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Mark your calendars NOW for the
2014 Biggest Week In American Birding
THE 2013 BIGGEST WEEK IN AMERICAN BIRDING
A ROUSING SUCCESS!
The Biggest Week was included in a segment on birds and birding on the national television program CBS Sunday Morning!
By all estimations, the 2013 Biggest Week was a smashing success! Record numbers of people registered, and they came from 46 states and at least 13 countries! More than 200 volunteers worked together to make the event run smoothly, the weather was spectacular, and the birds did their part, too, delighting and dazzling people who traveled here from all over the world! The event also raised thousands of dollars to support local bird research, education, and conservation, and brought together an astounding number of partners and sponsors. Our sincere thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers, to our co-hosts at Destination Toledo and Lake Erie Shores and Islands, and a special thanks to Patrick Czarny and his outstanding staff at Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center! We'd also like to thank our sponsors for their support of the festival.
Watch it HERE!
Check out the digital edition of the Biggest Week Visitors' Guide
Read a tutorial on how to have Biggest Week bird sightings Tweeted to your phone!
Visit Black Swamp Bird Observatory's Birding Blog for sightings and migration predictions!
THE BIGGEST WEEK IS PROUD TO SUPPORT eBIRD
Here are some helpful ebird tips for submitting your sightings from Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and Magee Marsh Wildlife
Here's a link to the local eBird hotspots NW Ohio, as well. Many thanks to Ohio eBird Reviewer Ken Ostermiller for providing this information!
THE BIGGEST WEEK & BIRD-FRIENDLY COFFEE
The Biggest Week is proud to feature Birds & Beans: The Good Coffee
Drinking certified shade-grown coffee is an easy (and tasty!) way to support bird habitat conservation. BSBO is happy to recommend Birds & Beans for all of your shade-grown coffee needs. To read more about how drinking shade-grown coffee helps migratory birds, please click HERE.
Through the combined efforts of Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO), Birds & Beans, Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center--and a lot of supportive (and thirsty!) birders--during the 2012 Biggest Week we sold more than 1,000 pounds of bird-friendly coffee! The Bird-friendly Coffee Bar will return to the Lodge this year and we'll also be serving Birds & Beans at BSBO!
CONSERVATION IS AT THE HEART OF THE
We want every person who comes to the festival to have a wonderful time and enjoy the spectacular birding that northwest Ohio is becoming famous for. We hope that the more people who fall in love with birds and birding the more support there will be for bird conservation. We are proud to share many conservation messages through the festival. Messages about simple things we all can do to help protect and conserve habitat. Read more HERE.
Thinking it's time to purchase some new optics or upgrade what you have? Looking for a great gift Mother's Day? Then you'll want to visit OPTICS ALLEY at Black Swamp Bird Observatory.
OPTICS ALLEY will feature:
---> Many different optics dealers with
an amazing variety of binoculars, spotting scopes, and other birding gear to
---> Free mini-workshops happening daily on How to purchase the right binoculars, Caring for Optics, Tips on Digiscoping, and much more!
OPTICS ALLEY will be open every day throughout the Biggest Week.