Columbus Audubon Song Sparrow Specimen in OSU Museum
We all enjoy seeing and hearing birds. But each individual bird, in the way of all living things, eventually dies. When that happens, the bird remains can be preserved for scientific study. Columbus Audubon recently donated funds to prepare a specimen of our favorite bird, the Song Sparrow, at the OSU Museum of Biological Diversity.
If you are interested in seeing how bird specimens are preserved, you can click here to watch a video of the specimen being prepared for permanent display. Warning: the video does show the dead bird, so may not be suitable to younger children.
Take on the Rusty Blackbird Challenge!
Rusty Blackbirds have experienced an 85-99% population drop in the last half-century. Over the last 15 years, research on Rusty breeding and wintering ecology has allowed us to develop conservation strategies to protect this vulnerable species. But many questions still remain, and Rusty Blackbird migration habits are largely a mystery. Are there hot spots where many Rusties congregate during migration? Are similar migratory stopover areas used by Rusties each year, and are these areas protected? You can help find out!
Read more: Take on the Rusty Blackbird Challenge!
Download Audubon Prints for Free
"White Heron" by John James AudubonHave you ever wanted to see a collection of Audubon's famous paintings of the birds of North America? John James Audubon’s Birds of America comes to life in a vibrant digital library on Audubon’s new website. You can enjoy and download free high-resolution versions of all 435 prints. Share these beautiful watercolors with your network and spread the legacy of Audubon’s namesake and inspiration.
An Interview with Doug Wynn
A video interview with Doug Wynn, our January speaker and well-known Ohio herpetologist, is available here on Vimeo. (Warning: this interview starts with a closeup of a Timber Rattlesnake. Snake-phobic viewers should be prepared!) Interviews with Columbus Audubon speakers are conducted by members of the Central Ohio Chapter of the Ohio Young Birders Club.
New Audubon Web Site
National Audubon has launched its new Web site and it is a stunner! The new Web site has tremendous graphics; it's fun just to go to the home page, which has frequently updated bird photos.
Of particular interest to bird lovers is the new "Birds" section. It includes descriptions and photos of all common North American birds, with with commentary by Ohio's own Kenn Kaufman. Just go to www.audubon.org, click on "Birds" in the menu at the top of the page, and enjoy!
New Look for the CA Website
Yes, we have a new look! We recently upgraded software used for the Columbus Audubon Web site. While we were at it, we changed the look a bit. But we kept the same no-nonsense approach to help you find what you need quickly and easily.
As with any upgrade, there could be a few glitches. If you see any, or if you just want to comment on what we have done so far, please let us know.
We are planning more updates for the near future, so stop back and visit often.
What Do You Want in the Newsletter?
As a member-based organization, Columbus Audubon needs your input to be sure we are offering services, programs and information that you value and that represent what Audubon means to you. In the coming year we invite you to share your thoughts and opinions in surveys on a variety of topics.
Our first survey topic is the Song Sparrow newsletter. We want to know what you value and enjoy. Please take a moment to fill out the survey online. Thanks!