You are receiving this because you are a member of an OBCI signatory group, or signed up to receive our newsletter. Below you will find news about OBCI projects and bird conservation efforts in Ohio.
OBCI Transitions to Steering Committee Leadership
This past year has been one of exciting accomplishments and significant progress for the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative. As OBCI grows and becomes more active, we are exploring ways to strengthen our organization to best serve our membership and conserve Ohio's birds. The complexity of OBCI's governance structure had become a hindrance to our ability to effectively build partnerships for bird conservation. A recent vote by our Coordinating Council adopted new operating procedures that call for the formation of a single steering committee, replacing OBCI's current coordinating council and executive council. It is our belief that this simplified structure will allow a greater number of member organizations to take on a more active role in OBCI's decision-making process.
Coming this spring: OBCI will be offering a free public webinar series on a variety of bird- and conservation-related topics. Webinar topics include:
Benefits of native plants for birds
Tips for Conservation-minded consumers
Life histories of various bird families
Installing nest boxes responsibly
Citizen science projects
Best practices for herbicides and insecticides
Current Project Updates
Lights Out Columbus Reaches Enrollment of 10 Buildings
Just ahead of the March 15th spring start date for Lights Out Columbus, enrollment in the program has reached 10 buildings! Newly enrolled buildings include Grange Insurance corporate headquarters, the William Green Building, and the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel.
To learn more about Lights Out Columbus, please visit the Lights Out Columbus website.
Full-length Forest Management Guide for Birds in SE Ohio now Available
OBCI has partnered with the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Ohio State University (School of Environment and Natural Resources, and Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology Lab), The Nature Conservancy in Ohio, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, OSU Extension, and the Ohio Biodiversity Conservation Partnership to design and illustrate a guide written by Amanda Rodewald entitled "Managing forest birds in Southeast Ohio: A Guide for Land Managers". This guide is written for land managers seeking to improve habitat conditions for forest birds. Recommendations are based on research conducted in the forested landscapes of southeast Ohio by The Ohio State University and Ohio Division of Wildlife.
A full-length guide and a summary of management recommendations are both available at our website. Hard copies are also available at no cost by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Printing made possible by The Nature Conservancy in Ohio.
To see additional updates on OBCI projects, please visit our website
Focus on our Partners:
OBCI is happy to welcome the American Kestrel Partnership as a new partner! Launched in response to kestrel population declines across much of North America, The Peregrine Fund’s new American Kestrel Partnership is a network of citizen and professional scientists working to collaboratively advance kestrel demographics and conservation.
American Kestrel Partnership
Anyone can join the Partnership by creating a Partner Profile on the website, whether you are simply curious about kestrels, work as a professional researcher, already maintain or want to develop a nestbox program, or want to donate to or sponsor the Partnership. To directly participate in the research process, you can build/buy, install, and monitor one or more kestrel nestboxes, and then enter your nestbox monitoring data through your Partner Profile on the Partnership website.
The Partnership recently supported OBCI and Ohio Ornithological Society's American kestrel nest box trail project by providing funding to construct 50 nest boxes.
For more information on AKP’s program and how you can participate, please visit kestrel.peregrinefund.org.