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July 22, 2017          [ohiobirdbanding.org]                                               

          2017 OBBA NEWSLETTER     #3                                                   

Dear OBBA Members,

Our late summer OBBA meeting is scheduled for August 26, 2017, Saturday, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center (ONWRVC)
 next to Crane Creek State Park.  We have not met at this wonderful wildlife center for five years and it is time to return to this 5000+ acres of
marsh, wet woodlands, and dikes.  The ONWR was purchased with the sale of Duck stamps and is the top area in Ohio to view waterfowl and
shorebirds.  Many early migrants (YEWA, BGGN, orioles, and some flycatchers) will be migrating through this region so banding activities will
be steadily improving.  Several uncommon to rare species exist in the refuge including American and Least Bitterns, Virginia and King Rails,
Sandhill Cranes, Trumpeter Swans, Black Terns, and many species of shorebirds.  Please visit Black Swamp Bird Observatory one mile away
at the entrance to Magee Marsh on Route 2.   

     Saturday, August 26, 2017

8:00 to 8:30 AM     Registration.   Meet and greet with a continental breakfast.         

8:30 to 10:30           Banding demonstration using various age/sex keys.  The actual site is yet to be determined, but there will be a banding
site we can visit for two hours on that date.  I will send out a newsletter update when I receive confirmation for the site.  It seems that conferences
and vacation plans prevented me from receiving confirmation.

10:30 to 11:00       Examine banding displays, banding equipment and interact with others.  Tour the trails or displays at the ONWR.

11:00 to 12:00        OBBA Business meeting

12:00 to 1:00 PM    Lunch and exchange of ideas

1:00 to 3:30 PM      Three speakers in the afternoon including 1) Brendan Shirkey of Winous Point speaking on “Satellite and Radio Tracking
of Ohio’s Secretive March Birds, 2) Dr. Brian Washburn of USDA APHIS on “Osprey and Humans; Co-Existence in the Modern Landscape?
Few raptors are so entwined with humans, and 3) H. Thomas Bartlett and others on “Coordinating Ohio Banders on trapping and banding
Northern Saw-Whet Owls”.  After Tom’s introduction, there will be a panel of Ohio banding stations operating in the fall. They will discuss the
best methods to capture and release NSWO.  The Panel will also discuss the ideal weather conditions and the limitations brought on by wind
speed, wind direction, and cloud cover.

Notes from the Field;

BBL News: Starting July 2, 2017, the BBL is now receiving reports of banded birds only by electronic means. The REPORTBAND website remains available to
the public while banders can continue to submit these reports using the BANDIT software. The 1-800 phone number remains in operation but the caller receives
a message to report the bird bands online. This change in reporting method requires a change in the inscription on the bird bands, removing the 1-800 number
and only providing the REPORTBAND web address. Banders will start to receive bands with the new inscriptions as the BBL supplies of the older bands are used
Bird banders should continue to use the bands in their possession.


I do not have a lot of other details about the BBL that I can provide at this time. We are still waiting for more guidance about how the new administration will
affect USGS and the BBL. Budget cuts are anticipated but the extend of these cuts remain to be determined by Congress. If/how BBL operations will be affected
is not clear. Hopefully, we will have a better understanding by the autumn. For now, the paragraph above about the end of the call center and switch to entirely
electronic submission of band reports is the big news from the BBL.

Hope this information is of interestBruce Peterjohn -

Tom Kashmer – Tom had an outstanding banding year so far with over 3,300 Purple Martins banded along with 618 Eastern Bluebirds.  He must have very
loyal “gaboons” or banding assistants to reach those numbers.  Banding really does require many people beyond the bander, who will share their property
and time to complete a successful banding operation.  Great job Tom!

Bob Thobaben – Began his 25th year of two MAPS stations at Spring Valley Wildlife Area just SE of Dayton, Ohio in Greene County.  7,052 new birds have
been banded with 816 returns of different individual birds from past years.  The habitat is deciduous shrub / scrub around a cattail marsh
The dominant
10 species
are GRCA – 1, COYE – 2, NOCA – 3, SOSP – 4, AMGO – 5, DOWO – 6, CARW -7, WEVI – 8, CACH – 9 and WIFL -10.  Survival
rates for adult banded birds is generally around 48%.

Sylvia Hadley – Banded 142 Purple Martin young from 36 out of 40 gourds in her yard.  She indicated it was a very good year for production of
young.  She did experience a young SY male PUMA throwing young (< one-week old) out of the nest gourd onto the ground.  What is the adaptive
significance of this behavior?  Also, she had only 2 female adults return to nest in their natal colony.  She also had a foreign recovery from her
colony near Lebanon, Ohio to Wapakoneta, Ohio.  The vast majority of her young disperse a good distance.

2017 June Wilson Journal – Long-term trends in avian migration timing for the state of New York; (Jessica Zelt et all).  They analyzed first
spring arrival dates and fall last departure dates for 39 migrants.   Historical accounts from 1888 to 1939, and the significant climate warming
of 1967 to 2012 were compared.  During the early historical accounts, there was little change in the arrival and departure dates.  There was
significant advance in the first arrival date from the early years to the later years.  Short distant migrants arrived at the breeding grounds earlier
than long-distant migrants.  During the contemporary period, they found evidence of breeding season length increasing among 4 of the 39
migrants.  The climate change phenology of the 1970’s to the present is significant. (Page 271 to 282).

 OBBA News;

 If anyone has anecdotal birding or banding observations please send them to Robert Thobaben [tbthobaben@gmail.com] or 937-725-3443. 
Also, the OBBA organization is looking for a volunteer to serve a two-year term as Vice President or Secretary starting in 2018 and 2019. 
Beginning in 2018 Bob Scott Palcier will be our President and Laura Gooch will serve as our new Treasurer.  I will continue as Vice President
or Secretary.  If you have not helped our banding group please consider volunteering.  I also want to thank Cheryl Dykstra of Cincinnati for
serving as our Treasurer these last 6 years.  She has done a wonderful job and also served as the Editor of the Raptor Research Journal at
the same time.  Thank you, Cheryl for all your efforts!

 Robert Thobaben Jr.

