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Local birding festival keeps getting bigger

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Kimberly Kaufman is the executive director of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory and said, “If you want to look at spring migration of song birds there is no better place to be in the world than Northwest Ohio in the early parts of May.” Nearly 70,000 people flock to Magee Marsh each spring season to see rare song birds in their migration north. The birds stop along the shoreline to rest before crossing over Lake Erie. For the last 5 years, the park has been the center of the Biggest Week In American Birding Festival that takes place in early to mid-May. The festival has become popular fast, and as of last year it is now the biggest birding festival in the country. It is estimated that birders bring with them 37 million dollars to spend in northwest Ohio during late April and May. That money is helping mom and pop shops near the park. It is also giving the local economy in Port Clinton, Oak Harbor and Oregon a big boost.

 
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