In just a few short weeks, we are heading to the Biggest Week in American Birding in northwest Ohio. This will be my second time attending and now that I know the ropes, there are a few things I MUST do this year. So I’ve created a little to-do list for myself.
1. Attend a bird banding presentation at Black Swamp Bird Observatory. I saw one last year and I’m not sure they’ll ever get old. Presenters actually walk around through the crowd, holding the birds. I saw a rose-breasted grosbeak up close! This year, the banding presentations are on May 4 and May 11. Check the website for more details and locations.
2. Watch karaoke. That sounds a little strange, I know. But this year, Birds & Blooms is hosting a karaoke social night. Come join us for some tunes Friday, May 10 at Maumee Bay Lodge. I won’t be singing, but I’d love to hear what you’ve got!
3. See an indigo bunting. Of course, I can’t wait to see all of the warblers, which the Biggest Week is famous for, but the indigo bunting is one bird I absolutely love and haven’t seen yet. I could spot one here in Wisconsin, but it would just be that much more exciting if I saw one at Biggest Week!
4. Check out the Big Sit. It’s the 19th annual big sit fundraising and it takes place on International Migratory Bird Day, May 11. I can’t wait to check their progress throughout the day.
5. Hang out on the Magee Marsh boardwalk. A lot. This is the place to be to spot all of the cool migrating birds, especially warblers! The excitement and friendliness of the people on the boardwalk is unlike anything else I’ve ever experienced.