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Saturday, May 23, 2009
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Audubon Society Rocky River UltraWalk

The 31-mile journey may be a fairly quick flight for birds heading from Buzzard's Roost in Hinckley to the Emerald Necklace Marina in Lakewood, but it'll take all day for a group of local walkers making the trek to raise funds for the Rocky River watershed.

Members and supporters of the Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society will participate in the 3rd annual UltraWalk on Saturday, May 23. The hike kicks off at 6 a.m. at Hinckley Reservation and wraps up around 5:30 p.m. at Rocky River Reservation. The entire length of their 31-mile route is part of the Rocky River Important Bird Area. The walkers are seeking pledges to help them finish their five-year survey of birds in the area, which is being done in hopes of securing funds for Cleveland Metroparks to buy additional parcels of land in the valley so they can be protected from development. Communities in the Important Bird Area, which will be covered in the UltraWalk, include Hinckley, Richfield, Brunswick Hills, North Royalton, Strongsville, Middleburg Heights, Berea, Brook Park, North Olmsted, Fairview Park and Rocky River. The walk is used to call attention to this project and to help raise money. If successful, the Audubon Society could use the proceeds to support local graduate students conducting research in the valley.

Those who may not be able to do the entire 31 miles are encouraged to take an abbreviated, 5-mile trip from Cleveland Metroparks Rangers Headquarters in Fairview Park around 3 p.m. to the Emerald Necklace Marina.

To register, or for more information, call (216) 741-2352 or visit wcasohio.org.

The 31-mile journey may be a fairly quick flight for birds heading from Buzzard's Roost in Hinckley to the Emerald Necklace Marina in Lakewood, but it'll take all day for a group of local walkers making the trek to raise funds for the Rocky River watershed. Members and supporters of the Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society will participate in the 3rd annual UltraWalk on Saturday, May 23. The hike kicks off at 6 a.m. at Hinckley Reservation and wraps up around 5:30 p.m. at Rocky River Reservation. The entire length of their 31-mile route is part of the Rocky River Important Bird Area. The walkers are seeking pledges to help them finish their five-year survey of birds in the area, which is being done in hopes of securing funds for Cleveland Metroparks to buy additional parcels of land in the valley so they can be protected from development. Communities in the Important Bird Area, which will be covered in the UltraWalk, include Hinckley, Richfield, Brunswick Hills, North Royalton, Strongsville, Middleburg Heights, Berea, Brook Park, North Olmsted, Fairview Park and Rocky River. The walk is used to call attention to this project and to help raise money. If successful, the Audubon Society could use the proceeds to support local graduate students conducting research in the valley. Those who may not be able to do the entire 31 miles are encouraged to take an abbreviated, 5-mile trip from Cleveland Metroparks Rangers Headquarters in Fairview Park around 3 p.m. to the Emerald Necklace Marina. To register, or for more information, call (216) 741-2352 or visit wcasohio.org.

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