OBBA President  2012 through 2017

 Cheryl Dykstra, 7280 Susan Springs Dr., West Chester, OH 45069

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March 12, 2017       [ohiobirdbanding.org]                                               

Dear OBBA Members,

Our spring OBBA meeting is scheduled for next month April 8, 2017 at Hueston Woods State Park.  The park is located 3 miles north of
Oxford, Ohio off S.R. 732 in Butler County (see attached map).  Please plan on attending and bring a guest.  Banders and birders would both
benefit from these programs.  Below find the agenda and an abstract of our three excellent speakers.  If you are traveling from northern Ohio
you are welcome to bring a sleeping bag and stay for free at our farm near Wilmington, Ohio (mile marker 45 on I-71).  This will make for a one
hour trip in the morning to Hueston Woods S.P.  Please register early so we can organize food and handouts.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

8:00 to 8:30 AM     Registration.   Meet and greet with a continental breakfast.         

8:30 to 10:30          Banding demonstration by Dr. David Russell below the dam that forms the lake.

                                   He will be running close to 30 mist nets and has many banding assistants in the    

                                   operation of this station.  See attached map   

10:30 to 11:00       Examine bird skins and wings (ageing / sexing), banding literature and equipment,

                                  The bird specimens are from Dr. Heather Farrington at the Cincinnati Museum of

                                   Natural History, meet and greet individuals from around the state.                               

11:00 to 12:00        OBBA Business meeting.  Emphasis on the new requirements for a state banding

                                   permit using the ODNR Ohio Wildlife Diversity spreadsheet, and forming a      

                                    nominating committee for new officers for a two year term.              
12:00 to 1:00 PM    Lunch and exchange of ideas

1:00 to 1:30      Dr. Heather Farrington - Cincinnati Museum of Natural History – Curator

  Darwin's Finches, "Ancient" DNA,
 and Microsatellites: Modern Research with Historical Specimens

Genetic techniques are often used to reconstruct population histories in avian species, but sampling is typically only done at a single time point in the
present.  "Ancient" DNA recovered from museum specimens can give us the opportunity to examine genetic information from past populations for more
accurate reconstruction of population histories.  Using Darwin's Finches as my model system, I'll share my experience using ancient DNA, and genetic
markers called microsatellites, to examine Galapagos bird population trends over the past century.


1:45 to 2:15 – Jay Stenger – Field trip leader for Oxbow Inc. and the Cincinnati area

                                                                                                                                                                   Title: Rare and Unusual Birds of the Oxbow

 Jay Stenger will present a program that takes a look at some of the rare and uncommon species that have occurred in the Oxbow over the past
40 years and why the Oxbow area is such a magnet to migratory birds. During that time, the diverse habitats found in the Oxbow area have
undergone many changes. Jay will touch on this subject and how those changes have affected various species. He will also discuss what Oxbow
Inc. has done to improve the area for birds and other wildlife and discuss their current and future wildlife management plans.

 2:30 to 3:00 – Amy Wilms –  Bander and manager for the Mary Gray Sanctuary in Connersville, Indiana. 

Constant Effort Banding of over 620 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. 

 Using five hanging traps at my home in the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary, I was able to investigate sex ratios, age ratios, and migration timing during
one year for Ruby-throated Hummingbirds near Connersville, Indiana.


3:15 to 3:45 – Roundtable discussion if issues facing banders and the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory.  Each person is limited to 2 minutes and a brief
 response period is encouraged.

3:45 to 4:00 – Cleanup and a safe travel home.


 Notes from the field;

 Anyone who has an investigation birding or banding should send me a brief abstract of last year’s observations or banding synopsis
[tbthobaben@gmail.com].  This can be very short updating your projects, significant banding returns, potential problems with equipment or
using Bandit 4.0..  50 to 100 words would be fine for an update on your banding activities.


Tom Bartlett – Has summarized Northern Saw Whet Owl banding operations in Ohio during the fall of 2016.  He has tabulated 225 new
NSWO banded in Ohio during the fall 2016 along with 9 foreign returns from eight banding locations.  “Presently he and Paula live in Costa Rica.”

Mark Shieldcastle – Very busy with setting up data collection protocol for migration monitoring stations in the Midwest.  He also is responsible
for the melding of the data submitted by banders to the Bird Banding Lab into the new Ohio Wildlife Diversity spreadsheet.  This tedious process
is essential when you apply for a State of Ohio Bird Banding License.  Thank you Mark!!!

Bob Placier – Banded over 1000 new birds plus many returns this past fall migration.  WOTH, SWTH, and several Warbler species were the
dominant species banded near Albany, Ohio.  He also banded over 50 NSWO on his property this past fall.

Cheryl Dykstra – Has reduced her banding of RSHA (over 2100 banded) to concentrate on co-publishing a new book on Suburban Raptors. 
This new publication will be over 12 chapters and she hopes to complete her work in the next year or so.  She still plans on banding a few
of the suburban RSHA in the western and northern regions of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Steve Lee – Has started a second NSWO banding station at Caesar Creek S.P.  This year he and Rebecca Palmer captured 57 new owls and
one foreign recovery from NE Indiana.  The early successional habitat of small woody stems and red cedars are excellent for attracting NSWO.

Dick Tuttle and Sylvia Hadley – Have AMKE nest box projects (19 for Tuttle & 15 for Hadley) in Delaware and Clinton Counties respectively. 
Dick Tuttle has had over 900 AMKE produced over the last 19 years.  Sylvia Hadley is also color marking the AMKE in her project area.

Tom Kashmer – Continues to band at Creekbend Nature Preserve in the fall with 19 mist nets capturing over 3,000 birds per fall.  He is also
busy with trapping rails and waterfowl.

Tom has banded 143 waterfowl in 2015 (123 Redheads) and over 200 Gadwall in 2016 following the dispersal throughout the eastern U.S.
wintering grounds.

Bob Thobaben – Continues to band at a MAPS station at Spring Valley Wildlife Area south of Xenia, Ohio.  Over 6000 new birds banded in
23 years with 780 different birds retuning after more than one year.  He also uses 5 mist nets to investigate the use of migrating birds
through the Conservation Reserve Program of short grass and tall grass prairies.  78 species use the grasses as a roost or foraging site.

