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Lake Erie Wing Watch weekend is April 14-15

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:51 PM

OAK HARBOR The 15th annual Lake Erie Wing Watch Weekend returns to Ottawa county on April 14 to 15.

This weekend of educational and entertaining activities is for anyone interested in birds and birding. It is a cooperative effort sponsored by Erie and Ottawa county visitors bureaus, and county, state, and federal conservation organizations and private individuals.

Things get started with a Breakfast with the Birds at Magee Marsh. This will include a walk and a breakfast served by the Friends of Magee Marsh. Then head over to Oak Harbor High School where the rest of the days events take place.

Concurrent sessions on a variety of topics will be going on all morning and afternoon. Participants can choose from beginning birding, birding by ear, identifying warblers, shorebirds, and waterfowl. Other topics include osprey, sandhill cranes, birding hot spots, wind power, live raptors, native plants and a panel discussion with expert birders, digital photography and more. Also all day Saturday there will be exhibitors and vendors set up, a silent auction, and lunch will be available.

Saturday evening there will be a "Taste of Ottawa County" reception that will precede the keynote speaker. Tempt your taste buds with samples from area restaurants. The keynote speaker for the evening is Paul J. Baicich, who will talk on "Birders, Conservation, and Refuges ... Making Better Connections."

Baicich has worked for ABA (American Birding Association) in a variety of capacities, led birding tours to Alaska, authored several publications, and most recently has been with the National Wildlife Refuge Association. His talk should be of great interest to anyone interested in Birds and wildlife conservation.

Sunday there will be a variety of field trips to choose from including Magee Marsh in Ottawa county, Sheldon Marsh in Erie County, Sandy Ridge in Lorain County, Erie Metroparks eagle watch, and an open house at Back to the Wild wildlife rehabilitation center in Castalia.

More information, including registration, hotel discounts and a complete program schedule can be viewed on the website atwww.LakeErieWingWatch.com or by calling the Ottawa County Visitors Bureau at (800) 441-1271.

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