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Our success story, the Lake Erie Island Water Trail is the cover of the Ohio State Page for the Rivers Trails Conservation Assistance program-see the link below!. Thanks to partner Andrea Irland of the National Park Service for sharing. Check out our Lake Erie Islands Water Trail at

Photo by Susan Byrnes

Northern Flicker Photo by Elizabeth Heineman

Join the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy at the Put-in-Bay Town Hall at 7:00pm on Tuesday, February 6 for a program on Who’s at Your Bird Feeder This Winter? We will take a look at how to identify common  birds that visit or stay on the island in winter and grace our bird feeders. Identification skills will help with the upcoming Great BackYard Bird Count February 16-19 and next years Audubon Christmas bird count. Peterson Feeder Birds books will be for sale tonight for $10.

Attached is a list of commonly seen birds during our island Christmas bird count provided by Tom Bartlett. 

For those who want to participate in another birding citizen science event, the Great  Backyard Bird Count is coming up on February 16-19. Details can be found at

Red Super Blue Moon 2018

Large group of Herring Gulls are feeding on fish remains near the fishing shanties on South Bass Island. An immature Glaucous Gull was seen in with the others. One of the nice winter surprises on the islands.


Northern Flicker

We are working on dates for two winter programs

SUPER BLUE RED MOON Program Thursday, January 25, 2018 7:00pm Put-in-Bay Town Hall

 The full moon each month has different names. Some are based on Native American names and others on Colonial America. Full moons can cause lunar eclipses and be named a blue moon if it is the second one during a month. The full moon is always during a high tide and since its closeness to Earth varies daily, the Super Full Moon has its position in space closest to Earth. On January 31st there will be a Blue Moon, Total Lunar Eclipse and it will be a Super Moon! Learn about the moon’s affect on the Earth. Come and hear all about this upcoming lunar event and how to view it from Gene Zajac!!!


February on Feeder Bird Identification before the Great Back Yard Bird Count coming up February 16-19, 2018.


Watch this website and our Lake Erie Island Conservancy Facebook for dates and details!


Now is a great time to get out and walk the Preserves-snow on the ground makes all the animals and bird tracks visible. And they make a great place to cross country ski!

Check out the Preserves map on this website for places to go-Massie Cliffside Preserve, Scheeff East Point Preserve, Dodge Woods Preserve, and the Jane Coates Wildflower Trail

Lake Erie South Bass Island Map

Here is a wintry look at some of our island preserves. Thanks to all of you who have donated or volunteered to help us in 2017!

A year end gift will help us preserve more in 2018!

You can use the link on this website to donate! Or use the mailing addresses below for our Conservancy (P. O. Box 461,Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456) and our Put-in-Bay Township Park District (P. O. Box 177, Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456)-donations to both are tax deductible

Massie Cliffside Preserve

Dodge Woods Preserve

Enjoy our latest edition of the Conservancy newsletter! Thanks editor Michelle Pennington and printers Bostwick Braun!

2017 LEIC Winter Newsletter


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