Kelly Williams – Continues to work with graduate students at Ohio University on the ecology of Hooded Warblers and BHCO parasitism. 
She would rather be in the field but most of her time is spent teaching anatomy at OU.  She has encouraged several students to pursue
careers in ornithology.

If you have a project could you send me a 50 to 100  word summary.  I will then include your comments in the next newsletter
    It only takes a few minutes to send an email. 

 You do not need to be an OBBA member to participate in the banding demonstration. Students are free and encouraged to attend and pay
if they want lunch and the continental breakfast. Please feel free to forward this email to other birders or individuals interested in
ornithology or conservation. If you have questions contact Bob Thobaben at 937-725-3443 -- [tbthobaben@gmail.com] or Bob Placier at
740-753-6272-- [placier_b@hocking.edu]


       2017   OBBA  NEWSLETTER     #1                                                   

February 4, 2017   [ohiobirdbanding.org]                                               

Dear OBBA Members,

Our spring OBBA meeting is scheduled for April 8, 2017, Saturday at Hueston Woods State Park in SW Ohio. Hueston Woods State Park is located 5 miles NE of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio just off State Route 732 and 177.   Hueston Woods is 3,000 acres with a 625 acre manmade lake.  OBBA members Jill and Dave Russell have arranged for us to visit their extensive bird banding station at Hueston Woods dam in the morning session.  They operate over 20 mist nets and have double decked mist net operations.  This will be a great opportunity to view a very professional banding operation, handle birds and ask many questions.  Dave Russell is an expert in describing avian molt sequences and how to record these details in your field notes.  I recognize this is a long drive for our northern members so I am offering our farm as a place only 1 hour away from HWSP.  There is camping in the park and a very nice lodge 866-644-6727.  The HWSP office is 513-523-6347.  Check out the map below and note the banding station is in the lower right of the map and the meeting will take place near the marina by the bird viewing blind.  The next newsletter will have details on staying in the state park.  My farm is three miles off I-71 at mile marker 45.  Contact me if you want to stay here and then travel a shorter distance to the OBBA meeting [tbthobaben@gmail.com].

Saturday, April 8, 2017

8:00 to 8:30 AM     Registration.   Meet and greet with a continental breakfast.         

8:30 to 10:30          Dave Russell ‘s banding demonstration using various age/sex keys.

                                  Refer to attached HWSP map in lower right corner.

10:30 to 11:00       Examine banding displays, banding equipment and interact with others.

                                 Dr. Heather Farrington will have bird specimens available to review.                               

11:00 to 12:00        OBBA Business meeting

12:00 to 1:00 PM    Lunch and exchange of ideas

1:00 to 3:30 PM      Three speakers in the afternoon including Dr. Heather Farrington on microsatellites

                                   as it relates to bird populations.  Also Jay Stenger of The Oxbow conservation area at  

                                   the confluence of the Great Miami River and the Ohio River will present a program.

                                   Jay will explain the historical perspective of bird populations over the last 40 years in

                                  The Oxbow.  Our third speaker has not yet confirmed but I should have it together by

                                  mid-March when we send out registration.


This will be the first year that all birds banded in Ohio MUST be entered in the ODNR Wildlife Diversity Database to have an Ohio State Banding Permit.

  Mark Shieldcastle has been working hard to meld the new Bandit 4.0 program with the Ohio Diversity Database.  Mark is trying to find a way to include our data

submission to the Bird Banding Lab and have the added details that ODNR requests.  Why the state of Ohio wants more information in the ODD than what we

provide to the BBL is beyond me?  It seems to me that the need for scientific names (Genus species) and the name of the watershed that you band in are

unnecessary and redundant information they could acquire from the locations we provide the BBL.  ODNR wants “something for nothing” so they have no

more expense or time.  This will be a challenging time for bird banders.  Check out the three attachments that are in this newsletter


Bob Placier has provided our OBBA minutes from the Deer Haven OBBA meeting this past spring in Delaware, County.  Please review Bob’s

 minutes and be prepared to approve them at the Hueston Woods State Park meeting.

I would like to close this first OBBA newsletter with a request to have other individuals take an officer position this fall and help out

Cheryl Dykstra – Treasurer (6 years), Bob Placier (Secretary (6 years), and myself President (6 years).  OBBA has two year terms beginning

after our late summer August 26th at Ottawa National Wildlife Center.  Bob Placier has agreed to be OBBA president next year, and I can hang

on for a different office to help Bob.  Please offer to help and give some of us a break by contacting myself at [tbthobaben@gmail.com]. 

Thank you for offering to help.

Bob Thobaben

OBBA- President


 ODNR Division of Wildlife  Wildlife Diversity Database Instructions

The Division of Wildlife maintains the Wildlife Diversity database which contains occurrence records and other
information for Ohio native wildlife. Data submitted to fulfill permit reporting requirements is reviewed and uploaded
to this database. It is very important that we receive the data in our required format in order to seamlessly upload
the information. We do not have the staff to filter through reports and different formats of data.
The Wildlife Diversity Database serves as a vital source of information to our Biologists and Administrators who
are responsible for research, creating rules and assessing the status of Ohio wildlife. Your data is important to us.
Please take the time to collect and input data into our Excel spreadsheet format so we may use it for Ohio native
wildlife conservation.
Submitting data in the Wildlife Diversity Database Excel spreadsheet format is a requirement of Scientific
Collection and Bird Banding permit holders. It is required whether specimens are vouchered or simply identified
and immediately released. The spreadsheet may be downloaded from our website at:
http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/licenses-and-permits/specialty-licenses-permits or may be requested from the Permit
Coordinator (see below for contact info). Instructions can be viewed by moving the cursor over the column headers
in the associated Excel spreadsheet.
1. Rename the file to: the permit holder’s last name and permit number (ex. “Smith_11-032.xls”). Note that
you will need an additional copy of the database if you exceed 10,000 records.
2. Blue fields are required info; gray fields are desired info for bat permits only but not required; the dark green
columns should not be changed. Species names must be Latin, not common names, with NO
abbreviations. Latitude and longitude should be in decimal degrees (e.g., 39.24873, -82.16459).
3. Only include records in this spreadsheet for specimens identified to the genus (Ambystoma sp.) or
species (genus plus specific epithet; Lepomis macrochirus) levels. Unidentified collections/lots and
specimens identified to the family (or higher) level must be submitted in a written report. Do not include in this
4. Use drop-down lists where provided (ex. storage method, collection method, county); use the categories
furnished in the drop-down menus, do not make up your own. If you think something new should be added to
the drop-down lists, please contact the Division of Wildlife with your suggestion.
5. Large text fields (e.g., Location, Comment) are formatted with "word-wrap" and can hold up to 250 characters.
7. Repetitive information can be copied and pasted.
8. An example has been provided on row 5.
9. If you don't have data for a given field, please leave them blank.

