Upcoming Program: Tuesday, April 22
Ohio is a treasure trove of biodiversity. Over 1,800 native plants green the state, providing habitat for nearly 200 breeding bird species. Countless insects fuel our birds and other predators, and some of these "bugs" are truly extraordinary. Our lakes and rivers spawn fabulous food chains, and we're bookended by two of North America's most significant aquatic ecosystems: the Ohio River, and Lake Erie. Please join us as Jim McCormac helps us to explore Ohio's greatest natural areas, look at what we've lost, and delve into our most interesting flora and fauna via images and words.
Jim McCormac Book Signing at Program
Noted Ohio author, blogger, and bird authority Jim McCormac will be signing copies of the new Lake Erie Birding Trail guide at Tuesday's Columbus Audubon program. Jim is the lead author for the guide, which was released just last month by the Ohio Division of Wildlife.
Columbus Audubon will have copies of the guide for sale at the meeting Tuesday evening. So come to the meeting, pick up your copy of the book, and have Jim sign it for you, all in one stop. While you're there, pick up the new Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp as well!
See the announcement at the top of this page for details on Tuesday's program. See you there!
CBS News Stories on Sandhill Cranes
Adding to a growing list of news stories about the annual Sandhill Crane migration, CBS Evening News recently ran a feature on this migration spectacle. Dean Reynolds, the popular CBS News correspondent based in Chicago, covered the story. You can read the article and watch videos at the CBS Evening News Web site.
Not to be outdone, CBS Sunday Morning recently ran a wonderful video segment on Sandhill Cranes in Nebraska. CBS sce wildlife photographer and Sunday Morning contributor Joel Sartore narrates. You can see the segment on the CBS News Web site.
NBC News Video on Sandhill Cranes
NBC News has jumped on the Sandhill Crane bandwagon --- and we mean that in the most positive way. They have produced a lovely three-minute video montage that you can find on the NBC News Web site., CBS Evening News recently ran a feature on this migration spectacle. (Note: Some users have reported that the video does not play properly in the Google Chrome browser; you might try Microsoft Internet Explorer if you encounter difficulties.)
Dublin Arts Council Exhibit: Bird Art
The Dublin Arts Council currently has an exhibition on view in the gallery that might be of interest to bird art lovers. Bird Song Hill: Low Relief Wood Images by Ohio artist Russ Shaw will be on view at Dublin Arts Council (DAC), 7125 Riverside Dr., in Dublin through April 18, 2014. The artist creates three-dimensional wood-carved natural scenes that commonly feature birds found near his farm in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Self-taught, Shaw creates low relief scroll saw carvings from reclaimed native Ohio wood and inserts them into frames made from 100-year-old barn siding. He dubs his completed artwork "thinking inside the box pictures."
Admission is free. Gallery hours are Tuesday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm; Wednesday through Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; and Saturday 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Save the Date: Columbus Audubon 5K Run/Walk
Lace up your running shoes and start training! Columbus Audubon's first 5K run/walk will happen on Saturday, November 8. We're calling it the Take Flight run and the theme for this first year is "Fast as a Falcon."
Whether you're a marathon runner or a couch potato, we invite you to participate in CA's Take Flight 5K event. The run/walk will be at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center and surrounding Scioto-Audubon Metro Park. More details and registration will be available soon. See you there!
Help the Monarchs: 2014
Lepidopterists and butterfly lovers alike are deeply concerned about rapidly declining populations of Monarch butterflies. You can help preserve Monarch populations by planting native Milkweeds. Now is the perfect time for spring planting! For more information, check out our article on planting Milkweed for butterflies.