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Yellow-rumped warbler. Photo by Alex Galt/USFWS.

Yellow-rumped warbler. Photo by Alex Galt/USFWS.

Get Out and Go Birding

International Migratory Bird Day was May 9, 2015 and Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge was a hub of activity given it is one of the best places to watch spring migration. Known as the warbler capital of the world, northwest Ohio is a destination for birders from around the world.

Staff at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge look forward to this time of year and are always excited to join with local conservation partners in welcoming birders from beginner to expert. Our educators and biologists across the Midwest have been big supporters of International Migratory Bird Day for years. We were proud to join in support of this long-running educational program again this year. Bird Day reaches across the borders of Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. This year’s Bird Day theme was “Restore Habitat, Restore Birds,” which is a central part of our mission in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

During migration the refuge may host as many as 38 different species of warbler including, the yellow-rumped warbler. This warbler is the most versatile forager of the group, so you may find it in a variety of feeding locations at the refuge. The best time to view these birds is late April through late May, as they head north to the coniferous forests to nest. The shrubs along the boardwalk and trails directly behind the visitor center provide excellent views of a variety of warblers and other migratory birds.

By Tina Shaw
Regional Office - External Affairs

Refuge Manager Jason Lewis shows Regional Chief of Refuges Charlie Blair and Deputy Regional Director Charlie Wooley some choice birding at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Eddy Pausch/USFWS.

Refuge Manager Jason Lewis shows Regional Chief of Refuges Charlie Blair and Deputy Regional Director Charlie Wooley some choice birding at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Eddy Pausch/USFWS.


Last updated: June 4, 2015