Mosquito Lake's Big Birding Weekend

Basic Info

May 17, 2024 - May 19, 2024
Mosquito Lake State Park
1439 Wilson Sharpsville Rd
Cortland, Ohio 44410

Price

Free

Contact

Mosquito Lake Park Office
Birding

Friday May 17 (Kickoff of Mosquito Lake’s 2nd Big Birding Weekend)
Birders Meet and Greet Social
● 5:00 to 7:00 PM
● Join us at the beach pavilion and mingle with other birders from the area as we
prepare for the Big Birding Weekend at the lake. Registration for kayaking and
pontoon boat excursions on Saturday and Sunday will be available. Refreshments
and snacks will be provided.
● Location: Beach Pavilion
● Please check the Big Birding Weekend page for updates and information.

Opening Ceremony: An Overview of a Birder’s Year Round Paradise
● 6:00 to 6:45 PM
● Local birder and international tour guide Larry Richardson along with local birder
and one of Mosquito Lake’s prothonotary warbler cavity nesting volunteers Steve
Craiger will provide a sneak peek of the phenomenal birding that lays upon the
shores of Mosquito Creek Lake.
● Location: Beach Pavilion
● Please check the Big Birding Weekend page for updates and information.
● Registration Link: An Overview of a Birder’s Year Round Paradise

Our Owls of Mosquito Lake: Barred Owls
● 6:45-7:30 PM
● Naturalist Jason Lee and retired naturalist Cindy
Orth introduce you to one of our nocturnal raptors,
the barred owl. Don’t miss this opportunity to get an
up-close look at this magnificent bird.
● Location: Beach Pavilion
● Please check the Big Birding Weekend page for
updates and information.
● Registration Link: Our Owls of Mosquito Lake:
Barred Owls

Owl Prowl
● 7:45 to 9:00 PM
● Join us for either a night hike on Beaver Trail or through the campground. We’ll call
for barred and eastern screech owls to see if we can get them to call back or sneak a
peek at these amazing hunters of the night.
● Location: Parking lot between the archery range and camp store
● Please check the Big Birding Weekend page for updates and information.
● Registration Link: Owl Prowl

Saturday May 18
Warbler Walk
● 7:00 AM and 8:30 AM
● Local birder Rick Nelson and Mahoning Valley Audubon Society president Jason Short
will lead you on a short hike around the Lakeview Recreation Area Trail. This is an
easy stroll for any birder who wants to sneak a peek at some of the warblers that
visit our lovely lake. Meet at the fire ring on the right as you pull into the parking lot.
● Location: Lakeview Recreation Area Trail
● Please check the Big Birding Weekend page for updates and information.
● Registration Links: 7:00 AM Walk, 8:00 AM Walk, and 11:00 AM Walk

Birding with Larry
● 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM
● Take a stroll with Larry Richardson, a local birder with over 50 years of experience on
one of our most fantastic birding trails at Mosquito Lake. Larry is an international
birding tour guide that has a wealth of knowledge to share. You are never going to
leave a hike without learning something new from Larry.
● Location: Turkey Run Trail Staging Area
● Please check the Big Birding Weekend page for updates and information.
● Registration Links: 7:00 AM Birding with Larry and 9:00 AM Birding with Larry
Bird House Building and Conservation (Limited Space 20 Participants)
● 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM
● Join the Urcheks, a local lakeside family of dedicated volunteers as they share their
love of the lake and the avian species that call it home with a chance to build a bird
house to take home with you. Local bluebirder Robin Hineman and Ohio Bluebird
Board of Trustees Heather Harris will be on hand to educate you and your family on
the conservation responsibility that comes with owning a bird house. To share the
event with everyone, only one bird house per family please. You must register
in order to participate in this event. You will receive a confirmation the week
of the event if you are one of the 20.
● Location: Mosquito Lake Marina Parking Lot
● Registration Links: 10:00 AM Building and 1:00 PM Building

