Take Flight at
Darke County Parks!
On Saturday, April 22nd from 7am to 2pm Darke County Parks invites
everyone to spend the day exploring the wild birds that call Shawnee
Prairie home with family and friends.
Bird watching, or for enthusiasts “birding”, is one of the fastest
growing hobbies in America. Birding can involve more than just casual
feeder observation out the kitchen window. Many birders rise early or
stay up late, invest in birding technology like smart phone apps and
high quality binoculars, or travel impressive distances to add to their
species lists. Some keep lists of birds they only see while others
include birds they’ve heard, and many birders have backyard lists,
county lists, state lists, and even life lists. Most find this hobby an
easy way to exercise, socialize, and engage in a little friendly
competition. Every birder knows there is always more to learn, and for
many, knowing what bird is calling or what species just flitted by
brings them a deeper connection to nature.
Try out this hobby on April 22nd at “Take Flight”. This fun-filled
birding festival will begin with “Breakfast with the Birds,” a
fundraiser by the Darke County Birders Club, which will offer breakfast
bites in an effort to raise money for the care of Greta, the Darke
County Parks’ owl. Five Rivers MetroParks will join the celebration
with a wide selection of the birds of prey animal ambassadors including
a Screech Owl, Kestrel, and a Red-tailed Hawk! The day will continue
with a variety of bird-themed hikes, activities for all ages,
workshops, and more! From 11am to 1pm the Friends of the Parks will be
offering a quick hotdog lunch. For the full schedule visit
darkecountyparks.org and check out the front cover of the Spring Nature
Notes Newsletter. The park staff and volunteers hope to see everyone
enjoying Earth Day on the trails of Shawnee Prairie!
If you have any questions about this or any other program offered by
the Darke County Parks, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165
or visit the website at www.darkecountyparks.org
Photo: Though many retirees enjoy birding, the hobby has quickly gained
appeal among the younger demographic of children and families.