Member Organizations

The signatories are the general membership of the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative. OBCI coordinates the diverse skills and resources of its voluntary partners to deliver the full spectrum of bird conservation in Ohio. OBCI currently has more than 100 signatories.

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Current Partners

Akron Zoological Park connects people to wildlife while inspiring lifelong learning and conservation action. They have been a major supporter and partner for Ohio Lights Out.

American Electric Power.  AEP believes in protecting the environment while delivering affordable, reliable electricity. AEP has a long history of working with governments, conservation organizations, and other utilities to reclaim lands impacted through mining as well as offseting greenhouse gas emissions and restoring wildlife habitats. Many of these reclaimed areas are made available to the public for recreation and enjoyment.

American Kestrel Partnership. In response to long-term population declines of kestrels in North America, The Peregrine Fund’s American Kestrel Partnership is unifying the data-generating capacity of citizen scientists with the research expertise of professional scientists to advance conservation of the American Kestrel.

Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture (AMJV) is one of 18 habitat Joint Venture partnerships in the United States. It is comprised of state and federal government agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities, and industries that work together to prioritize and coordinate conservation activities while building upon scientific knowledge. Through communication, planning, and conservation delivery, the AMJV works to ensure the long-term sustainability of native bird populations that breed in the Appalachian Mountains.

Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland. The mission of the Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland, a chapter of the National Audubon Society, is to promote the conservation and appreciation of birds and other wildlife through habitat preservation and educational activities, focusing on the greater Cleveland community.

Audubon Society of Mahoning Valley is the Youngstown area’s oldest environmental organization. Founded over 90 years ago, we were originally called the Youngstown Nature Club. We are an affiliate of the National Audubon Society. We serve Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull Counties. Our Mission Statement: The Audubon Society of Mahoning Valley is dedicated to instilling respect and knowledge of nature. We raise awareness and promote solutions to environmental issues through education and conservation activities in our community.

B-W Greenway Community Land Trust (B-WGCLT) is involved with long-term care of property, especially with regard to conserving its natural characteristics. As a land trust, the B-WGCLT offers expertise and conservation options to landowners, as well as engaging in open space planning with communities. With individual landowners, the land trust helps to develop a plan that best reflects the landowner’s goals for his/her property as well as conservation values of the land itself. As an advisor, the trust’s role also is to assist in executing the plan which can involve an easement, donation or sale of the land. At the community level, the B-WGCLT assists by identifying properties determined to be in need of conservation, and developing and executing plans for conservation restoration.

Bird Watchers Digest. For more than 30 years, Bird Watcher’s Digest has been entertaining and informing bird watchers with our blend of excellent feature articles, bird species profiles, accounts of birding adventures, and stunning art and photography. Each 112-page issue of BWD covers a variety of topics from bird feeding and wildlife gardening to choosing birding gear, and improving your bird-spotting and identification skills.

Black River Audubon Society. Established in 1958, members of Black River Audubon Society (BRAS) are committed to protecting birds and other wildlife while preserving their ecosystems and natural environment in the community.

Black Swamp Conservancy is a land trust dedicated to protecting agricultural land and natural areas, now and for future generations, through land conservation agreements. They do this to preserve the rural heritage, unique natural habitats, and lakes and streams of northwest Ohio. By protecting our valuable land and water resources, they hope to create healthier communities with strong, sustainable economies including agriculture and ecotourism.

Black Swamp Bird Observatory.  The mission of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory is to inspire the appreciation, enjoyment, and conservation of birds and their habitats through research, education, and outreach. Located in the remnants of the once vast Great Black Swamp region of Northwest Ohio, Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) is a 510(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to promoting sound stewardship of avian resources in the Lake Erie Marsh Region. BSBO teams research with education to promote bird conservation.

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. The mission of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is to be the premier regional provider of interactive science learning experiences which enrich the lives of children and adults, enhance the quality of life in our community, and promote a broad understanding of the world.

Bowling Green State University-Firelands. One of Bowling Green State University’s seven undergraduate colleges, located in Huron, Ohio, at the intersection of Ohio Route 2 and Rye Beach Road – one hour west of Cleveland and one hour and ten minutes East of Bowling Green, Ohio. We are only seven miles from Cedar Point in the middle of “Vacationland” Ohio.

