Two local chapters of the National Audubon Society challenge everyone who enjoys birds to safely explore the Chagrin River Valley and find as many bird species as
they can in the 6th annual Chagrin River Bird Quest. Bird alone or in teams and record species in one 24-hour period from 4 p.m. Friday, September 11 to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 12. Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland and Blackbrook Audubon Society are co-sponsoring this birding event which includes parts of Lake, Geauga, Cuyahoga and Portage counties.
All Bird Quest activities and materials are free, but registration is required by September 10. New birders or those needing to bring their skills into sharper focus can
register for a virtual, introductory birding workshop from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 27 on Zoom. Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland will conduct this free workshop and requires registration by Wednesday, August 26. Register at https://clevelandaudubon.org.
Drive-thru team check-in will be 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. September 11 at the Deer Run Shelter of The West Woods, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell Township. Each check-in packet will have a map, checklist, a list of scheduled walks and t-shirts. Every registered quester will get a Subway gift card, a new feature this year. Team members are asked to comply with physical distancing and ethical birding practices. Teams must send in their checklists by 4:00 p.m. September 12 according to instructions given at check-in. This year's Quest Celebration will be 7:00 p.m. September 12 via Zoom using a link provided to each email address given at registration. Audubon will award prizes for the most species overall, most warblers seen, most habitats visited and most creative team name. For more information, visit https://clevelandaudubon.org and click the Chagrin River Bird Quest logo or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland, which covers territory along the southern half of the Chagrin River watershed, began this contest in 2015 to bring attention to the Chagrin River Corridor IBA, or Important Bird Area. National Audubon declared this watershed an IBA to highlight the many species who use riparian and other habitats along the Chagrin to nest each year and rest during migration. Once again, Blackbrook Audubon Society, which covers the northern half of the Chagrin River IBA in Lake and Geauga counties, joins ASGC as a co-sponsor and hopes to encourage its members to share in the quest. Geauga Park District is also a sponsor.