What: Chagrin River Bird Quest
When: 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14.
Where: Participants have a choice of two check-in locations where they can pick up their T-shirts, maps, list of guided bird walks and checklists. Check-in can be at The West Woods Nature Center in Russell Township or the Novak Education Center in Aurora from 4 – 6 p.m. Sept. 13.
Why go: Two local chapters of the National Audubon Society are challenging everyone who enjoys birds to explore the Chagrin River Valley and find as many bird species as they can in the fifth annual Chagrin River Bird Quest. Participants can bird alone or in teams and record species in one 24-hour period from 4 p.m. Friday, September 13 to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 14.
All Bird Quest activities and materials are free, but registration is required. Teams can be two or more people, any age or experience level, but one team member must be at least 18 with a valid driver’s license.
New birders or those needing to bring their skills into sharper focus can register for an introductory birding workshop from 1 – 3 p.m. Sept. 8 at The Holden Arboretum in Kirtland. Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland will conduct this free workshop and requires registration by Sept. 6. Register at clevelandaudubon.org.
Audubon will award prizes for the most species overall, most warblers seen, most habitats visited and most creative team name. Contestants will turn in their checklists at The West Woods Nature Center Sept. 14. And from 4 – 6:30 p.m. celebrate the quest with refreshments, door prizes and awards.