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Learn about the many ducks, geese, swans, and other waterfowl that migrate south through Ohio on the way to their wintering grounds along the Atlantic coast, Chesapeake Bay and open waters throughout the southern United States. Several other bird species also come south and will spend the winter in NE Ohio. This talk by Matt Valencic of the Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland introduces you those birds through photographs and interesting anecdotes about each, including places where you can find them in our area.
Presenter bio: Matt Valencic has been interested in birds and other wildlife all his life, even attending college to become a Wildlife Biologist, a dream that never happened. He was a Boy Scout leader for 20 years to help his children and their friends appreciate the amazing complexity of nature.When he retired in 2015, he met some members of the Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland and immediately felt a bond with them and their interests. His extensive catalog of bird pictures became the content of several presentations about birds and their habitats. Today he is Chairman of the Education Committee and helps direct the education outreach of this Audubon chapter, including presenting many birding talks himself each year. His favorite pastime is pursuing and photographing birds in Geauga County, in the hope of better pictures for his talks. He and his wife of 50 years, Patti, live on an 8-acre ‘hobby farm’ in Geauga County with their dog, two horses and a large vegetable garden. They have 3 adult children and 8 grandchildren that he is always grooming into future bird watchers.