Brown Family Environmental Center at Kenyon College. The Brown Family Environmental Center at Kenyon College exists to engage Central Ohioans of all ages with nature, and to support the goals of Kenyon College by conserving the natural diversity of the Kokosing River valley and providing opportunities for education and research.

Brukner Nature Center is a privately-funded non-profit nature preserve dedicated to environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation.

Centerville-Washington Park District. Founded in 1959 as the Washington Township Park District, the Centerville-Washington Park District now operates eight community parks, nine nature parks and 34 neighborhood parks encompassing 1,063 acres in Centerville and Washington Township. 

Cincinnati Nature Center is a non-profit, nature education organization and community of people who enjoy and care about nature. CNC offers something for people of all ages, in all seasons. Our award-winning trails wind through the region’s natural habitats of eastern deciduous forest, fields, streams and ponds. Enjoy a self-guided hike, bird walk, seasonal nature program and much more. CNC offers two locations to hike and explore. Rowe Woods in Milford, Ohio, east of Cincinnati, spans 1,025 acres (including 65 acres of old growth forest) and offers more than 16 miles of hiking trails. Long Branch Farm & Trails, located in Goshen, Ohio, nine miles northeast of Milford, contains 582 acres of forest and farmland with four miles of hiking trails.

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. The Zoological Society of Cincinnati was founded in 1873 and officially opened its doors in 1875, making the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden the second oldest Zoo in the United States. The mission and vision of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is dedicated to creating adventure, conveying knowledge, conserving nature, and serving the community.

City of Worthington was one of the Midwest’s first planned communities, blending commerce, residential life, education and faith. Founded in 1803, Worthington reflects its dignified New England heritage with authentic brick sidewalks leading to the central village green, where many of the City’s original commercial buildings and churches still stand proudly. Today, as in ages past, people come to meet and greet on the village green and stroll the streets of downtown Worthington.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo works to ensure the health and well-being of the animals in our care as well as to support the conservation of these animals in the wild. The Zoo confronts conservation challenges around the world through direct action – participating in and supporting wildlife conservation efforts that address the multiple and complex issues that are key to the long-term survival of wildlife and their habitats in the wild.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The mission of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History is to inspire, through science and education, a passion for nature, the protection of natural diversity, the fostering of health, and leadership to a sustainable future.

Columbus Audubon was founded in 1913 and their mission now is the same as it was in 1913: To promote the appreciation, understanding and conservation of birds, other wildlife and their habitats, for present and future generations. With approximately 3,000 members in Central Ohio, Columbus Audubon is one of the largest Audubon chapters in the nation. They organize field trips throughout the year, hold regular nature programs, and offer classroom-field experiences, such as our popular Birding 101 series.

Columbus Garden School provides hands-on experience with knowledge-based teaching, combined with a healthy dose of fun! In addition to learning about all aspects of gardening, you can take classes in food prep, urban animal care, and a wide variety of arts and crafts.

Columbus Recreation and Parks. On July 15th 1910, the City Recreation Department was established to enrich Columbus by finding ways to make streets, alleys, boulevards, parks and public grounds more beautiful. On January 2nd 1972, the City Recreation Department merged with the Division of Forestry and Parks to become the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. They have grown from six to 215 developed parks on 10,000 acres, have established 30 community centers, seven golf courses, 51 miles of trails, and programs for residents from toddlers to those 50+.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The mission of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is to enrich our community’s quality of life and to inspire a greater appreciation of wildlife for the advancement of conservation action. Their vision is to be a global leader in conservation and a premiere destination for fun and unique experiences. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium provides financial support to Lights Out Columbus and the Monitoring Program.

Crane Hollow Nature Preserve is owned and administered by Crane Hollow, Inc., a private nonprofit corporation. Located in Laurel Township in Hocking County, Ohio, the Crane Hollow Preserve encompasses over 1,940 acres, 1,286 acres of which have been dedicated as a state nature preserve by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Natural Areas and Preserves. The Ellis family incorporated Crane Hollow as a private nonprofit operating foundation in 1980 and the preserve became part of the State of Ohio Nature Preserve system in 1990.

The Dawes Arboretum is dedicated to increasing the love and knowledge of trees, history and the natural world.  Founded in 1929 by Beman and Bertie Dawes, The Arboretum was inspired by the couple’s love of trees and nature.  Today we remain dedicated to our mission through providing exceptional educational programs and events as well as maintaining incredible horticulture collections on over 1,800 acres of beautiful grounds.

Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.

Erie Metro Parks. The Erie County Metropolitan Park District was created in 1968, with the name changed to Erie MetroParks in 1991. Starting with Osborn MetroPark (formerly the Osborn Prison Honor Farm), Erie MetroParks has grown to include 12 parks or preserves. Many of the properties that are managed by the park district are maintained in their natural state in keeping with the role assigned by the Ohio Revised Code. Areas used for active recreation are designed to have minimal impact on the natural environment of the parks. Each park is very unique and allows for a variety of activities for people of all ages.

Feather Link, Inc. The mission of Feather Link is to connect people and birds through education and conservation. Feather Link promotes the beauty and diversity of birds, inspiring conservation of wild birds and wild places.

Firelands Audubon Society. In 1971, the Firelands Audubon Society (FAS), A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was formed to protect, preserve and appreciate natural habitat for birds and wildlife.

Fulton County Birding Club is a bird watching club in Northwest Ohio with the mission to Educate , Protect , and Enjoy the wild birds in the area.

Franklin County Metroparks. Attracting almost seven-million visitors in 2011, your Metro Parks are a vital asset to the social, cultural, environmental and economic health of Central Ohio. Metro Parks offer exceptional settings for renewal of the human spirit. Visitors can enjoy healthy, fun-filled interaction with the natural world at no cost every day of the year. Each year Metro Parks’ naturalists offer over 4,000 free programs for individuals of all ages and abilities. Established in 1945, under authority of Chapter 1545 of the Ohio Revised Code, Metro Parks has grown steadily. From woodlands to wetlands, prairies and streams, the park system has increased its holdings to more than 26,000 acres—operating 16 natural area parks. In accordance with its mission, Metro Parks works to conserve and enhance habitat for the more than 2,300 species of animals and plants that thrive within the parks. Funding for Metro Parks comes from a combination of real estate tax, local government funds, earned income, grants and partnerships.

Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed. FLOW is a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping the Olentangy River and its tributaries clean and safe for all to enjoy, through public education, volunteer activities, and coordination with local decision makers.

Friends of the Scioto River promotes the protection and public enjoyment of the Scioto River watershed, primarily in Franklin County, Ohio. This watershed comprises all of the streams in the Columbus area.

Geauga Park District was established in August 1961 under authority of Chapter 1545 of the Ohio Revised Code by Probate Judge Robert B. Ford. Since that time, Geauga Park District has grown steadily. From woodlands to wetlands, meadows and gently burbling streams, Geauga Park District now manages nearly 9,500 acres in 19 open parks, other preserves and future parks.

Girl Scouts- Heart of Ohio, Inc. The Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council is proud to be a girl-centric and girl-driven environment where a girl finds courage to explore new worlds and adventures, confidence to believe in herself and her abilities, character to stand by her values and connections to girls from every background. It is also the place where girls return those gifts by becoming the next generation of women leaders through service and reinvestment in their communities.

Grange Insurance Audubon Center. On the Whittier Peninsula, just south of downtown, the Grange Insurance Audubon Center provides vital educational services to central Ohio – especially the city of Columbus and its public schools. The center increases environmental awareness through education, but also provides cross-curricular nature-based education designed to improve the academic performance of students and schools in all areas.

Great Parks of Hamilton County was created in 1930 as the Hamilton County Park District. Great Parks is a separate political subdivision of the State of Ohio, governed by a Board of Park Commissioners. Their mission is to preserve and protect natural resources and to provide outdoor recreation and education in order to enhance the quality of life for present and future generations.

Greater Akron Audubon Society is dedicated to opening the eyes of everyone so that they all may come to enjoy the beauty of the outdoor world and to share in conserving its wonders forever.

Greater Mohican Audubon Society (GMAS) is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of birds and other wildlife through environmental education and the conservation and restoration of habitat. Greater Mohican Audubon Society consists of Ashland, Holmes, Richland and Wayne Counties in North-central Ohio. The National Audubon Society recognized GMAS as an official chapter in May 1999.

Green Creek Wildlife Society. (GCWS) is a conservation and research organization based in northwestern Ohio. Founded by Tom Kashmer over 25 years ago, they are highly involved in the area with research projects and educational programs year round.

Green Ribbon Initiative (GRI) is a partnership of conservation groups working together for many years to protect the natural beauty and biological diversity of the Oak Openings Region. While the GRI was originally formed in Northwest Ohio in 2000, the partnership was recently broadened to include partners from the Oak Openings region of Southeast Michigan.

