Citizen Science Projects
The park district utilizes a number of volunteers in its Citizen Science programs to help gather biological data on local wildlife species. Data collected is not only useful in developing habitat management strategies within the district but is also shared with other data-collecting agencies on a state and nationwide level. This page is dedicated to providing information on data collected throughout the year.
Bluebird Nest Box Monitoring Survey
Volunteers monitor nest boxes throughout the park district on a weekly basis during the nesting season of March through August. They record data related to the activity of bluebirds and other beneficial cavity-nesting birds and inspect the boxes for pest invasion and maintenance concerns. A final count of numbers and species of birds raised successfully in each box is sent to the Ohio Bluebird Society, an organization dedicated to the preservation of native cavity-nesting birds. Click here for results of 2016 survey.
This survey is part of The Ohio Lepidopterists Long-Term Monitoring of Ohio Butterflies. Volunteers walk along designated trails at Wolf Creek Environmental Center and Letha House Park to record the numbers and species of butterflies they see. Click on the park name for results of the 2016 surveys: Wolf Creek Environmental Center and Letha House Park.
Volunteers watch and record birds they see at the bird feeders at Wolf Creek Environmental Center and Susan Hambley Nature Center once or twice a week. This survey runs from mid-November to the first week of April. The information at the end of the season is sent to Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Click on the park name to read the results of the 2016/17 survey: Susan Hambley Nature Center or Wolf Creek.
Migratory-bird banding is done to study the movement, survival, and behavior of birds and is regulated by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Bird banding can only be done by licensed individuals and occurs during months of bird migration in spring and fall. Data collected is submitted to the federal bird banding laboratory and to the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Click here for list of birds banded at Wolf Creek in spring and fall of 2016.
FrogWatch USA is a citizen science program that provides individuals, groups, and families opportunities to learn about wetlands in their communities by reporting on the calls of local frogs and toads. Click here for the 2016 survey results.