NOW OPEN FOR
THE BIGGEST WEEK IN AMERICAN BIRDING
MAY 3 – 12, 2013
BSBO AND HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN THIS
LEICA TRINOVID BINOCULAR!
Black Swamp Bird Observatory or renew your membership
between April 1, 2013 and May 12, 2013, and you could
win this Leica Trinovid Binocular!
Already a 2013 member? Simply renew for 2014 and you,
too, will be eligible for the drawing on May 13, 2013!
Join today using PayPal
call 419-898-4070, or download a membership
19th ANNUAL BIG SIT
Saturday, May 11,
5 a.m. to 5 p.m.
At the west
end of the Magee Marsh Boardwalk
WE ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE HAVE A
DONOR WHO WILL MATCH, DOLLAR-FOR-DOLLAR,
EVERY BIG SIT DONATION THIS YEAR -
UP TO $5,000 TOTAL!
Click HERE to
download a donation pledge form.
Click HERE to
make an online donation using PayPal.
year, for the past 18 years, Tom Bartlett has conducted a Big Sit
fundraiser for Black Swamp Bird Observatory’s (BSBO) education
programs. It’s part of our IMBD celebration and it's become a
Tom and his wonderful crew of helpers are such a hoot to hang out
with, and they’ll keep a tally board updated with sightings all day
long! So stop by and visit, help Tom spot some birds, and make your
pledge to support Black Swamp Bird Observatory's education programs!
Your support for the BIG SIT will help BSBO reach thousands of
school children each year and help connect them them with the joy of
birds and the value of protecting and conserving habitat.
CORNELL LAB OF ORNITHOLOGY
THE YOUNG BIRDERS NETWORK!
Young Birders Network
aims to provide resources for young birders to connect
and learn, while giving their adult advocates resources
encourage and support.
RESPONSIBLE WIND ENERGY
Breaking News: BSBO has just learned of ANOTHER wind
turbine scheduled for installation only a few miles from
Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, deep in the heart of critical
migratory bird stopover habitat along the lake shore. We
learned of this turbine from private citizens; even the
wildlife agencies weren't aware of it until we brought
it to their attention. We are still working to find out
how this turbine could be nearly ready for installation
without any wildlife review whatsoever. We'll keep
BSBO is currently working to convince officials to
relocate a large-scale wind turbine proposed for
installation at the Camp Perry facility on the Lake Erie
shoreline. Based on more than 30 years of studies of
songbirds, raptors, and shorebirds in this area, we
believe that this project poses a significant threat to
migratory birds (including multiple endangered species)
and to the resident Bald Eagles on the site.
Read more on concerns about this project’s location
BSBO submitted a letter to officials at Camp Perry and
to Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur. Many organizations signed
on in support of our position. They include, American Bird
Conservancy, American Birding Association, League of Ohio Sportsmen, Grange Insurance
Audubon Center, Black Swamp Conservancy, Ohio
Ornithological Society, Ohio Wetlands Association,
Indiana Audubon Society, Toledo Naturalists’
Mohican Audubon Society, and Kelleys Island Audubon.
READ BSBO’S LETTER TO OFFICIALS
organizations also wrote independent letters in support
of our position on this project. The include: National
Audubon Society, American Birding Association, The
Nature Conservancy, Ohio Environmental Council, Ottawa
County Visitors' Bureau, Ducks Unlimited
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Ohio
Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) have also
expressed serious concerns about a wind turbine in this
location. Their comments on the Environmental Assessment
for the project (conducted by an outside consulting
firm) are found below.
READ COMMENTS FROM USFWS ON THE PROJECT
READ COMMENTS FROM ODNR ON THE PROJECT
HERE for an
editorial piece about this issue by Matt Markey, Outdoors Editor
for the Toledo Blade.
can have an enormous impact and we encourage you to
support our efforts in two ways.
1) Write a letter to Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur
HERE for a sample
letter. Just copy and paste the letter (remember to
delete the words "sample letter") sign and date, and
mail to Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.
By customizing this letter even a little bit, you can be
even more effective. Starting it with phrases like "As a
long time birder, I have concerns about..." or I've
taken our children to this area to enjoy the many birds
found there..." will take only another minute of your
2) Send an email to the Ohio Department of
Natural Resources (ODNR)
ODNR's office of Coastal Ohio Management is conducting a
"Federal Consistency review" of the Camp Perry wind
turbine project. Because Camp Perry is on the lake
shore, it falls under federal regulations applying to
"Coastal Management." ODNR is required to accept public
comments before certifying that the wind turbine project
is consistent with the enforceable policies of the Ohio
Coastal Management Program.
BSBO has prepared a sample message, found
Copy and paste the sample message into an email (or
write your own message) and send to:
Thank you for
helping us protect migratory bird habitat. Your support
is deeply appreciated.
2012-2013 FEDERAL DUCK STAMP
Now available in the BSBO Gift Shop!
and in Our Online Swamp Shop
Hautman of Plymouth, Minnesota, won the 2011 Federal
Duck Stamp Contest with his acrylic painting of a single
wood duck. Hautman has previously won the contest three
times, in 1991, 2001 and 2007. His art will be made into
the 2012-2013 Federal Duck Stamp, which will go on sale
in late June 2012. Second place went to Adam Grimm of
Burbank, South Dakota, for his oil painting of a single
gadwall. Richard Clifton of Milford, Delaware, took
third place with his acrylic painting of a pair of
BSBO PARTNERS WITH EAGLE OPTICS!
Now you can help support Black Swamp Bird
Observatory by purchasing optics equipment through our
Eagle Optics link below. For every purchase through this
site, Eagle Optics will donate 5% of the sale to BSBO.
If you prefer to order by phone 800 289-1132, please be
sure to ask for the 5% donation to BSBO when you order.
1% FOR THE PLANET
Black Swamp Bird Observatory is happy to announce our
1% for the Planet, an alliance of over 1,380
member companies in 43 countries that give one percent
of revenues to environmental causes.
BSBO is now eligible to receive donations
from 1% member companies, placing them among a diverse,
global network of environmental organizations. 1%
member businesses fuel this non-profit network through
their annual contributions, which totaled over $22
million in 2010. Partnership with 1% greatly expands
the potential pool of funding to which the Observatory
can look to for support. Find out more about 1% for the
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Friday, March 29, 2013
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