The weather was picture perfect today, as 120 some folks gathered in Ashland County's Byers Wood. We were celebrating the Bobolinks in residence and the conservation of grassland birds. It was not that long ago that these birds' nests were destroyed each year by the mowing scheduled to maintain the capped off landfill mounds.
Jen Brumfield: birder, artist, tour guide and dragonflier extraordinaire. And Greg Miller: THE Greg Miller of The Big Year (book and movie).
John and Sue, Greg and Leslie all pitched in too. It couldn't be done without them.
And the birders came from all across the state! There were 22 counties of Ohio represented and birders of all levels and interest, from beginners to experts.
The new star of the show are the Dickcissels being seen at Byers. We will be most interested in watching the timing and locations of their nests. It is a bonus to have these much rarer birds benefit from the grassland management that favors our Bobolinks.
Thanks to all our partners and friends who attend and make this event possible. It looks like the Bobolinks will have another successful year, thanks to you!