Thursday, August 15, 2013

Did Someone say Free Money?

Who raises $$$ for GRANTS to serve the Ohio birding community and beyond?? OOS and MBS!! Who can apply for funding?? Any non-profit organization, with a IRS 501 (c)3 designation, whose objectives are related to birds, the birding community, and the preservation, enhancement, or creation of bird habitat (see link below to apply). How much has been donated in the past?? More than $30,000!

Midwest Birding Symposium donates the majority of its net proceeds to support conservation-oriented organizations and programs. In 2009, MBS donations totaled $10,000 thanks to a matching donation from The Ohio Ornithological Society. In 2011, donations doubled to $20,000 thanks again to matching funds from the OOS. For 2013, we hope to generate even more money for conservation, and we have a lot of GREAT prizes to raffle off this year. Donations of prizes are still being accepted.Tickets for the MBS Conservation Raffle are $5 for 1 ticket, $10 for 3 tickets, or $20 for 10 tickets. You don't need to be present to win. Winners will be announced each night in Hoover Auditorium.

After each MBS, the MBS hosts select a small number of conservation organizations, projects, and other worthy causes to receive contributions from the MBS Conservation Fund. For the 2013 MBS we're asking interested organizations/representatives to complete and return a one-page funding application.

The Midwest Birding Symposium 2013: Welcome!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Eight Great Reasons to Love the New Migratory Bird Stamp
By Annetta on Friday, June 28th, 2013 Cornell Lab of Ornithology

A brand-new piece of fine art went on Sale in June, and at just $15 it’s going to be hard to pass up. Its official name is the 2013–2014 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, but many people know it as the Federal Duck Stamp. Here at the Cornell Lab, we call it the Migratory Bird Stamp because it benefits many kinds of birds and is a great idea for any bird watcher or conservationist.

Buying a Migratory Bird Stamp is a simple and direct way for people to contribute to grassland and wetland conservation. The New York Times ran a piece on the annual stamp art competition; now here’s our own list of eight reasons to love the stamp:

1. $850 million for conservation and counting. The first stamp was issued in 1934. It cost $1 (about $18 in today’s dollars) and sold 635,001 copies. By law, the funds raised go directly to habitat acquisition in the lower 48 states. By now, stamp sales have surpassed $850 million and helped to protect 5.5 million acres of wetland and grassland habitat.

2. A 79-year tradition of beautiful wildlife art. The Migratory Bird Stamp is a beautiful collectible and a great artistic tradition. Since 1949, the design of each year’s duck stamp has been chosen in an open art contest. This year’s stamp, showing a Common Goldeneye, is by Robert Steiner (see a gallery of all stamps back to 1934), who also won the 1998–1999 contest with a Barrow’s Goldeneye—a stamp that sold 1,627,521 copies and raised more than $24 million on its own.

3. A bargain at $15. Ninety-eight cents of each dollar spent on a stamp goes directly to land acquisition (and immediate related expenses) for national wildlife refuges. This $15 purchase is perhaps the single simplest thing you can do to support a legacy of wetland and grassland conservation for birds.

4. It’s much more than ducks. Waterfowl hunters have long been the main supporters for the program—the stamps are a requirement for anyone over 16 who wants to hunt. But the funds benefit scores of other bird species, including shorebirds, herons, raptors, and songbirds, not to mention reptiles, amphibians, fish, butterflies, native plants, and more.

5. Save wetlands; save grasslands. Since 1958, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has used stamp revenues to protect “waterfowl production areas”—to the tune of 3 million acres—within the critical Prairie Pothole Region. The same program also protects declining prairie-nesting birds in the face of increasing loss of grasslands. As a result, refuges are among the best places to find grassland specialties such as Bobolinks, Grasshopper Sparrows, Clay-colored Sparrows, Sedge Wrens, and others.

6. The benefits are gorgeous. Some of the most diverse and wildlife-rich refuges across the Lower 48 have been acquired with stamp funds. Check out this map—chances are there’s a wildlife refuge near you that has benefited:

7. It’s your free pass to refuges. A migratory bird stamp is a free pass for an entire year to all refuges that charge for admission—so your $15 could even save you money.

