On Native Plants and Nomadic Living
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On Native Plants and Nomadic Living

I had originally planned to write an article for Song Sparrow on the importance of the Native Plant Backyard Challenge, which begins this month. I had planned to invoke relevant new research, notably a October 2021 report by the USDA Forest Service, which found that urban and suburban homeowners can help to increase bird diversity…

Central Ohio Owl Project Update: January 2022
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Central Ohio Owl Project Update: January 2022

The Central Ohio Owl Project’s fall banding effort ended with some exciting results. A total of 16 Northern Saw-whet Owls were caught during fall migration, and two of those already had bands. One had been banded by fellow Ohio owl bander Tom Bartlett on Kelleys Island about three weeks before it showed up in Union…

2021 Fall Chimney Swift Counts in Delaware County
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2021 Fall Chimney Swift Counts in Delaware County

For the nineteenth consecutive year, I counted migrating Chimney Swifts as I watched seven chimneys at six locations inside the city of Delaware and one additional chimney in Galena, Ohio. Swifts dropped in only six of the eight chimneys as they sought safe vertical walls with rough surfaces to cling to for the night. The…

CA-funded Study Examines Bluebird Nestling Survival in Ohio
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CA-funded Study Examines Bluebird Nestling Survival in Ohio

A study partially funded by Columbus Audubon shows that Eastern Bluebirds in Ohio struggle to take care of their young in less favorable environmental conditions. Researchers at Ohio University monitored 76 bluebird nest boxes in Athens County in 2018 and 2019 to see if bluebird parents were able to overcome obstacles like lower food availability…

Calamus Swamp Update
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Calamus Swamp Update

We made some great progress during our work days this year. When you visit Calamus, the difference is obvious. You’ll notice areas that are now nearly completely cleared of invasive plants, which will allow native plants to spread out and take hold. We have also made some real progress with repairing the boardwalk where needed.    Many thanks to…