Black Swamp Bird Observatory


Black Swamp Bird Observatory
13551 W. State Route 2
Oak Harbor, OH 43449
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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 510 (3) nonprofit dedicated to promoting sound stewardship of avian resources in the Lake Erie Marsh Region. BSBO teams research with education to promote bird conservation. The Observatory’s long-term research projects have shed much light on the mysteries and complexities of the migration of songbirds, raptors, shorebirds, and rails. BSBO data has been used to assist both private and governmental land owners in better managing their properties for migratory bird species. The Observatory’s education and outreach programs have received national accolades. Our strong focus on youth education is highlighted by our Wetland Investigation Network (WIN) program, which offers students grades K-12 a day- long exploration of the entire marsh ecosystem. Our highly acclaimed Ohio Young Birders Club, for ages 12-18, encourages, educates, and empowers our future conservation leaders. And, is, serving as a model program for many other state-wide youth birding clubs. BSBO’s outreach to the business community through our BSBO Business Alliance, is helping to build strong support for conservation of our natural resources, as well as support for future land acquisition. Essentially, BSBO is a vital link in connecting people with nature. We provide opportunities to make a meaningful difference for the environment through our many Citizen Scientist projects, and to be involved in something regenerative; working together to safeguard our natural world for future generations.

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