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Visit Black Swamp Bird Observatory, Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and Maumee Bay State Park on International Migratory Bird Day, Saturday, May 12, for lots of bird-related fun. The celebration runs from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Highlights will include Tom Bartlett’s “Big Sit” Fundraiser from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., songbird-banding demonstrations from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., guided bird walks, crafts for kids, book signings by world-famous authors and much more.

Join Black Swamp Bird Observatory May 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the big tent near the Magee Marsh Boardwalk for a special Meet the Authors and book-signing event.

Special guests will include Laura Erickson, Kenn Kaufman, Nina Harfmann, Kevin Loughlin, Greg Miller, Jim Mollenkopf and Steve Pollick. The authors will have copies of their books available for purchase.

Harfmann – winner of the 2012 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp photography contest – will also be autographing copies of the 2012 stamp featuring her award-winning photo of a handsome spotted salamander.

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The Biggest Week team would like to express our deepest and most sincere gratitude to the remarkable volunteers who make the festival possible.

Without the thousands of hours of hard work, boundless energy, steadfast support, great ideas, truckloads of smiles, and endless supply of laughter, The Biggest Week would not be possible. We sometimes joke that the festival could be called, “The Biggest Week in Volunteering!”

The staff at Black Swamp Bird Observatory would like to give special thanks to Festival Coordinator, Delores Cole, of Port Clinton, Ohio. “Miss D,” as she is affectionately known, gives so generously of her time and expertise that it’s hard to imagine what the festival would be like without her. Hardworking, dedicated, talented, and incredibly organized, Miss D epitomizes what it means to give back through volunteerism.

In 2011, the Observatory awarded Delores its Shieldcastle Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service, a prestigious award recognizing meritorious service to BSBO and to the community.

If you visit The Biggest Week registration table at Maumee Bay Lodge, you’re sure to meet Miss D. When you do, please tell her how very much her hard work is appreciated.

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13551 West State Route 2
Oak Harbor, Ohio 43449

Located in the remnants of the once vast Great Black Swamp region of Northwest Ohio, Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring the appreciation, enjoyment and conservation of birds and their habitats through research, education and outreach.

The Observatory’s long-term research projects have shed much light on the mysteries and complexities of the bird migration. Our research staff has banded more than 500,000 birds in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, making it the largest operations of its kind in North America.  BSBO’s research staff has advised both private and governmental land managers on proper management techniques to best serve the needs of migratory birds. Our long term data set has provided critical support for conservation easements across Northwest Ohio.


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