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 of66,243,371 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.
OSU Museum of Biological Diversity's Open House is February 7
Save the date! The Ohio State University Museum of Biological Diversity holds its annual Open House on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This year's theme is venoms, poisons, and the organisms that make them, a topic sure to delight the kids. Don't worry, there's plenty more to see even if you are a bit freaked out by those venomous critters.
November Audubon Advisory
The November Audubon Advisory is now available online. The monthly Audubon Advisory provides updates about National Audubon activities from around the country.
An Interview with Rebecca Rose
A video interview with Rebecca Rose, our November 18 speaker and Columbus Zoo Field Conservation Manager, is available here. Interviews with Columbus Audubon speakers are conducted by members of the Central Ohio Chapter of the Ohio Young Birders Club.
DNAP Honors Columbus Audubon
The Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preservers has honored Columbus Audubon for its long-running Service in the Preserves (SiP) program! The award was presented to SiP coordinator Katryn Renard at the recent annual DNAP conference at Mohican State Park. Congratulations to all of our wonderful SiP volunteers who have given so much time and hard work to maintain and improve Ohio's most beautiful natural areas!