Beginning birders cans sign for tours

Staff report

The Ohio Ornithological Society (OOS) is now accepting signups for guided beginner birding tours during the International Migratory Bird Day weekend, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

The OOS, in cooperation with the Division of Wildlife, will conduct guided bird walks May 11 and 12 at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area. These outings are targeted at novice or new birding enthusiasts and help people who are new to birding get better acquainted with the beauty of birds.

The walks on May 11 will be held at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m.; those on May 12 will be held at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Walks are limited to 15 participants each, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Interested individuals can register by emailing Provide your name, phone number, and requested date and time slot. Additional information will be provided upon registration.

Magee Marsh Wildlife Area is listed as one of the top 10 birding hot spots in the county. A typical spring songbird migration can draw in around 80,000 people during the months of April and May. In years past, visitors to the area have come from all 50 states and over 30 counties.

Birders and others who enjoy nature and want to help fund conservation in Ohio can now purchase the 2019 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp. at or any licensed agent.

Staff report