Discover the joys of urban birding with the best

Chris and Chad Saladin have captured some of the most iconic urban bird photos over the years, primarily of peregrine falcons in Cleveland.


Urban Birder David Lindo brings his message to Cleveland

The talented and influential British birder, David Lindo, is bringing his knowledge and appreciation for urban birding to Northeast Ohio on Saturday, Nov. 2, for a busy week of walks and talks.

David Lindo
Lindo is a celebrity in his hometown of London, where he is hailed as a Pied Piper for spreading the joys of urban birding – a pursuit that should strike a familiar chord for many birders in the Cleveland area.

Lindo is working in concert with the Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society, which is launching the Urban Birding Cleveland initiative, and as part of a publicity tour for his new book, “How to be an Urban Birder.”

I love seeing what cities that are new to me have to offer,” Lindo said in a feature story in Waterlife Magazine. “There’s always a surprise in store, and I do mean surprise… There’s not a single urban center that hasn’t given me something astonishing as a reward for my visit.”

Lindo shares my love for urban birding, making it his mission to demonstrate that birding in the gritty downtown sidewalks and busy urban parks can be every bit as rewarding as the forests, fields and marshes of country preserves in Northeast Ohio.

I’m especially looking forward to joining Lindo on his bird walks Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at the Rocky River Reservation; Sunday at 8:30 a.m. in the Flats; Monday at 8:30 a.m. at the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve; and Friday at 2 p.m. at the Sandy Ridge Reservation.

Another highlight of the week for me will be a dinner and urban birding presentation Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. at the Rocky River Nature Center, where Lindo will address the excitement and challenges posed by birding in the skyscraper canyons and postage stamp-sized green plots found in cities such as Cleveland.

The week includes multiple opportunities to join Lindo and talented local birders on a variety of urban bird walks that showcase some of the best birding locations in Cleveland and the surrounding Emerald Necklace. For the entire schedule of events for Lindo Week, go here:



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