Join the Great Backyard Bird Count!
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) takes place February 14 - 17. It's fun, it's free, and it's easy: you can participate in as little as 15 minutes, or spend all the time you want. It's also a fun family activity! We will have more information later, but to get a head start, see the GBBC Web site for more information.
Ohio Endangered/Threatened Species Changes
The Ohio Wildlife Council received proposed changes to several species designations according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Among the most noticeable changes proposed are removing bobcats from the "threatened" list. Birders will be saddened to hear that Bewick's Wren will be moved to the Ohio "extirpated" list.
You can see details on the ODNR Web site.
Birding Article in USA Today
The January 4 issue of USA Today carried a great article about the growing popularity of birding. Not a subscriber? No problem: you can read the article online.
And if you are a birder already, congratulate yourself: you are ahead of the curve!
Results of Trial CBC in SE Ohio
Will you be looking for a Christmas Bird Count in southeastern Ohio next year? You may in luck! The first Trial (unofficial) CBC in the Monday and Sunday Creek Watersheds was held on Saturday, January 4, 2014. The count went well, and the organizers hope to continue next year.
Click the Read More link below to detailed see count results.
Audubon Opposes DOI Wind Power Eagle Kill Rule
Audubon supports the development of wind power. However, Audubon strongly opposes a recently issued Department of Interior rule that allows for 30-year permits on eagle "taking" (killing). You can read about Audubon's position at the Audubon Web site wind power page and send a message to the DOI at the Audubon Action Center.
Wildlife Legacy Stamp Photo Contest: Bluebirds
One of Ohio's most iconic and beautiful songbirds, the Eastern Bluebird, is the featured species for the sixth Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp Photo Contest.
The 2015 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp will feature one winning photo submission of the eastern bluebird. Entries will be accepted Aug. 10-23, 2014, and the winner will receive $500. The selection of the winning photo will be made by the end of September 2014. The contest is open to Ohioans age 18 years and older. However, photographers age 17 and younger are able to compete in the youth division. For more information, visit the Wild Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp Web site.
Give the gift of EcoWeekend
We all know that EcoWeekend gives an affordable and enjoyable weekend experiencing nature's beauty and learning about nature from expert program leaders. But have you thought of giving EcoWeekend for the holidays?