County Birders Donate Second Breeding Bird Atlas
The Darke County Birders Club recently donated a copy of the newly
published book The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio to the Darke
County Park District. The book documents the distribution and changes
in status for over two hundred bird species in Ohio. It is based upon
surveys from across the state from 2006 through 2011 with many members
of the Birders Club participating.
This second atlas follows the first one published twenty five years
ago, and together they paint a picture of the rise and decline of bird
species here in Ohio since 1982. The Bald Eagle notably increased
in priority blocks, having only five reported during the first count
and 120 during the second which makes for a 2300% increase! Sadly the
second atlas also reported many notable declines, including the
Northern Bobwhite which had 402 reported in priority blocks during the
first atlas and only 142 during the second, a 65% decrease.
This second breeding bird atlas will help the Darke County Parks
naturalists better understand trends here in Darke County and tailor
educational efforts toward conservation of bird species. For more
information about Darke County Parks or the Darke County Birders Club,
contact the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or www.darkecountyparks.org
Photo: Members of the Darke County Birders Club Front Row L to R: Cindy
Ploch, Sandy Hoying, and President Regina Schieltz. Back Row L to R:
Steve Miller, Helen Barnett, Ann Glidewell, Tina White, Chad Arment,
and Bill Wantz.