New Sparrow Song Goes Viral

New Sparrow Song Goes Viral   Ashley Hall Marketing Coordinator December 18, 2020 “Oh sweet Canada, Canada, Canada,” is a commonly heard bird song throughout our region’s forests in the spring, but recently, the white-throated sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) has changed its tune. A study published on July 2 in the journal Current Biology shows that […]

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Don’t Squirm! We’re Learning with Worms!

Don’t Squirm! We’re Learning with Worms! Lisa Golba Early Childhood Environmental Educator May 7, 2020 “We must teach our children to smell the Earth, to taste the rain, to touch the wind, to see things grow, to hear the sun rise and night fall- to care.” -John Cleal My job at the Nature Center at […]

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Digging Deeper: Snacks with Snakes

DIGGING DEEPER: SNACKS WITH SNAKES Madi Bacci, Seasonal Environmental Educator or Stewardship & Restoration Intern April 9, 2020 Recently on our Your Outdoor Classroom LIVE: Snacks with Snakes on Facebook, we got up close with Onyx & Obsidian, our 8-month-old baby gray rat snakes (Pantherophis spiloides) and talked about the AMAZING adaptations that allow snakes […]

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Stories with Snails

STORIES WITH SNAILS Ashley Hall, Marketing Coordinator March 20, 2020 Today on our Facebook LIVE, we learned all about the common Garden snail (Cornu aspersum) from our FABULOUS Environmental Educator Lisa Golba, and we wanted to share some snail facts and resources with you! NOTE: This livestream will be available on our Facebook feed for […]

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Living with Coyotes

CO-EXISTING WITH COYOTES Nick Mikash Natural Resources Specialist If you live in the Cleveland area you are probably aware that we share our city with coyotes! Coyotes are an often misunderstood native species that is part of a healthy ecosystem. While it’s rare to see coyotes during the day, our trail cameras capture sightings of […]

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Repurposing Plastic for Those in Need

Repurposing Plastic for Those in Need Ashley Hall Marketing Coordinator 3/1/2020 Angel Perry, Welcome Desk Associate at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes practices sustainability in a big way. Her story of giving back is an inspiration to all of us, and hopefully all of you! What if we told you that single-use plastics could […]

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Valentine's Day

Why You Should Love the Unloved

Why You Should Love the Unloved Ashley Hall Marketing Coordinator 2/3/2020 Valentine’s Day is almost here and love is in the air! What animals do YOU love? Koalas? Pandas? Tigers? Well, here at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, we’re here to introduce you to some new, very eligible, non-traditionally beautiful, local Ohio animals to […]

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Out with the Old, in with the NEW…PLANTS!

Out with the Old, in with the New…PLANTS! Nick  Mikash, Natural Resources Specialist December 2019 Beginning December 17, we will be starting our largest endeavor into habitat restoration since the restoration of the marsh over a decade ago. Our long-term goal is to re-establish a more biodiverse and functional native ecosystem. A healthy, diverse ecosystem […]

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Wood frogs freezing

Frozen Frogs

FROZEN FROGS Birds migrate and mammals hibernate, but what about frogs? Ashley Hall Marketing Coordinator 12/1/2019 When the cold air arrives and the first snowflakes start to fall, how do wood frogs weather the weather? Chances are, if you’ve walked Stearns Woodland Trail, you may have seen one (or many!) frogs jump into our seasonal […]

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Nature Center at Shaker Lakes Steve Kushnick

Volunteer of the Year 2019

Nature Center at Shaker Lakes Volunteer of the Year: Steve Kushnick Ashley Hall Marketing Coordinator 11/22/2019 Congratulations to the 2019 Volunteer of the Year, Steve Kushnick! Nature Center staff and visitors can’t wait for Friday to come, when they know Steve will be reporting for his weekly shift as a Welcome Desk Volunteer!  Dubbed the “fun […]

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