This year’s Annual Meeting of Columbus Audubon was a time to celebrate the future. Members of the Central Ohio Chapter of the Ohio Young Birders Club (OYBC) delivered a presentation to the gathering and were, in turn, recognized for their conservation efforts.
Introducing members of the chapter’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB), CA President Julie Davis noted that “John James Audubon himself would have been very pleased to see these energetic, creative, passionate young people with us here tonight. Surely Mr. Audubon recognized the essential connection, from generation to generation, in the work of conservation when he said: ‘A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.’ (These students are) our link to the future — the Ohio Young Birders.”
YAB members Jacob Stinnett and Doug Whitman provided an overview of the OYBC chapter’s activities of the last 9 months, as well as their plans for the future. Included in the accomplishments of this group were two community service projects. Last October the OYBC students designed, built and installed a bird-feeding station as part of an outdoor education center at a Columbus City School. And in March these young birders built nest boxes and installed a grid of 16 boxes at Glacier Ridge Metro Park. Both projects reflect the club’s mission to celebrate nature, work for conservation, and share their interest in birds with others.
Columbus Audubon recognized the dedication of these OYBC students with Certificates of Appreciation “in recognition of outstanding public service as a member of OYBC Central Ohio Chapter.”
Receiving certificates were: Aaron Tayal, Jacob Stinnett, Doug Whitman, Nick Baltutis, Ada Cleary, Clare Jusdanis, Georgia Lockwood, Emily LeMaster, Daniel Hauck, and Sarah Seeley.
You can see more photos from this event and our photo album.