How long's it been since I tried to coerce everyone to come to International Migratory Bird Day at Magee Marsh in Northern Ohio? Too long, I bet.
Reasons to come to Northern Ohio during the Spring migration:
1. KatDoc is coming, too. She's a big ol' birding jinx, but she also freakin' hilarious. That makes up for it.
2. 37 species of warblers. 37. And all of them are sitting so close, you could reach out and touch them. Also, during May, they are in their breeding plumage and they SING!
3. 307 is the current species list for Magee Marsh.
4. It's very, very cheap to visit Port Clinton, Ohio, especially in the off-season. I love Cape May and all, but dang....New Jersey is EXPENSIVE!
5. Lake Erie is beautiful. Sure, oceans are neat and all. But Lake Erie doesn't have jelly fish and sharks to bother you.
6. Stinkers galore. They are in the ditches along all the roads. Everywhere you look. Sometimes right along side great egrets. I know I am there when they start appearing on the roadside.
7. Getting into Magee Marsh and many other areas up there are FREE. Of course, donations are welcome (and should be given freely), but there are no costly "programs", etc.
8. Toledo's airport is only about an hour from Port Clinton.
You could fly in...Lynne....Mary...Pam...Susan...Laura...everyone else....
9. I will be there. And I am fun and stuff. I will get you lots of raptors. And I will let everyone use the hot tub in my hotel room. And give you foot rubs after a rough day of birding. And get you drunk at the first Ohio version of Birds 'n' Beers.
10. I've said it all already, but I have to reiterate.....It's beautiful, it's the birdiest place in Ohio (and in the Top Ten Birdiest spots in the U.S.), and it's a heck of a lot of fun.
Come be a part of The Flock. When the birds migrate, so do we!