TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Birds are arriving in large numbers and causing a boom to the local economy. As we are just a few days away from the official start to the Biggest Week in American Birding.
People from all over the world flock to northwest Ohio to witness a large variety of bird species. Which have picked up this week due to warm southwest winds. It's the 9th year of the festival, hosted by the Black Swamp Bird Observatory. Over the years it has drawn in visitors from all 50 states and 52 countries. It’s estimated that 90,000 people will come out this year.
Jason Guerard, Black Swamp Bird Observatory Outreach Director says, "the economic impact is about 40 million dollars to the area. A number of businesses started to open earlier because of this draw of people”
All are welcomed and it’s a great learning activity for the little ones. The festival officially kicks off at 5 pm this Friday at Maumee Bay State Park Lodge. Stop at the Black Swamp Bird Observatory for any feather questions.