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VIRTUAL The Biggest Week in American Birding

VIRTUAL The Biggest Week in American Birding

Biggest Week in American Birding
Black Swamp Bird Observatory

Thursday, May 6 - Monday, May 10, 2021 

With so much uncertainty surrounding the status of travel and in order to ensure the safety of everyone involved, the 2021 Biggest Week In American Birding is going virtual!
Is it what we hoped for? ------> No.
Is it going to be sensational? ------> YES!

Not only will we bring you the kind of outstanding workshops and keynotes you've come to expect during Biggest Week, we're also going to bring you virtual experiences at some of your favorite birding hotspots in northwest Ohio (NWO). 

If you can't come to us, we'll bring NWO Birding to YOU! 


Will Magee Marsh and the Boardwalk Be Open?

Known as a prime spot for visitors to witness spring migration, the wildlife area will remain open from sunrise to sunset. Currently, the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area boardwalk is open and posted as one-way travel starting at the west entrance.
However, due to the number of people who visit the boardwalk each spring and the current social distancing guidelines, the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area boardwalk will be closed from April 17 to May 31, 2021.

The rest of the area will remain open, and during this time, a new trail will be open near the boardwalk to provide more areas for birding. (Revised map showing new birding trails on the area coming soon!) The Sportsmen's Migratory Bird Center and Black Swamp Bird Observatory center will also remain closed until further notice.

The Black Swamp Bird Observatory Team would like to thank our friends and partners at the Ohio Division of Wildlife for the incredible amount of time and thought they put into making this decision. It's abundantly clear in all of our communications that our state wildlife agency values birding as an important outdoor experience and the birding community as an important group of stakeholders.

We'd also like to remind birders that while the boardwalk is a sensational experience, the rest of Magee Marsh is fabulous for birding! The adjacent Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, nearby Howard Metropark, and all of our local, county, and state parks in the area, offer amazing birding experiences as well
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