OBCI Fall 2014 eNewsletter
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OBCI 2014 Annual Report Shows Another Year of Conservation Successes

Fiscal Year 2014 was a busy one for OBCI and our partners, with many accomplishments to be celebrated! Enrollment in Ohio Lights Out soared, with 26 buildings now reducing lights to protect migrating birds. Our highway nestbox trail for American Kestrels had its best year yet, producing 22 nestlings! In May and June we hosted three workshops to help train foresters, land managers, and woodland owners on how to best manage forest habitat to benefit bird populations. 

Learn more about our year, by reading our 2013-2014 Annual Report, available at: http://obcinet.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/AnnualReport13-14.pdf

Winning Image Selected for 2015 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp

The photograph of an eastern bluebird perched on a redbud tree was selected as the winning image of the 2015 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp contest, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Photographer James Mundy, of Cincinnati, captured the bluebird photo at Winton Woods near his Hamilton County home. 

The contest was judged this year at Burr Oak State Park during the Wildlife Diversity Partners Conference, Aug. 27-28. The judges of the photo contest were representatives from statewide conservation organizations, including OBCI and its partners.

Upcoming Events
Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary, 
35703 Loop Rd, Rutland, OH 45775
October 15 - 17
Dayton Convention Center, 
October 18 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dept. of Biology, Samson-Talbot Hall, Denison University, 
Granville, OH 43022

Focus on our Partners: The Green Ribbon Initiative

The Green Ribbon Initiative (GRI) is a partnership of conservation groups working together for many years to protect the natural beauty and biological diversity of the Oak Openings Region. While the GRI was originally formed in Northwest Ohio in 2000, the partnership was recently broadened to include partners from the Oak Openings region of  Southeast Michigan.

The Oak Openings is a 300 square mile region that sustains a mosaic of black oak savanna, oak woodland and wet prairie communities that persist on a series of post glacial beach ridges and swales. This area has long been recognized by naturalists as one of Ohio’s preeminent natural regions, as it harbors more rare species than any other of a similar size in the state and sustains two globally rare communities, oak savanna and wet prairie.

The Green Ribbon Initiative's primary activities are to:

  • Inform community about Oak Openings Region
  • Identify the critical natural areas
  • Support the preservation of the critical natural areas
  • Support the restoration and enhancement of the critical natural areas
  • Build partnership coalitions
  • Support partner organizations to ensure ongoing, sustainable efforts in the Oak Openings Region
Learn more about the Green Ribbon Initiative at their website, oakopenings.org, or at their Facebook page.

Photo by GRI.
Webinar Series


Lessons from the Passenger Pigeon

Wednesday, October 1 at 12pm

Presented by John Windau, Ohio Division of Wildlife

September 2014 marks the centennial anniversary of the passing of “Martha” the last known passenger pigeon in the world. Join us for a look into how a species that likely numbered into the billions became extinct within a few decades, how this has helped shape wildlife conservation and the challenges we still face.

Register for the Webinar



A Success Story in Wildlife Law Enforcement Throughout the US

Dirk Cochran, Law Enforcement Program Administrator, Ohio Division of Wildlife

The Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact is an agreement that recognizes suspension of hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses in member states. You will learn the history of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact and how it has become a valuable tool used in Ohio and across the country.

Watch the Presentation


From Our Partners at the American Avian Conservation and Research Institute...


One of the goals of any bird-related research or conservation organization should be to seek new avenues to generate funding opportunities to support research and education of emerging young professional ornithologists. However as we seek support for our future researchers and educators it’s also important to recognize the educational and scientific contributions of past and contemporary bird scholars. While scholarships and grants exist in limited numbers and amounts through different organizations, online crowd-funding campaigns have made it easier to create more of these opportunities, or to supplement and increase the financial support capabilities of existing opportunities. Here we present two such crowd-funding campaigns for your consideration Continue reading at our website...

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