Birding Programs

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. For more information, call (216) 321-5935, ext. 235.

Fall Bird Walks
Wednesday, September 13, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Sundays, October 8, November 12, December 10, 8:15 am

Meet in the Nature Center parking lot to take a guided stroll through the Shaker Parklands looking and listening for birds. No previous birding experience is necessary. Binoculars are available for use in exchange for an ID. Free.

Bird Banding Demonstrations Resume
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, August 21 - October 20, 7:30 - 11:30 am

Meet Julie West to observe migratory birds as they are banded. Banding provides valuable insights about the migratory bird routes in Northeast Ohio. Free.

The Big Sit
Sunday, October 8, Beginning at 12 am for 24 hours

Join area bird watchers at this annual "tailgate party for birders" to tally as many bird species as can be seen or heard within a 24-hour period. Meet on the All People's Trail marsh deck. This event also serves as a fundraising effort for bird-related projects and events at the Nature Center through pledges gathered by participants. For more information, contact Julie West at

Citizen Science: Project FeederWatch
Select Weekends November 11, 2017 - April 8, 2018

The Nature Center has been submitting feeder counts to the Cornell Lab Project FeederWatch for over a decade. We are now recruiting volunteers for the upcoming season! Participating in this citizen science program is a great way to connect with the natural world and help shake off the winter blues. Exercise your passion for birds and identify, count and record birds, fill feeders that attract sparrows, finches, jays and woodpeckers, and enter data during your two-hour shift (minimum commitment four shifts on select weekends November 11, 2017 through April 8, 2018).  For more information, email the Volunteer Coordinator.

Build-a-Bird Feeder Workshop
Saturday, November 11, 10 am - 12 pm

Get ready for winter bird watching by building a bird feeder at this fun, family workshop. Dave from Wild Birds Unlimited will discuss what kind of seed is best for birds and what types of seeds to offer for the birds you want to attract. We cut the lumber, you put the feeder together! Cost is $38 per feeder and includes a small bag of sunflower seeds to get started. Register by Friday, November 3.