FYI An Ohio River Valley Tradition (or soon to be, I think)
The 4th annual Adams County Amish Birding Symposium is being held on March 4 at Yoder's Log Homes in the Wheat Ridge area of Adams County.The details are as follows:
Speakers and Topics Include:
Chris Bedel, Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, Edge of Appalachia Preserve,
Roman Mast, Adams County Amish Community
Dennis Kline, Holmes County Amish Community
"Adventures of a Stay at Home Birder: Finding and Appreciating Birds in your Locality.
Julie Zickefoose, Wildlife Artist, Writer and Naturalist, Whipple, Ohio
Field Trip: "Winter Water Birds of Adams Lake State Park "
Jay Stenger, Cincinnati "Identification Challenges of Some Similar Ohio Species"
Marja Bakermans, Ph.D candidate Ohio State University
Tom Hissong, Aullwood Audubon Center
Adams County Amish Bird Symposium
Saturday, March 3, 2007
1372 Freeland Hollow Road
Mail registration form and non-refundable $12
registration fee (payable to Cincinnati Museum Center) to:
Edge of Appalachia Preserve
3223 Waggoner Riffle Road
West Union, Ohio 45693
$12 Registration fee (non-refundable)
Children 12 and under Free
Presently there are fewer than 100 reservation spaces available, so if you are interested, please send in your reservations.
Photo from the Nature Conservancy web site.
Adams County Amish Bird Symposium: March 3, 2007
Well, I just had to report on the Amish Birding Symposium in Adams County! It was great fun and even my DH liked it and he's not too interested in Birding, to say the least!
I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning more about our regional birds (experts or neophytes) and it's affordable too at only $12 for the whole day's worth of talks and information.
The trick is to sign up early--the Symposium sold out rights away--they had 350 tickets to sell. The Amish and the Nature Conservancy put on a wonderful day for birders and I think everyone appreciated it!
Before I enlarged the pic, I thought it was a group of bald eagles. Just had a good chuckle when I enlarged it, thinking to myself "real Amish birds!" LOL
Sounds like a great time!
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It was fun to participate and take in the local color. There were not too many photos taken I think because of the respect for the sensibilities of the Amish there, so the one above was borrowed from the Nature Conservancy program. Although it was fairly typical of the day.
if you want to go next year, I recommend the Murphin Ridge Inn as a place to stay. Very comfortable, delicious regional cooking and in the middle of an Amish neighborhood and the symposium was just down the road a quarter of a mile in a big (unlit) barn in a field.
You guys still around? When is this? I regularly frequent this area. I have a camper set up at a private lake in Peebles. How do I get in on the next one? I have a burning need to be able to tell a whip-poor-will from a chuck-will's widow on sight.
Melis (Joke. It was a joke.)(But I'm serious about the thingy.)
I watch the Cincinnati Birding message board for announcements about it, or you can call Chris Bedel at the Edge of Appalachia and get on his mailing list. Scroll down on this link to find his contact info.
It's a fun and interesting day, and as you can imagine, the tickets sell out early!
thank you. I really hope it's something I can get in on. Love the area and am intensely interested in the subject.