April 28, 2018 @ 8:30 am

Enjoy a birding expedition to the wilds of the Scioto River at AOA’s sprawling Marsha Gunder Schneider Preserve in Pickaway County. We will visit different parts of the preserve – wetland pond, bottomland forests, prairies, streams and forested riparian corridor along the Scioto. Visit the 5-foot diameter ~500-year old oak on the river bank that has watched over the river since the Shawnee lived under its branches.

While hiking we will search for early migrants that are winging their way north along the Scioto River fly-way. We will also check out the resident birds and summer breeders in the area – plus the heron rookery in the large sycamore trees along the river. All levels of birders are welcome.

The hike will be tailored to the participants interest in the habitats and bird species. We are estimating a 2-hour hike through about 2 miles of bottomland areas. Feel free to stay shorter or longer if you like, and explore more of the property and the 500 acres preserved by AOA at the confluence of the Scioto and Scippo Creek.

Sisters Melanie Shuter and Marcia Brehmer will lead the hike. Growing up in Circleville they have spent most of their adult lives birding and have participated in the Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas. They are currently helping to compile a census of bird species at the Preserve.

The Marsha G. Schneider Preserve is a bottomland environment that stays very wet in the spring and early summer. Recent floods inundated the property. Expect a wet site and dress appropriately for a variety of wet conditions including potential standing water. Waterproof hiking boots or footware with high tops are recommended to stay dry and comfortable.

The Birdwatching Hike and other AOA events are free and open to the public. This activity will be held rain or shine – so please come prepared and dress appropriately for the weather.

Time: Meet at 8:30 a.m.
What to Bring: Snacks, lunch and/or drinks of your choice
Location: Martha G. Schneider Preserve is located at 27721 River Drive. This is the approximate location of the dirt driveway entrance to the property. Look for an AOA sign at the driveway entrance. Turn south into the driveway and travel through the farm fields. Take your first right and head for the small metal barn at the woods edge.