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: wildohio.gov/backyardbirding
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
Do you know the feathery acquaintances that stop by your backyard or fly overhead during walks outdoors? If you’ve ever been curious about the birds you encounter every day, or if you’ve ever considered taking up birding as a new hobby, there’s no better time to learn than in the spring!… Read full story
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
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: http://ow.ly/PfO730or0kQ
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: https://u.osu.edu/beelab/ohio-bee-atlas/
This time of year, bats have begun migrating to their summer maternity roosts. Many bats prefer to roost in hollow trees or spaces under loose bark, but some bats end up in attics or barns. The same females might even come back to the same location each year to raise their young (pups).… Read full story
COLUMBUS, OH – Blue Rock State Forest and Pike State Forest were the settings for two recent special hunts organized for disabled hunters to enjoy the outdoors while hunting for wild turkey. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry hosts these hunts annually in Muskingum and Pike counties.… Read full story
COLUMBUS, OH – Many young hunters found success during Ohio’s 2019 youth spring wild turkey season after 1,318 birds were harvested, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
Hunters age 17 and under were eligible to participate in the two-day season, April 13-14.… Read full story
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
Many hummingbirds spend the winter in Central America or Mexico. They migrate north to their breeding grounds in the southern United States as early as February, and to areas further north later in the spring.… Read full story
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