Thu 3/15 @ 7AM-12PM
The Ides of March have a unique meaning in Hinckley in Medina County, and it is far from Shakespearean. The dates marks the official watching for the annual return of the buzzards to Hinckley.
It is a sort of Cleveland-joke version of the swallows returning to Capistrano, California. The Californians are all nuts and wackos out there, of course, so instead of swallows, Ohioans salute the venerable turkey vulture, with which we are much familiar.
True, some buzzards are present well before March 15, but watching for the buzzards from the Hinckley branch of the Metroparks on March 15 is a cherished local ritual, with honors going to the first civilians (following a naturalist or ranger dubbed the official Spotter) who log a legitimate sighting of the birds.
One should footnote that the 12pm cutoff time is a little arbitrary. Due to weather, seeing a turkey vulture may go an hour or two later. Be sure to bring warm clothes and binoculars.
Admission is free.
[Written by Charles Cassady]