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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!

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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.

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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.