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Leaf Icon Thursday, March 01, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Enjoy this leisurely stroll along the 1.8-mile Deer Run Trail with frequent stops to discover nature and history along the way. ONW/Trail Lot

Leaf Icon Thursday, March 01, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
TWO MOONS ARE BETTER THAN ONE
Ever hear the saying "Once in a Blue Moon?" Join Naturalist Janean Kazimir to learn what the expression actually means and why a "blue moon" is so unique, and discover other lunar facts as the full moon lights our way along Prairie Trail. SFB

Leaf Icon Friday, March 02, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
HOT COCOA HIKE
Hike with Naturalist Sarah Graham to learn about local wildlife, and then warm up with a hot cup of cocoa. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Friday, March 02, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
OWL PROWL
Explore for owls with a naturalist. Patience and silence are essential when prowling for owls. Program for ages 6 and older. No dogs, please. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 03, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
MISUNDERSTOOD NATURE: TURKEY VULTURES
As winter winds to an end, turkey vultures can be seen more frequently roosting in trees or gliding in the sky. But many people aren't aware of the interesting adaptations these impressive birds possess that allow them to act as "nature's garbage men." Join a naturalist to learn all about these often misnamed and misunderstood birds to discover how interesting life can be as a scavenger and why turkey vultures are so important to the ecosystem. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 04, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
SQUIRRELS: NATURE'S ACROBATS
Did You Know? Ohio is home to several species of squirrels, including one that can ‘fly?’ Take a hike with Naturalist Janean Kazimir in search of squirrels, their nests and the food they eat. Afterward, enjoy hot cocoa in the nature center, while supplies last. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 04, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
KIDS YOGA
Kids ages 7 to 12 and their adult companions join certified yoga instructors for a program focused on connecting with nature. Weather permitting, this class may include a short hike. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat or towel, and drinking water. Some mats are provided, while supplies last. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Monday, March 05, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
FISHING FOR KIDS
Learn the basics of fishing, then drop a line in Little Turtle Pond. A limited number of rods and reels will be available for use. Bait is provided. F/Little Turtle Pond

Leaf Icon Tuesday, March 06, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
COMPOSTING 101
Learn basic composting techniques during an interactive presentation with Naturalist Becca Zak. If the weather cooperates, we'll tour our on-site compost bins. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 07, 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
NATURE STORIES
Young children and their adult companions will enjoy this interactive, nature-inspired story time intended for ages 18 months to 3 years. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/27: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 07, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
NATURE PLAY: THE SPRING FOREST
All ages can come to our Nature Play area along Maple Loop Trail and learn about the forest in early spring. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, March 08, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: BEAKS
Children 3 to 6 with their adult companions learn about different birds' beaks. A craft and hike are part of the program. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/2: 330-865-8065. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Thursday, March 08, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
NATURE & HISTORY HIKE
Learn about the nature and history of Furnace Run while hiking about 1.3 miles with a naturalist. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Friday, March 09, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: BEAKS
Children 3 to 6 with their adult companions learn about different birds' beaks. A craft and hike are part of the program. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/2: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, March 09, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
KINDEREALM: BEAKS
Children 3 to 6 with their adult companions learn about different birds' beaks. A craft and hike are part of the program. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/2: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, March 09, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
JEEPERS PEEPERS
What's that sound? Join a naturalist on a night hike to learn about spring peepers and other early-spring amphibians. Bring a flashlight. CVS/Chuckery

