Creature Feature: Map Turtles (Graptemys species)
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Creature Feature: Map Turtles (Graptemys species)

We were looking at turtles basking along Darby Creek and something wasn’t clicking. The kids were asking about the turtles, and my mind was drawing a blank. I was used to Painted Turtles and Sliders (both common in ponds in the Midwest), but these flat olive turtles didn’t look right. When we tried to edge closer…

Creature Feature: Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
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Creature Feature: Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)

I leaned over the footbridge railing and looked where she was pointing. At first all I could see was a tangle of zig-zagging sycamore branches, but then a movement caught my eye. A tiny wing flick revealed a tiny bird: a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird, squeezed atop a tiny lichen-covered knob that could only be her nest. We…

2014 Columbus CBC Participants Suffer Nice Day, Still Rack Up Good Totals

2014 Columbus CBC Participants Suffer Nice Day, Still Rack Up Good Totals

Summary On December 14, 80 observers sponsored by CAS spent the day counting birds in different areas of Columbus.  A mild, pleasant day made for easy travel, but seemed to depress bird numbers for many teams. Despite this, observers were still able to ring up totals of 82 species and 53,162 individual birds. Count Date:…

2013 Columbus CBC: Defying Icy Conditions

2013 Columbus CBC: Defying Icy Conditions

2013 Columbus CBC Participants Defy Icy Conditions to Dig Out Birds On December 15, 72 observers sponsored by CAS spent the day counting birds in different areas of Columbus. Rain the prior day plus freezing temperatures left many trails icy, so walking was difficult. Despite these conditions, observers were still able to dig up totals…