Hamilton Conservation Corps. The Hamilton Conservation Corps are City of Hamilton Volunteers working on wildlife preserves for the City of Hamilton with the Hamilton Parks Conservancy.

Hiram College, J.H. Barrow Field Station. The James H. Barrow Field Station was established in 1967 to provide Hiram College students with the opportunity to supplement classroom activities with hands-on learning experiences. The field station has since developed into an active research and educational facility that enhances the College’s science and environmental studies programs; in addition, it provides a means for the general public to increase their understanding and appreciation of Ohio natural history. Experiences gained at the field station enhance student research, teaching and leadership.

Hocking Hills State Park provides a variety of recreational opportunities in a splendid natural setting. The 2,356-acre park has towering cliffs, waterfalls and deep hemlock-shaded gorges to lure the hiker and naturalist and serve as a backdrop to popular facilities and accommodations.

Holden Arboretum. Covering 3,600 acres, The Holden Arboretum is among the largest arboreta in the United States. Documenting more than 120,000 plants, Holden’s horticultural focus is on a recognized collection of trees and shrubs, which are displayed in gardens accompanied by groundcovers and perennials, and in themed collections. We collect and display a diversity of plants and trees for evaluation and educational purposes, in order to convey sustainable plant choices recommended for our region. By sustainable, we mean plants that are adapted to our soils and climatic extremes, free from chronic diseases and significant pests, and non-invasive of natural areas. Plants include rhododendrons, magnolias, maples, conifers, nut trees, wildflowers, lilacs and viburnums. Named as an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society, with more than 20 miles of hiking trails, Holden is a haven for bird watchers as well hikers, gardeners and nature enthusiasts.

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park. Earthen mounds and embankments outlined by huge geometric enclosures dot the landscape of the Ohio River Valley. These monumental structures, made by Native American hands, date back to over 2,000 years ago. Hopewellian people gathered at these earthworks for funerals, celebrations and rites of passage. Come learn about these sacred spaces and reflect upon the lives of these American Indians

Indian Lake Watershed Project (ILWP) is a nationally recognized project that has made significant water quality improvements during its 15 year existence. It is managed by a local board of directors made up of watershed residents, Soil and Water Conservation District supervisors, businessmen and women and elected officials. In 1998, they requested and received 501 (c) 3 designation. Since then an endowment for water quality improvement has been established.

Izaak Walton League of America. Founded in 1922, the Izaak Walton League is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected conservation organizations. With a powerful grassroots network of more than 250 local chapters nationwide, the League takes a common-sense approach toward protecting our country’s natural heritage and improving outdoor recreation opportunities for all Americans.

Kirtland Bird Club. The mission of the Kirtland Bird Club is to bring people of Greater Cleveland and beyond together to learn about, enjoy, and support birds through observation, study, and advocacy.

Lake Erie Coastal Ohio, IncAs if Lake Erie were not scenic enough, the 293-mile Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Scenic Byway offers travelers beaches, state parks, preserves, lighthouses, vacation islands, quaint villages and big cities. This byway offers shopping, fishing, birding, biking, boating, camping, touring and exploring, truly a scenic byway with something for everyone. Historians will enjoy the rich maritime history tours while recreation boaters never run out of things to do. A trip to Lake Erie Coastal Ohio can last all day or all week.

Lake Erie Islands Conservancy. The mission of The Lake Erie Islands Conservancy is to encourage conservation and protection of natural and agricultural lands in the Lake Erie Islands for the benefit of future generations.

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center was incorporated in 1950 by Dr. Fleming based on the principles that learning is fun and children learn best by doing. The charter states that this non-profit organization will connect people of all ages to nature in order to motivate natural curiosities and creative abilities, encourage an understanding of cultural diversity, and instill civic responsibilities by developing a desire to conserve our natural resources.

Lake Soil & Water Conservation District‘s mission is to provide leadership and technical expertise to guide the protection and conservation of the unique soil and water resources of the county. Our office serves residents and communities through our watershed, erosion and sediment control, and education services.

League of Ohio Sportsmen is a non-profit federation of the united hunting and fishing clubs of Ohio. It is dedicated to the restoration and conservation of wildlife in out fields, woods and water; to the abatement of stream pollution; to the rehabilitation and reforestation of unproductive lands; to further conservation education in our schools and to the public; and to defend the legal set-up of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources from political exploitation.

