Despite the timbery-sounding nature of its name, todays Wood Duck Festival
at North Chagrin Reservations Nature Center pays tribute to a real live bird. So dont go looking for intricately carved mallards at the third-annual outing. There will be plenty of breathing ones, however. The event highlights the incredible fall colors found in Northeast Ohio, as well as the most colorful duck in our area, says manager Barb Burko. In a few weeks, the ducks will begin their seasonal southward migration. Theyll even sport brand-new plumage for the occasion. Its an amazing time to view and photograph them, says Burko. Todays bash includes a photo contest, nature presentations, and some dudes collection of mounted dead ducks. Games and crafts keep the little ones busy. People like ducks because theyre large, colorful, and rather tolerant of people, says Burko. Its the one type of bird everyone knows.
Sun., Oct. 7, 12-5 p.m., 2007