Winter Bird Watch Takes Place Locally

by Courtney Wheaton on January 18, 2014 at 11:55 am

The first ever winter bird watch took place at the Zane State OUZ Pavilion earlier on Saturday.

The Professor of Parks, Recreation and Wildlife at Zane State, Scott Albaugh, along with Wildlife Specialist Nicole Hafer, guided the viewing tours. More than 50 people showed up to learn about the different types of birds that are native to Ohio.

"A lot of little birds, some of the smaller songbirds, the nuthatches, chickadees, some of the small birds you see at your feeders. We also have some migratory birds that come down from Canada into Ohio in the winter, " said Hafer.

According to Albaugh, it’s easier for beginners to learn about the different species of birds in the winter because of migration, there are fewer birds now than in the spring and summer months.

"Now is a good time to be out in the woods I mean a lot of us kind of like to be coach potatoes and stay in the house in the winter. This is just an opportunity to get people out to take a walk in the woods take a look at some birds and have a good time, " said Hafer.

Hafer says that they plan to provide this event annually for bird lovers. Empty handed visitors were given binoculars to borrow during the outing.