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Saturday, September 23

Migration along the urban Scioto

Meetup: South Scioto boat launch, Scioto MetroPark

Time: 8:00 Am – 1:00 PM

Join us as we experience Autumn migration in downtown Columbus. We’ll start at Scioto MetroPark, then work our way upstream along the Scioto River greenbelt. This green corridor in the middle of urban Columbus is a good migrant funnel, and we expect to find a variety of migrating waterbirds, swallows, flycatchers, vireos, warblers, and the like. Be prepared for plenty of walking; trip should be over by 1 PM. For more details contact Rob Thorn, 614-551-0643 or


Saturday, October 7

Migrants of the Olentangy Corridor

Meetup: Antrim Lake parking area

Time: 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Early waterfowl, raptors, and daytime landbird migrants should be the stars, along with Fall foliage, when we visit this urban greenbelt in north Columbus. We’ll dodge the morning runners to see why Antrim is one of Columbus’ best-kept birding secrets, then we’ll move upstream to the excellent new River Bluffs section of Highbanks MetroPark. Dress for unpredictable weather, but running shoes aren’t necessary :-). For more details, contact Rob Thorn, 614-551-0643 or


Sunday, October 22

Migration at Alum Lake & Hoover Reservoir

Meetup: Westerville Community Center

Time: 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Migration should be very good as we survey these two reservoirs north of Columbus. We’ll start at Alum, where the small woodlands at the southern end of the Lake are excellent migrant traps, and the wide lower reservoir attracts a wide variety of waterfowl. After taking in the morning migrants there, we’ll move to the upper end of nearby Hoover Reservoir.   Bring sturdy shoes (for lots of wet walking on dewy trails), snacks, and a windbreaker/jacket if the weather is cold. For more details contact Rob Thorn, 614-551-0643 or