What’s New–August 29, 2020

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3728 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Changes in Links to State of Ohio Websites

The State of Ohio Division of Natural Resources has recently opened new websites for state parks, wildlife areas, nature preserves, lakes and rivers, and more. This means that we must adjust links so you can go to websites about these state properties and maps. We are first working on links on pages which have been converted to the new Birding in Ohio web design. Please be patient while we are making these adjustments.

New eBird Hotspots

Preble County
Hueston Woods State Park–Big Woods Trail

Updates

This week the new Birding in Ohio page design has been applied to hotspots in several counties.

What’s New–August 22, 2020

What’s New in Birding in Ohio


There are 3727 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Columbiana County
Guilford Lake State Park–Teegarden Road Fishing Access

Pickaway County
Deer Creek Wildlife Area–Wetland Levee

Updates

We are converting pages about hotspots to the new design of Birding in Ohio. These are the counties with updated hotspot pages this week.

New Links to Ohio State Parks, Wildlife Areas, Preserves
The State of Ohio has opened new websites for state parks, wildlife areas, natural areas and preserves, and Lake Erie coastal access. We have begun the process of updating links throughout the Birding in Ohio website. Please be patient as this process will take some months.

What’s New–August 15, 2020

What’s New in Birding in Ohio

There are 3725 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Mercer County
stakeout Wood Stork, Celina (2020)
Thanks to Alex Eberts for suggesting this stakeout for the Wood Stork being seen in Mercer County. There is a pull off area on US-127 with parking for about 20 vehicles. Please use care on this busy highway.

Updates

We are slowly converting pages about hotspots to the new design of Birding in Ohio.

What’s New–August 8, 2020

New design for the home page of Birding in Ohio

Thanks to a lot of help from Chris Collins, Birding in Ohio is getting a new look. The newly styled “home” page is now live. Over the next several months, we will be adding similar changes to the style of pages throughout the website. There is a new, colorful Ohio map showing the six regions of the state. We will be using the colors on this map to match pages about counties and hotspots.

Read more about the new partnership with the Ohio Ornithological Society on the OOS website.

There are 3723 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Adams County
Edge of Appalachia Preserve–Cedar Falls Preserve
Thanks to Michael Crouse for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Edge of Appalachia Preserve and for providing photos and tips for birding.

Clermont County
East Fork State Park–Tunnel Mill Boat Ramp
Thanks to Bill Stanley for suggesting this additional hotspot in East Fork State Park.

Lorain County
Riverside Park, Lorain
Thanks to Ami Horowitz for suggesting this hotspot on the Black River in Lorain and for providing a photo for the page.

Union County
Glacier Ridge Metro Park–Marshhawk Trail
Thanks to Jeff Pinkham for suggesting this additional hotspot in Glacier Ridge Metro Park.

Updates

Birding in Ohio home page updated.

All Ohio county pages have been updated.

All hotspot pages in Adams County have been updated.
Six Ohio Birding Day Hike pages in Adams County have been updated.

What’s New–August 1, 2020

I have some good news to share with you about the Birding in Ohio website.

The Ohio Ornithological Society has agreed to partner with me by hosting Birding in Ohio, making possible a secure future for this site. While I am not yet ready to “retire” from working on this project, I have wondered for some time what might happen when I am no longer able to contribute.

So, Birding in Ohio has a new home and we have added the Ohio Ornithological Society logo to the masthead. The content and web address for the website have not changed. In addition to hosting the site, OOS will work with me to recruit volunteers who are interested in data entry and eBird hotspot management.

Tim Colborn, President of OOS, has said, “This new partnership will result in a long-lasting new home for this terrific website with both content and technology support. In addition, it will help increase awareness of the OOS, including the conservation efforts we make to protect birds and bird habitat.”

The website has recently seen a fourfold growth in visits by birders. Nearly 20,000 unique visitors are using the site each month. I have received so many positive comments from birders in Ohio about the information they find on the site. It is very gratifying to be able to volunteer to do a project that is appreciated by so many.
Ken Ostermiller
Birding in Ohio

There are 3720 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Butler County
Miami University Main Campus
Thanks to Michael Schramm for suggesting that we add this overall hotspot for the Miami University Main Campus. This hotspot may be used for checklists of birds seen anywhere on campus.

Franklin County
Rose Run Park
Thanks to Zebedee Muller for suggesting this hotspot in New Albany.

Lake County
Gilson Park
Todd Field
Willoughby Village Cemetery
Thanks to Cory Chiappone for suggesting these hotspots in Willoughby and for providing photos and tips for birding.

Lorain County
Oberlin Prairie
Thanks to Paul Sherwood for suggesting this restored prairie on the Oberlin College campus as a hotspot.

Medina County
Hinkley Reservation–Top O’ Ledges Picnic Area
Thanks to Ami Horozitz for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Hinckley Reservation and for providing tips for birding.

Updates

Ashtabula County
Ashcroft Woods Conservation Area
Thanks to Thomas Reiter for providing photos and tips for birding.

Ashtabula Towne Square Pond
We have changed the name of this hotspot from “Fields Brook” to help birders better identify how to access this pond and wetland along Fields Brook. The pond may be viewed from the Ashtabula Towne Square road. Please view birds from the roadside only. Thanks to Kim Nordquest for suggesting this change and for providing a photo of the habitat.

Hancock County
Johnson Nature Preserve
Thanks to Katie McGee for providing photos and tips for birding.

Ohio Ornithological Society Birding Site Descriptions

All of the excellent descriptions and tips for birding from the Ohio Ornithological Society website have been transferred to the appropriate locations in Birding in Ohio.

New Birding Community Opportunity

How to Help
Think about the birds you often see at your favorite birding location. Do you visit because you can often see Bobolinks there? Or maybe it is a spot that is good for certain shorebirds in the spring or fall. Help us add a heading of “Birds of Interest” where it is missing in a description of the location. Even better, make it “Birds of Interest by Season,” making a list for each seasons of the year. For example, the page about Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area has a list of “Birds of Interest by Season.”

With the transition to partnership with the Ohio Ornithological Society there is now an email address for submitting birds of interest, tips for birding, photos, updates, or corrections: hotspots@ohiobirds.org