Presenting the West Sister Island Sunset Cruise

Apr 16, 2024 | Entertainment | 0 comments

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is once again offering the West Sister Island Sunset Birding Cruise.

Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated West Sister Island Sunset Birding Cruise, a unique fundraising event to take place on Saturday, May 4, from 6:30-9 p.m. It is designed to bring together nature enthusiasts and conservation supporters for an unforgettable evening amidst the serene beauty of Lake Erie.

Launching from Port Clinton, guests aboard the Jet Express charter will have the opportunity to see one of Lake Erie’s most significant bird sanctuaries, West Sister Island National Wildlife Refuge. This 82-acre island is closed to all access to protect the largest nesting colony of wading birds in the U.S. Great Lakes. Tall hackberry trees provide nesting sites for great blue herons, great egrets, black-crowned night-herons, double-crested cormorants and more. This enchanting evening on the water not only promises breathtaking views of the island but also supports a noble cause. All proceeds from the event will directly benefit Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, a 501(c)3 nonprofit established in 1997 that supports the conservation mission Ohio’s only national wildlife refuge complex by acquiring land, engaging the community and enhancing public access.

“The West Sister Island Sunset Birding Cruise is more than just an event; it’s a testament to the community’s commitment to conservation and the wildlife diversity that can be found in our own backyard,” said Aimee Arent, Friends Executive Director. “We are proud to host an experience that not only delights and educates but also contributes significantly to the refuge’s conservation efforts. We invite everyone to join us for this enjoyable evening on the water.”

Guests will enjoy hors-oeuvres and commentary from local experts including Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Manager Jason Lewis and Ohio Department of Natural Resources biologist Dave Sherman, making this a must-attend event for both avid birdwatchers and those looking to support environmental conservation efforts in a meaningful way. Additionally, several raffles including a 50/50 will be held on board.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of this extraordinary event. For ticket information and reservations, please visit, visit The Rookery Nature Store at 14000 W. State Route 2 in Oak Harbor, or contact the Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge at 419-707-7756. Join us as we set sail for conservation, creating ripples of change that will benefit our wildlife and natural habitats for generations to come.

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