Bobcat Sightings in Ohio on the Rise
It's not a bird thing, but our friends at the Ohio Division of Wildlife report the the number of verified bobcat sightings in Ohio in 2012 increased to 169. This marks the third consecutive year that more 100 verified bobcat sightings were recognized in the state.
Ohio Woman Is CNN Hero
Mona Rutger, a wildlife rehabilitator in Castalia, Ohio, and founder of Back to the Wild, was recently featured as a "CNN Hero" for her work. You can read the story and see the featured video at the CNN Web site.
Audubon Online Bird Guide
Click here to access the guide, or click on the Audubon Online Bird Guide logo to the right. Happy birding!
OBCI Bird Window Collision Webinar Available Online
If you were not able to attend the May 15 webinar on Finding Solution to Bird Window Collisions, you can see and listen to a recording of the webinar online. The webinar was presented by Amanda Duren of the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative. You also can find additional resources on preventing collisions at the OBCI Web site.
Note: You will need Adobe Flash Player to view the webinar recording.
Build a Solar Powered Birdbath
We know that birds are attracted to water, especially running water. However, most fountains or small ponds require a 120-V electrical pump, which may be expensive to install, may require permitting, and -- if not installed properly -- could potentially pose an electrocution danger to humans and wildlife. Mel Hinton of the San Diego Audubon Society has come up with a solar-powered alternative. And the best part is that you can make it yourself!
Mel's design uses readily available parts and it's inexpensive (about $85), easy to maintain, and is relatively simple to build and install.
You can see complete instructions, including a parts list and suggestions for installation, on the Audubon Website. By the way, don't be put off by the pictures at the top of the page: those are of the unit before installation. There are several pictures of the installed final version near the bottom of the article, and they look pretty doggone good!
Teen Summer, Unplugged
Think teenagers spend their lives indoors in front of video games, wired to earbuds, or glued to smart phones? Well, think again. The teen members of the Central Ohio Chapter of the Ohio Young Birders Club (OYBC) spend their summers outside celebrating the natural world in many different ways.
Lake Erie Birding Trail
Interested in some birding this spring? Spring migration will bring millions of birds to Ohio in the coming months, and the Lake Erie Birding Trail offers a great opportunity to view many rare and exciting species, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
The Lake Erie Birding Trail encompasses the Ohio shoreline and inland areas from Conneaut in the east to Toledo in the west. More than 80 primary birding sites are highlighted along the trail, which is divided into seven loops: Ashtabula, Cleveland, Huron and Lorain, Sandusky Bay, the Lake Erie Islands, the western Lake Erie marshes and the Oak Openings. The sites within each loop are similar in habitat and landscape. People can visit the entire trail in one trip or explore the trail loop by loop.