Little Miami Conservancy was founded in 1967 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration and protection of the Little Miami Wild & Scenic River. Today, with close to 500 families and supporters as members, the organization owns 100 nature preserves along the Little Miami and several tributaries, preserving over 12% of the Little Miami’s riverfront forests. An additional 41% of the riverfront lands are protected through public and quasi-public ownership.

Lower Olentangy Urban Arboretum (LOUA) was formed in 2011 after the Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed and the United Crestview Area Neighbors were awarded grants from The Columbus Foundation Joseph A. Jeffrey Endowment Fund to begin the reforestation of the public right-of-way tree lawns north and south of the Glen Echo Ravine. The boundaries for LOUA are railroad tracks west of I-71, N High Street, Weber Road, and Arcadia Avenue. LOUA was created with three goals in mind: improve water quality, enhance the habitat for native species, and contribute to the beauty and quality of neighborhood life. LOUA aims to accomplish these goals by increasing the native tree populations to levels requisite for preserving beneficial wildlife populations and an acceptable quality of residential life.  We also hope to increase awareness of the many benefits of planting native species, creating rain gardens, and using rain barrels to augment watering.

Maumee Bay State Park offers 1,336 acres of not only the finest of recreational facilities in the Midwest, but also a unique natural environment created by the convergence of the land and Lake Erie. The lodge, cottages and golf course are nestled among the scenic meadows, wet woods and lush marshes teeming with wildlife. The balance of recreational facilities with the natural world gives visitors a diverse experience in a coastal environment.

Medina County Park District was formed on April 19, 1965 under Ohio Revised Code Chapter 1545. The district’s boundaries include all of Medina County, except Hinckley Township. After the park district was established, a statement of purpose was formulated: “The Medina County Park District seeks to enhance the quality of all life through education, conservation and the protection of natural resources.”

Medina Raptor Center, established in 1990, is now one of Ohio’s leading raptor rehabilitation facilities, treating over 400 birds each year. Their mission is: to promote and facilitate the preservation and rehabilitation of displaced, injured, sick or orphaned birds and wildlife, including endangered and threatened species, and to return them to their natural habitats whenever possible; to promote to the general public, through education, the conservation and rehabilitation of wildlife, and to promote ways in which humans and wildlife can best coexist.

Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve. This 450-acre site lies at the western end of Mentor Marsh Sate Nature Preserve, and some of its more than three miles of trails link to the state nature preserve. The centerpiece is 1.5 miles of completely undeveloped beach. Swimming is not permitted and the wild beach offers a glimpse into the past and what many of Lake Erie’s beaches once resembled.

Metroparks of Toledo is a public agency serving the citizens of Lucas County by providing a regional system of clean, safe, natural parks. Metroparks preserves many of the region’s most significant natural areas, from the Oak Openings to the Lake Erie coastal zone, and green corridors along the Maumee River, Ottawa River and Swan Creek. Within these 10,500 acres are beautiful scenery, rare and endangered plants and animals, trails, significant historical sites, shelters and indoor facilities, playgrounds and open spaces.

Midwest Native Plant Society is a non-profit organization of amateur and professional naturalists, botanists, teachers, researchers, gardeners, birders, and the list goes on of those who have a deep appreciation for our native flora and fauna. Our mission is to promote awareness of the importance of native plants and the wildlife that depend on them, within biologically diverse ecosystems and in our own home landscapes.

Mill Creek MetroParks strives to keep the legacy Volney Rogers left to this community for all future generations to enjoy. The MetroParks has grown to provide recreation, education, and green space throughout Mahoning County.

National Natural Landmarks Program (NNL) recognizes and encourages the conservation of sites that contain outstanding biological and geological resources, regardless of landownership type. It is the only natural areas program of national scope that recognizes the best examples of biological and geological features in both public and private ownership. NNLs are owned by a variety of land stewards, and participation in the program is voluntary.

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. We address the most pressing conservation threats at the largest scale.

National Wild Turkey Federation. The NWTF — a national nonprofit organization — is the leader in upland wildlife habitat conservation in North America. Founded in 1973, the NWTF is headquartered in Edgefield, S.C., and has local chapters in every state and Canada. Our dedicated volunteers bring new hunters and conservationists into the fold — about 100,000 every year — through outdoor education events and our Women in the Outdoors, Wheelin’ Sportsmen and JAKES youth outreach programs.

