OOS ANNUAL MEETING NOVEMBER 7
Blendon Woods Field Trip
Join OOS president Julie Davis and central director, Bill Heck on a search for fall warblers and other migrants. We will meet in the parking lot of the nature center of the Blendon Woods Metro Park (all the way at the back of the park). Our search will start as the sun hits the treetops. We will then walk some of Blendon's trails searching for warblers and more. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot; plan for light walking. We will not leave the parking lot until 8 am for late arrivals. We will be out two to three hours, depending on the birds! Contact Julie Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
American Birding Expo 2015The American Birding Expo (often referred to as the Birding Expo, or simply the Expo, or by the acronym ABE) is a retail-sales-oriented showcase of products for birders and nature enthusiasts. Vendors representing all aspects of the birding and nature market will display their products, goods, and services at the Expo. The American Birding Expo is the largest and most diverse shopping experience available to North American bird watchers. The Expo is free and open to the public, though attendees who pre-register will be entered into a special VIP raffle. A portion of the proceeds from the ABE, generated by sponsorships, raffles and games, and voluntary contributions, will be earmarked for three distinct conservation projects at the local, national, and international level. The first annual American Birding Expo is scheduled for October 2 to 4, 2015, at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center in Columbus, Ohio.
VOLUNTEER WITH US!Volunteers are the lifeblood of this organization. If you are interested in lending your time, talents, or treasures to our Society, please send an e-mail to Jason Larson, Volunteer Chair. Tell us a little about yourself and we'll help you find a suitable match for your time and interests. You can also complete a Volunteer Registration Form online. We will get in touch with you either way!
Help OOS When you Shop on Amazon!AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support OOS every time you shop, at not cost to you. Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. How do I shop at AmazonSmile? On your first visit, you will need to select OOS as your charitable organization before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation to OOS. Go here to be directed to the OOS page and start shopping for a good cause. We thank you for supporting Ohio birds!
Pesticide Use and Grassland Bird Decline
Monarch Watch: Monarch Waystation Program
The Monarch Watch Waystation Program is an excellent way to help create, protect and conserve habitat for the Monarch Butterfly. As a lesson learned with Martha, the Passenger Pigeon, citizen science projects are quite valuable in playing a part in the conservation of species. YOU can make a difference right in your own backyard!
Chip Taylor of Monarch Watch tells us that "Monarch Butterfly populations are declining due to loss of habitat. To assure a future for Monarchs, conservation and restoration of milkweed needs to become a national priority". Changing farming practices, roadside mowing and spraying along our roads and highways have eliminated much of the larval source of the Monarch Caterpillar-the Milkweed. Milkweed is easy to propagate and grown, and many varieties provide a nice specimen plant in a sunny or semi-sunny location. The entire family can enjoy looking for Monarch eggs and caterpillars. For more information on Monarch biology, where to purchase milkweed, how to certify your site to become a "Monarch Waystation", visit Monarch Watch:www.monarchwatch.org.