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Initial Last Name Area Available Language
N Fensler Alger Weekend English
I live in flat, boring NW-West Central Ohio, but there are still some interesting places for birding in the area. I also make frequent trips to 'more exciting' parts of the state.
J Duerr Athens Anytime English
My husband and I are avid birders and Ohio Breeding Bird atlases, living in the lovely wooded Appalachian foothills of southeast Ohio.
T Shively Bellefontaine Weekend English
J McMahon Chillicothe Anytime English
B Foppe Cincinnati/Clermont County Anytime English
S Bobonick Cincinnati Weekend English, some French, Spanish
We have a number of good birding sites in the Cincinnati area. I am an Aeronautical Engineer and I grew up in Connecticut, where I began birding at age 14. I have travelled throughout the US and have an ABA area life list of 679 species. I have birded several countries in South America, Trinidad and Tobago, France and England, a bit in Kenya and Australia and Singapore/Malaysia. My ABA area life list is now up to 716 birds (currently listed as 679).
T Fitzpatrick Cincinnati Anytime English
Great birding all year especially the spring.
D Morse Jr. Clermont County Weekend English
C Kendall Colombus Weekend English
D Bradley Colombus Weekend English
I am a birdwatcher of average ability but would be excited to show someone around and do my best to find them their target species. I have 14 acres that attract a lot of great birds as well as live close to some nice parks.
T Rooney Dayton Weekend English, intermediate Spanish
I am a biology professor at Wright State University and recreational birder. I bird in the Dayton, Ohio area. Local parks provide a diversity of habitats (lakes, wetlands, surrogate prairies, forests) and the birding can be quite good.
J Espedal Kettering, Dayton Anytime English, Korean, French
R Rogers Galloway Anytime English
R Schieltz Greenville Weekend English, some German
We don't have any IBA's, but have woodland and agricultural areas. We have 11 county parks with wetlands, wooded areas, and prairies. There are gravel pits and peat bogs that are privately owned. We have several serious birders who are always on the lookout for the rarer species. Some found in past 3 years around Greenville were Ohio's first nesting pair of Eurasian Collared doves, Wilson's Phalarope in migrations, a nesting Bell's vireo.I am a volunteer for the Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas II that is in its third year and am a member of the Ohio Ornithological Society and our local Darke County Birders. I know many of the common bird songs and calls, but am still working on the warblers and others. I am a retired special ed. teacher and have lived in Darke County most of my life. I have traveled to 49 states and most of the Canadian provinces and several European countries.
T Walker Kenttering Anytime English, some French
I am a recreational birder, since 2012, primarily spotting in the Dayton area Metroparks and the Spring Valley Wildlife Preserve.

B Berger Massillon, Ohio Weekends English, Spanish
migration Area:
Crane Creek (Magee Marsh)

Area Birds:
Shore, forest, marsh
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, butterflies, fishing,
Travel: walking, hiking, bus, car, biking, long walk, packpack, canoe
Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, monument, arboretum, tech
Attend: dance show
Participate: dance, club, bar, rock, classical, swing, wine, beer, social games, amateur radio operator

A Milenski Lakewood Weekend English
I bird in Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Lake and Summit County Ohio, but also take occasional trips to key hotspots in the state.
K Zeleznik Macedonia Weekend English
J Estep Newark Weekend English
I am 35 minutes east of Columbus, Ohio (CMH is the airport that you would use). Spring mirgation is the best time for Eastern Wood Warblers during the first three weeks of May roughly.
J Blanda Peninsula Weekend English
I know the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. I also do bird photography.

P Sherwood Sandusky Anytime English
C Beckman Spring Valley Anytime English
Spring Valley is located in SW Ohio, between Cincinnati and Dayton.

D Overacker Springfield Anytime English
I have been birding for about 40 years and know my area well. I am about 3 hours away from Lake Erie which has some excellent birding spots.

H Mason Sugarcreek Weekend English
Woodland Warblers to Grassland birds abound in this area.
T Joseph Tiffin Anytime English
I have been an avid bird watcher for years (more so after retirement). I live near lake Erie and Magee Marsh and have knowledge on several locations in this area for bird watching. I have information on Warblers and other species in this area.
T Stahl Vermilion Anytime English
We are located on Lake Erie 45 minutes from CLE. Ottawa NWR & Magee Marsh Wildlife area are 1 hour from our house. We are 15 minutes from Old Woman Creek Nature Preserve, several other State Nature Preserves with shorebird, waterfowl and warbler viewing are close by. Good birding in all seasons, but especially spring migration.

M Cullum West Chester, Ohio Anytime, but weekends are always good. English
Hi! I'm Mary Cullum. I've been birding ever since high school. I really enjoy visiting local birding ares as well as exploring new birding places wherever I travel. I'm especially interested in completing my warbler list. I have about 5 left!

It would be fabulous to meet other birders who share my enjoyment of birding! There's nothing I like more than trading birding stories with fellow birders.
Ellis Lake Wetlands; Crane Creek/Magee Marsh; Brookville Dam; Spring Valley, etc

Since I could bird all day, I would go to whatever spots were hot depending on the time of year.

A trip to Magee Marsh in the spring is a must-see! Brookville Dam after the fall drawdown is great as well! There are plenty of good birding spots around the Cincinnati area worth exploring! Of course we'd local area places to grab a bite.

Area Birds:
eagles, ospreys, migrating shorebirds, ducks, sandhill cranes, warblers


E Bruder Westlake Weekend English
West side of Cleveland. Familiar with all the major hot spots in NE Ohio and along the Lake Erie shore to Toledo. 20+ years of birding experience and I'm out in the field nearly every weekend.
C Caldwell Westlake Anytime English
Excellent spring and fall migration sites nearby. Nesting forest and grassland birds as well. Winter gulls in downtown Cleveland.
T Glassburner Windsor Weekend English
R King Wooster Anytime English
Rich birding area. From the shores of Lake Erie to inland lakes, marshes and open farming area. We live in an area near the largest Amish enclave in the world which is a mixture of farms, small towns and hills. We are on the edges of two migration flyways so we are bird rich in the spring with ducks, geese, and wood warblers as well as many other species. We have over 300 species of birds. I am a semi retired educator.

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Local Information
Name Description
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Ohio
Local weather Yahoo
Ohio Ornithological Society Club
Ohio Audubon Society Club
Appalachian Front Audubon Society Club
Audubon Miami Valley Club
Audubon Society of Mahoning Valley Club
Audubon Society of Ohio Club
Black River Audubon Society Club
Black Swamp Audubon Society Club
Blackbrook Audubon Society Club
Canton Audubon Society Club
Clark County Audubon Society Club
Columbus Audubon Society Club
Dayton Audubon Society Club
Firelands Audubon Society Club
Greater Akron Audubon Society Club
Greater Mohican Audubon Society Club
Kirtland Bird Club, Cleveland Club
Tri-Moraine Audubon Society Club
Western Cuyahoga Audubon, Cleveland Club
Victor W. Fazio III Latest Sights
Black Swamp Bird Observatory Banding
Lake Milton Raptor Education Center Raptor Watch
Ned Keller's Cincinnati
Dick & Jean Hoffman's Cleveland Area
Breeding Bird Atlas
Ohio Lepidopterists Butterflies
Birding Hotspots around the world Sites