Birding Photography 101
● 10:00 AM
● Steve Craiger and Christine Cope will be on
hand to walk you through the odds and
ends of birding photography. Steve will
have amazing photographs of his favorite
avian species, the Prothonotary Warbler
and Christine will have some breathtaking
shots of her raptor of choice, Osprey.
● Location: Trumbull County Agricultural &
Family Education Center
● Please check the Big Birding Weekend page for updates and information.
● Registration Link: Photography 101
Prothonotary Program
● 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM
● Join Loyd Marshall, who is not only one of our local experts on Prothonotary
Warblers but also organizes the cavity nesting program around the lake. This
informative presentation on the viewing platform will leave you loving these
beautiful birds.
● Location: Lakeview Recreation Area Trail
● Please check the Big Birding Weekend page for updates and information.
● Registration Links: 10:00 AM Prothonotary and 2:00 PM Prothonotary
Pontoon Boat Birding Excursions
● 8:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, and 6:00 PM (Times subject to change)
● Allow a local birder to take you for a short two hour tour of the lake. You may not be
able to see all of our 7,850-acre lake, but you may be able to sneak a peek at some of
our feathered friends from the water. Spots are limited for each trip. Sign-up
Friday May 17th at the Meet and Greet.

● Location: Announced when participants register.
● Please check the Big Birding Weekend page for updates and information.

Backyard Birding (Family Birding)
● 10:00 to 10:45 AM
● Amy Reeher, District Administrator for Trumbull County Soil and Water, will get you
up and running for your at home birding experience in the backyard. What birds can
you attract with what seeds? Come and find out.
● Location: Trumbull County Agricultural & Family Education Center
● Please check the Big Birding Weekend page for updates and information.
● Registration Link: Backyard Birding
ABC Scavenger Hunt (Family Birding)
● 11:00 to 11:45 AM
● Search for various items in the environment to complete a scavenger hunt. Prizes
will be awarded!
● Location: Trumbull County Agricultural & Family Education Center
● Please check the Big Birding Weekend page for updates and information.
● Registration Link: ABC Scavenger Hunger (Family Birding)
Food Trucks by the Beach
● 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM
● Hungry? We have set up a selection from
the most amazing food trucks in Trumbull
County. Even if you are not at the lake for
the birding, your stomach will want to stop
out for this collection of the county's best.

Location: Parking Lot by the Beach Pavilion
● Please check the Big Birding Weekend page
for updates and information.
Kayaking Birding Excursions
● 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM (Times subject to change)
● Join the Army Corp of Engineers as they kayak on the North side of the lake. Spots
are limited for each trip. Sign-up Friday May 17th at the Birders Meet & Greet Social.
● Location: Mahan-Denman Ramp
● Please check the Big Birding Weekend page for updates and information.

The Largest Swallow of North America: Purple Martins
● 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
● Discover the fascinating world of Purple Martins through our program Loyd, Casey
and Cyndie! Learn about their unique nesting habits, migratory patterns, and how to
create a welcoming environment for these beautiful birds in your backyard. Join us
to explore the conservation efforts at the park.
● Location: Lakeview Recreation Area Trail
● Please check the Big Birding Weekend page for updates and information.
● Registration Links: Purple Matins
Raptor Hallow Live Bird Show
● 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM
● Josh Kuszmaul from Raptor Hallow is bringing some feathered friends for you to
meet firsthand. This live bird program will surely make you wanting to get out there
and start looking for birds in the wild on your own.
● Location: Mosquito Lake Amphitheater
● Please check the Big Birding Weekend page for updates and information.
● Registration Link: 2:00 PM Raptor Hallow and 4:00 PM Raptor Hallow

Family Birding Stations: For Birders of All Ages
● 1:00 to 3:00 PM
● Come participate in any or all of the following fun activities, as your time allows.
1. Build a Nest - (STEM Challenge) Discover the different types of nests birds make
use of and participate in a challenge to build a nest that can hold the biggest chick.
2. Build a Hummingbird Feeder - Learn how and what to feed a hummingbird and
build your own hummingbird feeder from reused materials.
3. Build a Pinecone Feeder - Learn about the types of birds that enjoy peanut butter
and suet, and why and make a feeder using a pinecone.
4. Delightful Dendrology - Learn about native trees that are important for bird
habitat. Make leaf rubbings, identify trees, and take home a native tree!
5. Bird Morphology - Learn about the structure and function of a bird's anatomy that
make it especially suited to be a bird.
● Location: Trumbull County Agricultural & Family Education Center
● Please check the Big Birding Weekend page for updates and information.
● Registration Link: Family Birding Station

