Member Meeting and Speaker Program, 'The Central Ohio Owl Project' with Blake Mathys, Ohio Dominican University May 2021 Recording
WCAS Board, project leaders, and members provide updates on member programs and services to advance the Audubon mission and invite community participation. Blake Mathys, Ohio Dominican University, presents an overview of “The Central Ohio Owl Project”, research insights, and how people can get involved.
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society Member Meeting and Speaker Series 2020-2021
Program: “The Central Ohio Owl Project” presented by Blake Mathys, Ohio Dominican University. Recorded on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 7:30 PM (ET).
Description: Gaining a better understanding of Ohio’s owls is a goal of Ohio Dominican University ornithologist Blake Mathys. Last fall he launched the Central Ohio Owl Project, but his research actually extends beyond the title, as Mathys will accept owl reports from anywhere in the state.
The Central Ohio Owl Project is slated to continue for the next several years. Mathys’ end game is to develop a clearer picture of the status and distribution of owls, and he is also gathering data on diet. Owls regurgitate indigestible fur and bone of victims in the form of compact pellets, which can often be found under roosts. Dissecting and analyzing pellet contents reveals prey choices. The more we learn about our owls, the better we can conserve these charismatic animals. View Dr. Mathys' website at blakemathys.com.
[00:00:00] Nancy Howell, Treasurer & Membership, Chair, WCAS, welcomed everyone to the meeting, presented and reviewed answers to the pre-program Bird Quiz questions, reviewed the successful Woodcock Wednesday Watches, the Institute for Bird Populations’ (IBP) Bird Banding Project and chapter fundraising through May 19, 2021, Spring Warbler Challenge, Spring Membership Drive, and Mitchell's Homemade Ice Cream Coupons. NancyHowell@wcaudubon.org
[00:17:48] Michelle Brosius, WCAS Board Member & Field Trip Co-Coordinator, provided updates about the April 2021 Second Saturday Bird Walk Report, Tremont Bird Walks, Virtual Field Trips, and reminded viewers of the chapter's Social Distancing Birding Guidelines. Please contact Michelle to learn more about bird walks and field tripsat MichelleBrosius@wcaudubon.org
[00:22:56] (Read by Michelle Brosius) Betsey O'Hagan, Digital Strategist, WCAS, reviews the quarterly newsletter; Guardians of Nature meeting on Thursdays, May 20th & 27th at 7:00 p.m. (EST) with special guest Patti Donnellan, Sustainability Coordinator, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability – City of Cleveland, Thursday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m. (EST) will talk about "Woody Plants for Birds"; the May Bird of the Month Photography Contest; Bird Friendly Coffee Club ordering benefits.
[00:27:35] Kaoru Tsubone, Board Member, Native Plant Committee Leader, Ambassador to Japan, provides updates on the Native Plant Online Sales project, invites volunteers to the project; and introduces May native plant selections and how to order. For more information contact KaoruTsubone@wcaudubon.org
[00:29:50] Drina Nemes, WCAS Member and Book Club Chair, reminds members and guests to watch the recorded Book Club Author Speaker Series 4/18 & 4/25/21 with guest speaker Katie Fallon; and the ACCAWV.org LIVE Broadcast with Katie Fallon 4/16/21. Drina invites viewers to submit author suggestions to her at DrinaNemes@wcaudubon.org
[00:31:22] Nancy Howell reminds attendees of the Mitchelle's Homemade Ice Cream Fundraiser. Coupons can be purchased at the WCAS Store. Michelle reminds attendees of the benefits of chapter membership. Nancy Howell introduces the June speaker and welcomes the May speaker.
[00:33:10] The speaker program commences, “The Central Ohio Owl Project” presented by Blake Mathys, Ohio Dominican University.
[01:11:20] Questions and answers were discussed with the presenters, Nancy Howell thanks the speakers, closes the meeting, and thanks all participants for attending.
Presentation Slides: WCAS Member Mtg and Speaker Program Slides 05042021 (PDF)
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