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Please note: The registration for the 10th annual anniversary OOS conference at Shawnee April 25-27 will close at midnight, Thursday April17! If you have not registered, we still have a few spaces left. Please go through the registration process on line at http://www.ohiobirds.org/site/conference2014.php , BUT instead of mailing your form via USPS, PLEASE email to greenheron58@insight.rr.com

Hope your can make it!
Julie Davis, OOS Board Member

Not only will this event give you a chance to head south to meet the first big wave of spring migration, you'll also get to enjoy excellent presentations, the charm of the Shawnee State Park lodge, and the wonderful fellowship of a bunch of fun, avid birders. Speakers include Brian Zwiebel (bird photography), Scott Albaugh (warblers), Matt Shumar (Ohio's breeding birds), Jim McCormac (birding in 2014), Cheryl Harner (flora of Shawnee), John Howard (butterflies of Shawnee and Adams County) and Jenny Richards ( passing it on for the future).  Check out our fabulous field trip offerings - 14 to choose from - on the registration page! If you are interested in being a vendor, please contact webmaster@ohiobirds.org.    Don't miss celebrating the OOS's 10th anniversary, register today!  A special thanks to our sponsor, the ODNR Division of Wildlife

Winner of the OOS Selfie Photo Contest!

We are proud to announce that the winner of the OOS Birding Selfie Photo Contest is Anna Wittmer! Congratulations Anna! We want to give a big thank you to all the birders who participated in our first contest. Stay tuned for more fun contests in the near future!


Here is a clip from KY Afield featuring Dan Marsh from the Cincinnati Zoo explaining the life and death of the Passenger Pigeon. Although this is sad for all bird lovers to watch, the lessons that we learn will help us to prevent this tragedy in the future, and help us to manage endangered or threatened species successfully. 

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We have an exciting line-up of field trips, speakers, conferences, and other state-wide birding and educational events scheduled in 2014. Some of these are still in the planning stages, so be sure to check back often for updates. Please check our calendar page for upcoming events. We hope to see you there!

Following OOS just got easier!

OOS is utilizing a variety of e-tools to help you to learn more about birds, conservation, our birding partners, and OOS events. Check us out on the OOS Facebook page by searching for ' Ohio Ornithological Society'.  This page has over 1,400 likes and continues to grow. There are daily updates posted about various events and other bird and nature related news. Did you know that OOS is on Twitter?  Search ' OOS ' to follow us there.  And, we have a brand new blog page called "Ohiobirds". This blog is great for posts on various topics with searchable titles for past blog posts.  We welcome guest bloggers, and if you are interested in sharing with us, send us an email. We appreciate hearing from our birding partners! 

American Kestrel Nest Box Trail

Success! Here are two nestlings inside Kestrel box number 19. As of June 20, 2013, there were two occupied boxes with 9 nestlings, making OOS proud parents and partners in the American Kestrel Partnership. You can help to support this effort by visiting the donation page.

OBCI (Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative), Ohio Ornithological Society, the Ohio Division of Wildlife, and Ohio Department of Transportation are working together to construct and install about 25 nest boxes for American Kestrels on the backs of highway road signs. This project was sponsored by the American Kestrel Partnership that provided funds for nest boxes.This type of program has been highly successful in other states including New York, Iowa, and Tennessee. OBCI and its partners hope to reverse the recent declines in the populations of North America's smallest falcon. On December 11th and 12th, the partnership installed 21 nest boxes on highway road signs. The boxes were installed at least 1/2 mile apart on signs with access to open, grassy areas. Starting this spring the boxes will be monitored by volunteers to measure occupancy rates and reproductive success. Monitoring results will be used to guide selection of signs for future installation of kestrel boxes in other parts of the state. Picture courtesy Amanda Conover.

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