In 2012, the WCAS board members decided to ask our field trip participants to donate funds to WCAS as a way of offsetting their use of gasoline fuel in their vehicles. This is called the Carbon Offset Birding Project (COBP).
We are going to establish an account with Cleveland Metroparks (CMP) into which we will deposit these funds as we collect them. We are going to do this because we want to make on-going donations of our COBP funds to help CMP purchase private parcels that are located in the Rocky River (East Branch) between Hinckley Township and North Royalton. CMP’s purchases will help construct a contiguous Emerald Necklace around Greater Cleveland. Currently, the Emerald Necklace (established in 1917) contains gaps due to the ownership of land by residents.
As of October 2012, we have collected $400, including a $250 donation from The Ohio Ornithological Society (OOS) to support our CPBP. OOS announced this donation at the OOS Conference in Lakeside. WCAS board member Penny O’Connor was on hand to accept the donation.
The entrance gate is open 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The exit gate closes a 5:30 pm.
The refuge offers a monthly auto tour, weather permitting. Travel 7 miles through normally closed areas of the refuge. Be sure to pick up an auto tour guide at the beginning of the route. Auto tour guides are updated monthly and tell you where to look for recent sightings.
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Auto Tour datessee Ottawa NWR Auto Tour
Note: During winter months if the roads are safe Ottawa NWR will open the auto tour but it would be a good idea to call the office at 419-898-0014 to see if it is open.
Please note from April through September Auto Tours will be on both Saturday and Sunday
For a map and directions see:http://www.wcasohio.org/ottawa_national_wildlife_refuge.htm
For more information call (419) 898-0014 or visit www.fws.gov/midwest/ottawa. The Ottawa National Wildlife Refue entrance is located 15 miles east of Toledo at 14000 West State Route 2, Oak Harbor, Ohio. For map click here.