BAT PERMIT HOLDERS: Please enter bat data into the Bat Diversity Database rather than the standard Wildlife
Diversity Database. Instructions and the Excel spreadsheet for the Bat Diversity Database are also available on
our website (see above).
When you have finished entering all of your records for the year, please email the Excel spreadsheet or written
report to wildlife.permits@dnr.state.oh.us. If no collections were made for the year, please send an email stating that.

Melissa Moser, Permit Coordinator
ODNR Division of Wildlife, 2045 Morse Road, Building G, Columbus, OH 43229-6693

 Ohio Department of Natural Resources DNR 8952 (0216)

Permit valid for BIRD BANDING PERMIT 3 years

Submit to: Ohio Division of Wildlife, Attn: Bird Banding
2045 Morse Road, Building G-3, Columbus, OH 43229-6693

This Application is for a: (check one)  New Permit  Permit Renewal (PERMIT No: )







Bird banding permits, supplies of bird bands, and bird banding data are administered by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Bird Banding Laboratory.
Persons desiring to band migratory birds must first obtain their USGS bird banding permit or work under the supervision of a USGS master banding
permit holder. USGS Banding Permit No.: ____________________________


An annual electronic report in the Diversity Database Excel spreadsheet format must be submitted prior to issuance of a new permit. If no work
was completed, an email or statement with the application stating that will be sufficient.

 Annual report included with application.

 Annual report emailed (date submitted: ____________ sender email address: ________________________________ ).

 Annual report mailed (date submitted: _____________ ).


Sub-permittees may be added to the permit if there will be people using the permit without the direct, on-site supervision of the applicant. For federally
listed species, only people listed on the applicant's federal permit may be listed on the state permit. Use additional sheets if necessary.


PROJECT DESCRIPTION (use additional sheets if necessary)

Outline the project for which wild animals will be collected including: purpose, objectives, specific species, and number of individuals requested.


*Unattended collection equipment must be marked with the name and address of user and permit number.

Banding permits are a mechanism designed to permit qualified bird banders to conduct banding activities in Ohio. The Chief of the Division of Wildlife
will not issue permits for Dangerous Wild Animal (DWA) species (ORC 935.01) except native DWA, required for specific projects. The permit issued
by the Chief does not relieve the permittee of any responsibility to obtain a permit pursuant to R.C. Chapter 935 except as specified for the animals
and purposes permitted herein. The permittee must adhere to all additional requirements under R.C. Chapter 935.

I currently possess a DWA as defined in ORC 935.01:  Yes  No

If yes, my DWA is independently properly permitted through the
Ohio Department of Agriculture pursuant to ORC 935.06 or 935.08:  Yes

If yes, attach list describing species, quantity and purpose.

The applicant agrees to keep daily records, submit an electronic annual report in the Wildlife Diversity Database format, and abide by provisions of
the law. The applicant also understands that this permit is automatically revoked should the applicant obtain any DWA unless: (1) the DWA is main-
tained in strict compliance with the provisions in ORC Sections 935.06 and 935.08 and OAC Rules 901:1-4-01 through 901:1-4-17; or (2) the DWA is
native to Ohio and possessed pursuant to a Scientific, Rehabilitation, or Education Permit specifically approved by the Chief of the Division of Wildlife.

I understand that my acquisition of any DWA not authorized by a permit issued pursuant to this application and permit, or by a permit issued by the
Director of Agriculture pursuant to Chapter 935 during the period of this permit, will result in the immediate revocation of this and all permits issued
by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources under this Chapter. I hereby certify that any animal(s) that are the subject of this permit application will
be kept or taken only for the specific purpose(s) provided for in R.C. 1533.08 and, as represented in my permit application, and for no other purpose
unless expressly approved by the Chief of the Division of Wildlife or pursuant to a permit issued by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.


No person shall knowingly make a false statement – any person who makes a false statement may be subject to criminal penalties
to R.C. 2921.13 and addition to the revocation of this permit, or to other sanctions as permitted by law.
Completion of the form is required - Section 2921.13 O.R.C., Penalty: Imprisonment up to 6 months or $1000 fine or both.
Section 1533.99 O.R.C., Penalty: Imprisonment up to 30 days or $250 fine or both.
Date received: FOR OFFICAL USE ONLY Date issued:
Approved by:
DNR 8952 (0216) Permit No.:

Renewal of auxiliary marking permit February 10, 2015 Robert G. Thobaben Jr. Federal Permit # 20789
[ tbthobaben@gmail.com ]

Attention: Danny Bystrak, Wildlife Biologist at USGS, Bird Banding Laboratory
Mr. Bystrak,
Last week I spoke with you concerning a color marking project in Clinton County located in southwest Ohio. You mentioned that my old color marking permit was not updated as a result of the BBL switching to electronic data organization. This note is to renew my color marking permit for Clinton and Warren Counties to study mate fidelity and site fidelity of American Kestrels. I have erected 12 nesting boxes in the two counties and request that AMKE be marked with a 3B aluminum band on the left tarsus and a different color Darvic band above the aluminum band to represent the year banded. On the right leg I would place two color Darvic bands to represent each individual using different combinations of 10 colors. I would be color marking only adults on both legs. Young AMKE would receive only an aluminum band and the color of the year hatched on the left leg. I am proficient at capturing adults with a Bal-Chatri trap. The AMKE nest in Ohio from March 14th through June 25th for the initial egg date. They are nestlings from April 22nd through July 30th. Banding of the young would take place at 3 to 4 weeks old, during the period of May 6th through July 20th, depending on the beginning of the nesting period.
American Kestrels have declined in population in SW Ohio from the first Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas 1983 through 1987. The latest Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas 2006 through 2011 delineates the decline in AMKE populations. Speculation is West Nile Virus, improving Coopers Hawk populations, or land use practices of "clean" farming for reducing our AMKE populations. I will perform a habitat analysis within a half mile radius around each nest box using Google Earth Maps and our local GIS mapping office in Wilmington, Ohio.
Please offer any suggestions or concerns to this project. Thank you.
Robert G. Thobaben Jr. - Permit # 20789
1835 St. Rt. 380  Wilmington, Ohio 45177  937-725-3443 (cell)

