Experience songbird migration in a whole new way...
The Biggest Week In American Birding proudly features the World Premiere performance of ‘A Season on the Wind’, a cinematic concert based on Kenn Kaufman’s inspiring ode to migratory birds. A musical and visual journey from the shores of Lake Erie across the Americas, this 60-minute performance stars three internationally acclaimed musicians, Simone Slattery (violin), Majel Connery (vocals) and Anthony Albrecht (cello). Created by the Bowerbird Collective, an award-winning Australian-based organization making art for nature, at the invitation of Black Swamp Bird Observatory and Kenn Kaufman himself, this unforgettable event will sell out quickly.
We're absolutely thrilled to announce the 2024 keynote lineup for The Biggest Week In American Birding! We have New York Times Best Selling Authors, a HUGE book launch, and more!
Christian Cooper - Friday, May 3
Tammah Watts - Saturday, May 4
Kevin Karlson - Sunday, May 5
Kenn Kaufman - Tuesday, May 7
Amy Tan - Wednesday, May 8
Jerry Berrier - Thursday, May 9
Jennifer Ackerman - Friday, May 10
Introducing the NEW Biggest Week in American Birding Field Trip Site Guides! This exciting library of resources helps share information about one of the most popular aspects of the festival. In these site guides, you will find information about the locations the trips visit, accessibility information, meeting locations, target species, and how to get your eBird checklists following the trip.
The Biggest Week In American Birding will add two new field trips to our lineup this year! Birding the Lakefront takes a deeper dive into Maumee Bay State Park, Mallard Club Wildlife Area, Howard Marsh Metropark, and Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area with hopes of finding a wide variety of songbirds, waterfowl, shorebirds, and more! Our new Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge van trip explores many of the new and less-visited parts of the beloved Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in addition to the sites that birders may be more familiar with. These new trips, along with our existing lineup, are sure to create fun, meaningful, and lifer-filled birding memories!
The Biggest Week In American Birding is excited to announce the start of a morning flight count! Many songbird species migrate nocturnally, and this movement continues into the early hours of the morning. These flights can last for several hours, as birds that were over water near sunrise search for an ideal place to land. Join our counters and guides every morning (weather permitting) on the dike path that separates the marsh from Lake Erie at Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area. Thank you to our friends at Kowa Sporting Optics for sponsoring this exciting new event!