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 10, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
COFFEE WITH THE BIRDS
Join us for a peaceful morning discussion at the wildlife viewing area, and find out why it's a favorite of our winged winter residents. Bring a mug. Coffee and tea are provided. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 10, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
HOPPING GOOD TIME
Children ages 5 to 10 learn about local amphibians (where they are and when we'll see them again) and make a craft. Program includes a glimpse of live animals. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 10, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
GEOLOGY OF THE GORGE
Join Naturalist Joe Malmisur as we hike the Glens Trail, looking at several of its geologic features. Learn how the Cuyahoga River was formed and where all those lucky stones came from. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 11, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
CARDIO HIKE
Hike about four miles at a fast pace with a naturalist. Beginners are welcome, but talk to your doctor before beginning any new exercise routine. Drinking water is recommended. Meet in front of the nature center. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 11, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HIKING SPREE SHIELD ASSISTANCE
You hiked eight trails to earn the 2017 Fall Hiking Spree shield, but attaching it to your hiking staff was harder than completing the hikes. Volunteers will gladly attach it for you at no charge.  FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 11, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
SPRING FORWARD CAMPFIRE
Enjoy a campfire and learn about those things in nature that have a spring in their step. We will also roast marshmallows, while supplies last. Meet at the amphitheater. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 11, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
YOGA IN THE PARK: VINYASA
Enjoy a vinyasa yoga practice indoors with a certified instructor. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat or towel and drinking water. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/3: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Monday, March 12, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
HISTORY HIKE: GIRL SCOUTS
Celebrate National Girl Scouts Day! Join Naturalist Janean Kazimir to learn about the Girl Scouts’ contributions to our parks while strolling through a forest they helped to plant decades ago. SC/Big Oak

Leaf Icon Tuesday, March 13, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: BEAKS
Children 3 to 6 with their adult companions learn about different birds' beaks. A craft and hike are part of the program. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/2: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 14, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
WATERFOWL WATCH
Spring is a great time to view ducks, geese and other water birds. New and experienced birdwatchers can join Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse for a chance to view these birds during the spring migration. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope. TT/Summit Lake

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 14, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
NATURE DRAWING FOR ADULTS
Join our interpretive artist at the newly constructed Shady Hollow Lodge for this entertaining lesson in nature drawing. Bring a sketchbook, pencil and a sense of humor. Beginners are welcome. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/6: 330-865-8065. SR/Shady Hollow

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 14, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: BEAKS
Children 3 to 6 with their adult companions learn about different birds' beaks. A craft and hike are part of the program. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/2: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 14, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
NATURE DRAWING FOR ADULTS
Join our interpretive artist at the newly constructed Shady Hollow Lodge for this entertaining lesson in nature drawing. Bring a sketchbook, pencil and a sense of humor. Beginners are welcome. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/6: 330-865-8065. SR/Shady Hollow

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 14, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
NATIONAL LEARN ABOUT BUTTERFLIES DAY
Children and their adult companions will enjoy this combination of National Learn About Butterflies Day and National Children's Craft Day! Join a naturalist to learn about the beautiful butterflies seen in spring and make a craft to take home. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Thursday, March 15, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
YOUR SUSTAINABLE YARD
Plants, pests, water conservation and yard trimmings: Sustainability starts right at home. Gear up for spring and learn how to transform your yard into a high-functioning mini-ecosystem. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Friday, March 16, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: TALES OF TAILS
Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 10: Learn about the amazing variety of tails in the animal world, how they are different, and how animals use them. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/9: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, March 16, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: TALES OF TAILS
Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 10: Learn about the amazing variety of tails in the animal world, how they are different, and how animals use them. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/9: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, March 16, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
SUNSET HIKE
The days are growing longer and spring is fast approaching! Join a naturalist on a leisurely hike along Downy Loop Trail to search for the first signs of spring and enjoy the sunset. WH

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 17, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
ATTRACTING WILDLIFE WITH NATIVE PLANTS
Do you want to see more birds, butterflies, and other wildlife? Join Naturalist Joe Malmisur to see how you can attract wildlife to your back yard by planting certain native plants. Learn why native plants, trees and shrubs are so important. Transform your current landscape into one that will provide enjoyment year-round. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 18, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
NATURE DRAWING FOR KIDS
Ages 6 to 12 join a naturalist-artist for this lesson in nature drawing. Paper and pencils will be provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/13: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 18, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HISTORY OF MAPLE SUGARING
Discover the history of maple sugaring, dating back to Native Americans. Afterward, enjoy hot pancakes and a beverage, while supplies last. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 18, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
NATURE DRAWING FOR KIDS
Ages 6 to 12 join a naturalist-artist for this lesson in nature drawing. Paper and pencils will be provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/13: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 18, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
WHAT'S NEW THIS SPRING?
Enjoy an indoor presentation about everything new in the Metro Parks this spring. Afterwards, look for some of these treasures while we hike Rock Creek Trail. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Monday, March 19, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
CARDIO HIKE
Hike Indian Spring Trail twice at a vigorous pace with Naturalist Becca Zak. Beginners are welcome, but talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. Drinking water is recommended. Meet at the trailhead. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Monday, March 19, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
AFTERNOON STROLL
Stroll the Quarry Trail, with frequent stops to discover nature and history along the way. DLQ

