Weekend: A day for the birds

Have you ever been interested in birds, bird watching, or learning more about how our fine feathered friends touch our lives?
Maybe you want to pick up tips to be a better birder, or simply find out what that bird is at your feeder? Then join the Hancock Park District for Bird Fest on Saturday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the “Doc” Phillips Discovery Center, at Oakwoods Nature Preserve.
There will be guided walks for various skill levels, a light breakfast, and a bird banding demonstration by a member of the Tri-Moraine Audubon Society in the morning. In the afternoon, there will be more guided walks, a talk on falconry by Ohio falconer John Blakeman, and hawks on display courtesy of the Black Swamp Raptor Rehabilitation Center. Later on, participants will take a drive to the Findlay Reservoirs to look for waterfowl and shorebirds.
Registration is needed by Wednesday, May 14. All-day registration is $8 per person. Half-day registration is $5 per person for either an 8 a.m. to noon time slot or a 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. time slot.
The Oakwoods Nature Preserve, “Doc” Phillips Discovery Center is west of Findlay. From Findlay, go west on West Sandusky Street, and turn left on Hancock County 144, which leads to the park.

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