In late April through late May, Ottawa Refuge may host as many as 38 different species of warbler, with rare but exciting visits by the endangered Kirtland’s Warbler – making this area known as the ‘warbler capital of the world.’
Two pilot studies in Ohio have shown how birders can “give back” to the birds by participating in carbon-offset programs designed to mitigate birding travel through donations to habitat conservation.
The newly opened (2012) estuary trail that leads between Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and Magee Marsh was a big hit with birders attending The Biggest Week in American Birding this May. “It offers much more elbow room and nearly all the same birds,” says Courtenay Willis, who traveled all the way from Belgium to participate… Read more
While “western Ohio” may not register on everyone’s list as a top destination — unless you’re a birder or from the Midwest — it is a great place to visit for many reasons, thanks to the recreational and ecological benefits of Lake Erie. And if you ARE a birder, combining a birding trip with one of these other attractions will satisfy your nature cravings AND keep your family satisfied, too.
The Biggest Week in American Birding is a celebration of the epic spring migration in western Ohio lakefront and commences May 3 – 12th. Yours truly will be there, blogging the event in official capacity along with several other talented bird bloggers. The event is headquartered out of Maumee Bay State Park, a stone’s throw from… Read more