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The Biggest Week in American Birding

The Biggest Week in American Birding

Black Swamp Bird Observatory
13551 W. State Route 2
Oak Harbor, Ohio 43449

Friday, May 6 - Sunday, May 15, 2022 

Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) is thrilled to announce that we are planning an IN-PERSON festival for 2022!  We've adding some exciting new field trips, and all of your favorite Biggest Week activities are back, including the Birder's Marketplace, Bird Tattoo Contest, Birder Prom, Bird Trivia Night, and MUCH more!  

Register by May 1, 2022

Our 2022 Biggest Week Keynote Speakers will include:

Dr. Richard Beilfuss - International Crane Foundation
Jamie Cunningham - Sabrewing Nature Tours
Tykee James - Amplify the Future
Kenn Kaufman - Kaufman Field Guides
Kimberly Kaufman - Black Swamp Bird Observatory
Ethan Kistler - WINGS Worldwide Birding Tours
David Lindo - The Urban Birder
Rosemary Mosco - Bird and Moon Nature Comics
Tiffany Kersten - Big Year Record Holder 

A few things before you start your registration:

To participate in this year's in-person activities, volunteers, attendees, speakers, guides, and vendors
must all show proof of vaccination. You will need to upload a photo of your vaccination card to the

registration system to complete your registration, so have that ready.

The registration platform works best on a desktop or laptop computer.

If you are registering another person in addition to yourself, you can add an additional registrant (and upload their vaccination card) after you choose your events.

A complete list of the 2022 activities can be found HERE.

For the first time in Biggest Week history, the festival will feature a BANQUET dinner to celebrate Black Swamp Bird Observatory's 30th anniversary! This special evening will feature keynote speaker, Kenn Kaufman. Kenn's presentation, Discovery and Re-Discovery: How Birds Motivate And Inspire Us, will provide some insight into his next book! Registration for the banquet is one of the options in the festival registration. We hope you'll join us for this special event on May 7! 

​If you have any questions or need help registering, you can call Black Swamp Bird Observatory at 419-898-4070 or email us at

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