Monthly Programs Through April 2017

February 28

6:45 – Doors open

7:00 – 7:10 pm: Bird quiz and social time with light refreshments. Come and meet old friends…or make new ones.

7:10- 7:15 – Announcements

7:15 – 7:30 pm: Conservation Spotlight: Carson DeCarlo, Troop 117- Dublin, Eagle Scout Project. Carson worked with John Watts of the Franklin County Metro Parks to put up 6 American kestrel boxes in suitable habitat in 4 area metro parks. Carson completed this project for his Boy Scout Eagle Award in the summer of 2016 and he looks forward to sharing his experience.

7:30Dale Gnidovec, Curator, Orton Geological Museum, The Ohio State University

Teeth, Jaws & Claws – the Carnivorous Dinosaurs and Why Birds Are Dinosaurs

Dale is Curator of OSU’s Orton Geological Museum where he cares for over 54,000 rocks, minerals and fossils, and the exhibit hall, as well as identifying rocks, minerals, fossils, and bones. Dale speaks to over 5,000 people a year including elementary through high school classes, Scouts and other youth groups, at parks, libraries, nature centers, retirement communities and clubs, and teaches an Earth History course at OSU. He also writes a geology column that appears periodically in The Columbus Dispatch.

This Columbus Audubon program is free and open to the public. Programs are held at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center (505 West Whittier Street in the Scioto-Audubon Metro Park on the Whittier Peninsula).

 

March 28

6:45 – Doors open

7:00 – 7:10 pm: Bird quiz and social time with light refreshments. Come and meet old friends…or make new ones.

7:10- 7:15 – Announcements

7:15 – 7:30 pm: Conservation Spotlight – Randy Rogers, An Update on Green Lawn Cemetery

7:30 – Matt Shumar, Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas

The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio: Uncovering 25-years of change in Ohio’s avifauna

Twenty-five years after the publication of the state’s first breeding bird atlas, The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio brings our knowledge of the state’s bird populations up to date and provides important new information. The Atlas documents the current distribution and changes in status for more than two hundred bird species in Ohio, including five new breeding species and five species not known to have bred in over fifty years.  More than nine hundred dedicated birdwatchers completed surveys of birds across the state from 2006 to 2011. In all, more than one million bird records were compiled by birders and professional researchers for the second Atlas, providing an unprecedented snapshot of the bird life of Ohio. Matthew will discuss how information generated from the Atlas is providing important insight into factors driving changes in bird populations including changes in land use and climate.

April 25

6:45 – Doors open

7:00 – 7:10 pm: Bird quiz and social time with light refreshments. Come and meet old friends…or make new ones.

7:10- 7:30 – Announcements, Annual Meeting, election of new board members

7:30 – Christian Hagenlocher, The Birding Project

Birding On a Budget: An EPIC Big Year

In 2016, Christian left all things comfortable- his home, job, and ambitions of becoming a film producer- and began driving around the country searching for rare birds. As his journey unfolded, he began interviewing birders he met nationwide, and started The Birding Project- a birding blog aimed at sharing the stories of birders. In July, Christian was the youngest birder to see over 700 species in a very Big Year!