Let's face it: everyone loves hummingbirds! Now you can "Celebrate Hummingbirds" at the national Audubon Web site. The Celebrate Hummingbirds pages feature superb photographs of these feathered jewels as well as information on making your yard -- and your town -- hummingbird-friendly. Check it out at the Celebrate Hummingbirds site.
Remove Honeysuckle at Berliner Park IBA
Join us to improve bird habitat by removing invasive honeysuckle at Berliner Park, part of the Scioto-Audubon Important Bird Area!We have two opportunities: May 2 and June 13, both from 9:30 am - 1:30 pm. No need to register in advance, though you do need to sign in when you arrive.
For details, click on the Read More button below. See you there!
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Monarch Conservation Webinar April 23
We know you are interested in birds, but are you also concerned about Monarch Butterflies? Our friends at the Ohio Division of Wildlife are helping to sponsor a Webinar on Monarch Butterfly conservation. The Webinar runs from 2:00 - 3:00 pm Eastern time on Thursday, April 23. It's free; you just need to register online any time before the Webinar at the National Conservation Training Center Web site.
OOS Annual Conference April 24 - 26
It's not too late to register for the Ohio Ornithological Society's 11th Annual Conference coming up April 24 - 26! This year, the conference returns to its charter location, the beautiful (and birdy) Shawnee State Forest. Top-notch speakers, great field trips with excellent leaders, and the companionship of Ohio's birding community: what more could you want?
For more information or to register, see the conference page on the OOS Web site. See you there!
Columbus Audubon Song Sparrow Specimen in OSU Museum
We all enjoy seeing and hearing birds. But each individual bird, in the way of all living things, eventually dies. When that happens, the bird remains can be preserved for scientific study. Columbus Audubon recently donated funds to prepare a specimen of our favorite bird, the Song Sparrow, at the OSU Museum of Biological Diversity.
If you are interested in seeing how bird specimens are preserved, you can click here to watch a video of the specimen being prepared for permanent display. Warning: the video does show the dead bird, so may not be suitable to younger children.
Take on the Rusty Blackbird Challenge!
Rusty Blackbirds have experienced an 85-99% population drop in the last half-century. Over the last 15 years, research on Rusty breeding and wintering ecology has allowed us to develop conservation strategies to protect this vulnerable species. But many questions still remain, and Rusty Blackbird migration habits are largely a mystery. Are there hot spots where many Rusties congregate during migration? Are similar migratory stopover areas used by Rusties each year, and are these areas protected? You can help find out!
Read more: Take on the Rusty Blackbird Challenge!