Birding Hike on the Bridle Trail of Mosquito Lake
● 1:00 PM
● Experience a beautiful walk with Amanda and Matt Sloan on a birding hike at the
Mosquito Lake Bridle Trail! Get ready for an unforgettable journey through the
picturesque trail with a lush tree canopy that promises a delightful surprises as you
explore the diverse bird species living in this beautiful park.
● Location: Mosquito Lake Horse Trail
● Please check the Big Birding Weekend page for updates and information.
● Registration Links: Birding Hike on the Bridle Trail of Mosquito Lake
Mosquito Lake’s Bluebirds
● 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
● Cathy Poponak and Theresa Craiger, two of Mosquito Lake’s Bluebird Cavity Nesting
volunteers will take you on walk among the boxes that they monitor for the park.
Learn about the program and see if you are interested in helping us with this
amazing conservation project.
● Location: Mosquito Lake Amphitheater
● Please check the Big Birding Weekend
page for updates and information.
● Registration Link: 1:00 PM Bluebirds and
5:00 PM Bluebirds

Our Greatest Local Fisherman: The Osprey
● 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM
● Take a journey and experience ten
seasons in the life of a male osprey as he comes home to Cortland every March to
mate and raise his young. Learn all about these birds and the ups and downs of
their remarkable struggle for survival.
● Location: Trumbull County Agricultural & Family Education Center
● Please check the Big Birding Weekend page for updates and information.
● Registration Link: The Osprey

Eurasian Eagle Owl and Owl Pellet Dissection
● 6:30 PM to 7:15 PM
● If you have been to our Owl Prowls, then you know Bob and Kathy. They will be
bringing an Eurasian Eagle Owl and Barred Owls for the show. Afterwards, join Cathy
Poponak and Theresa Craiger for an owl pellet dissection to investigate what owls
eat.
● Location: Mosquito Lake Amphitheater
● Please check the Big Birding Weekend page for updates and information.
● Registration Link: Owl Show and Pellet Dissection
Birders Movie Night Out
● 8:30 PM
● Gather with us to relax after a long day of fun at the amphitheater to wrap up things
up for the evening with a movie about what else, birds. Hungry, don’t worry, we will
have free popcorn to feed your flock. Feel free to bring a chair and anything you
want to roast on the fire.
● Location: Mosquito Lake Amphitheater
● Please check the Big Birding Weekend page for updates and information.

 

Sunday May 19
Shenango Wildlife Area Spring Migration Birding
● 8:00 AM to 11:00AM
● Join ODNR Divisions of Natural Areas & Preserves and
the Wildlife at the Shenango Wildlife Area, one of
Audubon’s Important Bird Areas in Ohio. Visitors will
have a chance to observe and photograph the variety of
migratory birds found at this unique wildlife area.
● Location: Milligan Road Parking Area
● Please check the Big Birding Weekend page for updates
and information.
● Registration Link: Shenango Wildlife Area Spring Migration Birding

Pontoon Boat Birding Excursions
● 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM (Times subject to change)
● Allow a local birder to take you for a short two hour tour of the lake. You may not be
able to see all of our 7,850-acre lake, but you may be able to sneak a peek at some of
our feathered friends from the water. Spots are limited for each trip. Sign-up
Friday May 17th at the Meet and Greet.
● Location: Announced when participants register.
● Please check the Big Birding Weekend page for updates and information.
Birding with Larry
● 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM
● Take a stroll with Larry Richardson, a local birder with over 50 years of experience on
one of our most fantastic birding trails at Mosquito Lake. Larry is an international
birding tour guide that has a wealth of knowledge to share. You are never going to
leave a hike without learning something new from Larry.
● Location: Turkey Run Trail Staging Area
● Please check the Big Birding Weekend page for updates and information.
● Registration Links: 12:00 PM Birding with Larry and 3:00 PM Birding with Larry

Birding Hike on the Bridle Trail of Mosquito Lake
● 1:00 PM
● Experience a beautiful walk with Amanda and Matt
Sloan on a birding hike at the Mosquito Lake Bridle
Trail! Get ready for an unforgettable journey through
the picturesque trail with a lush tree canopy that
promises a delightful surprises as you explore the
diverse bird species living in this beautiful park.
● Location: Mosquito Lake Horse Trail
● Please check the Big Birding Weekend page for
updates and information.
● Registration Links: Birding Hike on the Bridle Trail of
Mosquito Lake