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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 whose mission is to inspire the appreciation, enjoyment and conservation of birds and their habitats through research, education and outreach. BSBO is based in northwest Ohio, but our work has national and international reach. The Observatory’s work made possible through the support of more than 200 volunteers, and funded by members, donors, and grants.
FOUNDED IN RESEARCH
BSBO was founded in 1992 by a group of biologists who were studying bird migration in northwest Ohio. Having collected several years of data, they recognized the need for an organization to help disseminate their research findings. BSBO data has been used to assist both private and governmental land owners in better managing their properties for migratory bird species. To date, BSBO researchers have banded more than 550,000 birds, comprising one of the largest songbird migration databases in the nation. Our research projects also offer opportunities for citizen science, allowing volunteers to work side-by-side with trained ornithologists and biologists.
COMMITTED TO EDUCATION
The Observatory has a strong focus on youth education as highlighted by our Wetland Investigation Network (WIN) program, which offers students grades K-12 a day- long exploration of the entire marsh ecosystem. And our highly acclaimed Ohio Young Birders Club (OYBC), for ages 12-18. The OYBC seeks to encourage, educate, and empower our youth conservation leaders. The OYBC has served as a model program for many other state-wide youth birding clubs.
PROMOTING CONSERVATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT THROUGH BIRDING
BSBO also organizes and hosts the Biggest Week In American Birding: a 10-day birding festival timed to coincide with the peak of spring songbird migration in early May. The festival serves a powerful marketing tool for the region, helping to bring more than 70,000 birders here each spring. Our post-event economic impact study shows that birders spend more than 37 million dollars in the area from mid-April to mid-May.
OUR BLACK SWAMP BIRDS & BUSINESS ALLIANCE
BSBO’s outreach to the business community through our Black Swamp Birds & Business Alliance program helps market participating business to birders around the world. The B&B Alliance also serves to build support for habitat conservation raising awareness of the economic value of birding tourism.
Black Swamp Bird Observatory Reviews
How fortunate we are to have this wonderful place during spring migration, to see so many beautiful warblers close by, and with much guidance. Thank you for providing the Magee Marsh Bird Trail! more »
So easy! Just enter the wood path and walk. We went a week after peak migration and still saw so many birds. This was my first time in Northern Ohio and it's so beautiful. We really want to return nex... more »
Nice place . Has a place in back to watch birds feeding.
The boardwalk goes for a long ways so it is easy to watch birds and have a convenient and safe walk.
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