Partner Organizations

Ohio Lights Out is only possible through the efforts of a large group of collaborators. The organizations listed below have dedicated time and resources to ensuring the successful conservation of migratory songbirds. If your organization is interested in helping Lights Out, contact Matthew Shumar, the OBCI program coordinator, at

Representatives from partner organizations across four states met in Feburary, 2018 at the Ohio Wildlife Center to discuss advancing Ohio Lights Out efforts.

Akron Zoo has been a major supporter of Lights Out Cleveland and is a leader in developing Lights Out Akron-Canton.

Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm is an Audubon Center for environmental education and sustainable agriculture, provides activities that increase understanding and preservation of the planet by children and adults through education, research and recreation.

BirdSafe Pittsburgh is a collaborative group of conservation organizations working to reduce bird-building collisions in western Pennsylvania.

Black Swamp Bird Observatory inspires 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.

Brukner Nature Center is a privately-funded non-profit nature preserve dedicated to environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation. Brukner Nature Center is one of the founding organizations of Lights Out Miami Valley and rehabilitates any birds found through monitoring efforts in the Dayton area.

Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District

Cincinnati Museum Center

Cincinnati Nature Center

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden was founded in 1873 and officially opened its doors in 1875, making it 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. 

Cleveland Metroparks help to recruit volunteers for the monitoring effort in downtown Cleveland.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History has been instrumental in helping to get a Lights Out program established in Cleveland. The Museum houses birds that were killed during migration in their scientific collection.

Columbus Audubon

Columbus Foundation

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

Dayton BOMA

The Dayton Foundation

Five Rivers Metroparks

Grange Insurance Audubon Center

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center has been the major catalyst in the volunteer monitoring program. All injured birds are taken to the Center for rehabilitation and release into the wild. The Lake Erie Nature & Science Center successfully released over 700 birds during 2017 alone.

Lake Metroparks handles the rehabilitation of injured bats recovered during Lights Out Cleveland.

ODNR-Division of Wildlife

Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative

The Ohio State University

Ohio Wesleyan University

Ohio Wildlife Center helped develop Lights Out Columbus and handles all of our wildlife rehabilitation needs in the Columbus area. They are also in charge of organizing the volunteer collision monitoring program in Columbus

The Ornithology Club at the Ohio State University

Partners for the Environment


Stark Parks

Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society

Washtenaw Safe Passage