Columbus, OH, August 27, 2009 – A former industrial site on the Whittier Peninsula near downtown Columbus is about to be officially reborn as an urban oasis where wildlife can thrive and visitors can connect with nature and the power to protect it. At the heart of this transformation is the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, the latest addition to Audubon’s national network of 50 nature centers.
The new community resource, on the banks of the Scioto River, is the culmination of a unique partnership between the City of Columbus Recreation & Parks Department, Metro Parks and Audubon Ohio. Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, Franklin County Commission President Paula Brooks, Audubon Board Chair Holt Thrasher, and other officials and invited guests will cut the ribbon to dedicate the new Grange Insurance Audubon Center and Scioto Audubon Metro Park at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 28 at 505 West Whittier Street.
“What was once an area to avoid is now a destination where the seeds of stewardship will grow in a community that reflects America’s diversity and promise,” said National Audubon Society President John Flicker, who attended the Center’s ground-breaking ceremony on Earth Day 2008.View full post
Backyard birding has been around a lot longer than you may have thought, as American colonists attracted birds with clay “bird bottles” placed under …View full post
With some basic woodworking skills you too, can craft your own replica architectural bird house. The time and detail put into handcrafting the replica bird house will make it a truly unique and personal work of art. By following the same steps we follow at New England Birdhouse, you’ll be able to create a one of a kind architectural replica birdhouse of your own.View full post
Naturalist David Mizejewski discusses the benefit native plants offer in providing shelter and cover for wild birds. The video includes a discussion of using native plants, the benefits of evergreen plants, planting a living fence, creating a brush pile, providing roosting boxes, and leaving dead trees or “snags” in place to create “apartment buildings” for birds and critters. For a list of recommended native plants for your state, please visit the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. Fourth of seven videos from the National Wildlife Federation about establishing a Certified Wildlife Habitat at your home or school.View full post
The Battle for Bats: White Nose Syndrome is a video sponsored by the US Forest Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service about devastating impact of White Nose Syndrome on bat populations in the northeast US and beyond. The video provides an explanation of what is currently being done to slow the spread of White Nose Syndrome, and which organizations are together to find a solution.View full post
Scientific Name: Zenaida macroura
A member of the dove family (columbidae), Mourning Doves are the most abundant and widespread of all North American birds. They are named for their mournful call. They are very prolific breeders – raising up to six broods per year. Parents are typically monogamous, and both incubate and care for the young.View full post
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The rule implements federal protections provided by the ESA for the Cantabrian capercaillie, Marquesan imperial pigeon, Eiao Marquesas reed-warbler, greater adjutant, Jerdon’s courser, and slender-billed curlew.
If the pair’s breeding effort is successful at Midway Atoll Refuge, it would mark the first confirmed hatching of a short-tailed albatross outside of Japan in modern history.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed a report recommending closing human access to caves and mines where bats with white-nose syndrome are hibernating in an area more than 250 miles from other WNS-affected caves and mines.
The oldest known U.S. wild bird – a coyly conservative 60 — is a new mother. The bird, a Laysan albatross named Wisdom, was …
Damage to bat wings from the fungus associated with white-nose syndrome (WNS) may cause catastrophic imbalance in life-support processes, according to newly published research. …
Researchers found that deforestation in the New England area at that time produced significant soil erosion, increasing sediment delivery rates — the natural flow of sand and soil in water systems. The large amounts of sediment traveling in rivers and streams to the coastline spurred a significant period of wetland growth, leading to marshes lining the coast of New England that today are abnormally large.