By 1812Blockhouse

Nature enthusiasts are invited to join the Birds & Breakfast Bird Walk on Saturday, July 20 at 7:00 AM. Sponsored by the Richland County Park District, this month’s event will explore the trails at Gorman Nature Center, aiming to spot early fall migrants heading south.

Event Details

Location: Gorman Nature Center, 2295 Lexington Ave, Mansfield, OH 44906
Time: 7:00 AM
Duration: 1 1/2 – 2 hours
Facilities: Restrooms available

After the walk, participants will head to the Paul Revere Restaurant in Lexington for breakfast. The restaurant is located at 57 OH-97, Lexington.

What to Expect

Bird Migration Insights: Bird migration south is a fascinating natural phenomenon that occurs annually, typically in the fall, as birds move from their breeding grounds to warmer regions for the winter.

Timing and Scale: The fall migration generally begins in August and lasts through November, with September and October being the peak months in North America. On a single day in early September, over 300 million birds were observed starting their southward journey.

Motivation: Birds migrate south primarily to seek areas with more abundant food resources and longer daylight hours as winter approaches in the northern regions.

Distance: Migration distances vary greatly among species. Some birds travel only a few hundred miles, while others undertake long-distance journeys spanning continents. For example, the Arctic tern holds the record for the longest migration, traveling between Arctic breeding grounds and Antarctica each year.

Routes: Many birds follow specific pathways called flyways during their migration. These routes often include important stopover locations that provide critical food supplies.

Why Join the Bird Walk?

  • Connect with Nature: Participants will enjoy a peaceful morning in the beautiful surroundings of Gorman Nature Center.
  • Learn and Discover: Attendees will gain insights into the incredible journey of migratory birds and possibly spot some rare species.
  • Community Engagement: The event provides an opportunity to meet fellow bird enthusiasts and nature lovers from the local area.
  • Delicious Breakfast: After the walk, attendees can reward themselves with a delicious breakfast at the Paul Revere Restaurant.

Important Information

  • What to Bring: Binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, and water.
  • Weather: The event will take place rain or shine, so participants should dress accordingly.
  • Registration: No prior registration is required. Attendees can simply show up ready to explore and enjoy.

The Richland County Park District looks forward to welcoming everyone to Gorman Nature Center for an exciting morning of birdwatching and breakfast.

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