ODNR - Division of Wildlife - Wildlife Diversity Database Input File

Number Permit

User Name Species Number of
Specimens Collection
Date Year Collection
Method Collector Identifier Specimen
Tag Tag
Type Storage Method Depository Accession
Number Comment County Township Location Accuracy Longitude Latitude Habitat USGS 7.5'
Quad Name Major
Drainage Major Watershed Waterbody River
Mile State Land
Example: 14-203 Jackson Brown Ambystoma maculata OR Ambystoma sp. 1 05-18-19 2015 dipnet Bill Whidbey Bill Whidbey 125564 pit tag none none Relased after tagging Jefferson Brush Creek adj. CR61; 6.2 mi. W Stanton Elementary School S0 Location is known exactly -80.72692 40.55278 hardwood forest Salineville Ohio River Upper Ohio River tributaries Brush Creek 218 Brush Creek WA


 OBBA  NEWSLETTER  2016   #2   

April 2, 2016                  [ ohiobirdbanding.org ]

Dear OBBA Members,

Our spring OBBA meeting is scheduled for next month April 2, 2016 at the Deer Haven Preservation Park .  The Deer Haven Preservation Park is located  1 mile south of Delaware,   Ohio just west of US 23.   Entrance is off Liberty Road and County Road 142.  The Deer Haven has an excellent location to band birds and to hike the surrounding habitats.  There are interactive displays inside covering many environmental issues, plus a gift shop, study skins, art displays, and live specimens.  Please plan on attending and bring a guest.  Banders and birders would both benefit from these programs.  Below find the agenda and an abstract of our three excellent speakers.

 Saturday, April 2, 2016

8:00 to 8:30 AM     Registration.   Meet and greet with a continental  breakfast.         

8:30 to 10:30          Banding demonstration using various age/sex keys 

10:30 to  11:00       Examine banding displays, banding equipment and interact with others.                               

11:00 to 12:00        OBBA Business meeting

12:00 to 1:00 PM    Lunch and exchange of ideas


                                   By Nathan Stricker,            ODNR Olentangy Research Station


   "ODNR's Division of Wildlife has banded waterfowl and other migratory birds since the 1940's.  I'll discuss some of the changes in our banding efforts over time as
    well as our   current banding projects.  I'll also talk about some of the patterns in waterfowl harvest over space and time, as well as some interesting
    statistics pulled from about 75 years' worth of banding efforts."


   1:45 to 2:20              Links between Wintering Habitat, Phenology, and Post-Fledging Survival, in a Migratory Songbird

    Elizabeth M. Ames

   I  will be presenting the early stages my M.S. research which seeks to reveal links between wintering and breeding events, and provide insight into an unexamined
   life-cycle stage in a Neotropical migrant of conservation concern, the Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea). I will be discussing our use of geolocators,
    and radio transmitters to link tropical wintering habitat to breeding events here in Ohio.


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2:30 to 2:45        Break with snacks


2:45 to 3:20        Using tracking technology to examine the ecology of two migratory species of concern  on Lake Erie.           

                                                               By Dr. Christopher Tonra, - The Ohio State University                                 


I will discuss the use of both satellite transmitters and nanotags to examine underexplored periods of the life cycles of Black-crowned Night-herons and Rusty Blackbirds.   Both species are captured and studied in the western Lake Erie Basin, but these techniques allow for greater geographic and temporal coverage of the annual cycle to address questions such as migratory pathways, wintering locations, post-fledging survival and recruitment.



3:35 to 4:00 PM       Roundtable discussion of ongoing bird banding research projects.  Each

                                   Participant is limited to 2 minutes.  This is a great time to request help in a project.  

4:00 PM                    Clean up and have a safe trip home

News from the Field;

# 1.  The ODNR has contacted all bird banders and asked them to send all banding data to their Heritage Data Base starting next year in 2017.  This will be a REAL burden to banders who already submit banding data on Band It and this would add a great deal of time to data submission.  Mark Shieldcastle  is working hard to write an acceptable program that will meld with both the Band It Federal  end of year submission and the Heritage Wildlife Data program.  Mark seems to think this can be done, but it must pass muster with ODNR.  Good luck Mark!

