Monday, April 17, 2017

Take Flight at Darke County Parks!

Though many retirees enjoy birding, the hobby has quickly gained appeal among the younger demographic of children and families.  
On Saturday, April 22nd from 7am to 2pm Darke County Parks invites everyone to spend the day exploring the wild birds that call Shawnee Prairie home with family and friends.

Bird watching, or for enthusiasts “birding”, is one of the fastest growing hobbies in America. Birding can involve more than just casual feeder observation out the kitchen window. Many birders rise early or stay up late, invest in birding technology like smart phone apps and high quality binoculars, or travel impressive distances to add to their species lists. Some keep lists of birds they only see while others include birds they’ve heard, and many birders have backyard lists, county lists, state lists, and even life lists. Most find this hobby an easy way to exercise, socialize, and engage in a little friendly competition. Every birder knows there is always more to learn, and for many, knowing what bird is calling or what species just flitted by brings them a deeper connection to nature.

Try out this hobby on April 22nd at “Take Flight”. This fun-filled birding festival will begin with “Breakfast with the Birds,” a fundraiser by the Darke County Birders Club, which will offer breakfast bites in an effort to raise money for the care of Greta, the Darke County Parks’ owl. Five Rivers MetroParks will join the celebration with a wide selection of the birds of prey animal ambassadors including a Screech Owl, Kestrel, and a Red-tailed Hawk! The day will continue with a variety of bird-themed hikes, activities for all ages, workshops, and more! From 11am to 1pm the Friends of the Parks will be offering a quick hotdog lunch. For the full schedule visit and check out the front cover of the Spring Nature Notes Newsletter. The park staff and volunteers hope to see everyone enjoying Earth Day on the trails of Shawnee Prairie!

If you have any questions about this or any other program offered by the Darke County Parks, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or visit the website at

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