The following events are coming up at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge:
• Naturally Speaking: “Ohio’s Sandhill Cranes” — Dave Sherman, Wildlife Biologist for the Ohio Department of Natural Resource’s Division of Wildlife, will present “Ohio’s Sandhill Cranes” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Sherman will be discussing the current population of sandhill cranes in Ohio and how the Division of Wildlife is working with these fascinating birds. This free presentation is part of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Association’s Naturally Speaking seminar series for the public, generally held on the second Sunday of each month.
• Refuge Auto Tour — Drive through 7 miles of the refuge normally closed to the public. Weather permitting, the auto tour route will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. Drive at your own pace as you travel along a well-marked route, following a self-guided tour brochure found at the route entrance.
• Bald Eagle Tours — Are you interested in learning more about the Bald Eagles that live at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge? Join refuge staff and volunteers for an informal bus tour of the refuge from 10 a.m. to noon on the following days: Feb. 16 and 25; March 8, 24 and 29; and April 7 and 19. Space is limited. Registrations are required and will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To sign up, call 419-898-0014.
For information about these or other Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge programs, visit the refuge website, http://www.fws.gov/midwest/ottawa or call 419-898-0014. The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge entrance is located 16 miles west of Port Clinton on Ohio 2.