Cleveland has undergone an incredible revival since the Cuyahoga River caught fire and fueled a national environmental movement. Industrial areas now share space with beaver, peregrine falcons and urban habitat restoration projects. The workshop will be entirely in the field visiting the Cleveland Lakefront and areas of the award winning Cleveland Metroparks. Acacia Reservation is a former golf course that is being transitioned into a model urban ecological preserve. Participants will view forest, meadow and stream restoration projects and discuss conservation partnerships and the challenges of transforming a golf course into high quality habitat. Tinkers’ Creek Scenic Gorge is a National Natural Landmark. White-tailed deer research and management, a long-term plant community monitoring program, and the challenges of forest management will be discussed during a hike between the scenic overlook and the beautiful Bridal Veil Falls. Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve is one of the top 10 birding spots in Northeast Ohio. Visitors now hike, enjoy wildlife, and experience the prime views of Lake Erie and the Cleveland skyline on what this former dredge disposal site. Just over 2 miles away are the runways of Burke Lakefront Airport which offers an interesting contrast in use of dredge disposal and wildlife management. Its location and green space on the south shores of Lake Erie offer challenges to keep wildlife and aviation separated. Wildlife research, management, and cooperative partnerships to prevent wildlife collisions with aircraft will be discussed as well as management techniques specific to airports. This workshop is designed to learn first-hand about conservation in an urban environment and provide opportunities to “compare notes” about urban wildlife management.
Organizers: Jon Cepek, Cleveland Metroparks, Cleveland, OH; David Drake, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI; Chris Moorman, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Supported by: TWS Urban Wildlife Working Group; Cleveland Metroparks; University of Wisconsin-Madison; North Carolina State University; USDA Wildlife Services; Ohio Division of Wildlife