Matthew Shumar will be presenting “Lights Out for birds: creating safe passage for migrant landbirds across the landscape”. Artificial lighting, which is becoming increasingly abundant on the landscape, has become a major concern for migratory bird populations. Birds attracted to bright lighting often fatally collide with buildings, and it is estimated that between 365 and 988 million birds are killed by collisions each year in the United States. The Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative (OBCI) and its large network of conservation organizations has developed a Lights Out program to work within communities to address light and glass issues in urban areas. This spring, Lights Out will launch in Cincinnati! After Matt’s talk, you can meet members of the local coordinating committee for the Lights Out program in Cincinnati, and find out how you can get involved with the program.
Matthew Shumar is the Program Coordinator for OBCI, a collaboration of non-profit groups, businesses, state and federal government agencies, and citizens working to advance bird conservation efforts. In addition to his work with OBCI, he is in charge of web communications for the Association of Field Ornithologists and is the co-editor of The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio.
Audubon programs are held on the third Monday of the month (not including January, July, August or December). We meet at 7:00 p.m. for light refreshments, with the program beginning at 7:30. We meet at the Winton Woods visitor center, located at 10245 Winton Road. To reach the visitor center from I-275, take the Winton Road exit, and go south. Just before the lake, turn right into the park. From the Ronald Reagan Highway, take the Winton Road North exit, and turn right into the park just after the lake.
Note that a Park District auto sticker is required – $3.00 daily or $10.00 annual for Hamilton County residents, or $5.00 daily or $14.00 annual for non-residents.