CENTERBURG — Centerburg Joint Recreation District is sponsoring opportunities to enjoy March with two exciting “Celebration in the Skies Fun Family Weekend” outdoor programs.
On Saturday at 6:30 p.m., CJRD is sponsoring a “Woodcock Watch” to observe courtship flights of a very unusual bird. Participants can meet at the Centerburg Memorial Park at the intersection of U.S. 36 and Ohio 314 for a short drive to a nearby farm.
“If you have never seen this before, it is a real treat and a great way to spend a spring evening with the family,” said Gary Moore, Program Coordinator for CJRD. “It starts with a short hike to the ‘dancing grounds’ where we enjoy sounds of spring as sunset nears. Then just after sunset, we may hear the first ‘buzzing’ sounds of the male woodcock. When that sound stops, we start looking for the ‘take off’ flight which begins a spiraling lift off that sometimes reaches 300 feet in the air that is followed by a swooping descent back to the beginning point. If we are lucky, the group can sneak closer for a look at a bird that is really striking with a three-inch beak, eyes near the top of its head and a squat camouflage appearance. Children especially enjoy the adventure of listening for and spotting the birds once they become airborne against the twilight sky said Moore.” A campfire with free hotdogs and s’mores will precede the hike.
Then on Sunday, kids spirits can soar on a kite-flying program in a safe local farm pasture. This program begins at 3 p.m., also from Memorial Park (see directions above), and is possible through a partnership with CJRD and John and Judy McDavid, Free kites and string will be available for the first 25 families.
“Following kite flying we will retreat to the barn/lodge where hot chocolate and cookies will be available around a warming fireplace,” said Moore. For both activities participants are encouraged to dress for the weather. Binoculars are helpful but not necessary for the Woodcock Program.
“The McDavids have been gracious and generous hosts in sharing their wonderful farm and lodge with the community for CJRD programs. Their farm is a real treasure and CJRD is fortunate they enjoy hosting visitors through our programs,” said Kevin White, CJRD administrator.
The programs are part of a CJRD initiative to provide Centerburg residents greater recreation opportunity and variety. The mission of the CJRD is to physically and financially assist in the enhancement of recreational facilities and programs, and also to expand and develop additional recreational facilities and programs in the Centerburg School District.
For more information contact CJRD Administrator Kevin White at 740-358-2096, or check the program schedule at www.cjrd.org.
Published on March 22, 2013