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February 20, 2014 by Staff Report | No Comments

GEAUGA PARK DISTRICTFor more information, contact the park district at 440-286-9516 or visit www.geaugaparkdistrict.org.Nature's Not To Be MissedAmphibian Awakening takes place mid to late March,…

GEAUGA PARK DISTRICT
For more information, contact the park district at 440-286-9516 or visit www.geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Nature’s Not To Be Missed
Amphibian Awakening takes place mid to late March, based on a naturalist’s assessment, from 8-9:30 p.m. at the West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell Township.
Register one’s name on a call list to witness the natural phenomenon of spring breeding behavior of wood frogs, spring peepers and large salamanders as they travel to woodland pools. Frogs will move in the early evening and salamanders in late evening. Spring peepers call so loud that their bulging vocal sacs look as though they might burst.
Once one signs up, expect a call in the late afternoon on the day of, or possibly the day before, the program and set out appropriate clothing and flashlights for the visit. Plan on short notice as the decision to hold the program is based on the amount and timing of rain, temperature and more.
Get on the call list; the program fills up quickly.
Mothapalooza 2014
Join Mothapalooza for a weekend of moth and butterfly appreciation, field trips and workshops June 27-29 at Burr Oak State Park in eastern Ohio’s Morgan and Athens counties.
Expert-led interpretive field trips will visit various hotspots in Burr Oak State Park Resort and adjacent Wayne National Forest. These will include nightly mothing experiences and daytime outings for butterflying, birding and native plant appreciation.
Professionals in the field will also present programs and conduct workshops on moth rearing, photography, attraction techniques and more.
Back in Geauga County, park district naturalists Tami Gingrich and Linda Gilbert will also host Moth Madness, an all-night mothing event, at Big Creek Park the night of May 31 to June 1.
Mothapalooza lodging is available at Burr Oak Lodge and in nearby Athens.
For more information and to register, visit mothapalooza.org.
Wildlife Through The Windshield
What Was That! Wildlife Through the Windshield is Feb. 23 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell Township.
From highway hawks and roadside rodents to tarmac turtles and asphalt amphibians, road-rambling senior naturalist Dan Best will provide an overview of wildlife activity to be glimpsed, glanced at or given way to. Among nature’s jaywalkers, find out who’s road-wise and who ends up road kill and why.
Registration is not required.

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