last updated 2/6/2021
For a number of years, naturalist Pat Rydquist led a group of birders at Firestone Metro Park every Friday morning in May. This activity attracted about twenty to thirty participants every week. After Pat retired around 2017, many of her followers continued the tradition on their own. We still meet around 7:30am beginning the last Friday in April and every Friday through May. Think in terms of a gathering of friends who enjoy birding together. There are always several very good birders present and we all help one another find and identify species.
In May 2020 we found twenty species of warblers in one day. All levels of birders are welcome. Participants can arrive and leave at any time, we walk very slowly and the trails are well groomed and flat.
How to Participate
Meet at the bridge over the race/feeder canal nearest the Warner Rd. parking lot at Tuscarawas Meadows in the park at 7:30am on any Friday during Spring Warbler migration. The first leg of the walk is always along the canal and we walk slowly, so it is easy for late arrivals to find us. If you are using GPS, you can enter the address: 2620 Harrington Road Akron 44319. For any questions about the walk, contact Ned DeLamatre at firstname.lastname@example.org