May 2, 2014
Beginning Birding Tours Available On International Migratory Bird Day at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area
FINDLAY — The Ohio Ornithological Society (OOS) is now accepting applications for beginner bird tours on International Migratory Bird Day at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.
The OOS, in cooperation with the Division of Wildlife, will be conducting beginner guided bird walks May 10 and 11 at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area. The walks May 10 will be held at: 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and the walks May 11 will be held at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Walks are limited to 15 participants each and will be filled on first come, first served basis. To signup, applicants should send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. All emails should contain the applicant’s name, phone number, date and desired time-slot. A return email will confirm the meeting place, date and time.
Birders are also invited to take part in the Biggest Week In American Birding May 6 to 15. Information for all the events occurring can be found at biggestweekinamericanbirding.com.
In 2011, there were an estimated 3.2 million wildlife watchers in Ohio. Approximately 48,000 out-of-state birders visited Ohio in 2011, with Lake Erie being the most popular destination. These groups spent more than $843 million in Ohio in 2011 alone on supplies, lodging, gasoline, travel expenses, and food. A typical May can see 80,000 visitors from across the country come to Magee Marsh Wildlife Area to witness the spectacle of the spring migration. Magee Marsh Wildlife Area is listed as one of the top 10 bird watching spots in the country.
Birders and others who enjoy nature and want to help fund conservation in Ohio can now purchase the 2013 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp. This year’s collectible stamp features a black-capped chickadee. The sale of the Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp benefits the Wildlife Diversity Fund, which is used to protect and manage wild animals and their habitats. The stamp may be purchased at wildohio.com or any license agent.
OOS is a statewide organization devoted to fostering a deeper appreciation of birds, fellowship and collaboration in advancing our collective knowledge, and ability to speak with one voice to preserve Ohio’s bird habitats.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.