Ohio History Center Exhibit: Going, Going, Gone!
The Ohio History Connection has opened a new exhibit at the Ohio History Center in Columbus. The exhibit, entitled Going, Going, Gone? Endangered and Extinct Species, is on display thorugh through January 4, 2015.
In the exhibit, visitors will be able to examine specimens of extinct species that lived in Ohio such as the Passenger Pigeon, Ivory-billed Woodpecker and Carolina Parakeet. In addition, examples of threatened and endangered species from across North America such as a Polar Bear, Black-footed Ferret, Ocelot, a Grizzly Bear skull, and a Bald Eagle will be on display. To share how humans impact endangered groups of animals, Going, Going, Gone? will offer ideas about habits and practices that can be adjusted to protect the environment and help these species flourish. Additionally, it will feature inspiring stories of individuals who have made a positive impact on protecting species and wild places.
Parts of the Going, Going, Gone? will be geared toward children and families, including a 3-D reconstruction of the head and neck of Allosaurus, a large carnivorous dinosaur, actual ancient fossils, endangered fish and salamanders preserved in jars, and beautiful butterflies and dragonflies. Children will also have the opportunity to try hands-on activities, such as folding their own origami Passenger Pigeon.
Earlier Nesting among Arctic Birds
A recent study published in the journal Polar Biology indicates that earlier snowmelt due to climate change in the Arctic is leading to earlier nesting by Arctic breeding birds. So far, the birds seem to be adjusting their breeding schedules to coordinate with changing conditions. It is not known whether the birds will be able to continue to adjust or whether a threshold will be reached at which further adjustment is impossible. Artic nesting birds include many of the shorebirds that migrate through Ohio.
You can see a summary of the article at the Focusing on Wildlife Web site. The original article is available on the Polar Biology Web site; access to the abstract is free, but there is a fee to access the full article.
Delaware County Preservation Parks: BioBlitz
If you missed the BioBlitz planning meetings on June 26 for the Preservation Parks of Delware County, you still can participate in the BioBlitz itself. The event runs fro noon to noon on September 12 - 13. at the new park site just north of U.S. 23 along Pollock Road.
Streaming Live: Atlantic Puffins
Audubon's Atlantic Puffin live cameras are up and running, so you can now watch these ridiculously cute clowns of the sea as they go about their day. Tune in to the burrow cam to get an up-close look at adults rearing their young, or check out the ledge cam to see puffins on Seal Island gathering between fishing excursions.
Streaming video is available during daylight hours. Oh, and those strange unmoving Puffins on the ledge? Yeah, those are the decoys originally set up to coax the Puffins to check out the island for nesting.
Summer Reading Suggestions
It's summer, and some of you are looking for books for the beach (or the deck or the couch). Well, Audubon has suggestions: thrillers, love stories, adventure tales, you name, we got it. Of course, our thrills and adventures and love stories involve nature and birds!
Check out the Summer Reading article at the Audubon magazine Web site for more information.
Dispatch Article on Preventing Bird-Window Strikes
In case you missed it last month, the Columbus Dispatch ran an article on research to help prevent bird-window collisions. Although it may seem like a minor issue, collisions with windows on homes and office buildings injure and kill millions of birds every year.
The article still is available online at the Dispatch Web site.
Hoover Boardwalk Reopens
Columbus area birders and nature lovers will be happy to know that the boardwalk at the north end of Hoover Reservoir has been repopened. Ice damage from this past winter has been repaired and the boardwalk is now safe to walk on. Additional repair work may be done this fall, but that does not affect safety. So enjoy one of our more popular northeast birding spots!