Tri-Moraine Audubon Society will coordinate two of the Audubon Christmas Bird Counts in Ohio: Grand Lake St. Marys on Saturday, December 14, 2013 and Indian Lake on Sunday, December 15, 2013. Participation is free and open to the public.
The CBCs offer an opportunity to participate in a little winter birding, and perhaps see some of the winter visitors to our area - especially those that usually do not hang out in our yards. Most importantly, we are collecting very useful data as "citizen scientists." Data contained in the more than 100 year history of Audubon CBCs is a very valuable source of information about birds. Such a volume of data could not have been acquired in any other way. This could be especially important for the Grand Lake St. Marys count, since the St. Marys River and Grand Lake St. Marys represent one of the Important Bird Areas in the Tri-Moraine region.
The more counters we have participating, the more fun we can have and the more birds we are likely to tally. All are welcome; less experienced birders will flock with more experienced birders, so everyone's eyes and ears will be useful. Although it is okay to show up at the last minute to participate, it is really helpful in organizing the count efficiently if the coordinator knows in advance (at least the night before) how many counters there will be. To sign up for the count (or for additional information), please contact Eric Juterbock: 419-995-8360 (day), 937-468-2606 (evening), firstname.lastname@example.org (email), or, surface mail at OSU at Lima, 4240 Campus Drive, Lima, OH 45804.
To be considered an official count, we must be out for at least eight hours, but individual counters need not participate for the full time. In addition to the counters roaming the 15-mile diameter count circle, one may participate by tallying the birds that visit a feeder located within the circle. Assigned routes for the mobile counters generally involve both road and foot travel. Remember to dress appropriately and to bring such needed items as binoculars, bird guides, food and drinks, etc.
Counters will meet at 7:30 am for both counts, in order to finalize the census routes and be counting by 8 am. For the Grand Lake St. Marys count, meet at the McDonald's at the mall at the intersection of SR 29 and US 33 in St. Marys. For the Indian Lake count, meet at the McDonald's in Russell's Point.
Carol M. Bertrand Publicity Chair
The mission of Tri-Moraine Audubon Society is to promote theconservation and restoration of ecosystems, including agricultural systems, while focusing on the enjoyment of birds and the natural environment through fellowship, education, and stewardship for the benefit of our future generations.
Tri-Moraine Audubon Society is a chapter of the National Audubon Society and covers the Ohio counties of Allen, Auglaize, Hancock, Hardin, Logan, Mercer, Shelby, and Van Wert. In addition, Tri-Moraine Audubon Society is a member or supporter of the following organizations: Audubon Ohio, Aullwood Center and Farm, Black Swamp Bird Observatory, Susan Fowlers, Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District, Northwest Ohio River Council, Adopt-A-Refuge (Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge), Ohio Environmental Council, Ohio Northern University Regional Science Fair, Ottawa River Coalition, Scioto River Watch, Silver Creek Center, Tulpehocken Wildlfe Rehabilitation Center, and other worthwhile environmental projects.
The members of the Tri-Moraine Audubon Society are a diverse group of people with a common interest in our natural environment. We like to watch birds, butterflies, and bugs; stop and smell the wildflowers; and learn about and marvel at nature's wonders. We go on outdoor field trips, take pictures, feed birds, educate, recycle, support environmental activities, plant trees, and enjoy spending time with other nature lovers. We invite you to join us!
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