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Otterbein offers Birding Field Trip to Magee Marsh

A bird watching field trip will be hosted by Otterbein North Shore Senior Lifestyle Community in Lakeside-Marblehead on Monday, May 19. Participants will meet at the  Otterbein community center at 9 a.m. for coffee and pastries. Everyone will board the bus and proceed to Magee Marsh, along the coast of Lake Erie, to view the birds at they proceed north on their summer migratory path. The mid weeks of May are the optimum time to view a large variety of songbirds. Following the walk, guests will be treated to a picnic lunch. There is no charge for this event, but space is limited. For more information and reservations call Jo Ann Franks, Independent Lifestyle Counselor at 419-798-8250.

Additional information regarding Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices is available at www.otterbein.org or by calling 1-888-513-9131.

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Friends of Magee Marsh fundraising for Boardwalk renovation

The Friends of Magee Marsh is engaged in a fundraising effort to renovate the famous Magee Marsh Boardwalk. The boardwalk is located on the shore of Lake Erie near Oak Harbor. More than 80,000 people visit Magee Marsh, listed as one of the top ten birding hotspots in the country, during spring migration. This location and environs have been dubbed “The Warbler Capital of the World.” The influx of birders to the area means millions of dollars spent at Northwest Ohio businesses.

The boardwalk is 25 years old and falling into disrepair. The Friends of Magee Marsh is conducting a campaign to raise $300,000 to refurbish the boardwalk. The funds will allow them to replace the decking and rails, stabilize the tower, and make other improvements to ensure the boardwalk remains open to the public.

The Friends group has given $25,000 to get the project started. Phase One is underway and will be complete by April 1. All work will stop during peak migration. Phase Two will commence June 1. During the renovation most of the boardwalk will remain accessible.

The Friends of Magee Marsh is asking for your support with this endeavor. Donation envelopes can be found at the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center. Additionally, donations can be made via a PayPal button on their website, www.friendsofmageemarsh.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/friendsofmageemarsh.

Magee Marsh Wildlife Refuge is located on State Route 2, 17 miles west of Port Clinton. GPS coordinates to the boardwalk are 41.63N and 83.19W.

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