February Birding Events

The Great Backyard Bird CountThe Great Backyard Bird Count Class
Friday, February 17, 2012, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

The Science Adventure Club! (SAC) will take part in a nationwide event called The Great Backyard Bird Count. The Akron Fossils & Science Center’s version of the Bird Count includes a lesson on design features in birds, how to identify birds by silhouette and understanding bird calls. The bird count will include some recreational use of Truassic Park (weather permitting, but not the Zip-line).  The larger nationwide event runs through the weekend spanning the dates of February 17-20, 2012. You can learn more about the nationwide event at BirdCount.org. The cost is $10/participant and is targeted for elementary to middle school age students. If you have any questions specifically about the Backyard Bird Count please contact the teacher of this class, Cindy Julius, at (330) 665-DINO (3466) or by e-mail.

Al Parker with his FalcolnAl Parker Birding Events Schedule Download a poster
Saturday, February 18, 2012

Offsite Birding Class | 9-11 a.m. | $5 per person or $20 per family
Join us as Al Parker leads an interactive birding opportunity. We will observe the winter birds of Ohio, learn to identify some of the more common birds, and learn interesting facts about our wintertime visitors. Wear warm clothing (as we will be sitting still a lot) and please bring your own binoculars, camera, and good mud boots. Quiet children are welcome! Meet at the site listed below promptly.
Location: Wolf Creek Environmental Center also called Alderfer-Oenslager Wildlife Sanctuary next to 5998 Ridge Rd, Sharon, OH 44281.

Creature Feature  – The Wonder of Wings | 2-3 p.m. | $3 per person
Al Parker will be bringing his live falcon to help demonstrate the magnificence of birds! Join us for this exciting workshop and get up close to this wonderful creature! Learn about how birds hunt, what they eat, and of course how to respect these wild animals.
Location: Akron Fossils & Science Center in Sanderson Lecture Hall
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Evening Lecture – Ornithology | 7-8 p.m. | $3 per person / $10 per family (suggested donation)
Come hear Al Parker as he discusses the mechanics of flight, how the anatomy of birds is designed for a life of flying, and the importance of birds in our world. This will be a terrific lecture to learn more about those beautiful creatures we see everyday.
Location: Akron Fossils & Science Center in Sanderson Lecture Hall
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We need to know how many people to expect at each of these birding events. Please call 330-665-DINO (3466) or RSVP via this simple e-mail form

Al Parker Biography
Al Parker was trained as a wildlife biologist at Purdue University. He became a Christian after college and insisted on being baptized in Hamer Creek, where cold water pours from a cave mouth. His 20 years of work for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources gave him the opportunity to re-introduce Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, and River Otters. His interests in all kinds of wildlife, wild plants, and wild places and his love of kids led him to direct wildlife conservation camps at the Wilds in SE Ohio for another 7 years. Al and his wife, Amy, have an outdoor ministry called Canoe Creation where they combine faith, a fascination with God’s handiwork, and their desire to share outdoor fun with others, rappelling from cliffs and canoeing down rivers. Canoe Creations leads our annual end of the summer rappelling trip in Hocking Hills State Park!

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About Akron Fossils & Science Center

Akron Fossils & Science Center features hands-on tours and science activities that put knowledge directly in your hands. Our exhibits display many fossils from Ohio and around the world. In addition to our guided tours, we offer a wide variety of enriching science programs, all hands-on and designed to make science and learning fun and meaningful. We also look forward to having you enjoy our 2 1/2 acre outdoor adventure park called Truassic Park. Our park features a 9-hole mini golf course, giant slide, and 200 FT ZIP- LINE! At Akron Fossils & Science Center, participants and visitors become more than observers; they become researchers, experimenters, and even educators. Our exhibits and programs let you experience science first-hand and encourage understanding and deep, critical thought. A trip to Akron Fossils & Science Center provides more than something to do for one day; it ignites a passion for learning and exploration that lasts a lifetime.

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