CrossPoint Church is having a bird watching walk at Cullen Park tomorrow morning at 11:30. Expert birder Mark Faust will help us find and identify various species of waterfowl that are already here in our area. Bring binoculars and a bird book if you have them. Afterwards we will go to Grace’s Kitchen on N. Summit Street for coffee and conversation.
We will meet at the back left part of the parking lot, where the trails begin at 11:30 am.
Yes, it will be cool, so dress warmly. Everyone is welcome!
Last year over 100,000 visitors traveled from around the world to observe the arrival of songbirds at Magee Marsh and the Ottawa Wildlife Refuge in Oak Harbor. Point Place folks are lucky, they need go no further than Cullen Park and the Nautical Village pathway to witness the same arrival. All you need is an inexpensive pair of binoculars a decent field guide and a natural curiosity of one of nature’s most amazing phenomena.
Point Place sits squarely in the middle of one of North America’s largest bird migration routes, the Great Mississippi Flyway. Fully one-half of all of North America’s songbird species and over forty percent of all water birds use this great migration pathway. Running from as far south as Patagonia at the southern tip of South America to as far north as the Artic Circle, this age-old corridor is once again prepared to accommodate the millions upon millions of seasonal travelers that will pass through the area over the next couple of months. The largest concentration of songbirds (Northwest Ohio is known as the Warbler Capital of the World) is expected locally during the period of May 3-12 although these dates may change due to weather conditions. Waterfowl and raptors begin their northern migrations through the area around late February (ice permitting) and continue through April. Because of our mild winter, the area has already seen the arrival of swans, common loons, egrets, herons and many species of ducks including the beautiful Hooded Mergansers and Wood Ducks.
So set aside a couple of hours, put on some comfortable shoes and a light jacket and enjoy one of Point Place’s best kept secrets … after all, we are the Best Place Anyplace.
Published in the Point&Shoreland Journal January 22, 2013
On December 4th, we received the news that a grant that Visions of Cullen Park along with the City of Toledo, applied for was given to us by ODNR watercraft division!
The grant is for $850,000, which is for repaving the parking lot and changes in the launch/dock area. For more information and details of the grant, please plan on attending our next meeting, January 23rd, 2013.
This grant of $850,000 plus the grant to dredge the channel in 2o11 of $400,000 is a reflection of all the hard work and perseverance by the people from Visions of Cullen Park and City of Toledo, and show what can be accomplished in less than 3 years! The grants along with the “anchor” and the “Entrance Way” projects this year, is showing the community that the “Diamond in the rough” is starting to give a glisten of sparkle!
Three men who didn’t want to be identified sit in Cullen Park overlooking the Maumee Bay in Point Place, as they do most afternoons when the weather is nice. ‘We’re just three friends discussing world problems on a beautiful afternoon,’ one said. From The Blade.
The plan was for the flag raising and dedication ceremony to start at 2pm Sunday. A few of us went there early to set up and get ready for people to arrive at the 2 o’clock start, but by 1:30, the Veterans and friends started trickling in, by 1:45 they were parking on the grass!
It was just over whelming and beyond our expectations as to the number of Veterans that attended, estimated at around 100. We had all 5 of the branches of service represented. The flag raising ceremony at Cullen Park was the continuation of the Veterans Day celebration, that Howard Pinkley had annually hosted in front of his flag shop on Summit St., with Howard’s passing in September.
The dedication part of this ceremony, was to dedicate the newly completed Cullen Park “Entrance Way” project that we took on a month ago. We worked with the City of Toledo Parks Division, to remove the no longer needed toll booth on august 31st., then beginning October 25th and complete on November 1st with the installation of the flag pole, all by Volunteers and donations. More information in post below.
Below is a YouTube video, shot by Eric Wildstein, of WNWO channel 24 of Toledo, Ohio.
Thank You Eric for documenting this historic and moving moment in time for everyone especially the community of Point Place to cherish for ever!
On Veteran’s Day- Sunday, November 11th, a ceremony will be held at 2:00 pm at the entrance to Cullen Park, to dedicate the new flag and to honor Veterans. The flag pole had been donated by Howard Pinkley a Veteran, to the Visions of Cullen Park group and the flag was donated by Howard’s daughter, Wendy. They have been placed at the entrance of the park where the former toll booth stood. The area was improved with plantings and nautical post with ropes, the bollards were donated by Ken Socie. This was totally a volunteer project by the members of Visions of Cullen Park and local Point Place/Shoreland community residents.
Veterans are invited to attend along with the public who are encouraged to seek out veterans who may need a ride or assistance to attend.
For further information, call Tom Stagner at 419-727-9001