 # 2  Fall Banding 2015

Bob Scott Placier

I retired from Hocking College in May, so decided that I would try a Fall migration banding effort at my home in eastern Vinton County rather than make the 17 miles drive to the Hocking campus in Nelsonville. There I banded in a floodplain dominated by tall forbs such as Wingstem, Joe-pye Weed, and Goldenrods. And the bird community in fall was predominantly sparrows and goldfinches.  In contrast, my home property of 11 acres is almost entirely young (age 40-60) forest, with neighboring properties a mixture of woodlands, pastures, hay fields, and brushy edges.  I am trying to manage the area along my lane (over 1,000’) to be a stable shrubland, since the powerline to my house follows the lane. I bush-hog my net lanes in that corridor.  The understory of my woods is dominated by Spicebush (Lindera benzoin), and it is also abundant with fruits more productively along the forest edge. I am actively eradicating (manually) the Multiflora Rose and some Autumn Olive present. Fortunately, the bush honeysuckles have not become an issue yet in my area. Spicebush fruit ripens in fall just in time for the thrush migration, and this year there was a bumper crop in this area.  My target was to operate 5 mornings a week from August 1 till Oct. 31. As it happened I wasn’t  able to begin till Aug. 9 and of course lost a few days or parts of them to weather. Meeting my target would have meant operating 60 mornings, I managed 57, several of those shortened by weather. I operated 10-13 nets, opening at dawn, and operating for 5 hours as possible.  I banded 444 birds of 46 species, and recaptured another 29 individuals of 12 species that I had banded in previous seasons. Total net hours were 2,976. So, counting only birds at first capture of the season, I netted 473 individuals. This gave me a pretty low figure of 0.16 birds
per net hour. An average of 8 birds in 5 hours. I did record all recaps, along with weight and fat, other than same day recaptures. Still, that left lots of time between net checks to get in some reading!  As expected, the season was dominated by thrushes, but I was surprised by how few sparrows and finches I captured. Seventeen Eastern Towhees (plus 2 recaps) were by far the most numerous, with 8 White-throated Sparrows (+ 1 recap), and only 12 (plus 2 recaps) of all other species. Thrushes not counting Eastern Bluebirds (5), made up 47% of the total captures.   Ninety-eight (and one recap) Wood Thrushes included many that were local nesters or hatch year birds. But I had 83 Swainson’s Thrushes and 27 Gray-cheeked. Only 10 Hermit Thrushes, but the Spicebush fruit was mostly gone by their arrival. And 2 Veeries, always the scarcest here. Eight Winter Wrens came about the same time as the Hermits.  Fifteen species of warblers, 20 each of the common local nesting Hooded Warbler and Ovenbird. Definite transient migrants included 15 each of Tennessee and Myrtle Warblers. Bird of the season (and year) for me was definitely my first ever Golden-winged Warbler.  The very low birds per net hour makes me question the value of doing a fall migration operation here. I have the offer to set up at Lake Snowden, which has available habitat more similar to what I used at the Hocking campus. But I think I will do at least one more season here to get a better grasp on what is going on. I also do winter banding at my feeders, and began Nov. 2. It’s obvious that species such as Slate-colored Junco (1 in fall, and one recap), American Goldfinch (4), and Am. Tree Sparrow (0) didn’t start appearing here till November in 201


Also if anyone has questions or concerns please call or email Robert Thobaben Jr., 937-725-3443 or [tbthobaben@gmail.com].   Birders are welcome to attend!  Students do not have to pay registration, only for the food.  If you have university or high school students encourage them to attend, to learn how to conduct original research projects.  Please forward this meeting agenda to anyone else that is interested in ornithology.  See you on April 2nd.

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Cheryl Dykstra,  7280 Susan Springs Dr.,  West Chester, OH   45069

REGISTRATION DEADLINE = Thurs., March 31, 2016

Make checks payable to:      O.B.B.A


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                            [ohiobirdbanding.org] August 20, 2016 at the Ottawa National Wildlife Center             

I would like to welcome Ohio bird banders and birders to 2016.  This appears to be the end of the third largest El Nino  sometime this spring and a return to normal temperatures and weather patterns.  2015 was the second warmest year on record in Cincinnati with a higher than normal precipitation total (48.5 inches instead of SW Ohio's 43 inches).   2012 was the warmest year on record in the last 121 years until this  year.  NOAA has just published that 2015 is the warmest year on record for the world with the average world temperature 1.6*F above normal.  That represents almost the 2*F temperature limit established in Paris this fall by 190 nations.  When OBBA members and others review the fall migration patterns for their area, we may find aberrations from the normal fall migration patterns.  Clinton County, in SW Ohio had  later than average  arrival and migration peaks for fall 2015. Neotropical Migrants were 1 to 3 days later than normal for arrival and peak dates, but the short distant migrants were 5 to 7 days later than past averages.  From September 1st through the first week of November we failed to capture and band any American Tree Sparrows, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers,  and Fox Sparrows.  Dark-eyed Juncos, White-crowned Sparrows and Winter Wrens were in much lower numbers than past years.  Our waterfowl hunters also experienced many fewer ducks during the late season, since waterfowl stayed on Lake St. Clair and Lake Huron.  Lesser Sandhill Cranes were still migrating south the first  week of January instead of migrating just after Thanksgiving.  2016 weather should continue to offer new challenges to migrating birds and their habitats.

1.  The spring OBBA meeting will be held in Delaware County at the Deer Haven Preserve of the Preservation Parks System near Delaware, Ohio April 2, 2016.  Dick Tuttle has invited our members to visit an area we have only visited one other time since 1981.  We have two speakers already confirmed and are looking for a third afternoon speaker.  If you have a project that you would like to present please contact me (Bob Thobaben, [tbthobaben@gmail.com] before the middle of February.  We will have a banding operation that morning and three speakers in the afternoon.  Deer Haven has a rich diversity of habitats for individuals to hike and visit.  We can review the benefits and limitations in using the new migration protocol for birders and banders to try and standardize our migration observations.


#2.  Our late summer OBBA meeting will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at the Ottawa National Wildlife Center near Oak Harbor, Ohio and Crane Creek State Park.  It has been three years since we last visited this outstanding birding area, which always has unusual sightings and high bird concentrations.  Shorebirds and early neotropical migrants should be arriving that weekend and provide a challenging  look at molt limits, ageing and transforming  plumages.

#3.  We have Nathan Stricker of the ODNR Olentangy Research Station discussing dispersal of breeding birds out of Ohio at our April 2nd OBBA meeting.  He has a wealth of data on decades of recoveries from breeding birds in Ohio.  We also have Dr. Christopher Tonra of Ohio State University, School of Natural Resources, presenting on Geo-locators  and his investigation on full life cycle ecology of Ohio breeding birds.  Both are interesting and accomplished  speakers.

#4. I have finished tabulating my fall migration data trying to follow Mark Shieldcastle's migration protocol for a level 2 banding station.  A level two station does not operate every day, but operates at a minimum of 75% of the migration time period.  Below find the 2015 fall migration through the Conservation Reserve Program located  on our farm near Wilmington, Ohio near mile marker 45 on Interstate 71.  As I said above the neotropical migrants were almost on time, but the short distant migrants were later than the 12 year average (2003 through 2014).  The warm season grasses and forbes act as magnet to attract birds from the surrounding intensively farmed agricultural fields of GMO corn, soybean, wheat with intermittent  small woodlots.  The tall grass prairie also acts like a "condominium" where migrants roost over night.  The largest catch of birds occurs at sunrise when the birds leave the prairie roost to forage.



