Thursday, April 20, 2017

Take Flight: A Celebration of Our Feathered Friends at DCP

Come watch and learn about our feathered friends here in Darke County!
Join Darke County Parks to celebrate birds on Earth Day! On Saturday, April 22nd from 7am to 2pm spend the day with family exploring the wild birds that call our region home.

This fun-filled birding festival will take place at Shawnee Prairie Preserve on St. Rt. 502 just west of Greenville. The festivities 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 to care for Greta, the Darke County Parks’ owl. Five Rivers MetroParks will join the celebration with a wide selection of the birds of prey animal ambassadors. See a Screech Owl, Kestrel, and a Red-tailed Hawk up close, and learn about these amazing animals! The day will continue with a variety of bird-themed activities for all ages, walk, workshops, and more!

Join the naturalists to discover who’s nesting around the Nature Center or a lunch-time chat about bird feeding. At 7:30am avid birders can enjoy a discovery hike, with an 8:30am beginners bird walk to follow. The whole family can discover birds together on the 9am hike, and ongoing after 10am there will be nest box building, a bird feeder craft, toys that fly, bird bingo, workshops on gardening for birds, backyard bird feeding, time to explore the Natural Play Area, and much more. From 11am to 1pm the Friends of the Parks will be offering a quick hotdog lunch. 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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