A Day in Shreve

Photos from the Shreve Spring Migration Sensation

On one Saturday a year, the English — as they call us — and the Amish converge on the little village of Shreve, Ohio, to compare notes on birding and the natural world, buy and sell conservation-oriented products, watch migratory birds and eat.

The Shreve Spring Migration Sensation has been around for 15 years and has earned a reputation for being one of America’s premiere regional birding events. I’d imagine that even non-birding people would be impressed. And maybe even have a good time.

Getting there is half the fun. Early morning drive through Ohio's countryside — images of natural beauty and a rural civilization past its prime.

Getting there is half the fun. Early morning drive through Ohio’s countryside — images of natural beauty and a rural civilization well past its prime.

 

My involvement at the Shreve Spring Migration Sensation is through the Greater Mohican Audubon Society. Two of our members, Gary Cowell and Don Plant, participated in the event — Gary (in the orange vest) manning a spotting scope at Wright Marsh and Don giving a talk on bats.

wrightmarsh

donbats

 

Many Amish are avid birders, learning the ropes at an early age. Some ride their bicycles from site to site, watching the waterfowl migrating through the area, which is rich in wetlands. Others are driven around in vans by the English, who they hire for that purpose.

gotmilk

 

After a fun day, I headed home on the backroads. Except, this time, I took a back road of a back road and I’m glad I did. Along the way, I spotted these two turkey vultures perched on the chimney of what I believe was an old schoolhouse. (I say that because it had two front doors, a common feature of rural schoolhouses.)

vultures

 

 

 

 

 

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