WBU Nature Hike Series

2018 Fall Nature Hike Series

Join us this fall 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!



Saturday, October 6, 2018 9 AM - 11 AM

Blendon Woods Metro Park 

Join Anna at Blendon Woods Metro Park to hike the nature trails to Thoreau Pond. We will scope the pond for waterfowl that could include Wood Ducks, Redhead, American Black Ducks, Blue-winged and Green-winged Teal, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Hooded Mergansers, Bufflehead, Ring-necked Ducks, Ruddy Ducks, and more. We may also find some shorebirds if water levels are low. We should see good woodpecker diversity, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Blue-headed Vireos, kinglets, White-throated Sparrows, and Lincoln’s Sparrow. 23 warbler species are possible at Blendon Woods this time of year!

Located at 4265 E Dublin Granville Rd, we will meet at the nature center and hike the paved trails to the bird blinds. (40.070852, -82.873507)

Google Map of Blendon Woods


Saturday, October 13, 2018 9 AM - 11 AM

OSU Wetlands (Shiermeier Olentangy River Wetland) 

As fall migration winds down, join Anna Wittmer to hike through OSU’s wetland and along the Olentangy Trail. We will look for any late migrating warblers, flycatchers, and thrushes. We will also look for many of our year-around or winter residents, including woodpeckers, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Wood Ducks, Cedar Waxwings, and Ruby- and Golden-crowned Kinglets. This property is adjacent to Union Cemetery where we will also check for Merlin, who often overwinter at this location.

We will meet in the parking lot located at 352 West Dodridge St. (40.018515, -83.020075)

 Google Map of OSU Wetland


Saturday, October 20, 2018 9 AM - 11AM

Glacier Ridge Metro Park

Join Doc Jordan to enjoy the fall foliage at Glacier Ridge Metro Park for our LAST hike of the Fall season. We will hike the Marsh Hawk Trail to look for many of our winter residents. We will hope to see a variety of woodpecker, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Cedar Waxwings, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, American Goldfinch, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and more!

We will meet in the parking lot near the restrooms (40.154707, -83.196132) located at 9801 Hyland-Croy Rd across the roundabout from the elementary school.

Google Map of Glacier Ridge Metro Park