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The Black Swamp Bird Observatory’s Biggest Week In American Birding festival typically draws 90,000 visitors annually from all 50 states, from 52 countries, and six continents bringing an economic impact of $40 million to the area.

The publicity and economic impact is so strong that BSBO Executive Director Kim Kaufman found herself doing interviews with the Wall Street Journal and Cleveland representatives from National Public Radio last Monday. In addition, Kim and her husband Kenn are always being featured in worldwide birding publications, even contributing to them.

        The newly opened Howard Marsh Metropark in Jerusalem Township has become such a hit with birders, that worldwide renown birding expert Kenn Kaufman of Kaufman Field Goals blogged about the park.

        “The new Howard Marsh Metropark has been outstanding for shorebirds this week. Big flocks of American Golden-Plovers have been consistent, with sightings of Black-necked Stilt, Ruddy Turnstone, Wilson's Phalarope, and others. American Pipits and Horned Larks have been in open areas along the entrance road,” Kaufman wrote.

Otterbein Portage Valley, a senior community located outside of Pemberville, is hosting a public open house Thursday, April 26, from 3-7 p.m. to showcase its recently installed HydroWorx 300 Sport therapy machine – an underwater treadmill that provides state-of-the-art hydrotherapy. 

This same machine is owned by many teams in the National Football League for use by their professional athletes. The nearest HydroWorx machine is at the Detroit Lions headquarters and training facility in Allen Park, Michigan. Hydrotherapy is the use of water to treat a disease or to maintain health. The theory behind it is that water has many properties that give it the ability to heal.

        Since the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency announced on March 22 that it planned to designate the open waters of Lake Erie’s Western Basin as impaired for recreation due to harmful algae and the presence of mycrocystin, reaction has been mostly positive from some environmental groups and public officials.

        A new park near the Lake Erie shore will expand fishing, birding and paddling opportunities in a region of Ohio where outdoor enthusiasts celebrate spring holidays with walleye, warblers and watercraft.

        The park is expected to open just in time for the 2018 Biggest Week in American Birding festival May 13-18, hosted by the Black Swamp Birding Observatory. The festival will draw tens of thousands of visitors from across the globe to the shores of Lake Erie.

        The biggest beneficiary of all, however, may be the lake itself.



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