Some Nature-Loving People You Might Want to Know

Photo by Steve Snodgrass via Flickr Creative Commons License

Photo by Steve Snodgrass via Flickr Creative Commons License

Long-time readers of my blog already know that this time of year is both my favorite time and my busiest time. Why is that? Because spring migration is ON, baby, that’s why! Some species have already started to show up here in Michigan, and others are still down south making their way toward us. We track our favorite species on the eBird maps each day to see how much closer they’re getting to us. We’re all making notes about which friends will be in Ohio on which days, hoping to renew our friendships over birding, always followed by pie at Blackberry Corners. (Note to self: Lose a few pounds to make room for pie.)

Thousands of bird lovers from around the globe are making plans to visit the southern shore of Lake Erie in May, to witness one of the most amazing spectacles in all of nature. The Biggest Week in American Birding is in its fifth year already. This will be my fourth year attending, which means that it’s been four years since my world changed forever.

Yep, I'm a Blogger Wrangler. See my lasso? (Photo courtesy of Drew Maughan via Flickr Creative Commons)

Yep, I’m a Blogger Wrangler. See my lasso? (Photo courtesy of Drew Maughan via Flickr Creative Commons)

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I’m the official “Blogger Wrangler” this year, in charge of motivating the bloggers and sharing what they write on the Biggest Week’s Facebook page. But I thought many of you might find their blogs interesting too, so I just wanted to give you a brief list of some of their Biggest Week writing so far. Everyone’s bios and profile pictures are on the Biggest Week page if you care to go over there when you’re done here. Many of the posts linked below have beautiful pictures of birds too, so I hope you enjoy browsing through them.

Jennifer Callaway – Birdfreak: Biggest Week in American Birding: Hoos In?  

Cheryl Harner – Weedpicker’s Journal: Birding Events Matter

Jerry Jourdan – Jerry’s Birding/Digiscoping Blog:  Warblers on My Mind

Greg MillerBiggest Week in American Birding Warbler Cheat Sheet and Where are the Eastern Wood Warblers Now?

Nemesis Bird (Drew Weber and Anna Fasoli) – 5 Reasons to Go to the 2014 Biggest Week and Beat the Winter Doldrums by Registering for the Biggest Week!

Melissa Penta – My Digital Mind: Get Biggest Week Tweets Sent to Your Phone and Countdown to the Biggest Week and  Is It May Yet?

Kelly Riccetti – Red and the Peanut: Yellow-rumped Warbler in the Rain and Two-second Bird Sketches and Magnolia Warblers at Magee

Robert Setzer – Dr. Bob’s Bird Blog: Spring and one’s fancy turns to … The Biggest Week

Chris West – Swallow-tailed Kite: The Biggest Week in American Birding 

2014 Festival guide cover imageHot Off the Press: The official visitor’s guide for the Biggest Week in American Birding just went online today: check it out here. The guide contains wonderful articles about conservation issues, the full festival schedule, and even a “Boardwalk Code of Ethics” to help everyone play nice on those “bodacious birding boards” of the Magee Marsh boardwalk.

And one last special announcement: May 10, 2014 will mark the first annual celebration of “Bird Ohio Day,” as approved by the Ohio Senate only a few weeks ago. Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) worked closely with Senator Randy Gardner to designate one day each year for celebration of the benefits the state of Ohio reaps from their efforts to protect habitats and to showcase the birds that migrate through there in such numbers each spring. Not only do birds provide valuable ecosystem services for farmers (eating agricultural pests, for example), but they draw lots of birders to the state too. Surveys by Bowling Green State University and BSBO found that birders spend $30 million in NW Ohio every spring, can you believe that? Hmmm, that makes me think that every other state would be smart to try to attract birders too.

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5 Responses to Some Nature-Loving People You Might Want to Know

  1. Kelly says:

    Hahaha…I love your little Blogger Wrangler lego girl. Too cute!
    I’m looking forward to meeting you at the Biggest Week!

  2. Littlesundog says:

    That visitor’s guide sounds great! Thanks for posting so many links to check out… now if I had more reading time and I wasn’t so busy outside in the dirt!

    • I know what you mean, this time of year is full of chores. Hope the garden is coming along! We’re having a beautiful windy day today. I just took a walk through the birding trail in our woods to see how it came through the winter, and was followed around by a friendly flock of chattering chickadees. Back in the house now I’ve got all the windows open and my freshly-mopped floors are drying in the breeze. It’s a good day. 🙂

  3. Judy scheig says:

    Is there an easy way to get from point Pelee to Magee marsh?

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