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 21, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
WATERFOWL WATCH
Spring is a great time to view ducks, geese and other water birds. New and experienced birdwatchers can join Naturalist Dave Brumfield for a chance to view these birds during the spring migration. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope. TT/Wilbeth

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 21, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
CAMPFIRE KICKOFF
Join a naturalist for a hike followed by a campfire to kick off the beginning of spring. Marshmallows will be provided, while supplies last. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 21, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
WOODCOCK WATCH & OWL PROWL
Join Naturalist Janean Kazimir to discover the amazing woodcock and attempt to witness the male bird's spectacular courtship flight over nearby fields. Afterward, we will hike into the woods and play recordings of owl calls and hope owls will respond. Patience and silence are essential. Recommended for ages 6 and older. No dogs, please. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Thursday, March 22, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
WATERFOWL WATCH
Spring is a great time to view ducks, geese and other waterfowl. New and experienced birdwatchers can join us during the migration. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope. LP/Tinkers Creek

Leaf Icon Thursday, March 22, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
GEOLOGY OF THE LEDGES
Take a step back in time and learn about the geology of the Twinsburg Ledges. We will be hiking about a mile on uneven and rocky terrain. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Thursday, March 22, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
GORGE DAM FORUM
Join us for this public forum for stakeholders and citizens. Speakers from Summit Metro Parks will explore the unique habitat of the Gorge and the park district’s efforts to protect its ecology, which includes rare and endangered species, and share an update on the Gorge Dam’s removal. The protection and restoration of the ecosystem, during and after removal of the Gorge Dam, will also be discussed. A brief reception starting at 6 p.m. will precede the program. North High School: 985 Gorge Blvd. Akron, OH 44310

Leaf Icon Friday, March 23, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: TALES OF TAILS
Homeschoolers, ages 11 to 14: Learn about the amazing variety of tails in the animal world, how they are different, and how animals use them. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/9: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, March 23, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
ARCHERY FOR FAMILIES
Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Families with children 9 and older: Learn international-style target archery together at our indoor range. Program good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Must be 50 inches or taller. Cost: $15/family. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/16: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Friday, March 23, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
ARCHERY FOR ADULTS
Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Participants 16 and older can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at our temporary indoor range. Program good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 3/16: Register here. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 24, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
WORLD WATER DAY
Celebrate World Water Day 2018 in collaboration with Manchester High School! Students will host a variety of free water-related activities in the cafeteria of the high school from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Concurrently, Summit Metro Parks naturalists will host two programs at Nimisila Reservoir. NR/Lot SM2

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 24, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
WATERFOWL WATCH
Spring is a great time to view ducks, geese and other water birds. New and experienced birdwatchers can join Naturalist Dave Brumfield for a chance to view these birds during the spring migration. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope. A few pairs of binoculars will be available for loan. NR/Lot SM2

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 24, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
FRESHWATER FAUNA FUN FACTS
Join a naturalist to discover new and exciting facts about some of the creatures that lurk beneath the surface of Nimisila Reservoir and other freshwater bodies in Ohio. Enjoy a hands-on activity that will engage all ages. NR/Lot SM2

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 24, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
UPCYCLED SPRING WALL DECOR
While supplies last, create personalized art for your home using items that might otherwise end up in the landfill. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 24, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
SPRING IS HERE
Spring is in the air! Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield for a refreshing hike along Redwing Trail, looking and listening for signs of spring. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 24, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
EARTH HOUR EVENT & FIRE
Lights out! This energy-conservation event is celebrated by 172 countries and territories worldwide. Join us for a short introduction to the Earth Hour event, followed by unplugged games and activities around a campfire. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 25, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
HERON OPEN HOUSE
Celebrate the return of great blue herons while viewing them through spotting scopes and binoculars. Meet at the Bath Road Heronry on Bath Road, between Riverview and Akron-Peninsula roads in Akron. Bath Road Heronry: , OH

