The new Grange Insurance Audubon Nature Center will open next month on the banks of the Scioto River near downtown Columbus. The center is one of the first that Audubon has built in an urban setting. It’s the centerpiece of the newest Metro Park in Central Ohio – and an important area for migrating and nesting birds.
Just like human children, young songbirds need to hear other birds to develop normal vocalizations. Unlike most sparrows, the diminutive grasshopper sparrow uses two different songs, which it memorizes in different ways. Researchers at Ohio State University’s Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics are working to find out how.