Birding enthusiasts seek glimpse of rare birds in Ohio

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Bird-watching enthusiasts are descending on the western shores of Lake Erie this week to get a glimpse of rare birds during the spring migration.

The Blade newspaper reports ( ) birders armed with cameras, binoculars and field guides will be packing the area near the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area in northwest Ohio for The Biggest Week in American Birding that runs through May 15.

Black Swamp Bird Observatory organizes the event. The observatory’s executive director, Kimberly Kaufman, says it brings out savvy and seasoned birders. But she says it’s also geared toward beginners.

More than 77,000 people from 47 states and 22 countries visited the marsh for the event last year.

Enthusiasts say the birding week is popular because it allows people to be outside, be conservationists and enjoy the habitat.


Information from: The Blade,