Bird Walk for Beginners Canceled
The Bird Walk for Beginners scheduled for this Saturday, August 15, at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center has been canceled. Construction will make it difficult to access the Center on that day.
Swift Count Update for September
Local swift counts in August were successful, with hundreds of swifts seen entering chimneys at two locations (Dublin and Clintonville). Here's updated information for our September counts:
In Dublin, the next Swift Count will be on September 12 (rain date September 13) at 6:30 pm. All Dublin counts are at Sells Middle School, 150 W Bridge St. Meet behind the 1919 building and in front of the tennis courts.
In Clintonville, Swift Counts have been moved to Bishop Watterson High School, where well over 200 swifts have been counted each night. Check back in early September for the date of the next count.
In Westerville, the next count will be on Friday, September 11 at 6:30 pm. Our crack team in Westerville is monitoring the known sites and will set the location for the count in early September, depending on where the best numbers are being seen in the area. There will be handouts and study skins at the count for added learning.
For all counts, bring your binoculars, a chair or other seat if you like, and insect repellant just in case.
Walking in Nature Changes the Brain
Some of us already feel the benefits of getting out in nature. For those not quite convinced, an article in the New York Times Health section reports that walks in nature, even a simple stroll in a park "...may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health." Previous research has indicated that being in natural settings contributed to health; this new study looks in more detail at the physiological changes and mechanisms associated with stress reduction.
So check out the article and impress your friends with your detailed knowledge. You can find it online at the NY Times Web site.