2019 Spring Nature Hike Series and Events


Join us this spring on our weekly birding and nature hikes around Columbus! All hikes start promptly at 9AM. Please plan to arrive early to park your vehicle and prepare any gear you’ll need for the morning. All hikes are rain or shine but may be delayed in the event of bad storms. Guides will be at the starting locations regardless. For any questions or directions, contact Chris, Anna, or Doc at 614-766-2103

We look forward to seeing you on the trail!



Friday, February 15 - Monday, February 18, 2019 – All Day

Where: Your Backyard!

Fill your feeders, grab your field guide and binoculars, and join National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for the 22nd Annual Great Backyard Bird Count. Count the birds in your own backyard for a minimum of 15 minutes, or as long as you’d like. Report your findings online at birdcount.org

Follow these links to learn more.

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Instructions PDF



Saturday, April 6, 2019 – 9AM-11AM

Shale Hollow Park 

Join Doc Jordan on the Overlook Trail. ***This trail is strenuous and unimproved. Expect steep grades, mud, narrow paths, and roots. *** We will look for one of the earliest migrating warblers, the Louisiana Waterthrush, in addition to Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Brown Creeper, Hermit Thrush, and all of the possible woodpeckers that are native to Ohio. The Overlook Trail follows a ridge along a stream through the woods. Click here for a list of recently seen birds.

We will meet in the parking lot near the nature center. (40.2059023,-83.0384941)

6320 Artesian Run, Lewis Center, OH 43035



Tuesday, April 9, 2019 – 12PM-1PM

Spring Hollow Lodge - Wildlife of Sri Lanka Travel Presentation

Bring your lunch and join Anna Wittmer as she recalls her wildlife adventures in Sri Lanka. She will share photos and talk about the reptiles, birds, and mammals she saw while traveling the island. 

1069 W. Main Street Westerville, OH 43081 (40.122220, -82.964145)


Saturday, April 13, 2019 – 9AM-11AM

Green Lawn Cemetery 

Join Anna Wittmer and Doc Jordan at the Historic Green Lawn Cemetery to look for migrating raptors such as Broad-winged Hawk and Red-tailed Hawk, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Yellow-shafted Flicker, Winter Wren, Hermit Thrush, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Pine Siskin, Fox Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, Brown Thrasher, and early arriving warblers! Green Lawn Cemetery is home to a beautiful variety of over 4,000 old-growth and newly planted trees, including several state champion trees. Click here for a list of recently seen birds.

We will meet at the Huntington Chapel (39.940354, -83.032024) Follow the main drive in, then keep right at the fork until you see the large chapel building. (This is NOT the first building as you enter the cemetery gates.)

1000 Greenlawn Ave



Saturday, April 20, 2019 – 9AM-10:30AM

Kiwanis Riverway Park

Join Doc for an easy stroll along the Scioto River at Kiwanis Riverway Park. Fully paved and smooth boardwalk trails make this park accessible to wheelchairs, strollers, and other mobility devices. Be aware that the trail entrance does have a hill. Kiwanis is often a good park to see a variety of woodpeckers, including Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and occasionally even a Pileated Woodpecker! We will look for migrating warblers, vireos, and flycatchers, and the resident Great Blue Herons, Belted Kingfishers, and Eastern Bluebirds. Mornings at Kiwanis can be an exciting time to see Turkey Vultures and the occasional Black Vulture at close range, as they roost in the dead ash trees. Click here for a list of recently seen birds.

We will meet in the trailhead parking lot. Look for the Quarry Business Place sign on Riverside Dr, just north of Martin Rd. and south of the 161/33 roundabout. (40.096791, -83.108868)



Saturday, April 27, 2019 – Hike 9AM-10AM, Presentation 12PM-1PM

Ohio Bird Sanctuary 

Join Anna Wittmer in Mansfield, Ohio during the Mohican Wildlife Weekend. Anna will lead a birding hike at 9AM on the Ohio Bird Sanctuary trails. Following the hike, at 12PM, Anna will be presenting on her national and international birding travels, and how birds have shaped her path in life. While you’re in the area, feel free to stay at the Ohio Bird Sanctuary for other events, or check out the weekend’s events at Gorman Nature Center, Clearfork Reservoir, Malabar Farm State Park, Mohican State Park, and more! Click here for a list of recently seen birds at the Ohio Bird Sanctuary.

3774 Orweiler Rd, Mansfield, OH 44903 

Please note that there will be a parking fee at the Ohio Bird Sanctuary. For more information, please call the Ohio Bird Sanctuary at 419-884-4295, or visit the Mohican Wildlife Weekend website



Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 9AM-11AM

Highbanks Metro Park 

Join Doc Jordan at Highbanks Metro Park in search of warblers, thrushes, native sparrows and more! We will meet at the nature center, then head out on the Coyote Run Trail. The trail starts with a wooded edge line ideal for eastern wood warblers, then opens up into an open prairie full of Eastern Bluebirds, native sparrows and raptors. Click here for a list of recently seen birds.

Hiking boots are recommended, as the unimproved pet trail can be muddy and uneven.

Link to Google Maps



Saturday, May 18, 2019 – 9AM-11AM

Blendon Woods Metro Park 

Join Anna Wittmer at Blendon Woods Metro Park in search of migrating warblers, tanagers, orioles, sparrows, waterfowl and Wild Turkeys. We will meet in front of the Nature Center and hike the gravel Lake Trail to Thoreau Lake. 34 species of warblers are possible this time of year at Blendon Woods! Click here for a list of recently seen birds.

Link to Google Maps



Saturday, May 25, 2019 – 9AM-11AM

Emily Traphagen Park 

Join Doc Jordan in Powell at the hidden gem of Emily Traphagen Preserve. We will hike on gravel and grassy trails through wooded and open grassland habitats in search of Eastern Bluebirds, many species of woodpeckers, warblers, Great Blue Herons, and more! Click here for a list of recently seen birds.


Link to Google Maps



Saturday, June 1, 2019 – 9AM-11AM

Antrim Park 

Hike along the Olentangy River and Antrim Lake with Anna Wittmer. We will be on the lookout for Baltimore Orioles, Gray Catbirds, eastern warblers, vireos, and more! Click here for a list of recently seen birds.

The lower river trail can often be muddy! Boots are recommended. Follow the Antrim Park driveway past the soccer fields. Park and walk under the bridge and across the bike trail. We will meet on the wooden lake platform.

Link to Google Maps



Saturday, June 8, 2019 – 9AM-11AM

Whetstone Park of Roses 

Join Doc Jordan to look for warblers, Baltimore Orioles, and a variety of woodpeckers, including Red-headed Woodpecker! We will hike through a wet prairie and wooded habitat.Click here for a list of recently seen birds.

Link to Google Maps



Saturday, June 15, 2019 – 9AM-11AM

Glacier Ridge Metro Park

Join Doc Jordan at Glacier Ridge Metro Park. We will meet at the shelter house to hike the Marsh Hawk Trail through forest, wetland, and prairie habitats. Our targets will include warblers, grassland sparrows, Bobolinks, woodpeckers, and more. Click here for a list of recently seen birds.

Take a left at the roundabout, across from the elementary school. The shelter house parking area is on the back side of the main driveway loop.

Link to Google Maps