Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve
Our new Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve website page is here.
Formerly Dike 14
|Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve Survey Calendar and
results from the latest surveys,
Looking for the Dike 14 Nature Preserve
Discovery Pack, click here
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society is proud to announce that we have been awarded a $2500 grant from National Audubon Society
This award will be used for the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve Doan Brook IBA Avian Survey Project: Phase 1This project is in partnership with Kirtland Bird Club and Greater Cleveland Audubon Society to begin bird surveys at Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve beginning July 2014. For more information, or to sign up for the surveys, please contact Laura Gooch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click to see award letter from NAS.
Click to see grant proposal.
2014 Kirtland Bird Club and Western Cuyahoga Audubon Survey Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve
This summer, the Kirtland Bird Club and Western
Cuyahoga Audubon Society will commence birding surveys at the Cleveland
Lakefront Nature Preserve (formerly known as Dike 14). This citizen
science project will occur year-round with a greater focus during
migration season. It is expected to last for at least 10 years.
The Port Authority has granted us permission to install 16 T-posts in order to conduct point counts which will prove the importance of this significantly important birding area. Mark Shieldcastle from the Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) and Laura Gooch of Cleveland are responsible for organizing the protocol for the point counts at CLNP
The Survey will consist of 16 points along the trail which runs through CNLP. It will take a total of two hours to walk the whole trail and hit all points. Most groups will not hit all the points, and will use a far shorter amount of time to conduct their part of the survey. This is a wonderful opportunity to conduct a significantly worthwhile citizen science project, aid in the conservation effort, and have the perfect excuse to make frequent birding visits to this beautiful park.
If you are interested in volunteering to conduct point counts for the Dike 14-Doan Brook IBA research project at the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, contact: Project Coordinator, Laura Gooch at email@example.com. You can also look for updates on the KBC website: www.kirtlandbirdclub.org or see the project Facebook page Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve Birding Surveys
To see the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve Survey Calendar and results from the latest surveys, Click Here.
Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve Update:
This summer (2011) preparations are being made to relocate the entrance to the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve behind the ODNR State Park office.
Photos (click here) are from a new wood-chip entrance trail being prepared from the pine trees near the ODNR State Park office parking lot to the new site entrance gate. A bobcat created the trail and we are waiting for delivery of wood chips. Thanks to the Port Authority, ODNR, Metroparks, the City of Cleveland, Collaborative members and many others for your support!
self-registration entrance kiosk near the new site entrance is being
created by a local scout as his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.
Dike 14 Environmental Education Collaborative website has the latest news. Click here.
The Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve Environmental Education Collaborative was formed by local organizations that recognize the unique opportunity for Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve-centered educational resources. The Dike 14 Environmental Education Collaborative is composed of Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland Metroparks, Outdoor Education, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District, Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association, Earth Day Coalition, Lake Erie Nature and Science Center, The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes and Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society. The Collaborative is dedicated to providing exemplary environmental education for students, teachers, families and the greater community, and promoting environmental stewardship of Dike 14 as a unique place for people and nature on Cleveland's Lakefront.
|Dike 14 was built in 1977-1978 as a Confined Disposal
Facility (CDF) and filled with dredged sediments from the Cuyahoga River
until 2003. As the new landmass built up Dike 14 became vegetated with
plants and trees, attracting birds and other wildlife.
Cleveland area birders and citizen scientists began bird surveys. Over 280 species of birds have been found on Dike 14 since it was built. Dike 14 is also home to over 29 species of butterflies, 26 native plant species, 16 mammals, 9 native tree and shrub and 2 reptiles.
The Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve Environmental Education
Collaborative (CLNP EEC) is an ad hoc collaborative organization devoted
to providing exemplary environmental education for students, teachers,
families, neighbors and the greater community, to promote the
stewardship of Dike 14 as a unique place for people and nature on
Cleveland's lakefront. More information about the
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society joined this Collaborative in the Spring of 2007.
|This very informative Field Guide to Dike 14
is available at all our regularly scheduled
programs. See Programs.
needed to visit Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve. WCAS
Participates will be required to sign a waiver
The Dike 14 Nature Preserve Discovery Pack was designed and organized by members of the Dike 14 Environmental Educational Collaborative for use on the Dike 14 Nature Preserve or in the classroom.
The Discovery Packs are available for loan to teachers, classrooms, libraries, etc.
To borrow a Discovery Pack or arrange a field trip to Dike 14 email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
|This Discovery Pack contain 9 instructional kits.
Each Pack contains:
Click on image above to see the entire manual in pdf
|Hover mouse over pictures for description (photos by Mary Anne Romito)|
|For more pictures see our field trip reports on our Pictures & Reports page|
For the safety and enjoyment of all visitors and the protection of the Dike 14 Nature Preserve, please use care when visiting:
· Stay on the established trail
· Do not remove or disturb plants
· Do not feed, remove or disturb wildlife
· Take your trash
· No smoking or pets