Upcoming Program: Tuesday, September 23
In 2013 Boston birder Neil Hayward suffered a devastating bout of the Big Year. The temporary insanity resulted in almost 250,000 miles of travel, taking him to the remote corners of this continent: Barrow in the frozen north; the Dry Tortugas, dangling off the Florida Keys to the south; Newfoundland, poking out to the east; and tiny Adak, adrift in the volcanic Aleutian chain of the west. And a place they call New Jersey. By year's end, he'd netted some 750 species of bird and quite possibly set a new ABA Big Year record. Please join us as Neil takes a Big Year, applies cutting-edge high pressure technology, and condenses it into a Big Hour! You will hear about exotic birds, remote places, volcanoes, polar bears, Aleutian plumbing and more! Government health warning: Big Years can be contagious. High pressure technology not previously tested.
Kenn Kaufman on Shorebird Migration
Columbus Audubon members who love shorebirds– and what birder can resist them? – will want to check out Kenn Kaufman's article on the timing of shorebird migration.
We already are through a significant part of the shorebirds migration this year, but there's still plenty to go. Thanks to Kenn for such a comprehensive guide to help us out! While you're at it, check out the Introduction to Shorebirds right here on the Columbus Audubon website.
Take Flight!: Register for 5K Run/Walk
Registration for Take Flight! Fast as a Falcon -- Columbus Audubon's inaugural 5K run/walk -- is now open. The event is designed for serious runners (and not-so-serious ones, too) and walkers and will take place on Satuday, November 8, at the Grange Insuarnce Audubon Center/Scioto-Audubon Metro Park. All money raised goes to support Columbus Audubon.
Want to run or walk but don't know what to do with the kids? No problem: we have a kid care facility on site. Your kids can build a birdhouse while you do the course.
We are working with Premier Races to organize the event. Learn more or register online now at their Web site. Special thanks go to our sponsors: Columbus State Community College, the Home Depot Foundation, and Whole Foods Market.
Columbus Audubon Conservation Grants: Call for Proposals
Conservation of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats has been a vital part of the mission of Columbus Audubon for all of our 101 years. In this spirit, Columbus Audubon offers a conservation grant program to support the conservation of Ohio's native bird species. The Conservation Grant Program offers financial support for innovative habitat management, habitat protection, and scientific research projects, especially in central Ohio.
The Conservation Grant Program is supported by fundraising efforts such as the Bird Seed Sale and Birdathon. To all members who support these fundraisers: thank you. Your contributions go to good use.
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.