Upcoming Program: Saturday, November 1
It's dawn. The morning light is just starting to peek over the horizon. The vast field in front of you appears still. It is eerily quiet this early in the morning – too early for most people. But you know every lost minute of sleep will be rewarded with one of the most beautiful, awe-inspiring phenomena that nature has to offer. In the distance, it begins - that familiar "karrr-ooo" that causes so many of us to raise our eyes to the sky or to scan the closest field. More rattling "karrr-ooos" join in as the rising sun reveals the scene in front of you. Bright red face-patches, white cheeks and pointy beaks sitting atop long, graceful necks start to appear – first, just a scattered few here and there. As the beautiful sunrise comes into full view however, so do the thousands of Sandhill Cranes that roosted in this field overnight. You hold your breath as small groups of these magnificent birds begin to take to the sky. You know what is about to take place. You keep still – ready and waiting. Minutes later, the previous stillness of the field is replaced by a thunderous flapping of thousands of huge wings and a symphonic clamor of that familiar call. Lift-off! As much as one tries to describe this experience, no words will ever do it justice. There is nothing else like it in nature.
Please join us on Saturday, November 1, at 4:00 pm as George Archibald, founder of the International Crane Foundation, shares stories of his passion and life's work with cranes.
OYBC Annual Conference Nov 8
The Ohio Young Birders Club will hold its annual conference on Saturday, November 8 at the Wilderness Center in Wilmot, Ohio. The Central Ohio Chapter of the OYBC, which is sponsored by Columbus Audubon, will participate in this 8th annual event. All interested students and adults are welcome to attend!
Every OYBC annual conference includes presentations by student members; a keynote address by a youth conservation leader; field trip outings; and more. Conference attendees come from throughout Ohio and even other states. Unlike many other conferences featuring students, this one is planned and run by OYBC student themselves, so our students gain valuable experience in a professional conference setting. Your support and attendance only enhances the experience of these young people.
You can learn more and register at the OYBC Web site.
Take Flight! Fast as a Falcon
Are you a runner looking to add on one more race before it turns cold? A walker who enjoys Columbus' unique urban nature areas? Either way, Columbus Audubon's inaugural Take Flight 5K is for you! On Saturday, November 8th, join fellow bird and trail enthusiasts in a 5K run or walk on a paved nature trail beginning and ending at the Scioto Audubon Metro Park and Grange Insurance Audubon Center.
Registration for the Take Flight 5K is now open - sign up before October 25. Registration fees are $25 for runners and $20 for walkers. Each participant receives a long sleeved t-shirt and other goodies, and the race is timed for runners. All proceeds from the event directly support Columbus Audubon!
Program Speaker Interviews Online
The Central Ohio Chapter of the Ohio Young Birders Club, sponsored by Columbus Audubon, has intereviewed many of our previous program speakers. You can watch their interviews online here.
Audubon Guide to Hawk Watching
As we enter the fall season, you might be interested in watching migrating birds of prey – hawks and eagles. Our friend Kenn Kaufman wrote an article on where to watch Hawks for Audubon magazine a couple of years ago. This very helpful article still is available online at the Audubon magazine website.
Cornell Lab Grants for Bird-Friendly Classrooms
Our friends at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology have a deal for teachers who are interested schoolyard habitats! They will be able to distribute window bird feeders to 10,000 teachers! In addition, they are offering 25 teachers schoolyard habitat improvement grants. Finally, they have binoculars to give away for classroom use.
CA 2014 - 2015 Programs Schedule
Now you can download a complete list of our regularly-scheduled public programs to view or print. Please check this Web site or our Facebook page periodically, as we plan to add some special programs thorughout the season as well!