It's called The Biggest Week In American Birding for good reason. Attend this festival and you will discover a whopper of a time to be watching birds. The Crane Creek, Magee Marsh, and Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Region of Northwest Ohio is the place to find an amazing variety of warblers, waterbirds, shorebirds, songbirds, and resident species.
Why is this unique area teeming with so many warblers and others birds? The southern edge of Lake Erie presents an obstacle birds are hesitant to cross during migration. Until they are ready to make the crossing, the birds will rest and refuel in several birding hotspots on the lake's southern edge, providing birders the opportunity to see warblers at eye level and water birds close up. These experiences along with the sheer number of birds you can expect to encounter during this event are bound to amaze bird lovers of all ages.
The Biggest Week in American Birding is chock-full of FREE guided activities, trips, workshops, and speakers. Headlining a star-studded cast of speakers are renowned tropical birding guide Iain Campbell with a two-part presentation about the best sites for wildlife photography and bird expert and author Kenn Kaufman whose program and newest field guide helps you build better identification skills by going beyond memorization of field marks.
If you thought only birders could enjoy the best-selling book The Big Year, think again as Hollywood released a movie based on this adventure in 2011. One of the three bird-obsessed men to take part in this adventure was Greg Miller who will be on hand to recount his big year experience and the excitement of being on the movie set with stars Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson. To get the inside scoop, be sure to register for this scheduled program.
Hosted by Black Swamp Bird Observatory, Tropical Birding, Kaufman Field Guides, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, and Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, proceeds from a number of the festival activities will benefit vital education programs. For the non-birders in your group, the area offers a zoo, shopping, museums, history, and golf courses. Eagle Optics is proud to be a sponsor and vendor for The Biggest Week In American Birding. Stop by our booth for individualized advice on selecting optics and first-hand experience with the many binoculars, spotting scopes, and tripods we will have on hand.