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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! 

Reporting a Rare Bird Sighting

Part of the excitement of birding comes when we find something unusual, something rare or unexpected that we can relish and share with others. But telling others about your finding, in person or on the internet, is fleeting. Even more important, for the ornithological record, is documenting your record in a permanent way. Reports of rarities, when they can be authenticated and published, help to fill out the total picture of our local avifauna. As records, they can help us all to recognize habitats, regions, or seasons in which scarce species are most likely to be found.

Why Submit Documentation?

Any scientific report of an unusual phenomenon must be supported by documentation: that is, verifiable evidence reported and vouched for by a first-hand observer, submitted for peer review before acceptance and publication. In general, the rarer and more interesting the occurrence, the more important it is to document and verify it for the record.