On April 22, members of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) staff, along with three Ohio Young Birders Club (OYBC) members and their families, traveled to Columbus, Ohio to accept the official resolution designating May 10 as the first annual Bird Ohio Day. The resolution was initiated and drafted by Black Swamp Bird Observatory and sponsored by Senator Randy Gardner. The Resolution was adopted by the Ohio State Senate on March 20. The resolution was also sponsored by Representative Chris Redfern and Representative Mike Dovilla, and was adopted by the House on April 2.
The Bird Ohio Day resolution encourages teachers to incorporate birds into their lesson plans; encourages all citizens of the state of Ohio to spend time outside enjoying the spectacle of bird migration through our state; calls attention to the economic impact of bird tourism in Ohio; and urges all citizens to be better stewards of the habitats migratory birds rely on for their survival.
BSBO Executive Director Kimberly Kaufman has high hopes for the resolution. “The passage of the Bird Ohio Day resolution is a milestone for birding, habitat conservation, and economic development. This resolution and the celebration of Bird Ohio Day each year will do much to raise awareness of the importance of birding to the economy. It will also highlight the value of conserving the habitat that this economic engine is built upon.” said Kaufman. Kaufman also offered thanks to Senator Gardner for his tremendous support. “We are incredibly honored that Senator Gardner was willing to sponsor the resolution, and we offer our sincere appreciation to him and to his wonderful and supportive staff for helping to make our vision for Bird Ohio Day a reality.”
Senator Randy Gardner stated, “I am pleased to sponsor the Senate resolution recognizing May 10 as Bird Ohio Day. Birding is an important part of Ohio’s strong and diverse travel and tourism economy, in addition to bringing great enjoyment to thousands of Ohioans and visitors to Ohio from all over the world.”
The celebration of the first Bird Ohio Day will take place at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area on Saturday, May 10, at 10 a.m. Senator Gardner, Representative Redfern, and representatives from the offices of Senator Sherrod Brown and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur will be making remarks. A special letter of recognition from Governor Kasich will also be part of the ceremony.
In addition to the Bird Ohio Day ceremony, there will be many family-friendly, bird-related activities taking place throughout the area that weekend and the public is invited to attend.