Ohio Academy of Science. The Mission of The Ohio Academy of Science is to foster curiosity, discovery and innovation for the benefit of society.

Ohio Biological Survey (OBS) is an inter-institutional consortium of colleges, universities, museums, agencies, metro parks, arboreta, zoos, other organizations, and individuals in Ohio and the surrounding region. By cooperating with the professional staffs of membership, OBS produces and disseminates objective scientific and technical information concerning the flora and fauna of Ohio and areas of which Ohio is an integral part.

Ohio Bird Records Committee. Our knowledge of Ohio’s birds would be incomplete if we could not agree upon which birds rightfully belong on any list of these birds. All of us know the common species, but when it comes to the rare ones, opinions can differ in the absence of verified knowledge. Knowledge about the scarcer species is important: it may teach us about range changes among these birds, or provide the first warnings about threats to birds becoming harder to find locally or throughout their range. Similarly, evidence of unusual seasonal occurrences, nesting records, or noteworthy numbers of less common species is vital to monitoring their status in Ohio.

Ohio Bird Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which is dedicated to the rehabilitation of Ohio’s native birds of prey and songbirds, with an emphasis on educating the community about conservation of our natural resources. The Bird Sanctuary is open to the public and encompasses over 90 acres including; hiking trails, live bird of prey displays, and a walk-through songbird aviary. Visitors can purchase a small cup of meal worms in the Visitor Center and hand feed the aviary residents.

Ohio Bluebird Society, Inc. was formed in 1987 for the purpose of supporting the return and the perpetuation of the Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) and other native cavity nesting birds in Ohio. To this end, OBS will strive for the best methods to use, conserve and create habitat for the protection of such species.

ODNR—Division of Forestry. The Mission of the Division of Forestry is to Promote and Apply Management for the Sustainable use and Protection of Ohio’s Private and Public Forest Lands.

ODNR—Division of Natural Areas and Preserves protects natural areas with ecological and/or geological significance under provisions of the Natural Areas Act of 1970. Many of these areas include some of the finest remnants of Ohio’s natural heritage.

ODNR—Division of Parks and Recreation was created as a division of ODNR in 1949 with the statutory obligation to create, supervise, operate and maintain a system of state parks and to promote their use by the public. Through land acquisition and transfer, the park system has grown from the original 30 parks to 75 state parks in 60 counties with over 174,000 acres of land and water resources. The mission of the Division of Parks and Recreation is to enhance the quality of life through exceptional outdoor recreational experiences and sound resource management.

ODNR—Division of Wildlife. The mission of the Division of Wildlife is to conserve and improve fish and wildlife resources and their habitats for sustainable use and appreciation by all.

Ohio History Connection. With over 100 staff members, hundreds of volunteers and thousands of partners in historical societies, local history groups and local and state government, the Ohio Historical Society champions all Ohio history, including the 50+ historic sites in the Society’s network throughout Ohio. The Ohio History Connection’s network of historical sites includes homes and memorials associated with US presidents such as Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, or Warren G. Harding. It includes early cultures and mound building sites such as Serpent Mound, Ft. Ancient, or Newark Earthworks. Some historic sites help visitors learn about the entrepreneurial and literary genius and diversity of Ohioans. Other historic sites in the network are nature preserves and are great places to hike and take photos such as Cedar Bog or Wahkeena.

Ohio Nature Education is a private non-profit volunteer organization which provides a home for wild animals that can no longer live in the wild. We incorporate these animals into environmental education programs for people of all ages. Our customers include schools, Scout troops, garden clubs, senior centers, metro parks, and community centers. Our programs feature many visuals such as study skins and pelts and interaction with our audience. We utilize different formats and can custom design for groups of virtually any size and age range.

Ohio Northern University. Founded in 1871, Ohio Northern University is a selective, private, comprehensive university, comprising five colleges (Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law) with nationally ranked arts, sciences and professional programs. ONU champions the pursuit of True North. Talented students enter motivated, engage in abundant opportunities, and leave prepared with an education with one of the highest returns on investment in the state.

Ohio Ornithological Society, composed of backyard bird watchers, researchers in the field, and certifiable “bird-heads,” meets across the state to watch birds, to share our sightings and insights, and to advance our collective knowledge about Ohio’s birdlife. By uniting as a Society, the OOS will all speak with one voice to protect Ohio’s birds and bird habitats.

