May is for the Birds!

March 25, 2010

The Lake Erie Shores & Islands includes some of the most diverse wildlife habitats and spectacular bird watching areas in the country. More than 300 species of hawks, eagles, ducks, geese, herons, egrets, shorebirds, gulls and songbirds migrate through the area during the spring and fall seasons, and more than 100 of these species will nest in the region.

The month of May is home to a variety of birding events including: The Biggest Week in American Birding, International Migratory Bird Day and Nest with the Birds.

The Biggest Week in American Birding takes place May 6 – 16, 2010 at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, Crane Creek and the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. It is scheduled during the peak of spring warbler migration in the “Warbler Capital of the World,” the Lake Erie Marsh Region of Northwest Ohio. This inaugural bird festival is jam-packed with activities including: amazing warblers & other migrants, guided bird walks & bus tours, bird identification workshops, Kenn Kaufman programs, evening world birding programs, boat trips to Point Pelee and many other activities! For more information on this event, please call 419.898.4070 or visit biggestweekinamericanbirding.com.

Whether urban, grassland, forest or wetland, there are many ways to learn about the habitats not only in our backyards but also about other habitats birds need to survive. Come out to International Migratory Bird Day at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area on May 8 to enjoy the beautiful area and spectacular bird species. There are wagon rides through the marsh, Back to the Wild, the Ohio Carvers and various vendors set up. The birds are the big show, as it will be peak migration for the warblers. Please call 419.898.0014 or visit bsbo.org for more information.

Take a trip to Kelleys Island for Nest with the Birds, May 9 – 15, 2010, and welcome migrating song birds to this wonderfully quiet 2,800 acre island in the western basin of Lake Erie. This weeklong program includes morning and afternoon guided bird walks and afternoon nature lectures. The program ends on Saturday with our bi-annual bird-banding program at Long Point. For more information please call 419.746.2258 or visit kelleysislandnature.com.

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