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Ohio’s Spring Migration

If you have bird-watching aficionados in your group, they likely already know about the Biggest Week in American Birding, a 10-day event that takes place at several observatories and wildlife refuges in northwest Ohio. But even travelers who have never spied a bird through binoculars will appreciate the significance of the area if they visit for this spring celebration.

The event takes place at the peak of the spring warbler migration in the marsh region around Lake Erie. Known as the Warbler Capital of the World, this area features many other migrating songbirds as well. Experts offer guided trips to birding hot spots, as well as birding workshops, keynote presentations, and parties with regional food, wine and music.

The 2017 Biggest Week in American Birding will take place May 5-14 and is headquartered at the Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center in Oregon, Ohio, about 10 miles east of Toledo. Other sites include the Black Swan Bird Observatory, the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area.

Elizabeth Hey

Elizabeth Hey is a member of Midwest Travel Journalists Association and has received numerous awards for her writing and photography. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook @travelbyfork.