Saturday, October 22, 2011

For Bird Watching in Ohio you must visit The Wilderness Center

Many people flock to the Lake Erie area for bird watching in Ohio, but don't overlook The Wilderness Center in Wilmot.  This nonprofit place is not part of any goverment agency but is dedicated to wildlife conservation, natural history, nature education, and community service.
It all started in 1964 when a college professor went to Miami and learned of community nature centers.  After his return he was dedicated to getting one started in northeast Ohio.  Volunteers scouted out various places to put a nature center and chose the Charlie Sigrist estate in Wilmot, Ohio.   This property contacted a forest of trees that had never been cut.   Some trees were over 300 years old!  There are 619 acres of forest, meadow, marsh, and restored prairie.  A lake was constructed in 1967 to attract waterfowl and is called Wilderness Lake.  When it first opened it was comprised of volunteers.  The first professional staff began working in 1965.  There is an Intrepretive Building that was built in 1974 that offers learning for all ages.  It was expanded in 1998 adding an astronomy education building, maintenance building, plus they did some major site improvements.
Bird lovers will find six trails totaling about ten miles at the Center who owns 2922 acres.  When you want a rest check out the bird watching area in the Intrepretive Building.  As you look through a glass viewing gallery you will find that they piped in the outdoor bird songs and sounds . . . a really neat affect.  They offer bird walks and other nature hikes every month which can help to point out things that you may have missed on your own.

The current calendar includes:

October 2011, Order Bird Seed to pick up November 11-13
November 2, 2011, Wednesday, 10 a.m. Wilderness Walk
November 5, 2011, Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Nature Fest Arts & Crafts Show
November 5, 2011, Sunday, 2 p.m.  Seeds, Nuts, Fruit & Such Walk
November 10, 2011, Thursday, 6 p.m.  Full Moon Walk: Beaver Moon
November 11-13, 2011, Friday - Sunday, Pick up Bird Seed Orders; Bird Stuff sale
November 17, 2011, Thursday, 2 p.m. Wilderness Walk
November 19, 2011, Saturday, 8 a.m. Bird Walk; 11 a.m. Family Backyard Bird Feeding

The Wilderness Center is located near the Holmes County Amish Country, wineries, cheese factories, shopping, dining, bakeries, etc.  Plan an extended stay with an Amish Country, Ohio bed and breakfast when you visit

Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608

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