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Annual Christmas Bird Count at Schrader Center This Saturday

Annual Christmas Bird Count

8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Saturday, December 22
Schrader Environmental Education Center, Oglebay

northerncardinal1.jpgLove birds? Want to see how many you can locate around Oglebay Park? Join the Schrader Center staff and participate in the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Saturday, December 22 at the Schrader Center in Oglebay Park. The longest running Citizen Science survey in the world, the Christmas Bird Count provides critical data on bird health and population trends. We’ll be scouting the area for all types of birds and then submitting our collective data to the Audubon Society’s census.

Help make a difference for science and bird conservation. Participate in the Christmas Bird Count this year. We’ll even provide the snacks and coffee! For more information, contact Greg Park at the Schrader Center, 304-242-6855. You can also visit the National Audubon Society’s website.

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Winter Birding — Less Foliage, Better Spotting

winteratoglebay4.jpgBy Jake Francis, Director of Environmental Education — Have you ever tried to start birding only to be overwhelmed by the shear number of field marks, shapes, and calls of the spring migration? I know that in my case keeping track of every possible spring bird is a huge task to say the least, and one that seems insurmountable to novice birders.  On the other hand, the winter is a spectacular time for beginning birders to hone their identification and spotting abilities on a smaller set of familiar birds.  The lack of foliage and the fact that birds congregate in mixed flocks around fruit-bearing plants makes finding birds and getting a good look at them particularly easy.

Prunus_serotina

Black Cherry

Start by searching out black cherry trees (Prunus serotina), poison ivy vines (Toxicodendron radicans), and Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quniquefolia), and visit them in the early morning.  You should be able to find Waxwings, Thrushes, Bluebirds, Catbirds, and Warblers.  Additionally beginning birders should look for coniferous trees which attract many northern birds that prefer their seeds.  Some of these northern birds are only in our area during the winter (e.g. Siskins, Crossbills, and Kinglets), and add some challenge throughout the winter.

Cedar Wax Wing

Cedar Wax Wing

Finally there are many winter bird counts that occur during the month of December that give novices a chance to interact with, and learn from more seasoned ornithologists.  This year the Christmas Bird Count, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is free to all participants   There are many circles in our area to be surveyed including Oglebay Park (December 22)  and Buffalo Creek (December 16).  Interested parties can contact Greg Park or Jake Francis at the Schrader Center, 304-242-6855, for more information on the counts and birding in general.

Birdseed for Sale at the Schrader Center!

Birdseed is back at the Schrader Center! And not just any old birdseed. Our seed is made from the stuff birds love to eat! We have premium quality ingredients at the best possible prices. Our seeds do not include fillers or pesticides. Our staff has worked to develop special mixes that are guaranteed to attract birds to your backyard feeder.

Oglebay Best:  ($25/25# bag) — A mix of black oil sunflower, white millet, striped sunflower and safflower seeds.

Oglebay Divine: ($25/25# bag) — A mix of the same seeds, plus peanut chunks. Our specialty mixes will attract birds like blue jays, chickadees, cardinals, finches, grosbeaks, juncos, sparrows, nuthatches, titmice and woodpeckers.

Black Oil Sunflower: ($20/25# bag) — The #1 choice for backyard birds and is high in quality proteins and essential oils.

Nyjer Thistle: ($15/10# bag & $30/25# bag) — Imported from Asia and Africa. This tiny, black seed is heat sterilized to prevent seed germination. It is a favorite of finches with its high calorie count and oil content.

Sunflower Chips: ($35/25# bag) — The only true no waste, no mess feed available. With almost no shell, you get more feed per pound and no messy hulls to clean up.

Suet Cakes in peanut, wild bird and woodpecker blends: ($1.25/11oz) — The suet cakes consist of rendered beef fat and a mix of seeds, grains and vitamins. These are our most affordable feeding option for birds.

Squirrel Snacks ($6.00/3oz) — Keep the squirrels happy, too this winter!

Over the years, we’ve learned that the better the seed, the more fun you’ll have watching the birds, and your annual bird feeding costs will be lower. We also offer feeders to hold the seed, field guides to identify the bird types in your backyard and binoculars and spotting scopes to help you see the birds up close.

Plus, Oglebay Institute members get a 15% discount! The annual Oglebay Institute bird seed sale has been a tradition for more than 50 years, and the proceeds support environmental education programming for Ohio Valley schools. Stop by and pick up birdseed for your backyard birds. Located in Oglebay Park, the Schrader Center is open 10am-5 pm, Monday though Saturday and noon-5pm, Sundays through December. Call us at 304-242-6855 for more information.

Bird Seed Sale at the Schrader Center

We sell birdseed at the Schrader Center! And not just any old birdseed. Our seed is made from the stuff birds love to eat! We have premium quality ingredients at the best possible prices. Our seeds do not include fillers or pesticides. Our staff has worked to develop two special mixes that are guaranteed to attract birds to your backyard feeder. Our Oglebay Best is a mix of black oil sunflower, white millet, striped sunflower and safflower seeds. Our Oglebay Divine is a mix of the same seeds, plus peanut chunks. Our specialty mixes will attract birds like blue jays, chickadees, cardinals, finches, grosbeaks, juncos, sparrows, nuthatches, titmice and woodpeckers.

Our Black Oil Sunflower is the #1 choice for backyard birds and is high in quality proteins and essential oils. We also carry Nyjer Thistle, imported from Asia and Africa. This tiny, black seed is heat sterilized to prevent seed germination. It is a favorite of finches with its high calorie count and oil content. Birds love our Striped Sunflower seed for the same reason that it’s popular with humans–high levels of protein, carbohydrates and essential fats and oils. Our Sunflower Chips are the only true no waste, no mess feed available. With almost no shell, you get more feed per pound and no messy hulls to clean up. We also carry suet cakes in peanut, wild bird and woodpecker blends. The suet cakes consist of rendered beef fat and a mix of seeds, grains and vitamins. These are our most affordable feeding option for birds.

Over the years, we’ve learned that the better the seed, the more fun you’ll have watching the birds, and your annual bird feeding costs will be lower. Plus, Oglebay Institute members get a 10% discount! The annual Oglebay Institute bird seed sale has been a tradition for more than 50 years, and the proceeds support environmental education programming for Ohio Valley schools. Stop by and pick up birdseed for your backyard birds.