Ohio State University–Livestock Facilities
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Ohio State University Livestock Facilities are currently closed to birders
We wanted to provide a quick update on one of the more popular birding locations in Central Ohio; the Ohio State University Livestock Facility located off of Sawmill Road. This is a popular location for many vagrants as well as one of the most reliable locations to observe Upland Sandpipers as they nest at the airport next door. For years, the workers have been very accommodating for birders but it appears that, at least for now, that welcome has been worn thin.
Without mentioning specifics, there have been several incidents over the last couple of months that have resulted in gates being locked. Now, more recently, people have actually been purposely locked in and confronted by someone and told to leave and never return. While we hope we can work to restore the positive relationship with this fantastic birding locale, we ask people to respect their wishes and not visit the farm to bird especially during this ongoing pandemic. Just because the gates are open, does not mean it is acceptable for birders to enter. This means workers are present and going about their business.
The American Birding Association makes specific mention of this in their Code of Ethics, part 3a: “Never enter private property without the landowner’s permission. Respect the interests of and interact positively with people living in the area where you are birding.” If we all respect their wishes, hopefully we can regain this important birding area for next year. Thanks to everyone for respecting their wishes, and happy birding!
From Alex Eberts
About Ohio State University Livestock Facilities
The Livestock Facilities are located off Sawmill Road near Don Scott Field and the Ohio State University Airport, about nine miles from campus.
From Ohio State University Livestock Facilities webpage
About The Ohio State University Main Campus
Ohio State’s 1,764-acre main campus is about 2.5 miles north of the downtown Columbus. The historical center of campus is the Oval, a quad of about 11 acres. Four buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Hale Hall (originally Enarson Hall), Hayes Hall, Ohio Stadium, and Orton Hall. Unlike earlier public universities such as Ohio University and Miami University, whose campuses have a consistent architectural style, the Ohio State campus is a mix of traditional, modern and post-modern styles. The William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library, anchoring the Oval’s western end, is Ohio State library’s main branch and largest repository. The Thompson Library was designed in 1913 by the Boston firm of Allen and Collens in the Italianate Renaissance Revival style, and its placement on the Oval was suggested by the Olmsted Brothers who had designed New York City’s Central Park.
To the south of the Oval is another, somewhat smaller, expanse of green space commonly referred to as the South Oval. At its eastern end, it is anchored by the Ohio Union. To the west are Hale Hall, the Kuhn Honors House, Browning Amphitheater (a traditional stone Greek theater) and Mirror Lake.
For 148 years, The Ohio State University’s campus in Columbus has been the stage for academic achievement and a laboratory for innovation. It’s where friendships are forged. It’s where rivalries and revelry are born.
The university’s main campus is one of America’s largest and most comprehensive. As Ohio’s best and one of the nation’s top-20 public universities, Ohio State is further recognized by a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center. As a land-grant university, Ohio State has a physical presence throughout the state, with campuses and research centers located around Ohio.
From The Ohio State University webpage