We love to travel to find new birds and participate in a lot of bird counts. We also created a Guide to Birding Field Guides and host a collection of over 200 birding links from all over the globe.


While our main focus continues to be birds, we promote other areas of conservation as well. Conserving land not only benefits wildlife, but is hugely beneficial to people as well.

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2013 is officially The Year of the Young Birder! We plan on spending the whole year promoting young birder clubs and sharing ideas on how to help student naturalists become lifelong conservationists.

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November 13, 2012

Black Swamp Bird Observatory – Kreager Challenge

The Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) in Northwest Ohio is a critical stop-over for our avian friends during migration. They are funded by members, donors and grants. What makes the BSBO so great is that not only do they do important research but they promote the love and appreciation for birds, especially with young birders.

Bird Banding Demonstration
Banding Demonstration

The BSBO Mission:

β€œThe mission of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory is to inspire
the appreciation, enjoyment and conservation of birds and their
habitats through research, education and outreach.”

The Kreager Challenge
There is nothing more awesome than a person or company that matches a donation. So we encourage you to take the KREAGER CHALLENGE! If you would like to donate to the BSBO, your donations will be MATCHED! BSBO Board member Randy Kreager has offered up to $6,000.00 in matched donations!

There is nothing more wonderful than when a dollar becomes two! Many thanks to Randy Kreager for this awesome challenge!

What else can you do?

The Ohio Birdfreaks have a soft spot for the BSBO because we have seen first hand what the amazing staff does to promote birds and birding. We have witnessed the benefits of their long-term research. The love and caring birders at the BSBO are beyond compare. I am proud to live in Ohio and be a Birdfreak here!

Become a Member of Black Swamp Bird Observatory!

Prothonotary Warbler at the Biggest Week in American Birding
Prothonotary Warbler

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  1. Kim Kaufman says:

    Our sincere gratitude to the BirdFreak Team for this wonderfully supportive blog post about BSBO and the Kreager Challenge! We are huge fans of yours and all that the great work you do to educate and inspire people! Your support means the world to us!

    Posted on: November 14, 2012 @ 11:59 am

  2. The Birdfreak Team says:

    Kim – thank you for the kind words! We try our best and will continue to keep pushing for more conservation the best we can!

    Posted on: November 14, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

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