“Birds & Spring Migration with Mark Shieldcastle” will be the topic at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 12, when Cedar Bog Nature Preserve hosts a Second Saturday Program, this time with Mark Shieldcastle, the Research Director of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory along Lake Erie’s shoreline.
Shieldcastle spent more than 32 years as a Wildlife Biologist specializing in avian research for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, from which he retired as Project Leader of Wetland Wildlife Research. He is a founding member of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory and has conducted research on Bald Eagles, colonial waders, terns, wetland breeding birds, woodcocks, shorebirds, colonial passerines, waterfowl, rails, cranes, migrating raptors and migrating passerines. He has written and co-authored several management plans and papers protecting wildlife and wildlife habitat and developed recovery plans for the Bald Eagle, Osprey, Common Tern, Black-crowned Night-Heron and Sandhill Crane in Ohio.
A tour will be offered as part of this event. Reserve a seat early for this limited availability workshop. Pre-registration is required. The cost for the tour, which will follow his presentation, is $25 per person or $20 for Ohio History Connection or Cedar Bog Association members. The cost for the presentation only, which will be on birds and migration, will be $10 per person or $5 for Cedar Bog Association or Ohio History Connection members.
The Cedar Bog Nature Preserve is located at 980 Woodburn Road, located four miles south of Urbana off U.S. Route 68. For more information on events at Cedar Bog, call 937-484-3744 or email [email protected].