Welcome to Ohio's Birding Network

Latest News


We will hold our annual meeting at Gorman Nature Center in Mansfield,OH. Join us during the day for field trips in the Mansfield-Mohican area, followed by dinner, guest speaker Steve McKee and annual elections.   Steve will give a lively and engaging presentation on the significance of the Mohican region to birds in Ohio.  He has served his community for over 30 years as the former director of the Richland County Park District. He still considers all of the Mohican area his own backyard, and would like to share it with you. Steve's specialties are botany and birds. Presentation and dinner $35.00 (field trips are free). More details and registration can be found here.  All are welcome to join us!

Chimney Swift Conservation

Chimney Swifts have declined by over 50% in just the last 40 years. Chimney Swifts can be helped by making chimneys accessible for the birds or by building Chimney Swift Towers -- specially designed nesting/roosting towers. 


Plant native trees, shrubs, flowers and grasses that attract more insects than non-native plants. Chimney Swifts feed exclusively on flying insects which are crucial during the breeding season.
Investigate an alternative venting system if you are converting a furnace or hot water heater to gas, leaving the chimney unlined and uncapped for the swifts.
Work with an experienced chimney sweep company that can speak to the issue of Chimney Swift conservation and chimney maintenance.
Encourage your neighborhood parks, schools, and businesses to build chimney swift towers.
Work with local conservation groups to raise awareness of the need for uncapped chimneys for Chimney Swift conservation.

Learn More »


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!

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.

Blogs from Ohio Birders and Naturalists

The Ohio Ornithological Society on Facebook