What’s New in Birding in Ohio
Who are the Ohio eBird Checklist Reviewers?
Whenever I go birding in Ohio, I like to think that I have a friend who is an excellent birder along side of me. That’s how I consider the dedicated group of eBird checklist reviewers in Ohio. When I submit a checklist with a challenging id or when I make an inadvertent typing mistake, I can count on my friend to help.
Did you know that there are nearly 25 of these dedicated volunteers across the state, responsible for reviewing checklists submitted by eBirders. Some work only one county. Quite a few of them review checklists for two or more counties. I happen to know they spend a lot of time on this task and they do it so very well. When you go birding in Ohio and use eBird, you have a friend along to help you.
But who is the eBird checklist reviewer for your county? And how do you contact him or her if you have a question, a concern, or want to share more information about a checklist? This week, the eBird checklist review management team contacted the Ohio Ornithological Society asking if the “official” list of checklist reviewers could be hosted on the Birding-in-Ohio website. And they asked if the OOS would be willing to set up an email address birders could use to contact checklist reviewers. Of course, the answer was “Yes”!
You can find the official list of Ohio eBird checklist reviewers by visiting https://birding-in-ohio.com/ohio-ebird-checklist-reviewers/
The reviewers for all the Ohio counties are listed on this page. We have also listed the reviewer(s) for the each county on the appropriate county page in the Birding-in-Ohio website. You will find this information at the bottom of the county page below the list of all the hotspots in the county.
The new email address to use when you want to contact a reviewer is: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have the email address for a reviewer, you may, of course, use that address. Be sure to include you name, location, county, and, if you have it, a link to the checklist you are discussing. If you know which reviewer you want to contact, you may put “Question for [reviewer name]” or “Please forward to [reviewer name]” in the subject line. The Ohio eBird checklist review management team monitors this email address and will work to get a response to you as quickly as possible.
Thanks to the Ohio eBird checklist reviewers for all they do for the Ohio birding community.
New eBird Hotspots
Buck Creek State Park–Boat Launch
The Boat Launch at Buck Creek State Park provides views of the Clarence J. Brown Reservoir. Added photos and tips for birding.
New Albany Nature Preserve and Wetlands
Thanks to Steve Wheeler for suggesting this hotspot in New Albany and for providing photos and tips for birding. We adjusted the name of a nearby hotspot to New Albany School Woodlands Wetlands (formerly it was “New Albany Wetland”) to distinguish these two hotspots from each other. The village and the local school district have been involved in preserving and developing both natural areas.
Updated several help articles to reflect the new eBird design for managing locations and checklists.
How to change the location of a checklist
How to merge a personal location with an eBird Hotspot
How to suggest a personal location as a new eBird Hotspot
Added Heritage Park and Scranton Road Peninsula hotspots which are now managed by the Cleveland Metroparks. Updated maps for several hotspot in the Lakefront Reservation.
Lakefront Reservation–Heritage Park
Heritage Park on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland is now managed by the Cleveland Metroparks as part of the Lakefront Reservation. We have adjusted the name accordingly.
Lakefront Reservation–Scranton Road Peninsula
The area known as “Scranton Flats” is now managed by the Cleveland Metroparks as part of the Lakefront Reservation using the name “Scranton Road Peninsula.” We have adjusted the name of the hotspot accordingly.
Shawnee Lookout–Blue Jacket Trail
Shawnee Lookout–Boat Ramp
Shawnee Lookout–Former Golf Course Trails
Shawnee Lookout–Little Turtle Trail
Shawnee Lookout–Miami Fort Trail
Updated the maps on each of the pages describing hotspots at Shawnee Lookout. Added links to descriptions of hikes from the AllTrails website on each of the pages describing trails.