Head to Shawnee State Park & Lodge for an early May weekend getaway while foliage is still minimal to view the first wave of neotropical migrants such as Cerulean, Worm-eating, Hooded, and Kentucky warblers (to name a few). Friday kicks off with registration from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m, then dinner (on your own; the lodge has a bar and restaurant onsite). Naturalist Jenny Richards will share why Southeastern Ohio is a biodiversity hotspot. Afterward, carpool to locate night birds, including American Woodcock, Whip-poor-will, and Chuck-will’s-widow, or visit the mothing station at the cabins.
Saturday begins with a hot breakfast buffet ($15/person) before half-day guided field trips* from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., with optional $12 lunches served in the field. Reconvene at the lodge for a buffet dinner (included with registration). Guest speaker, ornithologist Jack Stenger, will speak on the topic, “Shawnee’s Warblers: Natural History for an Un-Natural Future.” We’ll also hold a raffle and go over the day’s bird sightings. Once again, carpool to find night birds, or vist the mothing station.
We will wrap up on Sunday, starting with a hot buffet breakfast at 6 a.m. ($15/person), followed by half-day guided field trips* or exploring on your own. We will offer sign-ups for these field trips during registration and Saturday dinner.
- Advance registration is required – see https://ohiobirds.org/register-now-for-the-2020-warblers-wildflowers-weekend/ for costs and details on how to register.