11:00am – Birds of the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation : 20th Anniversary Edition – Cleveland Metroparks/ Ohio & Erie Reservation – Help us celebrate our 20th anniversary! Join a naturalist as we walk the towpath in search of the birds that make this reservation their home. Click here for more information
  • August 25th 9:30am – 11:00am – Urban Birding Cleveland’s Shore – Cleveland Metroparks/ Wendy Park – Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a late summer bird survey at Wendy Park. We’ll scour the breakwalls, marina, and woodlots for lingering nesting birds and early migrants. Meet in the parking lot just east of Whiskey Island Marina. Click here for more information
  • August 27th 8:00am – 12:00pm – Bird Banding – Stark Parks/ Wildlife Conservation Center – Learn what bird banding is all about! During these programs a certified bander will be setting up nets to catch birds. Once the birds are caught, they will be examined and then banded before they are released back into the wild. Visitors are welcome in the Wildlife Conservation Center classroom anytime during the event to watch the process and learn about birds, banding, and why it is important. Click here for more information
  • August 29th 7:45pm – 8:30pm – A Swift’s Night Out – Cleveland Metroparks/ North Chagrin Reservation – In early autumn, chimney swifts gather by the thousands to prepare for their journey south. Watch as they funnel into their evening roost one by one. We’ll gather in the nature center parking lot and caravan to the nearby roosting site. Click here for more information
  • August 30th 8:30am – 10:30am – Birds of the Lakefront – Cleveland Metroparks/ Lakefront Reservation – The Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve is a well-known haven for birds. Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on a hike through this man-made oasis in search of our feathered friends. Bring binoculars, some available to borrow. Click here for more information
  • August 30th 10:00am – 12:00pm – BirdSleuth – Stark Parks/ Wildlife Conservation Center – Registration Required – Discover creative new activities to teach about birds, their migration and actions people can take to help birds and their habitats, including participation in citizen science. All participants completing the full workshop will receive a set of “Feathered Friends” activities and a free bird feeder. Click here for more information

Stark Parks: Link

TWC: The Wilderness Center Link

HBNC: Huston Brumbaugh Nature Center Link

SMP: Summit Metro Parks Link

CVNP: Cuyahoga Valley National Park Link

CMP: Cleveland Metroparks Link

Beech Creek Gardens Link


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