Hog Island Birding Camp Scholarships

Blue Heron photo by David Fisk

Black River Audubon Society's 2017 scholarship winners to Hog Island this past summer were Teressa Nemeth, OSU Extension master gardener, and Elyria's Crestwood School 5th grade teacher Charmaine Lupinacci.Winners info here.


Birding by Tram


Coming soon.....


Audubon Adventures for 2016-2017

The goal of Audubon Adventures is to develop in young people an appreciation, awareness, and understanding of the natural world in which we live. The program is packaged as a classroom kit (serving 32 students) or individual kit (serving one student). This product of the National Audubon Society is for grades 3-5. The theme of the 2016-2017 school year is "Go Wild for Birds!" Specific topics are Wild about Birds, Water Birds, and Owl Prowl. Included in each unit are student handouts, background information for the teacher, hands-on activities for both inside and outside. Black River Audubon Society provides Audubon Adventures at no cost, to all educators of 3rd to 6th grades.

Several thousand Lorain County students learned abuot habitats, energy and water last year.

The materials are presented at the third to fifth grade levels but can be adapted to other groups and special needs students. The teacher is provided with various resources, activities, evaluation tools and worksheets.

If you teach 3rd to 5th grade, please contact Dick Lee at to be signed up for free-to-you Audubon Adventures.


Summary of the Febuary 2017 Great Backyard Bird Count

Volunteers counted 5,940 different species in the world. In the US, 671 different species were found. There were 139 species reported in Ohio. The top six most frequently reported species on checklists were, in order: Northern Cardinal, America Crow, Mourning Dove, Dark-Eyed Junco, Downy Woodpecker, and Blue Jay. For more results click here.


Results of the Dec 16, 2017 Elyria/Lorain Christmas Bird Count

Thirty-nine people counted 77 species. The two species most numerous were the red-breasted merganser and the ring-billed gull. View the full report in the February 2018 WingTips.


Results of the December 30, 2017 Wellington Christmas Bird Count

Ten people counted 33 species The two most species most numerous were the Canda goose and the European starling. View the full report in the February 2018 WingTips.


Volunteers Needed for American Kestrel Conservation Program

submitted by Cathy Priebe

photo by Dave Lengyel

The Black River Audubon Society in compliance with the Lorain County Metro Parks and the Western Reserve Land Conservancy are together sponsoring a conservation program to help promote nesting sites for the American kestrel. The kestrel, a beautifully marked bird and smallest of the raptors, has been rapidly declining and measures to protect it are once again being implemented this year.

Volunteers are urgently needed to assist with this program in order to ensure its success. We are asking property owners who may already have resident kestrels to consider placing a nest box on their land. All interested land owners and volunteers will be given instructions on what is required to maintain and monitor the nest boxes. Five kestrels successfully fledged and were banded from a box located at Lorain County Community College last year. “We are hoping for more fledglings this year,” said Larry Wilson, head coordinator of the BRAS kestrel project. “We need landowners who have seen kestrels in their area to contact us soon so we can get more boxes installed.”

Volunteers are also needed to help install telescoping poles for the boxes so as to make monitoring the boxes easier. It is important that new nest boxes are in place before kestrels begin searching for nesting locations, usually by the middle or near the end of March. "A lot will depend on how frozen the ground is, but we could start installing boxes by the end of February," Wilson said hopefully.

If you are interested in volunteering your time setting up boxes or would like to inquire about placing a kestrel box on your property, please contact Larry Wilson at 440-752-0336 or email at


Hummingbirds at Home

This is an Audubon citizen-science project for people who love hummingbirds. More info here.


New Map of Black River Audubon Park

The city of Elyria has approved a map of proposed work to be done at the new Black River Audubon Park on West Bridge Street. The park will be nearly 2 acres, on land donated by the late Jack Smith, who founded the Black River Audubon Society in 1958.

Click here to view. You may have to click "tools" on top right border and choose "rotate clockwise."


Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

In the April/May 2010 National Wildlife Magazine, experts chose the top spring birding spots. One of the experts, Kenn Kaufman, chose the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area/Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. He says it is the warbler capital of the world and among the top five spring birding destinations in North America.