Upcoming Program: Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Please join us on Tuesday, November 17 at 7 p.m. as we welcome Lynsy Smithson Stanley, Deputy Director, Climate & Strategic Initiatives, National Audubon Society. Lynsy will will discuss Audubon science showing that climate change is the number one threat to
North American birds, provide an overview of Audubon’s organizational response, and highlight ways that you can help protect Ohio’s birds from this danger.
The evening's Conservation Corner will feature Marnie Urso, Senior Program Manager, National Audubon Society, who will update us on the Ohio Climate Initiative and share a recap of the recent Audubon Conservation Conference.
This Columbus Audubon programs is free and open to the public. Programs are held at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center (505 West Whittier Street in the Scioto-Audubon Metro Park on the Whittier Peninsula).
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OSU Museum of Biological Diversity Blog
Many Audubon members and friends know about The Ohio State University Museum of Biological Diversity on Kinnear Rd. In fact, many of you have attended the Museum's annual Open House and marveled at the extraordinary collections there.
Now you can get a peek behind the scenes! The Museum has unveiled its new blog, which can be found at https://u.osu.edu/biomuseum. You can read about Museum topics, find links to other related blogs, and generally explore to your heart's content.
Ohio Renewable Energy Standards
Recently, the Ohio legislature's Energy Mandate Study Committee recommended an “indefinite freeze” on the states renewable energy standards.
Audubon respectfully disagrees. The National Audubon Society urges Ohio policy makers to dismiss the report recommendations released on September 30, 2015. The Committee’s recommendations to implement an “indefinite freeze” on Ohio’s energy efficiency and renewable energy standards are misinformed and detrimental to the state’s economy and the health and well-being of Ohio’s citizens, natural resources and wildlife.
We are not alone. Gov. Kasich immediately called the committee's recommendation "unacceptable." Audubon agrees with the governor and encourages the remaining members of the Ohio Legislature to take his lead. "Ohio should be leading on energy policy, not going in reverse,” said Marnie Urso, Audubon’s Senior Program Manager in Ohio.
Download Audubon Bird Guide App - for Free!
The updated Audubon Bird Guide app is now free to bird lovers nationwide!
With 821 species profiles and 3200-plus world-renowned bird photos, Audubon's award-winning app instantly turns any mobile device into the most trusted field guide in North America. The app includes 821 in-depth species profiles; more than 3,200 bird photos; quick bird IDs with filters by shape, region and color; thousands of bird calls, differentiated by region and season; seasonal and migratory range maps; recent local bird sightings through eBird; and sightings posted by Audubon NatureShare friends and followers.
To download the free Audubon Bird Guide app, go to www.audubon.org/apps. It's available on the Apple store, Google Play, and Amazon.
You're not alone: Majority support for Clean Power Plan
The administration recently announced the Clean Power Plan, which includes regulations to limit the production of greenhouse gasses (carbon dioxide). Some media coverage might suggest that those supporting regulation of greenhouse gasses are in the minority, but a recent poll suggests just the opposite: those of us who support regulation of greenhouse gasses are in a strong majority in swing states. Learn more about what others think at the report on the Audubon Web site. (Scroll down the page to the Climate Corner section to see information about the poll.)
Bird Walk for Beginners Canceled
The Bird Walk for Beginners scheduled for this Saturday, August 15, at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center has been canceled. Construction will make it difficult to access the Center on that day.
Walking in Nature Changes the Brain
Some of us already feel the benefits of getting out in nature. For those not quite convinced, an article in the New York Times Health section reports that walks in nature, even a simple stroll in a park "...may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health." Previous research has indicated that being in natural settings contributed to health; this new study looks in more detail at the physiological changes and mechanisms associated with stress reduction.
So check out the article and impress your friends with your detailed knowledge. You can find it online at the NY Times Web site.