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Warbler Capital of the World attracts 1000's to Northern Ohio

Shorebirds by the thousands attract birdwatchers from across the country
Shorebirds by the thousands attract birdwatchers from across the country
by Doug Bardwell

Avifauna aficionados rejoice

If your passion is birds, there’s no better time to be in Northern Ohio than springtime. This year, the “Biggest Week in American Birding” will take place from May 6-15, 2014.

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

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.

Toledo Zoo

2 Hippo Way

Toledo, OH 43609

419 385-5721

More interested in Flora?

Here are some other areas of note while you’re in the region:

James H. McBride Arboretum
BGSU 1 University Drive
901 Rye Beach Road
Huron OH 44839
419 625-7783

University of Toledo Lake Erie Center
6200 Bayshore Road
Oregon, OH 43616
office: 419-530-8361

Schedel Arboretum and Gardens
19255 West Portage River South
Elmore OH 43416
419 862-3182

Stranahan Arboretum
4131 Tantara Road
Toledo OH 43623
419 841-1007

Toledo Botanical Garden

5403 Elmer Drive

Toledo, OH 43615

(419) 536-5566

Fax: (419) 536-5574

Doug Bardwell, based in Cleveland, OH, writes about travel destinations, photography and tech topics across the country and around the world at Feel free to drop him a line at with suggestions for future stories. To get his stories delivered to your inbox, click the RSS feed or the "Subscribe" button above or follow him on Facebook , Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+. To read Doug’s disclosure notice, click here. For travel ideas in Cleveland and around the world, check his Calendar of Events. To see his travel photo collection, see

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