Rocky River IBA UltraWalk and UltraBird 2013

 UltraWalk-Saturday, May 25, 2013
Ultra Bird - Thursday, Friday & Saturday, May 23, 24, 25, 2013



Come and show us that you care about WCAS and the Rocky River IBA. Join us as we walk the IBA and bird the IBA. Itís fun and your donation will help support our many events.


This year, we will conduct our seventh annual UltraWalk on Saturday, May 25.  Stan Searles will lead the 31-mile trek through the IBA.  As in previous years, Stan and several other walkers will begin at 6:00 a.m. at Buzzards Roost in Hinckley Reservation.  The group will pass by Cleveland Metroparks Ranger Headquarters and Park Operations, located on the Valley Parkway in Fairview Park, about 3:30 p.m.  There, people wishing to join in walking the last five miles to Emerald Necklace Marine may do so.  The walk will conclude about 5:30 p.m.  WCAS asks walkers to register for the event using forms on our website.  WCAS will benefit if walkers seek pledges from sponsors for the miles they walk or obtain a flat-rate donation from each sponsor.  Details on how to submit pledges are on the forms.


Also this year, a companion event to the UltraWalk called the UltraBird will make its sixth appearance in the IBA. The UltraBird will be a three-day event on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 23-25.  On Thursday starting at 6:00 a.m. at Buzzards Roost, Mary Anne Romito is going to walk portions of Hinckley Reservation and keep a tally of her bird observations.  Mary Anne will do the same thing in Mill Stream Reservation on Friday and in Rocky River Reservation on Saturday.  Anyone who wants to bird any of these areas with Mary Anne should also register using the form on our website.  Walkers may also call Mary Anne for details at 216-741-2352.  Birders should get pledges from sponsors for the number of birds they identify during the event or get a flat-rate donation.

Also see our Field Trips page


Registration forms and donations forms can be found on our website at www.wcasohio.org.

 We are looking forward to seeing you.

  Use the handy registration form found below for either the UltraWalk or UltraBird.



UltraWalk Route

Below is a map of the entire route. Further down the website see more detail views of each section of the walk.


Entire UltraWalk route

Hinckley Section

UltraWalk Hinckley Section

UltraWalk MillStream

UltraWalk Millstream

MillStream to Rocky River

Millstream to Rocky River

Strongsville to I-480

UltraWalk Strongsville to I-480

I-480 to Park Ops

UltraWalk- I480 to Park Ops

Park Ops to Finish Line

Park Ops to Finish Line


Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society
3 Field Trip days for May 2013
Rocky River Important Bird Area UltraBird

Thursday, May 23, 2013 Hinckley Reservation

Friday, May 24, 2013 Mill Stream Reservation

Saturday, May 25, 2013 Rocky River Reservation


Target species: Summer residents, late migrants
Mary Anne Romito

For the May 2013 field trips, we will join Mary Anne Romito in the Rocky River Important Bird Area, birding from Hinckley to Emerald Necklace Marina. It's the annual UltraBird. Come out on Thursday, Friday, Saturday or all three. Meet at 6 a.m. or at 8 a.m., your choice. We will move from place to place to see and hear as many species as possible.  Last year: 91 species. Bring water and snacks. Dress for the weather, and don't forget insect repellent, sunscreen, hat, rain slicker or boots if muddy!  Below are the meeting spots for each day.

 Why an Ultrabird/Ultrawalk? see http://www.wcasohio.org/ultrawalk.htm 

Sponsors and donations are welcome.

Thursday, May 23, 2013 6 a.m.


Meet at Johnson Picnic area, off West Dr. by the equestrian area, on the west side of Hinckley Lake

Directions and map for Johnson Picnic Area: Take I-71 to Rt. 303. Go East on Rt. 303. Turn right, or south on Hinckley Hills Rd. (606)  Go East (left) on Bellus Rd, then south (right) on West Dr. 


Thursday, May 23, 2013 8 a.m.


Meet at Whipp's Ledges, Hinckley Reservation


Directions: From I-71 take Rt. 303 east to State Road (south). Go past Bellus Rd. Whipps Ledges is on the left (east) side. For a map:


Friday, May 24, 2013 6 a.m.


Meet at PawPaw Picnic Area, Mill Stream Reservation.


PawPaw Picnic Area is off Valley Parkway, just east of W. 130th St. in North Royalton. Exit I-71 at Route 82 (Royalton Rd.) Go east on Rte. 82 and turn right at Valley Parkway. Follow Valley Parkway just past W. 130th St.  Map at:


Friday, May 24, 2013 8 a.m.


Meet at Royalview Picnic Area, Mill Stream Reservation


Royalview is off Valley Parkway between Royalton Rd. (Rte. 82) and W. 130th St. in Strongsville. At Royalview, do not drive all the way in by the shelter. Instead just go over the small bridge and park in the lot on the left.

For directions and map to Royalview see:


Saturday, May 25, 2013 6 a.m.


Meet by the shelter at Lagoon Picnic Area, Rocky River Reservation

Lagoon Picnic Area is on Valley Parkway between Cedar Point and Spafford Roads.

Find directions and a map at:


Saturday, May 25, 2013 8 a.m.


Meet at Rocky River Nature Center. Use the smaller parking lot by Shepard Lane.

Rocky River Nature Center is at 24000 Valley Parkway, North Olmsted, OH 44070. Map and directions at: http://www.wcasohio.org/Rocky_River_Nature_Center.htm

The 6 am and 8 am meeting places are both on 





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