Robert G. Thobaben Jr.      Permit # 20789

      (39*27'34" N & 83*56'51" W)        

Clinton County Ohio is a rural agricultural region with a human population of 41,945 people.  Two glacial events have affected our county with the Wisconsin glacier influencing the vegetation in the northern 2/3’s and the Illinoisan glacier influencing the vegetation types in the southern 1/3 of the county.  The banding site is located in the beech-maple complex region of the county where the Wisconsin glacier left rolling hills with 85% of the land area in intensive agricultural practices.  The banding site is situated around CRP (Conservation Reserve Program) ground consisting of fields of little bluestem (4 acres), big bluestem (4 acres), and overgrown fields of goldenrod mixed with walnut and box elder saplings (4 acres).  The 5 mist nets are situated in the two prairie field types and operated 3 days each week for 3.5 hours each per day from Sept.1 through Nov. 7th.  This CRP ground is being studied to measure the beneficial effects on the avian population during fall migration.  From 1976 through 1987 this area was intensively farmed for grain.  Since 1988 to the present, this area has been enrolled in the CRP.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Results are listed below;

-          728  total birds  ( 91 % migrants and 9 % permanent residents )                                      

-          708  new birds                                                                                                          

-          52  species  ( 85%  migrant species & 15%  permanent resident species )                                                                                                          

-          20  returns of 10 species ( 13 migrants and 7 permanent residents )                                 

-          450  net hours                                                                                                                  

-          161  birds/100 net hours                                                                                                             

-          25 days of trapping                                                                                                                                

-          Oldest  migrant return was an  Indigo Bunting (9-13-11), a Field Sparrow (9-10-11), and a  Song Sparrow ( 5-15-08).  A permanent resident  Carolina Chickadee (2-24-10) also returned.                                                                                                                

       -     Highest capture date was 9-21-15 and 9-27-15 with  45 new birds plus returns greater than one   


      -     Most unusual species captured were a Canada Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler and Northern

            Waterthrush and two flocks of Cedar Waxwings.                                                                                               

      -      Migrant species banded in rank order;                 Permanent Residents banded

             1.  American Goldfinch –  135 + 4 returns              1.  Northern Cardinal - 30 + 2 returns                                                                   

             2.  Indigo Bunting - 81 + 1 return                            2.  Carolina Chickadee -10 + 3 returns                                                                  

             3.  Song Sparrow- 61 + 2 returns                             3.  Bluejay - 7                                                       

             4.  Common Yellowthroat - 59 + 2 returns              4.  Carolina Wren - 4 + 1 return                                                                                

             5.  Field Sparrow - 35 + 3 returns                                                                                              

             6.  Yellow-rumped Warbler - 37                                                                                                  

             7.  Swamp Sparrow - 26                                                                              

                  Gray Catbird - 26                                                                                                

             9.  Tennessee Warbler - 22                                                                                      

            10.  White-throated Sparrow - 18

A NOAA weather station is located 8 miles to the SE of the banding station and provides temperature, precipitation, wind direction and number of weather fronts that occur in Clinton County each fall.   Rainfall was 2.5 inches above  normal through November. The summer was wet (2.5 inches above normal) with average temperatures. The farm pond out  flow was dry from July to mid November.  Our Non - GMO Soybeans  made 69 bushels to the acre, and were harvested October 11th.  There were many more   Monarch Butterflies this year on the farm.  Peak Monarch migration was September 14th with the last Monarch on October 10th.  RWBL, AMRO, WIWR, OCWA,BBWA, and MOWA  were around the nets but were never caught.

OBBA Banders and Their Banding Projects;

I would like to encourage any OBBA member to complete the historical record of your banding in Ohio.  This will be complied by Black Swamp Bird Observatory and archive our efforts so that those who follow can resort to other banders that have worked in Ohio.  If your name is NOT below then I need your reference material  filled in and sent to my address.  Thank you.

Robert Thobaben

1835 State Route 380

Wilmington, Ohio 45177

Robert Thobaben, Dr. Cheryl Dykstra , Dr. Ronald Weiss, Tom Kashmer, Dr.Kelly Williams, and Dr. Richard Bradley.


Name __________________________________________

Address _____________________________________________________________________

Occupation __________________________________________________________________

Federal Permit # _______________  Years of permit authorization________________________

Approximate number of birds banded in their lifetime_________________________________

Ohio counties were projects were investigated________________________________________

Subpermittee names_____________________________________________________________


Titles of individual projects and the specific years of operation;






Titles of articles published, year published, journal issue and page number;  (abstracts attached)




Names of individuals who possess an electronic copy of banding data sheets or records;______

Location of original banding field sheets after retirement or death; ___________________________



- Finally I would like to remind members not with lifetime memberships, to send our annual membership dues to Cheryl Dykstra using the form listed below.  Annual dues are $15.

Make checks payable to OBBA.  Stay warm this winter and look forward to the first migrants in February.                                                                                                            Mail your registration to:

Cheryl Dykstra,  7280 Susan Springs Dr.,  West Chester, OH   45069

Make checks payable to:      O.B.B.A

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Name : __________________________       Ph# _____________________

Mailing Address: _______________________________

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Robert G. Thobaben Jr. -  OBBA President

937-725-3443 (cell) 


Ohio Bird Banding Association - 2015 Newsletter # 4 July 16, 2015


Dear OBBA Members,

This newsletter is to remind you of the upcoming OBBA meeting on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at the Creek Bend Farm and Wilson Nature Center in Lindsey, Ohio 43442. The Wilson Nature Center is located along St. Rt. 590 10 miles NW of Fremont, Ohio. The programs for this meeting will cover the new protocol for banding wild birds and the threat posed by the highly virulent avian flu that is nearing Ohio. Please read the Ohio Department of Agriculture warnings below to familiarize yourself with handling wild birds and how this may affect public programs. At the OBBA meeting we will discuss the guidelines offered by the North American Banding Association and also Bruce Peterjohn from the Bird Banding Laboratory. I would like to commend OBBA member Melinda Simon for the "heads up" on this national avian flu issue. It is more serious than most suspect when handling wild birds! The threat to Ohio's poultry industry is real and we must accommodate the new protocols.

