Across the planet, Important Bird Areas (“IBAs”) signify places which have been designated as critical for bird conservation.
In each, an internationally accepted set of guidelines has been used in conjunction with a recognized birding program. In this country, that effort is run through the National Audubon Society.
The Ohio Important Bird Areas Program was launched in 1999, and by 2000 work was underway to identify the first such areas. The technical committee established reviewed over 150 nominations to verify that one of the four primary criteria set is present. A total of 66 have been recognized to date. More…
By 1812Blockhouse, ODNR
Richland County’s sole sandhill cranes are bound to be lonely.
Actually, while there is every chance that those cranes are not alone, that was not what appeared to be the case when final numbers were tallied in the one-day April 2022 Midwest Crane Count, numbers for which were shared recently by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Across Ohio, there was a total of 397 sandhill cranes spotted by observers in 24 counties:
The survey was conducted in 24 preselected counties during the crane’s nesting season. Counties were selected based on the availability of wetland habitat that cranes use for nesting. Volunteers searched crane habitat within a 10-square mile survey block. Results were reported via eBird.More…
By 1812Blockhouse and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
With a surge of wingbeats, thrust of webbed feet, and splash of water, a pair of trumpeter swans lift off from one of Ohio’s wetlands. Not long ago, this iconic scene only played out on special occasions as trumpeter swans migrated through the state. However, after years of dedicated conservation work by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife and its partners, trumpeter swans once again nest in the Buckeye State.
Those nesting environments include Richland County.
This work is made possible, in part, by Ohio’s annual tax donation program. This is an important way for wildlife enthusiasts to help contribute to restoring and managing endangered and threatened wildlife, including trumpeter swans. More…
Special to 1812Blockhouse
The nasally bugles of a flock of sandhill cranes passing overhead is a sound and experience not soon forgotten. Thanks to monitoring and conservation work by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife and partnering organizations, cranes can be sighted at Ohio’s wetlands and are once again breeding in the state – including in Richland County.
In 1987, the first pair of sandhill cranes returned to breed in Ohio after they were extirpated from the Buckeye State. In 2020, biologists estimated 58 breeding pairs and confirmed 25, producing upwards of 28 offspring. The slowly expanding breeding population indicates the success of ongoing conservation work, but sandhills are still listed as a threatened species in Ohio. Much work remains until their awe-inducing calls are heard with regularity. More…
This Saturday brings the Family Friendly Bird Day presented by the Richland County Park District.
This event will be a virtual one, with videos being premiered throughout the day. All present various aspects of backyard birding for the whole family, and will be presented on the following schedule:
9 AM – Identifying Winter Birds with Jason Larson
10 AM- Bird in the Hand with Steve McKee
11 AM- Feeding Birds (including fun activities for DIY bird feeders) with Jason Larson
1 PM- Bird Q&A with Jason Larson and Amanda Kriner on Zoom More…
It’s nesting season soon for bald eagles in this part of the country, and one of those majestic birds has already been spotted in Richland County.
Female bald eagles in Ohio typically lay one to three eggs sometime in mid-February or late March. Eggs are incubated by both parents for about 35 days, and the young eagles leave the nest about three months later, usually before the Fourth of July.
Although eagle sightings in the Buckeye State are more common today, bald eagles were once an endangered species. In 1979, there were just four bald eagle nests in Ohio. Thanks to partnerships between the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife, Ohio zoos, rehabilitation facilities and concerned landowners, bald eagle numbers began to climb. More…
Special to 1812Blockhouse
This winter, the Ohio Department of National Resources (ODNR) is offering Ohioans an opportunity to attend webinars touching on nature and Ohio history.
First up is a look at Ohio’s Woodpeckers, which will take place this Wednesday, January 27 from 10 AM to 11 AM.
Here are come questions for you:
Why do woodpeckers chisel, peck, and pull away bark and wood? More…
Richland County has more than its fair share of birders, those folks who observes and identifies wild birds in their habitats. In fact, the county is often featured on sites like eBird for sightings of bald eagles and other birds.
EBird includes a page dedicated to rare birds who have made their appearance known somewhere in the Buckeye State. Called the “Ohio Rare Bird Alert,” it chronicles unconfirmed and confirmed sightings of lesser-seen Ohio birds.
Despite the fact that this post is originally published on January 8, there have already been several viewings of rare birds in Richland County in 2021. Those include: More…
It’s nesting season for bald eagles in this part of the country, and one has already been spotted in Richland County.
Female bald eagles in Ohio typically lay one to three eggs sometime in mid-February or late March. Eggs are incubated by both parents for about 35 days, and the young eagles leave the nest about three months later, usually before the Fourth of July. More…