The Ohio State University—School of Environment and Natural Resources is an integral part of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, one of the top 25 public universities in the United States. Our academic programs include traditional classroom, field, and web-assisted experiences. Research and outreach activities within the School are conducted under the auspices of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and the Ohio State University Extension system.

Ohio University Wildlife Club – The Ohio University Wildlife Club is dedicated to education and participation in subjects and activities pertaining to nature, wildlife, and conservation. Anyone, whether student or not, with a love and appreciation of nature and wildlife is permitted, and encouraged, to join the organization.

Ohio Wetlands Association. An environmental organization the Ohio Wetlands Association (OWA), a 501(c)3 non- profit with an expanded mission. OWA will work to assure wetland protection by influencing public policy, providing education on the functions and values of wetlands and training citizen scientists to report standardized data on local wetlands. These efforts will include the collaboration of state-wide specialists from academia, government agencies and environmental leaders with special knowledge and interest in wetland habitats throughout the state of Ohio.

Ohio Wildlife Management Association (formerly Ohio Fish and Wildlife Management Association) was established in 1950, with the mission to preserve Ohio’s diverse wildlife for future generations. Our objectives are: to foster, promote, and practice wildlife research and management;to sponsor an annual Ohio Wildlife Conference and other meetings that bring together people of diverse wildlife interests and backgrounds;to present annually an award in recognition of an outstanding contribution to wildlife research and management in Ohio.

Oxford Parks and Recreation. The mission of the City of Oxford Parks and Recreation Department is to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Oxford and surrounding areas by planning, developing and maintaining quality recreation programs, facilities and parks.

Pheasants Forever (PF) is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs.

Portage Park District strives to be known throughout Portage County and Northeast Ohio as a leader in conservation of natural resources and a major contributor to local communities’ quality of life. We work towards being a well-respected partner to local communities in promoting and developing new parks and trails and providing recreation and education programs for all citizens. Through open communication, collaboration and respect, we can balance the various needs in our community to ensure a healthy environment without compromising economic development.

Preservation Parks of Delaware County. The goals of Preservation Parks of Delaware County are to preserve green space in our rapidly developing county and to provide environmental education to its residents. Because parks add value to our quality of life, Preservation Parks is committed to continuing to acquire and develop additional areas which can enrich the lives and provide clean, safe places for recreation and relaxation for all members of our community.

Quail Forever was founded in 1981 to battle the problem of dwindling quail populations and declining wildlife habitat and is the oldest national, nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the wise management of America’s wild quail. Known as “America’s Leader In Quail Conservation,” our overall vision is to restore America’s quail populations for future generations.

Ruffed Grouse Society members are mainly grouse and woodcock hunters who support national scientific conservation and management efforts to ensure the future of the species. Our organization headquartered in Coraopolis, PA, employs a team of wildlife biologists to work with private landowners, and government, including local, state and federal, land managers who are interested in improving their land for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and the other songbirds and wildlife that have similar requirements.

Shawnee Nature Club is organized to promote interest in all phases of nature as a hobby and as a science; to further study in various fields of nature; and to sponsor programs leading to the conservation and preservation of plant and animal life.

Shelby County Park District is home to more than 200 acres of open space and natural areas with a multitude of interesting geological, historical and natural examples.

South Bend-Elkhart Audubon Society, with about 800 members, brings bird lovers of all ages together by offering membership meetings to discuss birding issues and conservation concerns, providing field trips to local natural areas, and hosting many educational opportunities each year. The Society also owns a private bird sanctuary, which is home to many native birds and wildflowers.

Stark County Park District. The mission of the Stark County Park District (Stark Parks) is to acquire, preserve, and develop natural areas for passive recreation, conservation, education, and nature appreciation.

Tecumseh Land Trust. Founded in 1990 by citizens in Yellow Springs and Miami township, Tecumseh Land Trust is a nonprofit conservation organization serving Greene and Clark Counties of Ohio and surrounding areas. The purpose of Tecumseh Land Trust is to preserve agricultural land, natural areas, water resources, and historic sites, in voluntary cooperation with landowners, and to educate the public about permanent land preservation. We assist landowners in navigating state and federal easement programs, as well as, accept donated easements on farmland and natural areas.  When current Projects are complete, we will have preserved over 20,900 acres in our working area.

