(Tom Dodge photo)

Earth Day is around the corner, every year on April 22, and there are a bunch of opportunities to get involed here in town. A few hours of your time can go a long way with many work sites around Franklin County. You don't have to do any research to find them either; simply go to NowGetBusy.org and sign up to volunteer on Saturday, April 26.

Hosted by Green Columbus, this site serves as an umbrella for about 45 different projects maintaining work sites. It will funnel volunteer muscle to each, and you get to pick your own -- bike-path cleanup, community gardens and scores of others.

After a morning work session, there will be a party for volunteers and others interested in going green at Goodale Park in the Short North. It runs from noon to 7 p.m. Full story in the Venture column next Thursday.Be sure to pick up the paper. [Local green ideas] [Earth Day info]

(Joni Sullivan/ODNR photo)

Warblers at Whittier! Had a great morning walk today at Scioto Audubon Metro Park, the nature preserve surrounding the Whittier Peninsula. I saw most of the usual suspects -- American robins, ring-billed gulls, great blue herons, double-crested cormorants. I also glimpsed my first warbler -- a yellow-rumped warbler (pictured above) who was flitting around the river's edge. Absolutely beautiful.

I also saw: Brown thrasher (unconfirmed) Blue-gray gnatcatcher Barn swallow Eastern phoebe

Ground breaks on the pending Audubon Center, the first in the state, at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22. This operation is set to be a great resource for birders and educators trying to get city kids into the wild. Even the building itself, built under fairly prescient green standards, is interesting. I'll have more next week. [Grange Insurance Audubon Center] [Building story] [More info]