The Society was newly incorporated in 2004 and though it is new, it is the confluence of several well-established entities. For example,
- The Society's flagship publication, The Ohio Cardinal, has been the authoritative record on the abundance and distribution of Ohio's bird populations for 25 years.
- The Ohio Bird Records Committee has been analyzing and reviewing rare bird reports in Ohio since 1991.
- The Ohio-Birds e-mail list has been Ohio's only statewide birding news list since 1999.
- Many of the founding directors and members have been an actively engaged in the Ohio bird scene for a decade or more.
Like most other state ornithological societies, the OOS has no paid staff and relies entirely on the blood, sweat, and tears of volunteers with a motivating passion for birds. If you're interested in helping, visit our volunteer section