Article Posted: May 28, 2002

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OAK HARBOR, OHIO -- Summer naturalist programs at Magee Marsh
Wildlife Area will offer a variety of topics and some unique opportunities
for visitors, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources,
Division of Wildlife.
Starting off the summer schedule Friday, May 31 is a night hike,
which will provide a unique opportunity to explore the sights and sounds of
the marsh after dark. The hike will take place from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Participants are to meet at the Migratory Bird Center located on the
wildlife area. No flashlights please. Refreshments will be served after
the hike. Magee Marsh is located 17 miles west of Port Clinton on State
Route 2 between State Routes 19 and 590.
"BUGFEST" will be held Saturday, July 20 from noon to 4:00 p.m.
providing a fun learning experience in the amazing world of insects. The
event offers fun for the whole family at a variety of hands-on activity
stations set up on the wildlife area.
The "Hike the Dikes" programs will take place again this year. These
Saturday morning programs are a joint venture between Magee Marsh Wildlife
Area, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, and Black Swamp Bird Observatory.
Participants are to meet at the Migratory Bird Center at Magee Marsh at 9
a.m. on the morning of the scheduled programs.
"We explore anything that comes our way during these Saturday morning
hikes," said Mary Warren, naturalist at Magee Marsh. "We conduct scheduled
programs that are seasonal or timely in nature. However, participants can
ask questions or hold open discussions relating to any topic they choose."
Scheduled Hike the Dike Programs include:
June 1 Wetland Breeding Birds
July 6 Bald Eagles
August 10 Shorebirds
September 7 Wetland Plants
October 5 Waterfowl

Hikes are held rain or shine. Participants should dress for the weather and
wear proper footwear. Interested participants should note that these hikes
are not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.
Also being held throughout the summer are several "Discover A
Wildlife Area" programs. These Saturday morning walks begin at 9:00 a.m.
and last about two hours.
June 8: Toussaint Wildlife Area -- Meet at the parking area on Township
Road 92, located off State Route 19, south of State Route 2, north of Oak

July 13: Little Portage Wildlife Area -- Meet at the parking area along the
Little Portage River. The wildlife area is located on Darr-Hopfkinger Road
off State Route 53, south of Port Clinton.

August 3: Mallard Club Wildlife Area -- Meet at the parking area at the
corner of Cedar Point Road and Decant Road. The wildlife area is located
adjacent to Maumee Bay State Park at Decant and Cedar Point roads, off State
Route 2 east of Oregon.

For more information on these scheduled activities and wildlife
viewing opportunities at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, call the naturalist at
(419) 898-0960, extension 31.

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