Land trust hosts ‘Nature of Spring Migration’ tour on Lake Erie shore, May 15-20, 2017

Central Colorado Conservancy is hosting a weeklong nature tour along the shore of Ohio’s Lake Erie in May. The Salida-based nonprofit hosts annual educational trips that benefit the land trust’s conservation work in Central Colorado. The trips are open to members and non-members of the organization.

Past nature experiences include wildlife watching in Yellowstone National Park and rafting on the Rio Grande River in Big Bend National Park. This year’s six-day, five-night trip set for May 15-20 explores “The Nature of Spring Migration” along the Lake Erie shore between Toledo and Cleveland.

“Experiencing the thousands of songbirds that gather on the Lake Erie shore in springtime is one of nature’s spectacles that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime,” Central Colorado Conservancy Volunteer Naturalist Sally Waterhouse said.

Focusing on wildlife watching, natural history, ecology, photography and education, trip participants will visit nature preserves and refuges that provide the greatest diversity and numbers of migrating birds and other wildlife. Waterhouse and the Conservancy’s Executive Director, Andrew Mackie, will lead the tour with local nature guides and conservation professionals.

Mackie is an experienced birder who has led nature tours on three continents. He is a trained ecologist with a focus on wetlands, wildlife management, and resource protection. Waterhouse has a Master’s in Zoology from the Miami University of Ohio. She taught ecology for 20 years at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Contact the Conservancy at 539-7700 or email Mackie at [email protected] for more trip details and to register, or visit

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