BP Oil Spill: 5 Years Later
It may be hard to believe, but it has been five years since the Deepwater Horizon (BP) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Although there is a long way to go before the Gulf ecosystem is fully restored, progress has been made. Audubon has played a major role in helping to restore the environment in the Gulf and in holding BP responsible for the cleanup -- you can learn more about Audubon's role in the Audubon Advisory on the topic.
Audubon Annual Report Available
Are you curious about what the Audubon has been up to at the national level? Do you wonder how your contributions are being used? Answers are in Audubon's 2014 Annual Report, which is available online. In the report, you'll find information about Audubon's conservation strategy and successes, as well as the "nuts and bolts," including a financial summary. It's an impressive read! Downloading the report may take a few seconds, so please be patient!
Let's face it: everyone loves hummingbirds! Now you can "Celebrate Hummingbirds" at the national Audubon Web site. The Celebrate Hummingbirds pages feature superb photographs of these feathered jewels as well as information on making your yard -- and your town -- hummingbird-friendly. Check it out at the Celebrate Hummingbirds site.
Remove Honeysuckle at Berliner Park IBA
Join us to improve bird habitat by removing invasive honeysuckle at Berliner Park, part of the Scioto-Audubon Important Bird Area!We have two opportunities: May 2 and June 13, both from 9:30 am - 1:30 pm. No need to register in advance, though you do need to sign in when you arrive.
For details, click on the Read More button below. See you there!
Read more: Remove Honeysuckle at Berliner Park IBA
Columbus Audubon Song Sparrow Specimen in OSU Museum
We all enjoy seeing and hearing birds. But each individual bird, in the way of all living things, eventually dies. When that happens, the bird remains can be preserved for scientific study. Columbus Audubon recently donated funds to prepare a specimen of our favorite bird, the Song Sparrow, at the OSU Museum of Biological Diversity.
If you are interested in seeing how bird specimens are preserved, you can click here to watch a video of the specimen being prepared for permanent display. Warning: the video does show the dead bird, so may not be suitable to younger children.
Take on the Rusty Blackbird Challenge!
Rusty Blackbirds have experienced an 85-99% population drop in the last half-century. Over the last 15 years, research on Rusty breeding and wintering ecology has allowed us to develop conservation strategies to protect this vulnerable species. But many questions still remain, and Rusty Blackbird migration habits are largely a mystery. Are there hot spots where many Rusties congregate during migration? Are similar migratory stopover areas used by Rusties each year, and are these areas protected? You can help find out!
Read more: Take on the Rusty Blackbird Challenge!