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Join us to experience a place that is quickly gaining recognition as one of North America’s best places to bird during spring migration. Take part in Ohio’s Biggest Week in American Birding Festival on the teeming shores of Lake Erie where, each spring, migrating songbirds, shorebirds, waders, and raptors pass through by the thousands, en route to Canada.

Northwest Ohio, unofficially known as the Warbler Capital of the World, is home to 15 designated Globally Important Bird Areas (IBA). Over 325 species have been recorded here, with daily spring tallies reaching 120 species! While Canada’s Point Pelee has long been the Great Lakes’ star location, just across the Lake, the Ohio shoreline (with its extensive wetlands and preserves) serves as the staging side before migrants head north. Crane Creek, Magee Marsh, and Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge are gems of this unique geography, and until now have been the best-kept secret around. Today, the word is out and it’s considered one of the top birding areas in the country.

Enjoy the popular Biggest Week in American Birding Festival while expert guide Dan Donaldson helps you avoid the crowds and find the best hot spots. Your guide lives and works in the region and we are fortunate to have him share his contacts and expertise.

Tour Highlights

  • Bird some of Northeast Ohio's best wildlife areas that includes a stop at a massive Great Blue Heron rookery, before heading west to Maumee Bay
  • Attend festival talks and activities, plus enjoy optional festival field trips
  • Explore the famous Magee Marsh Boardwalk, teeming with feeding migrants, some at arm’s length!
  • Bird the marshes and upland scrub-shrub forests of the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
  • Visit the Oak Openings region, home to 80% of Ohio’s endangered species
  • Ferry to Kelley's Island to see one of the world's best examples of glacial grooves
  • Discover Marblehead Island and its endangered Lakeside Daisy
  • Watch a bird-banding demonstration at Black Swamp Bird Observatory
  • Stay right at Maumee Bay State Park Lodge, where festival events occur

Photo credits: Banners: Warbler Hunting, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Blackburnian Warbler by Tom Dove; Black-throated Green Warbler, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Chestnut-sided Warbler by Doug Pratt; Eastern Screech-Owl by Greg Smith; Bay-breasted Warbler, Tom Dove; Black-throated Blue Warbler, Tom Dove; Blackburnian Warbler, Tom Dove; Green Heron, Terry Peterson; Eastern Screech Owl, Terry Peterson; Magee Marsh Boardwalk, Dan Donaldson; Semipalmated Sandpiper, Terry Peterson; Northern Shoveler, Tom Dove.


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