Audubon Ohio News - June 14, 2002 CONTENTS 1. Important Bird Area Workshop: Learn How You Can Help Conserve Ohio's Birds 2. TAKE ACTION: Audubon's Population & Habitat Campaign Announces June Lobby Days 3. Chapter News 1. Birding and Monitoring Workshop How You Can Put Your Birding Skills to Work by Adopting an Important Bird Area WHERE: Osborn Park (3910 E. Perkins Ave., Erie Metroparks, 419-625-7783) is several miles east of Sandusky. WHEN: Saturday, June 29, 2002 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. COST: Free. Audubon Ohio will cover the workshop fee of $25 (includes handouts, breaks, and lunch). MEALS: Provided, vegetarian options will be available. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: June 26, 2002. INFORMATION: Call Audubon Ohio at 614-224-3303 or e-mail John Ritzenthaler at jritzenthaler@xxxxxxxxxxx Count, own, act ...use your birding skills to count birds, take ownership of an Important Bird Area, and act for bird conservation by becoming involved in a program that has worldwide scope-the Important Bird Areas (IBAs) program. There are nearly 100 IBAs that have been identified around Ohio. IBAs are areas critical to bird conservation. Audubon Ohio is presenting a monitoring workshop to enlist birders for surveying birds on their favorite IBAs. We hope that individuals or groups will adopt an IBA and engage in some form of regular bird censusing suited to the site. This workshop is scheduled for Saturday, June 29, 2002 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It will be held at Osborn Park, one of the Erie Metroparks near Huron, Ohio. The outdoors agenda will include methods for observing birds and conducting surveys of your favorite sites. We will cover bird banding, point counts, transect counts, area searches and nest searches, plus an exciting new web-based data entry system called E-bird. Participants will be able to volunteer to census birds on IBAs in Ohio and see their data used in conservation on these sites. All skill levels are welcome. 2. TAKE ACTION: Audubon's Population & Habitat Campaign Announces June Lobby Days Help protect the environment from the pressures of overpopulation! Join Audubon in asking Congress to reduce bird and wildlife habitat destruction by increasing funding for international family planning programs. Your efforts in Ohio will complement Audubon's population-related activities at the national level this month. ***For more information on this issue, or if you would like to participate in a district lobby visit to your lawmaker's office, please contact our grassroots coordinator Emily Byram at ebyram@xxxxxxxxxxx or (202) 861-2242 in Audubon's Public Policy Division! 3. Chapter News Be sure to keep your eye on the mail for the next issue of "Chapter Networker." The front page features an article on Columbus Audubon's successful Eco-Weekend. We would also like to congratulate two Ohio chapters for receiving national recognition for successful 2001 Birdathons. Columbus Audubon and Dayton Audubon Society had the highest number of birders participating of any chapter in the country! These two chapters also received additional awards: Columbus Audubon was recognized with an Honorable Mention, Chapters with 1,000 or more members; an award for being Most Improved from 2000; and Best Team Name - "No Egrets." The Dayton Audubon Society was recognized for achieving Most Successful Publicity. Congratulations! ***We want to share your chapter's success stories and news with other chapters in Ohio. Write us at ohio@xxxxxxxxxxxx ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ AudubonOH-NEWS is sent to Audubon chapter leaders, board members, and others interested in Audubon activities in Ohio. If you do not wish to receive further editions, it is easy to unsubscribe: simply send an e-mail message to audubonoh-news-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx In the subject of your e-mail, write UNSUBSCRIBE. We can be reached through e-mail at ohio@xxxxxxxxxxx, phone at (614) 224-3303, or mail at 692 N High St Ste 208, Columbus, OH 43215.