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 25, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
ARCHERY FOR KIDS
Children 9 to 15 can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at our temporary indoor range. Program good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Must be 50 inches or taller. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 3/16: Register here. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 25, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
COFFEE WITH THE BIRDS
Join Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse for a peaceful discussion at the wildlife viewing area. We will find out why this area is a favorite of our winter residents. Bring a mug. Coffee is provided. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 25, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
ARCHERY FOR ADULTS
Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Participants 16 and older can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at our temporary indoor range. Program good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 3/16: Register here. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Monday, March 26, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SPRING NATURE DAY-CAMP
Kids 7 to 10 will enjoy this early-spring adventure with fun, hands-on experiences. We will be exploring the park, doing a craft and learning about nature in spring. Pack a lunch and dress to be outside for long periods of time. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 3/1: Register here. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, March 26, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
ARCHERY GAMES FOR ADULTS
Ages 16 and older will play different games to build archery skills in a fun and exciting way. Participants must have already taken one of our Intro to Archery programs. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Cost: FREE. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/16: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Monday, March 26, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
ARCHERY GAMES FOR FAMILIES
Families with children 9 and older will play different games to build archery skills together in a fun and exciting way. Participants must have already taken one of our Intro to Archery programs. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Must be 50 inches or taller. Cost: FREE. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/16: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 28, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
WATERFOWL WATCH
Spring is a great time to view ducks, geese and other water birds. New and experienced birdwatchers can join Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse for a chance to view these birds during the spring migration. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope. NR/Lot SM2

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 28, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
MEET ME IN THE GARDEN
Join the Master Gardeners of Summit County to learn about basic tree care every homeowner should know. Presented by Brad McBride, Davey Tree Expert Co. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, March 29, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
NATURE PLAY: AMPHIBIANS
All ages can come to our Nature Play area along Alder Trail to hop, croak, slide and crawl like amphibians. Come prepared to get dirty! GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Thursday, March 29, 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
GARLIC MUSTARD PULL
Growing, growing, gone! Learn about the invasive garlic mustard with Naturalist Becca Zak, then hike Seneca Trail to the barn foundation and start pulling. Gloves are recommended. Bags will be provided. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Friday, March 30, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
ALL ABOUT EGGS
Did You Know? Birds aren't the only animals that lay eggs. Children and their adult companions will enjoy this egg-citing evening and learn about different types of eggs, and even attempt to find some eggs in nature! FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Friday, March 30, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
TWO MOONS ARE BETTER THAN ONE
Ever hear the saying "Once in a Blue Moon?" Join Naturalist Joe Malmisur to learn what the expression actually means and why a "blue moon" is so unique, and discover other lunar facts as the full moon lights our way along Bluebird Trail. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 31, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HIKING SPREE SHIELD ASSISTANCE
You hiked eight trails to earn the 2017 Fall Hiking Spree shield, but attaching it to your hiking staff was harder than completing the hikes. Volunteers will gladly attach it for you at no charge. Remember, TODAY is the LAST DAY to receive '17 rewards. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 31, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HISTORY HIKE: THE GREAT FLOOD
Join a naturalist on a history hike along Gorge Trail to learn about the largest natural disaster in Ohio's history, the Great Flood of 1913. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 31, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
GETTING READY FOR HUMMINGBIRDS
During this lecture-style program, learn all about these fascinating little birds and how we can get ready for their arrival. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 31, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
AMPHIBIAN MIGRATION
Join a naturalist as we attempt to witness the annual amphibian migration across Sand Run Parkway. Programs will occur when conditions are just right. The creatures prefer a light rain, temperatures above 50 degrees and darkness. Call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. to learn if a program is taking place that night. The migration often ends in early April. SR/Old Portage