Terra Depot, LLC. is committed to sourcing the highest quality selection of bird feeding supplies. As of 2023, they also have a native plant nursery with a wide selection of plants indigenous to northeastern Ohio.

Toledo Naturalists Association (TNA) was formed in 1933 when the Toledo Nature Study Society and the Toledo Field Naturalists’ Association merged. TNA has been the official compiler for the Toledo Audubon Christmas Count since its inception. Many of the early TNA members created the first local bird book, written by Lou Campbell, and first published in 1940. Members receive bulletins and an annual yearbook. In addition, there are approximately eight presentations given by local naturalists, an annual spring chicken barbecue and fall banquet, and numerous field trips specializing in birding, insects, and botany.

Tri-Moraine Audubon Society. The mission of Tri-Moraine Audubon Society is to promote the conservation and restoration of ecosystems, including agricultural systems, while focusing on the enjoyment of birds and the natural environment through fellowship, education, and stewardship for the benefit of our future generations. Tri-Moraine Audubon Society is a chapter of the National Audubon Society and covers the Ohio counties of Allen, Auglaize, Hancock, Hardin, Logan, Mercer, Shelby, and Van Wert.

Trust for Public Land was founded in 1972 on the conviction that all people need access to nature and the outdoors, close to home, in the cities and communities where they live, as a matter of health, equity, and justice.

Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes Joint Venture. The mission of the Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Region Joint Venture (UMGL JV) is to deliver the full spectrum of bird conservation through regionally based, biologically driven, landscape-oriented partnerships. The geographic boundary of the UMGL JV includes all of Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin, plus portions of Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska and Ohio.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provides public engineering services in peace and war to strengthen national security, energize the economy, and reduce risks from disasters.

USDA—Forest Service, Wayne National Forest. The Wayne National Forest is located in the hills of southeastern Ohio. The Forest is a patchwork ownership that covers over a quarter million acres of Appalachian foothills. The Forest is divided into three units managed out of two Ranger District offices located in Nelsonville and Ironton, with a field office in Marietta.

USDA—Natural Resources Conservation Service. NRCS puts 70 years of experience to work in assisting owners of Ohio’s private land with conserving their soil, water, and other natural resources. Local, state and federal agencies and policymakers also rely on our expertise. We deliver technical assistance based on sound science and suited to a customer’s specific needs. Cost share and financial incentives are available in some cases. Most work is done with local partners. Our partnership with local soil and water conservation districts serves almost every county in Ohio.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Field Office. The Ohio Field Office is the home of the Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, for the state of Ohio. We cover projects on or affecting all the land and water within Ohio as well as the western basin of Lake Erie. The mission of the Fish and Wildlife Service is “working with others, to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.” At the Ohio Field Office we use that mission statement to guide all of our activities.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Ottawa NWR. The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is located in northwest Ohio on the shore of Lake Erie. The refuge was established in 1961 to provide habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds, resident wildlife, and endangered and threatened species.

Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society is all about enjoying, experiencing, and learning about nature. They offer many opportunities to participate in field trips, volunteer activities, and educational programs while meeting other people with similar interests and values. They conduct bird walks, teach bird identification and participate in the Annual Christmas Bird Count and Audubon Spring Spring Bird Census.

Wild Birds Unlimited- Boardman. As Mahoning Valley’s only specialty nature shop, we’re dedicated to enhancing your personal habitat through quality products, unique gifts and unparalleled expertise. It is their goal to help you have the best possible experience from your birdfeeding hobby.

The Wilderness Center is a nonprofit, self-funding institution dedicated to nature education, wildlife conservation, natural history research, and community service. It is not part of any governmental agency.

The Wildlife Society, Ohio Chapter. TWS is committed to a world where humans and wildlife co-exist. We work to ensure that wildlife and habitats are conserved through management actions that take into careful consideration relevant scientific information. We create opportunities for this to occur by involving professional wildlife managers, disseminating wildlife science, advocating for effective wildlife policy and law, and building the active support of an informed citizenry.

The Wilds is a non-profit conservation center located on nearly 10,000 acres of reclaimed mine land in rural southeastern Ohio. It was created as the conservation center of the future by a group of civic leaders, political leaders and zoo professionals who believed that a serious scientific approach was required to find solutions to environmental concerns. From its inception, the Wilds has been envisioned as a facility that combines cutting-edge conservation science and education programs with unique visitor opportunities.