2008 Rocky River IBA Summary

Toyota and Audubon have named our Tom Romito a Together Green Hero!
Click here for details.

New birds found in the Rocky River Important Bird area this summer!!!

Summer Tanager found by Henry Fortlage
Photo by Dwight Chaser

Cliff Swallows found by Mary Anne Romito & Penny O'Connor. Photo by Dave Lewis

Not a new bird species but a new fledgling found by Joni Norris and friend
Juvenile Turkey Vulture in Rocky River Reservation
© Mary Anne Romito
We have recently finished a progress report,
that includes our current findings and much more.

You may click here for a pdf of this report. However, please be patient this report is 1.7MB.

& Mini Ultra Walk

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Some people will go to any lengths for conservation.  Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society (WCAS) conducted a 31-mile Ultra-Walk along the Rocky River on the west side of Cleveland on Saturday, May 24.  The event brought public attention to the need to preserve habitat in the Rocky River watershed, plus raised funds for WCAS to conduct conservation work there.  Six people completed the 31-mile trek, including Stan Searles (Curator of Birds and Aquatics and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo) and Tom Romito, President of WCAS.  When they reached the 26-mile mark at Cleveland Metroparks Operations Headquaters in Fairview Park, 26 more people joined them to complete the last five miles.  The walk began at 6:00 a.m. in Hinckley Reservation and ended at 5:30 p.m. at the Emerald Necklace Marina.

WCAS is a grassroots volunteer organization that is conducting a five-year study of birds, other wildlife, and their habitat from Hinckley, Ohio, to Lakewood, Ohio along the Rocky Riverís East Branch.  The purpose of the study is to influence public officials and developers to make wise land use decisions in the watershed.  It also generates data about breeding bird populations that Cleveland Metroparks uses to bolster requests for grants to obtain funds to acquire land parcels in the Rocky River watershed in order to protect them from development.

Who and where are we telling our message?


DATE:                      October 23, 2007
TIME:                     7:00 p.m.  
ORGANIZATION:  Town & Country Co-Op
LOCATION:            Medina County Career Center
SUBJECT:               Rocky River IBA
DATE:                     January 30, 2008
TIME:                      4:00 p.m.  
ORGANIZATION:  Cuyahoga County Soil and Water Conservation District
LOCATION:            Middleburg Heights Library
SUBJECT:               Rocky River IBA
DATE:   Saturday, February 2, 2008
TIME:   11:00 a.m.
ORGANIZATION:  Home & Garden Show
SUBJECT   Rocky River IBA
DATE:                      Monday, March 3, 2008
TIME:                    6:30 p.m.  
ORGANIZATION:  North Olmsted Kiwanis Club
LOCATION:            North Olmsted Party Center, 29271 Lorain Ave., North Olmsted
SUBJECT:               Rocky River IBA
DATE:                     Thursday, March 27, 2008
TIME:                      9:00 a.m.  
ORGANIZATION:  Cleveland Metroparks Board of Commissioners
LOCATION:            Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
SUBJECT:              Rocky River IBA
DATE: Monday, March 31, 2008
TIME:                       6:30 p.m.  
ORGANIZATION:  North Olmsted Kiwanis Club
LOCATION:            North Olmsted Party Center, 29271 Lorain Ave., North Olmsted
SUBJECT:               Rocky River watershed 
DATE:                      Tuesday, April 1, 2008
TIME:                      7:30 p.m.
ORGANIZATION: Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society
LOCATION:            Rocky River Nature Center
SUBJECT:             Rocky River IBA
DATE:                      Tuesday, April 8, 2008
TIME:                      6:30 p.m.  
ORGANIZATION: Berea Kiwanis Club
LOCATION:            St. Paul Lutheran Church, 265 E. Bagley Rd., Berea
SUBJECT:             Rocky River IBA
DATE:                     Wednesday April 9, 2008
TIME:                      7:15 a.m.  
ORGANIZATION: North Royalton Rotary Club
LOCATION:            Momís Restaurant, Rt. 82 and York Rd.
SUBJECT:              Rocky River IBA
DATE:                      Wednesday, April 9, 2008
TIME:                      6:30 p.m.  
ORGANIZATION:  Broadview Heights Lions Club
LOCATION:            Broadview and Wallings
SUBJECT:                Rocky River IBA
DATE:                     Friday, April 11, 2008
TIME:                       10:00 a.m.
ORGANIZATION:  Westlake Community Service Department
LOCATION:            29694 Center Ridge Rd. (Crocker Road and Center Ridge Rd.)
SUBJECT:              Rocky River IBA
DATE:                     Wednesday-Thursday, April 16-17, 2008
TIME:                       11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
ORGANIZATION:  Earthday Festival
LOCATION:            NASA
SUBJECT:              Rocky River IBA
DATE:                     Saturday, May 10, 2008
TIME:                       10:00 a.m.
ORGANIZATION:  Renaissance Retirement Home
LOCATION:            North Olmsted
SUBJECT:              Rocky River IBA
DATE:                     Monday, May 19, 2008
TIME:                       6:30 p.m.
ORGANIZATION:  North Olmsted Kiwanis Club
LOCATION:            North Olmsted Party Center
SUBJECT:              Native American culture/Rocky River IBA Ultra Walk
DATE:                     Saturday-Sunday, July 19-20, 2008
TIME:                       10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m
ORGANIZATION:  Fairview Park Garden Club
LOCATION:            Westgate Shopping Center
SUBJECT:              Rocky River IBA


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March 30, 2008 1:00 - 4:00 PM held at Rocky River Nature Center

Rocky River Important Bird Area Celebration

Presented by Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society

Learn about citizen science projects in which you can participate in including surveys of forest breeding birds, owls, plant, amphibians and more!  Family crafts and short presentations on the hour will round out our celebration of the Rocky River Important Bird Area.

This is year three of a continuing project. Come join us and have fun.

"Forest breeding bird study guide"

Can you identify these birds by both sight and sound? To be an observer attend our celebration on March 30th from 1-4. Protocol review and identification testing will happen at 2:15 and 3:15.

Birds of the Rocky River Important Bird Area
  Are you familiar with our thirty most common breeding forest birds:   How well do you know these regularly occuring breeding forest birds:
1 Red tailed hawk 1 Wood duck
2 Cooper's hawk 2 Wild Turkey
3 Red-bellied Woodpecker 3 Turkey Vulture
4 Downy Woodpecker 4 Red-shouldered Hawk
5 Hairy Woodpecker 5 Eastern Screech-Owl
6 Eastern Wood-Pewee 6 Great Horned Owl
7 Eastern Phoebe 7 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
8 Warbling Vireo 8 Red-headed woodpecker
9 Red-eyed Vireo 9 Acadian Flycatcher
10 Blue Jay 10 Willow Flycatcher
11 American Crow 11 Great Crested Flycatcher
12 Black-capped Chickadee 12 Eastern Kingbird
13 Tufted Titmouse 13 White-eyed Vireo
14 White-breasted Nuthatch 14 Yellow-throated Vireo
15 Carolina Wren 15 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
16 House Wren 16 Veery
17 Wood Thrush 17 Cedar Waxwing
18 American Robin 18 Blue-winged Warbler
19 Gray Catbird 19 American Redstart
20 European Starling 20 Hooded Warlber
21 Rose-breasted Grosbeak 21 Oven Bird
22 Brown-headed Cowbird 22 Louisiana Waterthrush
23 Baltimore Oriole 23 Common Yellowthroat
    24 Scarlet Tanager
    25 Eastern Towhee
    26 Orchard Oriole


Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society, 4310 Bush Ave, Cleveland, OH 44109 info@wcasohio.org