Birding Basics: Bird Identification

For many beginner birdwatchers, the most difficult challenge is not so much locating the birds as identifying them. Read on for guidelines to help you know what to look for when identifying birds, and get some tips on identifying species you are likely to encounter on a daily basis:

Once you get used to following the birding “steps,” you’ll be amazed at how many different birds you see on a daily basis!… Read full story

Citizen Science: Frogs and Salamanders


Citizen scientists make large-scale studies possible by providing data, time, and other resources at continental scales. These important volunteers engage in many actions that have important conservation outcomes, from teaching others to improving and creating habitat. Yesterday, we highlighted citizen science projects focused on monarchs and dragonflies – but maybe amphibians are more your thing!… Read full story

Citizen Science: Spiders and Bees

Data generated by citizen scientists allow researchers to answer questions that could never be considered using traditional academic research methods. Spiders and bees are literally everywhere, so your help is needed to study these fascinating creatures!

Ohio Spider Survey
The aim of the Ohio Spider Survey is to fill the major gap in our understanding of natural spider communities in Ohio:

Ohio Bee Atlas
The Ohio Bee Atlas was established to document the distribution and identity of bumblebees due to the recent listing of the rusty patched bumblebee as a federally endangered species:

Common Spiders of Ohio ID Guide:
Common Bees and Wasps of Ohio ID Guide:

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Weekend Activity: Support Your Local Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

Spring is an especially busy time for wildlife rehabilitators. Young and sometimes injured wild animals are often brought to their centers. Because these care centers are non-profit and run by volunteers, they need our help! Consider supporting their efforts by volunteering, donating money, or by donating towels, blankets, food, and other care items that they need.… Read full story

Spring Migration: Monarchs

In the entire world, no butterflies migrate like the monarchs of North America. They travel much farther than all other tropical butterflies, up to 3,000 miles. It takes four generations of monarchs to complete the entire migration cycle. But residential areas planted with butterfly-attracting plants such as milkweed, asters, yarrow, goldenrod, sedum, and others will bring them to your home during their trip south.… Read full story