Also we will have a new format with a panel of experienced banders and how to conduct future migration studies. It is time to upgrade our migration banding stations so the information will be more useful and standardized. Some of the following questions will be discussed along with the actual data collection. Below are some of the panel discussion topics;

1. Level 1, 2, and 3 migration stations with Mark Shieldcastle.

2. First arrival, peak and last departure for species at your banding station.

3. How do we note stopover times for short distant and neotropical migrants?

4. How do banders deal with mammalian and avian predators at their banding stations?

5. What is the protocol for cold or frosty mornings and banding migrants?

6. Do we have a protocol for the occasional large capture round with migrants ("slammed")?

7. How important are point counts during the operation of a migration station?

8. How do we record ectoparasites on the birds we capture?

9. When do you close mist nets with catkins in the spring and leaves in the fall? Wind and debris can ruin the effectiveness of the mist nets and increase bird extraction time.

There are many more questions that will emerge from our panel and from those attending the meeting. I will try and place large sheets of poster paper around the panel of banders to record what is important and how do we proceed at our banding operations. I encourage you to attend this important meeting and please review the attachments to be informed of the changes that are coming to banding operations. Please contact Bob Placier - OBBA Secretary at [coturnicops@yahoo.com] or Bob Thobaben at [tbthobaben@gmail.com] if you have questions. Specific details on the OBBA meeting will be out in 10 days.

Please forward the announcement of the OBBA meeting to other subpermittees, birders, and banders. There may be announcements from the BBL concerning the spread of avian flu in the future.

Bob Thobaben

OBBA President


Association Newsletter #    July28,2015                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

OBBA Members,

This newsletter is to remind you of the second OBBA meeting this year on Saturday, August 22, 2015.  It will be held at Creek Bend Farm and Wilson Nature Center near Fremont, Ohio.  From U.S. Route 20, take State Route 590 north toward Lindsey, Ohio 43442.  State Route 590 travels north past the 310 acre Creek Bend Farm park.  The Wilson Nature Center just opened in November 2014 and should offer a great place to meet.   Also this is the end of our officers terms and we are looking for "new blood" to help with our organization.  If you are willing to serve as president, vice president, secretary or treasurer for the next two years please volunteer.  Contact Bob Thobaben, Bob Placier or Cheryl Dykstra before our meeting date.  Below, find the agenda for the August 22, 2015  OBBA meeting;

8:30 to 9:00 - Meet and greet at the Wilson Nature Center + continental breakfast

8:30  to 10:30 - Tom Kashmer will band birds at the Nature Center.  Early fall migrants should be around and fall plumage and molt limits will be discussed.  The entire group can discuss and use the new ageing and sexing keys in the Pyle Guides.  There will be displays of photos used in identification, ageing and sexing birds.  Members are encouraged to bring observations and data to the meeting.  This is a good time to catch up on the "issues of the day such as 1)  The avian flu spreading from Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.   2) New procedures for public banding demonstrations involving Ohio Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,  3) How can we improve our data collection for banding migrants?   4)  What should we do if we encounter birds that behave abnormally during banding operations?  We can also discuss possible NABC written and field exams in 2017.

11:00 to 12:00 - OBBA business meeting

                              Robert Thobaben - Presidents call to order

                              Bob Placier  - Secretary's minutes

                              Cheryl Dykstra - Treasurer's report                                                             

                              Dr. Dave Russell - Research committee report

                              Membership update - Bob Thobaben

                              Sandra Stone - Website manager                                                            

                              Tom Bartlett - Inland Bird Banding Association update

                              Old Business - Historical records of Ohio banders and their projects.

                               New Business - Spring OBBA meeting date of April 2 or 9, 2016 at Bruckner

                              Nature Center or Preservation Parks Nature Center.  Research committee

                               progress on NOCA and GRCA dispersal of Ohio encountered birds.                                                  


12:00 to 1:00 - Lunch                                                                                                                         

You do not need to be an OBBA member to participate in the morning banding demonstration.  Students are FREE and encouraged to attend and pay only if they want lunch and the continental breakfast.  Please feel free to forward this email to other birders or individuals interested in ornithology or conservation.  If you have questions contact Bob Thobaben at 937-725-3443 -- [tbthobaben@gmail.com] or Bob Placier at 740-753-6272-- [coturnicops@yahoo.com].   

1:00 to 1:30 - Dr. Ronald A. Weiss - What is a virus and why is this a threat to the wild bird population?  What is the health protocol for bird banders and field technicians?

1:45 to 2:15 - Mark Shieldcastle - Level 1, 2, and 3 Migration Stations.  How can OBBA help?

2:15 to 2:30 - Break

2:30 to 3:30 - Panel of Experts on Migration Banding;  Tom Kashmer, Dr. Ron Weiss, Robert S. Placier, Tom Bartlett and ?????

Below are some of the panel discussion topics;

1.  Limitations of the OBBA Fall Migration Banding Article -  June, 1987 in the NABB.

2.  First arrival, peak and last departure for species at your banding station.

3.  How do we note stopover times for short distant and neotropical migrants?

4.  How do banders deal with mammalian and avian predators at their banding stations?

5.  What is the protocol for cold or frosty mornings and banding migrants?

6.  Do we have a protocol for the occasional large capture round with migrants ("slammed")?

7.  How important are point counts during the operation of a migration station? 

8.  How do we record ectoparasites on the birds we capture?

9.  When do you close mist nets with catkins in the spring and leaves in the fall?  Wind and      debris can ruin the effectiveness of the mist nets and increase bird extraction time.

10.  What species are unusual migrants for the habitat in which you band?                                                                           

There are many more questions that will emerge from our panel and from those attending the meeting.  I will try and place large sheets of poster paper around the panel of banders, to record what is important and how do we proceed at our banding operations.

3:30 to 4:00 - Open meeting to discuss individual banding projects.  Three minute limitation on each discussion.

4:00 - Clean up and have a safe drive home.

                              Dr. Dave Russell - Research committee report

                              Membership update - Bob Thobaben

                              Sandra Stone - Website manager                                                            

                              Tom Bartlett - Inland Bird Banding Association update