owls of ohio
While Jim Tomko’s childhood friends were playing baseball and football he was exploring the northeast Ohio woodlands and fields discovering the magic of salamanders, frogs, snakes, birds, insects, and spiders. His friends enjoyed painting and putting together model cars and airplanes while he did the same with a model Robin, Goldfinch, and Bluebird. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Miami University and a Master’s degree in Environmental Biology from Ohio State University. He also has a Doctorate in Optometry from Ohio State University. He began birding scientifically since his college ornithology class way back in 1979 with ornithologist, Dr. Osborn at Miami University. To this day he is like a kid that never grew up turning over logs and stones, wading in streams, and investigating hollows. He truly enjoys getting to know a "local patch" of woodland learning the seasonal changes in wildlife populations along with the habits of the residents and migrants. His need for a frequent natural history “fix” is supported by his Optometry practice in Aurora, Ohio. Jim currently serves as the president of the Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland and the president of Aurora’s Moebius Nature Center.
Photo by Jim Tomko
Twelve species of owls have been spotted in Ohio. Several are residents, some are migrants and a few are accidental visitors. Interesting owl trivia will be revealed. Some tips on how, when and where to spot owls will be shared. (This is a power point presentation and no live owls will be exhibited)