CA Web Site Down for Maintenance
The Columbus Audubon Web site will be down for maintenance for most of the day on Monday, December 22. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.
Holiday Gift Ideas
Are you tired of giving holiday gifts that gather dust in the closet? Clueless on what size of sweater (or shirt or pants or coat) to buy for that loved one? Or just completely out of ideas?
Lucky you: we have a couple of great ideas for you, gifts that keep on giving both to your loved ones and to the birds! You can purchase a gift membership in Columbus Audubon and the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Or you can give an Entertainment Book for central Ohio or any of 110 cities across the US.
Birding by Ear Workshop
Please join us on February 28 for a Birding by Ear Workshop: What you Should Know about Birdsong. In a three-hour workshop, Angelika Nelson, Ph.D., Curator of the Borror Laboratory of Bioaccoustics at the OSU Museum of Biological Diversity, will give you an overview of what scientists have so far discovered about how birds acquire and use song. We will then look at how these findings may help you in the field when trying to identify birds by their sounds.
Join us for an end-of-winter morning of birdsong and find out about resources that will help you to prepare for the spring chorus! A March field trip is being arranged so that you can practice your song identification skills on returning migrant birds. Advance registration is required and there is a $20.00 fee. For details, see the full workshop description.
Hoover Boardwalk Closed for Repairs
As of November 28, the boardwalk at Area M in the Hoover Nature Preserve in Galena is closed for inspection and repairs. When the water draws down and the boardwalk supports dry out, City of Columbus employees inspect what the ice and water flow have done and replace damaged boards as needed. Progress on the repairs will depend on how the weather cooperates, but we hope that the boardwalk will reopen soon in good condition.
Save the Dates: Great Backyard Bird Count Feb 13 - 16
Save the dates for the next Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC): February 13-16, 2015. The GBBC is a great way to participate in citizen science from the comfort of your home. It's perfect for beginner birders and experts alike - and fun for the kids, too. We'll have more information later, so watch this page. Meanwhile, you can learn more at the GBBC Web site.
Summaries of 114th Christmas Bird Count
While you are getting ready for this year's Christmas Bird Count, you might want to take a look at the results of last year's CBC. The 2013 CBC was the 114th conducted. The count with the most species was at Matagorda County-Mad Island Marsh, TX, where 228 species were recorded. On the other end of the scale, the count at Rankin Inlet, Nunavut (Canada) recorded exactly one species – Common Raven.
When you join one of our central Ohio Christmas Bird Counts, you are participating in one of the largest citizen science projects ever. You will have lots of company: last year's count drew a record 71,659 observers! All those counters found a total of 66,243,371 birds. if you're wondering why we are just now finding out the results of last year's count, just consider how long it takes to put all those records together. You can find a complete summary on the national Audubon Web site.
Want to get in on the action? Check out our list of Central Ohio counts!
Abstracts from Ohio Avian Research Conference
Columbus Audubon was proud to be one of the sponsors for the Ohio Avian Research Conference held in October, 2014, at Denison University. Amanda Duren, Columbus Audubon board member, and Stephen Bischof, member of the Central Ohio Chapter of the Ohio Young Birders Club, were among the presenters.
Abstracts of conference presentations, along with a slideshow of photographs, are available at the Conference web site.