WHERE: The event takes place in northwest Ohio, also dubbed “The Warbler Capital of the World,” and is headquartered at Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center.
WHO: It is organized and hosted by Black Swamp Bird Observatory, whose mission is to to inspire the appreciation, enjoyment and conservation of birds and their habitats through research, education, and outreach. The event is co-hosted and supported by Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center, Lake Erie Shores & Islands (Ottawa County and Erie County Visitors’ Bureau), and Destination Toledo (Lucas County Visitors’ Bureau).
WHY: Spring songbird migration is at its peak in Northwest Ohio during early May. The woodlots surrounded by marshland on the southern edge of Lake Erie become a haven for birds to rest and refuel, and the seasonal timing creates a perfect opportunity to experience them at a low, accessible vantage point. You can expect to see at least 20 warbler species every day, along with thrushes, vireos, flycatchers, orioles and other migrants in the woods, plus shorebirds and others in more open areas. This is a particularly special chance for avian photographers to capture active, vibrant birds—many at eye level.
HOW: If you’re interested in attending The Biggest Week in American Birding, following the event’s happenings or getting additional info, you can visit the website or follow on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Expert Tips for Framing & Displaying Avian Photography
Whether you plan to attend the event or have other avian photography you wish to preserve and showcase, there are some helpful considerations to keep in mind for framing and displaying your photos in their best light.
1. It’s important to ensure a proper amount of negative space (black or white) around a bird in order to offset any visual distractions that take the focus off your subject. Consider leveraging a mat board to create this negative space if there is a lot going on in your photograph.