Celebrate the Holiday Season at our
Annual Holiday Celebration
Sunday, December 8, 2013
12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
HERE for details.
Anniversary Celebration Weekend
A Smashing Success!
We're still in a state of euphoria after a most fabulous
weekend! We celebrated the 20th anniversary of Black
Swamp Bird Observatory with a weekend of activities,
including a shorebird workshop by Kenn Kaufman, a lovely
banquet that featured an
outstanding keynote presentation by Joe Duff from
Operation Migration, a fabulous video tribute to BSBO by
Deb Neidert, the Kreager Challenge by Randy and Nancy
Kreager, and an impressive array of silent auction
items! (Many thanks to all of the donors, including
Brian Zwiebel and Charles Owens for their generous
contributions! And to Delores Cole and Christine
Lotenero for ALL of their hard work on the Silent
Auction!) Guy Denny was our wonderful Master of Ceremony
for this very special evening. Click
for a gallery of images and more details about this
ANNOUNCING BSBO's 2013
LAKE ERIE PELAGICS!
Saturday, December 7, 2013
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The HOLIDAY departs from the Flats
Hot Lunch provided onboard!
Onboard leading the trips we have:
Andy Jones, Gabe Leidy, Keith Lott, Mark
Shieldcastle, & Rob Ripma
We will search for Winter gulls, jaegers,
loons, grebes, & ducks.
Really, anything is possible!
Departure is from the Cleveland flats (the old Jim 's Steakhouse
location) at 1800 Scranton Road on a the 60-foot steel-hulled
charter boat the Holiday. She will be sailing from the upper flats
of the Cuyahoga River
in Cleveland onto Lake Erie.
to register using PAPAL
Attention Birders and Wildlife Watchers
Important Magee Marsh Wildlife Area Closure Information
from the Ohio Division of Wildlife
beyond the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center located at
the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area to the beach area,
including the boardwalk and beach trails, will be closed
for hunting starting Sept. 30 through Oct. 26, 2013 and
from Nov. 4 through Dec. 7, 2013. Additionally, the road
and beach area will be closed during the controlled
youth waterfowl and deer hunts scheduled Saturday and
Sunday Oct. 5 and 6 and Nov. 23 and 24, 2013.
The remaining Saturdays and Sundays during this time
period hunters, anglers and wildlife viewers will be
permitted access to the beach area and wildlife trails
starting Saturday afternoons after the conclusion of the
hunts until sunset, and sunrise to sunset on Sundays.
The Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center and bird center
walking trail will remain open for wildlife viewing
during the fall hunting season.
2013-2014 FEDERAL DUCK STAMP
Now available in the BSBO Gift Shop
and in Our Online Swamp Shop
We feel strongly that every birder should purchase a
1) to support this important habitat conservation
2) to demonstrate that birders are willing to
voluntarily purchase this stamp in order to support the
Since the 1930s, the Federal Duck Stamps have
contributed over $850 million and have helped to protect
5.5 million acres of habitat for wildlife and future
generations. Buying the stamp is perhaps the single
simplest thing individuals can do to support a legacy of
wetland and grassland conservation for birds. Virtually
all the stamp proceeds ($.98 of every $1) go to help
secure valuable Refuge System habitats.
You can purchase your NEW Duck Stamp
HERE via PayPal or
call the BSBO office at 419 898-4070 to order over the
BSBO AND BIGGEST WEEK IN AMERICAN
FEATURED ON NATIONAL TELEVISION!
and The Biggest Week In American Birding were
featured on CBS Sunday Morning!
to watch! On-air
correspondent Serena Altschul interviewed BSBO Executive
Director Kimberly Kaufman and volunteers Tom Kashmer and
Drew Lanham in the segment about birdwatching that aired
26th. The crew joined us for a stroll on the Magee Marsh
boardwalk and also filmed one of our canoe trips with
Sandusky County Parks!
CORNELL LAB OF ORNITHOLOGY
THE YOUNG BIRDERS NETWORK!
Young Birders Network
aims to provide resources for young birders to connect
and learn, while giving their adult advocates resources
encourage and support.
RESPONSIBLE WIND ENERGY
Breaking News: BSBO has just learned of ANOTHER wind
turbine scheduled for installation only a few miles from
Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, deep in the heart of critical
migratory bird stopover habitat along the lake shore. We
learned of this turbine from private citizens; even the
wildlife agencies weren't aware of it until we brought
it to their attention. We are still working to find out
how this turbine could be nearly ready for installation
without any wildlife review whatsoever. We'll keep
BSBO is currently working to convince officials to
relocate a large-scale wind turbine proposed for
installation at the Camp Perry facility on the Lake Erie
shoreline. Based on more than 30 years of studies of
songbirds, raptors, and shorebirds in this area, we
believe that this project poses a significant threat to
migratory birds (including multiple endangered species)
and to the resident Bald Eagles on the site.
Read more on concerns about this project’s location
BSBO submitted a letter to officials at Camp Perry and
to Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur. Many organizations signed
on in support of our position. They include, American Bird
Conservancy, American Birding Association, League of Ohio Sportsmen, Grange Insurance
Audubon Center, Black Swamp Conservancy, Ohio
Ornithological Society, Ohio Wetlands Association,
Indiana Audubon Society, Toledo Naturalists’
Mohican Audubon Society, and Kelleys Island Audubon.
READ BSBO’S LETTER TO OFFICIALS
organizations also wrote independent letters in support
of our position on this project. The include: National
Audubon Society, American Birding Association, The
Nature Conservancy, Ohio Environmental Council, Ottawa
County Visitors' Bureau, Ducks Unlimited
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Ohio
Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) have also
expressed serious concerns about a wind turbine in this
location. Their comments on the Environmental Assessment
for the project (conducted by an outside consulting
firm) are found below.
READ COMMENTS FROM USFWS ON THE PROJECT
READ COMMENTS FROM ODNR ON THE PROJECT
HERE for an
editorial piece about this issue by Matt Markey, Outdoors Editor
for the Toledo Blade.
can have an enormous impact and we encourage you to
support our efforts in two ways.
1) Write a letter to Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur
HERE for a sample
letter. Just copy and paste the letter (remember to
delete the words "sample letter") sign and date, and
mail to Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.
By customizing this letter even a little bit, you can be
even more effective. Starting it with phrases like "As a
long time birder, I have concerns about..." or I've
taken our children to this area to enjoy the many birds
found there..." will take only another minute of your
2) Send an email to the Ohio Department of
Natural Resources (ODNR)
ODNR's office of Coastal Ohio Management is conducting a
"Federal Consistency review" of the Camp Perry wind
turbine project. Because Camp Perry is on the lake
shore, it falls under federal regulations applying to
"Coastal Management." ODNR is required to accept public
comments before certifying that the wind turbine project
is consistent with the enforceable policies of the Ohio
Coastal Management Program.
BSBO has prepared a sample message, found
Copy and paste the sample message into an email (or
write your own message) and send to:
Thank you for
helping us protect migratory bird habitat. Your support
is deeply appreciated.
Last updated on
Monday, December 02, 2013
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The mission of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory is to inspire the
and conservation of birds and their habitats through research,
education, and outreach.
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