Spring Migration - East Fork State Park

  • April 24, 2022
  • 8:00 AM
  • East Fork State Park

Organization: Audubon Society of Ohio (Cincinnati)

About this event:

Theme: Spring Migration

Location: East Fork State Park

Date: Sunday, April 24 2022, 8:00 AM

Meet: 8:00 A.M. at the South Swimming Beach Parking Lot (see the directions below)

Leader: Dave Helm, (513) 403-4519, helmmd@icloud.com

By the second half of April spring will be in full swing and this winters weather forgotten. Spring migration in general will be near peak and a diversity of avian species should be found at this season. In addition many woodland plants and wildflowers will be in bloom adding their beauty to the natural scene. Dave Helm, our trip leader, is a skilled veteran birder and naturalist and long-time Audubon advocate. Dave has always been a regular visitor to East Fork SP and knows the area well. Dave’s experience will certainly come in handy as birds should be abundant and vocal on this date.

April coincides with the spring migration of a diverse number of families of birds. Ducks, herons and egrets, shorebirds, terns & gulls, raptors, migrant & returning summer songbirds (including several warblers) are all expected on this date. Also consider that East Fork SP has a well deserved reputation for attracting rare species.

Dave plans to begin our trip at the south beach which is probably the best spot to find a diversity of water birds. From there, Dave will lead us to several other spots and habitats around the park. Dave also has a great interest in botany, butterflies and all other wildlife and he will gladly share his knowledge on these topics. While we will drive to several spots around the park, Most of this trip will be on foot, with short drives from spot to spot, but walking will be at a moderate and leisurely pace over mostly level trails and roadsides.

As always, be prepared for wet grass and muddy spots. For your comfort you may want to consider bringing water, sun screen and insect repellent. It goes without saying that binoculars are necessary for seeing birds well. This field trip will end sometime around noon. Restrooms are available in the park. We encourage you to come out with Dave and see natures great diversity on what should be a beautiful spring morning. Feel free to contact Dave if you have any questions.

Directions: We will meet at the swimming beach parking lot located on the south side of East Fork State Park. We will meet at 8 AM on the far left side of the beach parking lot (when facing the lake). At that time of day it shouldn’t be a problem finding our group. To get to the beach, enter the park from the south side and follow the park signs to the beach. To get to the south side entrance to East Fork SP from I-275, take exit # 65, SR 125 (Beechmont Ave./Ohio Pike) and go east about 9 miles to the junction of Rt. 222. Turn left onto Bantam Rd. (opposite Rt. 222) and follow the signs to the park entrance.

Visit the East Fork State Park website for a Park map and other info here.

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