Birding Ohio

Ohio’s official promotional slogan (the one on our license plates) is “Ohio: The Heart of it All!” In many ways this is also an accurate description of The Buckeye State’s birdlife because Ohio has recorded more than 412 bird species on its official list. Of these 400-plus bird species, nearly 300 are considered to be regularly occurring in Ohio, meaning that they make annual appearances either as year-round resident species, as breeding birds, or as seasonal migrants that are just passing through. Ohio is ideally situated for hosting migrating birds. It rests on the eastern edge of the Mississippi Flyway and on the western edge of the Atlantic Flyway.

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  • Ohio Birding & Nature Festivals

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BWD Festival Finder

During the peak of bird migration, there's nothing more exciting than attending a birding festival. The birds are spectacular and the people are great. If you haven't tried a festival yet, this is a must-do for next season! Use BWD's Birding and Nature Festival Finder to help you select from the many available in special areas all over the country.
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  • Ohio Birding Hotspots

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Birders on the boardwalk of the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area in Oak Harbor, OH. Photo by Jim McCormac.

Ten Bird Watching Hotspots in Ohio

Every state has its top hotspots. Here are ten that we picked out for Ohio. Your Top Ten list may vary, but it doesn’t matter as long as we all get to go birding, right?
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  • Birds of Ohio

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Cerulean Warbler / Wikimedia Creative Commons

10 Highlight Birds of Ohio

Here are ten bird species that make birding in Ohio exciting and special. Of course there are hundreds of other species to see, so don’t stop with just these ten!
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