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.
Birding in Ohio
There are 3720 eBird hotspots in Ohio.
New eBird Hotspots
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.
Rose Run Park
Thanks to Zebedee Muller for suggesting this hotspot in New Albany.
Willoughby Village Cemetery
Thanks to Cory Chiappone for suggesting these hotspots in Willoughby and for providing photos and tips for birding.
Thanks to Paul Sherwood for suggesting this restored prairie on the Oberlin College campus as a hotspot.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org