How does a tiny back-water town like Shreve, Ohio become a eco-tourism Mecca-for-a-day each year? Shreve Migration Sensation 2014 was a big hit as usual. What draws the 1000 plus crowd and makes this event so popular?
|A gang gathers round the Time and Optics booth. |
Someone must be telling a great fly-catcher story.
|A motto to live by.|
|Snake-boy flashes a smile.|
|Judy Kolo-Rose and Hugh Rose|
|Sally Deems-Mogyordy wants you to "just go birding."|
|Big hugging going on at the Greater Mohican Audubon Booth.|
Greater Mohican Audubon folks "man" and "woman" the field stations at Shreve Migration. This year it was a very cold and wet job; so we send them a special "thanks" for their services!
|Bobolink painting (by Linda Scheck) was presented|
to Cheryl Harner for serving as Pres. of GMAS 2007-13
|A few of the speakers from Migration Sensation 2014|
Let me tell you something about these speakers: they want to be there. They are all about spreading the love of birds, their song, and migration. They want to help you find your way to the best birding spots. They don't do this event for the money- their pay cannot even cover all their expenses- much less their time. They are here in Shreve, Ohio because they love to share their love of birding and want to help protect birds on migration and the habitats which serve them. These speakers want to interact with beginning birders, non-birders and old friends alike. Chuck Jakubchak has a wonderful teaching style, and Lisa Rainsong helped people train their ears to hear birds in a new way. Jim McCormac has been my long-time mentor and one of the best speakers I have ever seen or heard, in Ohio or beyond.
This is the spirit of Shreve. It is the spirit of people who want to share their passion for nature.
|Kim and Kenn Kaufman of BSBO and Kaufman Field Guides|
These are two passionate people- passionate about birding, and kids and yes- even each other! There have never been two people who worked any harder to promote nature. Believe me, they are not motivated by fame or money. As you can see by their flashy mode of transportation- it's not just about them. They want to bring everybody along for the ride. Ohio is lucky indeed to have the likes of the Kaufmans living here.
Birding festivals matter. Eco-tourism allows us to celebrate birds and monetize habitats in a way that gets the attention of non-birders. Believe me they notice when 1000 new folks show up in Shreve on a Saturday in March. Sign up now for the Biggest Week in American Birding and the Ohio Ornithological Conference. You will be helping save bird habitats with eco-tourism. Do good and have fun at the same time!
|A Great Egret pondering its great regret, "Why am I back in OHIO?"|
Yes, there were plenty of birds in Shreve- or rather nearby Killbuck Marsh and Funk Bottoms Wildlife Areas. We had scads of ducks, a congregation of coots and a fly-over of Sandhill Cranes. It was everything one could hope for in a one day birding event and I sincerely hope we will see you there next year!