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Black Swamp Bird Observatory recognizes volunteers Featured

Terry Breymaier

At their annual volunteer recognition picnic recently, Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) presented their prestigious “Shieldcastle Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service,” to Terry Breymaier of Oak Harbor. Created in honor of Mark and Julie Shieldcastle, two of the founding members of the Observatory, the Shieldcastle Award recognizes individuals who have given extraordinary time, talent, and service to BSBO’s mission to inspire the appreciation, enjoyment and conservation of birds and their habitats through research, education and outreach. The Observatory also recognized the efforts of Toledo resident Tracy Marr by presenting her with the “BSBO Conservation Award for Exemplary Service to the Cause of Bird Conservation.” Tracy has been volunteering with the Observatory for more than a decade, and has helped advance the cause of bird conservation through hundreds of hours of research data entry, assistance in the Observatory’s research projects and much more. 

More than 60 volunteers from around the state and neighboring states gathered to celebrate BSBO’s work and the thousands of volunteer hours required to achieve all that the organization’s goals. The Observatory’s Executive Director, Kimberly Kaufman, had this to say, “Caring, committed citizens like Terry Breymaier and Tracy Marr, and all of our volunteers, remind us all that humans can still have a positive impact on this planet, and everyone at BSBO feels blessed to know and work alongside these remarkable individuals. Terry and Tracy epitomize what it means to give back, and we are thrilled to honor their efforts with these awards.” 

Tim Bollin, Chairman of the Observatory’s Board of Directors, says he is amazed at what the Observatory accomplishes on a small budget. “When we stop to catch our breath and look back over a year’s worth of hard work, the breadth and reach of this organization is astounding. From hosting one of the country’s largest birding festivals, The Biggest Week In American Birding, banding more songbirds than any other bird banding research station in the country, and offering free songbird education programs to thousands of local students, BSBO has grown into an organization with a national reputation. We have a remarkable staff, but without the commitment and dedication of our volunteers, our work would not be possible. “

Black Swamp Bird Observatory holds its volunteers in the highest regard, and you do not have to be a bird expert to get involved. They offer wide-ranging opportunities, from assisting in the Observatory’s gift shop and office work, to working on many bird research projects. If you’re interested in learning more about being a part of this organization, call BSBO at 419-898-4070 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BSBO's Bird'azzling Giveaway

BSBO is giving away a 5-day, all-inclusive birding trip to Canopy Tower in Panama, a Vanguard Spotting Scope Rig, a ZEISS binocular, and many other prizes. 

Join BSBO, renew your membership, and/or donate $35 or more, and your name will be entered to win. Join/renew AND donate, and your name will be entered twice.

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