Cleveland's 'birder' oasis in an unlikely place

5:56 PM, Jun 3, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Cleveland is sure bustling these days. It's easy to get caught up in the excitement, but if you take a few minutes to slow down and look around, you may see things you've never seen before.

There are small, green spaces downtown that attract wildlife and wildlife watchers.

WKYC Photojournalist Carl "Big Daddy" Bachtel introduces us to a local man who uses his camera to capture migrating birds in a surprising spot.

Welcome to Cleveland. Rust-belt city, concrete jungle. Dotted within are pockets of life that were originally set aside for death.

This is Erie Street Cemetery, the oldest in Cleveland. It's a wildlife watcher's paradise.

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Meet Chuck Slusarczyk Jr., avid birder and nature photographer. Erie Street is one of his favorite haunts.

The historic cemetery is the final resting place for city founders and Native American chiefs, but comes to life every Spring with migrants heading to Canada.

On this day, a visitor from the tropics stopped by. Getting a photo of such an awesome bird is exciting, especially in such an urban setting.

Chuck is a great ambassador for his hometown.

So, as you cut through the cemetery on your way to a Tribe game, slow down, pay your respects to those who came before, and look around.

You'll be amazed at what you might see.


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