Upcoming Program: Tuesday, March 25
Please join us on Tuesday, March 25 as Tom Stalf, President and CEO of the Columbus Zoo tells us What's New at the Zoo! And you will want to meet some special guests that Tom will bring along: live animal friends from the Zoo.
Make an evening of it! Before Tom's presentation, join us at 6:00 pm for Columbus Audubon's annual Member's Dinner (advance registration required). If you cannot join us for dinner, you still are welcome to attend the program. Here's the schedule for the night:
6:00 – 6:50 pm: Columbus Audubon annual dinner
7:00 – 7:15 pm: CA Short Program: Emma Bennett, 8th grader and a TEDxYouth Poetry winner, will discuss endangered animals and humanity's effect on the environment from her perspective as a young student.
Columbus Audubon programs are free and open to the public. All programs are held at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center (505 West Whittier Street in the Scioto-Audubon Metro Park on the Whittier Peninsula).
Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz
They're baaack... a trickle of Rusty Blackbirds, our declining woodland "shorebird" is returning northward. You can help researchers better understand the poorly understood spring movement of this species by reporting your observations using eBird. Researchers seek additional data about habitats, associations, group sizes, locations, etc.
Online resources are available to help you at the Rusty Blackbird Migration site. The blackbirds thank you!
Nicaragua Binoculars for Slingshots
Paso Pacifico is raising $10,500 for their innovative trade-in program to help protect native bird species in Nicaragua. In parts of Nicaragua, kids use slingshots to shoot at birds for sport. Paso Pacifico's program is designed to educate kids about birds and offers a pair of binoculars in trade for a slingshot. Looking can be more fun than shooting! To learn more or contribute to the program, check out their fundraising page.
Hoover Boardwalk Temporarily Closed
Attention Columbus area birders and nature lovers: the boardwalk at the north end of Hoover Reservoir is temporarily closed. Thick ice on the reservoir pushed into the boardwalk supports, so the boardwalk has been closed as a precautionary measure until it can be assessed and repaired once the ice melts. We will post additional information on the Columbus Audubon Web site as we receive it.
Columbus Audubon Annual Dinner
Please join your fellow Columbus Audubon members for our annual dinner! The dinner is held on March 25 at 6:00 pm, just before our monthly program. You can register online right now or download a registration form to print and mail in. Check out the dinner menu here. Thanks, and we hope to see you there!
Wildlife Diversity Conference Early Registration Ends Feb 26
Early registration - and the pre-registration discount - for the Wildlife Diversity Conference on March 12, 2014, ends Wednesday, February 26. So if you are planning to register, do it now! Keep in mind that Wildlife Legacy Stamps are only $12 with pre-registration; the regular price is $15.
For more information or to register right now, go to the Wildlife Diversity Conference registration page.
Shreve Migration Sensation March 29
The Friends of the Killbuck Marsh have announced the 2014 Shreve Migration Sensation scheduled for Saturday, March 29. You can take advantage of workshops running from 8:30 am to 4:15 pm, with breaks for birding and other adult and family activities. Featured workshop leaders include Kenn and Kim Kaufman, Cheryl Harner of the Greater Mohican Audubon Society, and Jim McCormac of the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Nearby Killbuck Marsh offers excellent birding, not to mention a chance to see wetland critters of all sorts.