Big Year for Bald Eagles
The Ohio Division of Wildlife reports that bald eagles are having a banner year in Ohio. ODW has just finished its eagle production survey and estimates that approximately 200 eagle nests successfully produced about 350 chicks this year.
As a side note, the number of bald eagles around Sandusky Bay is incredible right now. At one point, Division researchers saw about 20 eagles in the air with another 15-20 sitting in dead trees just near the Lodge at Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area. The area surrounding Sandusky Bay must be one of the densest populations of eagles in the lower 48 states.
Buckeye Lady Beetle Blitz
Columbus Audubon members who are gardeners (and we know there are lots of you!) will be interested to learn of the Buckeye Lady Beetle Blitz (BLBB). Sponsored by the OSU Gardiner Lab in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, the BLBB is a Citizen Science program composed of volunteers who collect lady beetle diversity and abundance data in Ohio.
Does that sound complicated? It's not: the BLBB provides materials and training for what is a pretty simple process. You can learn more at the BLBB Web page.
CBS News Stories on Sandhill Cranes
Adding to a growing list of news stories about the annual Sandhill Crane migration, CBS Evening News recently ran a feature on this migration spectacle. Dean Reynolds, the popular CBS News correspondent based in Chicago, covered the story. You can read the article and watch videos at the CBS Evening News Web site.
Not to be outdone, CBS Sunday Morning recently ran a wonderful video segment on Sandhill Cranes in Nebraska. CBS sce wildlife photographer and Sunday Morning contributor Joel Sartore narrates. You can see the segment on the CBS News Web site.
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.