Programs highlight birds' spring activities at Summit Metro Parks

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Just as people flock to the Metro Parks in spring, birds do, too.

Visitors are invited to join naturalists for guided walks and birding tips during the following free programs in April. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, April 4, 9 a.m.
WATERFOWL WATCH
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail / Wilbeth Road Trailhead
392 W. Wilbeth Rd., Akron
Spring is a great time to view ducks, geese and other water birds. New and experienced birdwatchers can join a naturalist for a chance to view these birds during the spring migration. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope.

Friday, April 4, 7:30 p.m.
BIG BIRD NIGHT: WOODCOCKS & OWLS
Silver Creek Metro Park / Pheasant Run Area
5000 Hametown Rd., Norton
Discover the amazing woodcock and attempt to witness the male bird's spectacular courtship flight over nearby fields, and then hike to search for owls. Bring binoculars and flashlights.

Friday, April 11, 7:30 a.m.
FRIDAY FIRESTONE FEATHERS AND FRIENDS
Firestone Metro Park / Tuscarawas Meadows Area
2620 Harrington Rd., Akron
New and experienced birders join a naturalist for spring bird walks along the Tuscarawas River migratory flyway. This is an excellent opportunity to see avian travelers on their way to summer breeding areas. Binoculars are recommended. All participants will receive a checklist and final tally of birds seen this season.

Sunday, April 13, 1 p.m.
HERON WATCH
Bath Road Heronry, Akron
Join Metro Parks naturalists to observe the nesting behaviors of one of Ohio’s largest birds, the great blue heron, through our binoculars and spotting scopes. Meet at the Bath Road Heronry on Bath Road, between Riverview and Akron-Peninsula roads in Akron. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, April 19, 8 a.m.
SPRING BIRD WALK
Liberty Park / Twinsburg Ledges Area
9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg
New and experienced birdwatchers join a naturalist on Saturday mornings through May 17 for spring bird walks in Liberty Park. We will alternate each week between the Twinsburg Ledges and Pond Brook areas. Binoculars are recommended.

Friday, April 25, 7:30 a.m.
FRIDAY FIRESTONE FEATHERS AND FRIENDS
Firestone Metro Park / Tuscarawas Meadows Area
2620 Harrington Rd., Akron
New and experienced birders join a naturalist for spring bird walks along the Tuscarawas River migratory flyway. This is an excellent opportunity to see avian travelers on their way to summer breeding areas. Binoculars are recommended. All participants will receive a checklist and final tally of birds seen this season.

Saturday, April 26, 8 a.m.
SPRING BIRD WALK
Liberty Park / Pond Brook Conservation Area
3973 E. Aurora Rd., Twinsburg
New and experienced birdwatchers join a naturalist on Saturday mornings through May 17 for spring bird walks in Liberty Park. We will alternate each week between the Twinsburg Ledges and Pond Brook areas. Binoculars are recommended.

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