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It’s called the “Biggest Week in American Birding,” and for good reason.

The second annual event, which will be held May 5-15 at the Black Swamp Bird Observatory near Oak Harbor, will bring thousands of birding enthusiasts and millions of dollars into the BSBO and to Northwest Ohio, according to Kim Kaufman, executive director of the BSBO.

“From April through May, we expect to have more than 75,000 people in this area,” Kaufman said. “Last year the Ohio Department of Natural Resources put a car counter across the road into Magee Marsh. They used a conservative approach to determine how many people passed through this area from May 1 through May 17.

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Toledo Museum of Art & Glass Pavilion
Experience one of the finest and most diverse collections of artwork in the country at the Toledo Museum of Art. Discover treasures ranging from ancient Egypt to contemporary art, including glass, sculpture, European and American painting, African and Asian art, graphic arts and decorative arts.

Other highlights include the Sculpture Garden outside and the architecturally renowned Glass Pavilion, located across Monroe Street. The museum offers a number of temporary exhibitions each year, along many free programs including glass demonstrations, guided tours, weekly “It’s Friday” after-hours programming, hands-on children’s activities in the Family Center, and more. While you’re there, dine in the Museum Café and shop in the Museum Store and Collector’s Corner.

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Ongoing:
April 12-Jan. 29, 2012: Civil War: Battlefield & Homefront, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont. On the exact date that the first Confederate shots were fired on Fort Sumter – the act that marked the Civil War’s start – the Civil War exhibit will open. The exhibit interprets the war years using the letters of Northwest Ohio residents who served in the war and those who stayed behind. Hours  are Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays and holiday from noon to 5 p.m.  (library closed) at the center, Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. For more info, call 412-332-2081 or visit www.rbhayes.org.

Toledo Museum of Art – Various exhibits at the museum, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo:

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The Lake Erie shoreline sets the backdrop for some of the finest recreational facilities in the Midwest. Maumee Bay State Park provides a superb venue for area residents and visitors alike to explore the wetlands, participate in outdoor activities and observe nature in a unique natural environment created by the convergence of the land and Lake Erie.

Located in Oregon, the park includes a lodge, cottages and golf course nestled among the scenic meadows, wetland woods and lush marshes teeming with wildlife. This balance of recreational facilities with the natural world gives visitors a diverse experience in a coastal environment.

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So you’ve caught the buzz about birding.  You know that thousands of people have taken up this hobby, or outdoor sport, or whatever it is, and they’re having a great time.  And now you want to give it a try, but you’re not quite sure how to start? 

First thing to know is that birders are an incredibly friendly and welcoming bunch, always glad to welcome new people into the fun.  If you show up at a birding site and admit that you don’t have much experience, you won’t be shunned – more likely, you’ll have people wanting to share information and show you birds that you haven’t seen before.  There’s no secret handshake and no test that you have to pass.  Just say that you’re interested, and the birders will accept you as part of the gang.  But here are a few tips to help you get started.

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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