CA in Natural Areas & Preserves eNewsletter
The August edition of the eNewsletter from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Natural Areas and Preserves has high praise for one of Columbus Audubon's longest-running programs: Service in the Preserves.
In an article describing new facilities recently added at Scioto Brush Creek State Nature Preserve, the Division thanks our Columbus Audubon volunteers who worked on the project in April. In two days of work, CA volunteers not only helped build four foot bridges for the trail, but also removed two dump truck loads of trash and flood debris!
The Columbus Audubon Service in the Preserve program has been improving natural preserves and wildlife areas in Ohio for over 30 years. You can join the fun, too. No special skills are needed, just a willingness to help. For more information, see the Services in the Preserves page.
5K Volunteers Needed
Columbus Audubon needs a few good men and women to help out with our inaugual Take Flight 5K run/walk on the morning of November 8. We need people to help register runners and walkers, time runners, hand out race materials and water, and generally help ensure that this is a top running/walking event!
Ohio Sustainable Landscapes Symposium at Dawes
Do you want to start a conservatio project in your own yard? Our friends at The Dawes Arboretum will host the Ohio Sustainable Landscapes Symposium on Saturday, September 13 from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.
Local experts will help you discover tips to “green” your gardens by benefitting native wildlife and using sustainable building and maintenance techniques. This day includes an opportunity to tour some of the newest conservation-minded gardens at The Arboretum and purchase native plants to take home to your own. Featured speakers include award-winning author and CA member Jim McCormac.
Ohio Avian Research Conference 2014: Registration Open
The conference brings together academic researchers, citizen scientists, and interested members of the general public to update us all on ornithological research around the state. Past presenters have included university faculty; graduate, undergraduate, and high school students, and citizen scientists reporting on their projects. This year's presentations will feature work by Ohio Young Birders Club members, including participants from our Columbus chapter!
Columbus Audubon is proud to help sponsor this conference.
Passenger Pigeon Weekend August 29-30
Our friends at the Ohio Ornithological Society (OOS) have opened registration for the Passenger Pigeon Weekend, August 29 - 30 in Cincinnati, jointly hosted by the OOS and the Cincinnati Zoo. The featured speaker will be author and Passenger Pigeon expert Joel Greenberg, discussing his best selling book A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction. (This book was recently reviewed in Columbus Audubon's Song Sparrow newsletter.)
Lodging for the conference dates is availbale at a special OOS rate. Free field trips are offered with the conference as well. For information on the entire conference agenda is available on the OOS Web site. Or click on Read More below for details!
A Swift Night Out in Westerville Sept 12
As summer draws to a close and Chimney Swifts have finished raising their young, these fascinating aerial acrobats begin to congregate in communal roosts prior to their migration site in the Amazon Basin of Peru in the fall. Some roosts may consist of an extended family group of a half a dozen birds or so, but the larger sites can host hundreds or even thousands of swifts!
A Swift Night Out is a continent-wide effort to raise awareness about and encourage interest in Chimney Swifts (eastern) and Vaux's Swifts (west coast). Columbus Audubon, in cooperation with Wild Birds Unlimited of Westerville, is joining the fun with our very own Swift Night Out where you can see swifts as they come to roost in a local chimney. How many? We won't know until we count them, but we often see several hundred at once.
Westerville's Chimney Swift hotspot is located at the Blendon #339 Masonic Lodge in uptown Westerville. Please arrive no later than 7:15 pm, as sunset is around 7:45 pm. Bring your bug spray, lawn chair, and your binoculars and prepare to help count or just enjoy the show. We will gather in the parking lot behind the Masonic Lodge (access is via alley on south side of Masonic Lodge); there is plenty of free public parking in uptown Westerville.
Bird Seed Sale News
Fall migration is upon us, so it's almost time for the big bird feeding season! Columbus Audubon's Bird Seed Sale is a perfect way to stock up on quality seeds and seed blends and lend a helping hand to both birds and Columbus Audubon.
CA will offer a seed blend for every budget and habitat, along with peanuts and suet cakes to attract insect-eating and woodland species. Of course, traditional favorites such as Oil Sunflower, Sunflower Chips, Safflower and White Millet will be on the menu as well.
Again this year you can order with a printed form or online. We will include the CA Bird Seed order form in the November/December issue of the Song Sparrow newsletter. Or for an early start, look for online ordering right her on the CA Web site late September. Ordering online is easy and convenient, with credit card processing by PayPal.
Remember, all proceeds from the Bird Seed Sale go to Columbus Audubon to help fund our many projects!
Read on for answers to some common questions about the Bird Seed Sale.