NBC News Video on Sandhill Cranes
NBC News has jumped on the Sandhill Crane bandwagon --- and we mean that in the most positive way. They have produced a lovely three-minute video montage that you can find on the NBC News Web site., CBS Evening News recently ran a feature on this migration spectacle. (Note: Some users have reported that the video does not play properly in the Google Chrome browser; you might try Microsoft Internet Explorer if you encounter difficulties.)
Save the Date: Columbus Audubon 5K Run/Walk
Lace up your running shoes and start training! Columbus Audubon's first 5K run/walk will happen on Saturday, November 8. We're calling it the Take Flight run and the theme for this first year is "Fast as a Falcon."
Whether you're a marathon runner or a couch potato, we invite you to participate in CA's Take Flight 5K event. The run/walk will be at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center and surrounding Scioto-Audubon Metro Park. More details and registration will be available soon. See you there!
Help the Monarchs: 2014
Lepidopterists and butterfly lovers alike are deeply concerned about rapidly declining populations of Monarch butterflies. You can help preserve Monarch populations by planting native Milkweeds. Now is the perfect time for spring planting! For more information, check out our article on planting Milkweed for butterflies.
Crane Migration Article in Smithsonian Magazine
Fans of Sandhill Cranes – and who isn't a fan? – Will be interested in an article about crane migration that appeared in Smithsonian magazine. Perhaps half a million Sandhill Cranes migrate through Nebraska in late March, stopping mainly along an 80-mile stretch of the Platte River. This is one of the great wildlife migration spectacles in the world, and draws birders and nature lovers from across the United States and around the world.
You can read the entire article on the Smithsonian website. By the way, Columbus Audubon frequently offers spring and fall field trips to Indiana, which also hosts a significant crane migration. See the Events Calendar on this website for more information.
Lights Out! Story on Columbus TV News
The evening news for Wednesday, March 19, on Columbus TV stations 6 (WSYX) and 28 (WTTE) featured a story on Lights Out Columbus! The Lights Out program aims to reduce lighting that is dangerous for migrating birds. Columbus companies with large downtown buildings have responded positively, turning out lights during spring and fall migrations.
Columbus Audubon board member and Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative Director Amanda Duren was interviewed for the news segment. You can read the story on the 6 On Your Side Web site. Check out the Lights Out Columbus Web site for more information.
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.