A Cooper's hawk chases a red-tailed hawk above Scioto Audubon Metro Park/Jim McCormac
May 6, 2018
Backwaters of the Scioto River delineate the park’s western border. The river attracts egrets, waterfowl of many kinds, bald eagles, migrant songbirds and scores of other species. More than 200 species have been documented from this site, including many rarities.
The crown jewel of the park is the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. One of only a few dozen such centers in the nation, it serves as a hub for activities of many kinds and sports interesting displays within. Staff members regularly offer programs, lead local forays and provide educational outreach to the community.
I visited the center recently to attend a workshop, and arrived an hour early to photograph the osprey at their nest. The brief visit turned into a wildlife extravaganza perhaps unexpected in the footprint of a large city.