Birding programs

sure to delight

visitors in June

Join a naturalist for any of the following free programs:

SUMMER BIRDS -- June 11, 9 a.m. Munroe Falls Metro Park / Tallmadge Meadows Area, 1088 North Ave., Tallmadge. New and experienced birders: Join us to identify birds by sight and sound, and learn other ID tips.

BANK SWALLOW WATCH -- June 17, 9 a.m., Cascade Valley Metro Park / Overlook Area, 354 Sackett Ave., Akron. Bank swallows are unique birds. They make their nests in steep, sandy river banks which is awesome to see! Join a naturalist on a short hike to observe a nesting colony of these social birds. Bring binoculars if you have them; some will be provided.

BUCKEYE MARTINFEST -- June 24, 2 p.m., Portage Lakes State Park, 809 State Mill Rd. Akron. Celebrate purple martins, the birds that are aerial acrobats and important insect-eaters. All participants are welcome to feed scrambled eggs to the martins and help with data collection with the Portage Lakes Purple Martin Association. Enjoy crafts for children and adults.

BIRD SCAVENGER HUNT -- June 28, 2 p.m. Silver Creek Metro Park / Pheasant Run Area, 5000 Hametown Rd., Norton. Join a naturalist for a hike along Pheasant Run Trail while searching for various birds on a scavenger hunt.

For more information, call 330-865-8065 or visit

Learn about efforts to 'Free the Falls' in Gorge Metro Park

This month, Summit Metro Parks will host two "Free the Falls" programs in Cuyahoga Falls to educate the public about the effort to remove the Gorge Dam, including the history of dams and why they can negatively impact the environment.

On June 25, from noon to 2 p.m., at River Front Park (2641 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls), visitors can learn about the city of Cuyahoga Falls' cleanup efforts, erosion control projects and water recreation development following the 2013 removal of two local dams. Representatives from The University of Akron's Department of Geology will discuss how these projects coincide with the pending removal of the Gorge Dam. Visitors who wish to get their feet wet in the river may do so during an introduction to the science of sediment transport. After a short walk along the river, presenters will answer questions while participants eat brown-bag lunches brought from home. A quick riverbank cleanup will follow for those who wish to participate.

On June 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Natatorium (2345 Fourth St., Cuyahoga Falls), a public meeting is planned for interested stakeholders and members of the public. A panel discussion will feature the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, its history, its benefits and its role in the Gorge Dam removal.

For more information, call 330-865-8065.