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Birding Along The Cuyahoga River

May 17, 2019

It’s prime time for birding in Northeast Ohio as many species have arrived from warmer winter spots.

ideastream visited two very different places for bird watching along the Cuyahoga River as part of its series, Cuyahoga River Comeback, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the infamous fire on the water.

One lesser-known place to visit is Eldon Russell Park in Geauga County, tucked away near the edge of Burton and Troy Township. Once there, launch a kayak or canoe on the Cuyahoga River and cruise for birds.

Up to 1 million of the estimated 8 million plant and animal species on Earth are at risk of extinction — many of them within decades — according to scientists and researchers who produced a sweeping U.N. report on how humanity's burgeoning growth is putting the world's biodiversity at perilous risk.

Spring Migration And Birding

Mar 26, 2019
White-throated sparrow
MIKE'S BIRDS / Flickr

A report published late last year found that global temperatures are nearing dire levels, affecting the habitat and the wellbeing of humans and wildlife alike.

Birds often are affected first. 

Coming up on All Sides, the spring migration ahead and how a changing climate may affect America’s favorite pastime of birding. 

pigeons
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When you visit large cities like San Francisco, Chicago or New York, pigeons are a common sight. You’ll find them nesting on window sills, walking on sidewalks and congregating in public parks.

If you don’t see them in person, the evidence of pigeons will be obvious in the droppings they leave behind, covering once-dignified statues and monuments.

Take A Visual Vacation Inside Oberlin's Massive Flower Factory

Mar 19, 2019

This week brings the first week of spring, time we hope, to put away those snow shovels and dust off the garden tools. But while we wait for the first blooms outside, let's take you inside one of the largest greenhouses in the United States – for a visual vacation and some spring stimulation.

As ideastream producers Mary Fecteau and Stephanie Jarvis discover, engineering the perfect plant – indoors or out – involves far more than a seed and soil.

Orchid Overload

Bald eagles were once almost wiped out of Ohio. Now, the state has more than 220 nesting pairs.
Jim Kaftan

A freight train chugs across a bridge high above as Cleveland Metroparks historian Karen Lakus begins a tour of what she calls the hidden valley. Not long ago, she says, this was a dump.

“It was trash and gravel, and it was completely overgrown,” she says.

Coyotes In Ohio

Jan 17, 2019
Julie Zickefoose

Coyotes first arrived in Ohio in 1919, migrating primarily from the west but also the north and east.

But not all coyotes are created equal. Increasingly they are hybrid versions made up of coyote, wolf and dog. And that hybridization has invigorated the species.

We catch up on the coyotes of Ohio today with naturalist, author and artist Julie Zickefoose.

Coming up on All Sides, the coyote in Ohio’s backyard.

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Once the traditional holidays of Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, some Americans look forward to another tradition: the annual Christmas Bird Count.  

Since 1900 birders have picked one day — sometime around Christmas — to survey as many birds as they can find in a 15 mile diameter circle.  

Birder Mike Edgerton, a member of the Greater Akron Audubon Society, says it’s been a valuable form of crowd sourcing.

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Walking through Creekside Park, tucked between downtown Gahanna and Big Walnut Creek, I just see a bunch of trees – at first.

A federal judge has restored Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears living around Yellowstone National Park.

In his ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Dana Christensen said the federal government didn't use the best available science when it removed the bears from the threatened-species list last year.

Monday's ruling puts a stop to proposed grizzly hunts in Wyoming and Idaho, which were on hold while Christensen mulled his decision.

We Ohioans live among bears.

So, too, do Kentuckians, but it's not such a big deal on their side of the river because they've gotten used to it.

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If you’ve noticed more fireflies lighting up your backyard, you’re not alone.

It’s a special time of year for migratory birds.

Tired from their travels, they stop right on the coast of western Lake Erie and spend some time resting and refueling with some food – primarily insects. Nine years ago, Ohio non-profit Black Swamp Bird Observatory decided to capitalize on this event, drawing in thousands of birders from all 50 states, 52 countries, and 6 continents over the years.

Even now, 10 years later, park ranger Andrea Moore remembers the familiar smell in the air that told her it was going to be a good hunt — a damp, sweet smell. It was a mix of rotting bark with an undercurrent of rebirth as trees begin to grow new leaves, while dead ones still litter the terrain.

Ohio has a legislative caucus working to raise awareness of the state’s trails. 

The caucus, formed last year, is the only one in the U.S. dedicated to trails.  The group of lawmakers has been working with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to create a website with an interactive guide to the thousands of miles of state trails.

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