8. As bird watchers, let’s get in on the secret. Though it’s long been a fixture in hunting circles, the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp is one of the best-kept secrets in all of bird conservation. It’s time to buy and show your stamp!

The Cornell Lab is a strong supporter of the Migratory Bird Stamp, and we’ve often written about its value as a direct aid to conservation—for example, in this 2009 column by Lab director John Fitzpatrick. You can buy the stamp at many U.S. Post Offices, National Wildlife Refuges, and sporting-goods stores. You can also order the stamp online at the USPS store and from the stamp’s printer, Amplex (both stores add a charge for shipping).

(Thanks to the Friends of the Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp for help in preparing this post.)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Happy 25th Anniversary to the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area Boardwalk!

Happy 25th Anniversary to the MAGEE MARSH WILDLIFE AREA BOARDWALK! This 2010 throng was watching a Connecticut Warbler! The latest issue of The Cerulean, the quarterly newsletter of the Ohio Ornithological Society, is online! Read the history of the boardwalk, see a dazzling array of Cerulean Warbler photos, lawn alternatives for BIRD-FRIENDLY zones in YOUR YARD, plus reports about the many recent OOS field trips across the state!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Updates to the Ohio Bird Checklist

The American Ornithologists' Union recently published its Fifty-Fourth Supplement to its Check-list of North American Birds. There are no lumps or splits that affect the Ohio list, but there are several changes to scientific names, and to the order that species appear in the list.

The actual supplement is not yet available online, but a summary of the changes is available at

The new official Ohio list, reflecting those changes, is now online at

Call For Wilderness Designation to the Backcounrty Area in Shawnee State Forest!

Our State Parks and Forests - fracked, timbered and burned. 
When will we say, "Enough"? 

Biodiversity Must Be Protected for Future Generations!  Ohio Division of Forestry should strengthen the habitat protections for the 8,000 acres of Backcountry Area of Shawnee State Forest in Scioto and Adams counties.  The best way to protect State designated “Endangered” and “Threatened” species is to permit no timbering, burning or vehicle access in large, un-fragmented areas.  As Ohio continues to commit its forest and park areas to fracking and timbering, we call for equal acre-for-acre set-asides to be converted to Wilderness designation.

As a member of the Ohio Ornithological Society and resident of Ohio, I want the Backcountry Management Area of Shawnee State Forest given the designation of a protected Wilderness. It’s my belief that Ohio needs to do more to create areas for rare species to thrive. I want more protected land in Ohio for our future generations to enjoy!  Please take a minute to print and send this letter to the Ohio Division of Forestry. Our voices must be heard, and time is running out.
       Mail To: Nate Jester, Ohio Division of Forestry 345 Allen Avenue Chillicothe OH 45601
The public has a limited time to respond! Please submit by August 30, 2013.
For updates and more information on this issue, visit the Buckeye Forest Council at:  ( and the Ohio Environmental Council at:

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Ohio Cardinal-Call for Sightings

On August 1st, "Summer" is over, at least for The Ohio Cardinal. Please send your June and July sightings to Craig Caldwell, 1270 W. Melrose Dr., Westlake, OH, 44145 or email

In addition to sightings, we welcome photos, anecdotes, book/e-media/app reviews, general interest articles, and research papers. If you enter your sightings into eBird, you do not need to send a report – we download all the entries directly from Cornell. Feel free, however, to expand on items in your eBird list in a separate note to me, because I can’t look at every note in eBird.

Digital photo files, please; send prints only with prior approval. If you post photos to FaceBook, Flickr, or the like, you can send links to them rather than the photo files themselves. Photos and links go to Laura Keene, The deadline is August 15.

We continue to reduce the backlog of Cardinal issues. The Spring 2012 issue has probably reached many of you by now and we expect to have Summer 2012 out in about a month.

Speaking of Spring 2012... Who remembers Ohio's Least Tern discovered by Sherrie Duris at Maumee Bay State Park last year at Lake Erie? Read about this accidental visitor, and more, in the SPRING 2012 OHIO CARDINAL featuring a fantastic Brian Zwiebel cover photo!

Craig Caldwell
Editor, The Ohio Cardinal
The Ohio Ornithological Society