June 1st not only brought a break in the weather, but over 60 people to Dickinson Cattle Company for the Bobolink Bonanza. Between the free shirts, door prizes, and peacocks, visitors saw or heard a collective 40 birds over the reclaimed strip-land pastures. In 2018, we saw 34 types of birds.
While most species were to be expected, two Ibis were spotted. The Ibis resembles a cross between an egret and a stork or heron and are more commonly found along coastal areas. Perhaps these two were blown off course with the recent storms, but no one could get close enough to ask them.
Cabelas was on hand with a variety of binoculars and a scope for demonstration. Barnesville's Country Sunshiners 4H Club provided food and donated all proceeds to fairground improvements. Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District and Captina Conservancy were around to talk about services each organization offers.
The Bobolink Bonanza organizers would like to thank t-shirt sponsors Belmont County Tourism Council, Woodsfield Savings Bank, and Captina Conservancy, as well as door prize donors Belmont Mills, Rural King, and Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District.
Captina Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust with a focus on conserving and protecting the Captina Creek Watershed. We seek to inform others about the importance of this watershed and its water quality to all who live here. We promote and engage in the conservation, restoration and sustainability of the Captina Creek Watershed through education, voluntary conservation agreements and acquisitions, and water quality monitoring.