COVID-19 Infection Detected in Deer in 9 Ohio Locations
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COVID-19 Infection Detected in Deer in 9 Ohio Locations

Scientists have detected infection by at least three variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 in free-ranging white-tailed deer in six northeast Ohio locations, the research team has reported. Previous research led by the U.S. Department of Agriculture had shown evidence of antibodies in wild deer. This study, published today in Nature, details the first report of active COVID-19 infection…

Muddy Future: Central Ohio Shore-birding
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Muddy Future: Central Ohio Shore-birding

It’s early September, do you know where your shorebirds are? Sometimes it seems like the phrases ‘central Ohio’ and ‘shorebirds’ never really belong together. We’ve had such a dearth of decent shorebird spots for the last 5 years, that it’s hard to remember that this hasn’t always been the case. Shorebirds clearly migrate through here,…

Lights Out Columbus: a community approach to avian conservation
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Lights Out Columbus: a community approach to avian conservation

Matthew B. Shumar Program Coordinator, Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative   March 29, 2018: some three months after our 10th wedding anniversary, my wife and I finally made it to our planned destination for a quick getaway. The infamous Pipeline Road in Gamboa, Panama has lived up to every enthusiastic description that birders have concocted. The…