Wildlife in Downtown Columbus
Did you know that the Scioto-Audubon Metro Park and the Grange Insurance Audubon Center are hotspots for urban wildlife? No, not that kind of wildlife -- we mean the real thing!
Local photographer Mike Horn has documented some of the wild creatures that can be found right at the Center. You can see some of his photos on the Grange Insurance Audubon Center page on Facebook. (Click on a photo to move to the next one.) Better yet, stop by the Center soon to see what wildlife you can find.
Swift Counts Set for August, September
As Chimney Swifts get ready to migrate south, Columbus Audubon is ready to watch them!
In Dublin, Swift Counts are scheduled for August 7, 8, and 9 at 7:30 pm and September 12 (rain date September 13) at 6:30 pm. All Dublin counts are at Sells Middle School, 150 W Bridge St. Meet behind the 1919 building and in front of the tennis courts.
In Clintonville, Swift Counts are set for August 7 and 8 at Indian Springs Elemntary School at 50 East Henderson Rd, Columbus, OH 43214 at 8:00. Meet in the parking lot in the rear of the school. Please note: the August 8 count has been moved to Bishop Watterson HS, where good numbers of swifts are being found.
In Westerville, a Swift Count is scheduled for September 11 at 6:30 pm. The e location will be determined shortly.
For all counts, bring your binoculars, a chair or other seat if you like, and insect repellant just in case.
Chimney Swift Colony Preserved at Franklin Heights HS
A group of volunteers led by Tom Sheley of Wild Birds Unlimited in Columbus, Ohio worked with Sheila Fagan to secure and install a Chimney Swift Tower on Monday July 20, 2015 on the construction site at Franklin Heights High School.
This project brought together a great group of volunteers, starting with Franklin Heights faculty members Amy Corbett, Mike Hall, Pat Scott, Tom Lennon and Seth Elsworth. Captain Lennon also invited several students to assist. Area resident Delbert Miller installed and designed the base for the tower. Family and close friends also came to the aid of the project and included Todd Chaney, Dean and Dawn Fagan. Darlene Sillick, local expert on Chimney Swifts and Tim Daniel of the Ohio Division of Wildlife provided guidance for the project. The team worked with Mark Waller Coordinator of Property Services and Construction Projects for South-Western City schools to select the location and plan the timing of the project.
Read all about it in an article from This Week online. For more information and photos, click the Read More button below.
Read more: Chimney Swift Colony Preserved at Franklin Heights HS