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.
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!
Kenn Kaufman on Shorebird Migration
Columbus Audubon members who love shorebirds– and what birder can resist them? – will want to check out Kenn Kaufman's article on the timing of shorebird migration.
We already are through a significant part of the shorebirds migration this year, but there's still plenty to go. Thanks to Kenn for such a comprehensive guide to help us out! While you're at it, check out the Introduction to Shorebirds right here on the Columbus Audubon website.
Take Flight!: Register for 5K Run/Walk
Registration for Take Flight! Fast as a Falcon -- Columbus Audubon's inaugural 5K run/walk -- is now open. The event is designed for serious runners (and not-so-serious ones, too) and walkers and will take place on Saturday, November 8, at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center/Scioto-Audubon Metro Park. All money raised goes to support Columbus Audubon.
Want to run or walk but don't know what to do with the kids? No problem: we have a kid care facility on site. Your kids can build a birdhouse while you do the course.
We are working with Premier Races to organize the event. Learn more or register online now at their Web site. Special thanks go to our sponsors: Columbus State Community College, the Home Depot Foundation, and Whole Foods Market.
CA in Natural Areas & Preserves eNewsletter
The August edition of the eNewsletter from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Natural Areas and Preserves has high praise for one of Columbus Audubon's longest-running programs: Service in the Preserves.
In an article describing new facilities recently added at Scioto Brush Creek State Nature Preserve, the Division thanks our Columbus Audubon volunteers who worked on the project in April. In two days of work, CA volunteers not only helped build four foot bridges for the trail, but also removed two dump truck loads of trash and flood debris!
The Columbus Audubon Service in the Preserve program has been improving natural preserves and wildlife areas in Ohio for over 30 years. You can join the fun, too. No special skills are needed, just a willingness to help. For more information, see the Services in the Preserves page.