Avifauna aficionados rejoice
Hosted by the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, the ten day festival offers everything a birder could want from guided expeditions to presentations to workshops. Daily walks on the famed Magee Marsh boardwalk is one of the most popular.
Numerous venues popular for birding are easily handicapped accessible and most trails are as well, provided there haven’t been recent rains.
Northwest Ohio is known as the “Warbler Capital of the World” and check out the list of species you’re likely to see:
American Redstart, Black-and-white Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Canada Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Golden-winged Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Northern Parula, Northern Waterthrush, Orange-crowned Warbler, Ovenbird, Palm Warbler, Pine Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler. Several others such as Yellow-throated Warbler and Worm-eating Warbler are possible. In addition, the super-rare Kirtland’s Warbler also passes through, and has been seen during this period, but it is not to be expected.
From shorebirds to woodpeckers, the shores and woods along Ohio’s Northcoast offer dozens of other species as well. Cameras and binoculars will all be getting a workout during the Biggest Week in American Birding. For more information, check out their official website at http://www.biggestweekinamericanbirding.com/
More interested in 4-legged Megafauna?
Toledo has a great zoo for those who like things a little more “wild”, and springtime is a great time to visit. Their aquarium is closed for renovations through April 2015, but there’s still tons to see. 5,000 animals representing more than 500 species means there’s something for everyone.
2 Hippo Way
Toledo, OH 43609
More interested in Flora?
Here are some other areas of note while you’re in the region:
Toledo Botanical Garden
5403 Elmer Drive
Toledo, OH 43615
Fax: (419) 536-5574
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