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.

Year of the Young Birder

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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Gearing up for the Biggest Week in American Birding: A Challenge

April 8, 2015 | 1 comment

I was considering a post about what to bring to the Biggest Week this year but after talking with Dakota (another Birdfreak but more importantly our “let’s get rid of plastic” advocate) decided to change course just a bit. First off, I really hope to see a lot of people at the Biggest Week in […]


December 16, 2013 | No comment

Wind power. It’s supposed to be good. Clean, healthy – sustainable. The Birdfreaks are very much on board with renewable energy. But there is a huge problem being overlooked when it comes to putting up new turbines: LOCATION MATTERS. Unfortunately along the Lake Erie shoreline in northwest Ohio, the birds are in serious trouble due […]

First Annual Indiana Young Birders Conference – A Smashing Success!

September 4, 2013 | No comment

The Ohio Birdfreaks were so excited to attend the very first EVER Indiana Young Birders Conference on August 24th, 2013. Rob Ripma (from and all the SUPER people who put the conference together did an amazing job and the young birder speakers blew us away with their knowledge and passion. Young birder photo session […]

What Goes Up…Must Come Down. Balloons Blow – Don’t Let Them Go

May 28, 2013 | No comment

During the Biggest Week in American Birding, the Birdfreak team attended a talk by the folks from Balloons Blow . The family started cleaning beaches in their home state of Florida over 18 years ago. On their weekly beach cleanups they find a lot of debris that can harm wildlife. In 2012 alone, they found […]

Black Swamp Bird Observatory – Kreager Challenge

November 13, 2012 | 2 comments

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. […]

Midwest Crane Count – 2012

April 18, 2012 | No comment

Saturday, April 14th marked the annual Midwest Crane Count. We had our usual location; a privately-owned parcel of land known as Moody Marsh. The goal is to record as many Sandhill Cranes (and hypothetically, Whooping Cranes) from 5:30 AM to 7:30 AM. During this two hour window we listened intently to determine if there were […]

Severson Dells Earth Day Program – California Condor Reintroduction

April 12, 2012 | No comment

The Severson Dells Nature Center located in Rockford, Illinois is hosting a presentation on California Condor reintroduction to celebrate Earth Day. Time TBA at Rock Valley College in Rockford. Earth Day Celebration Saturday, April 21 (time to be announced 11:00-3:00pm Rock Valley College) California Condor Reintroduction; An Avian Study on the N.W. Coast Presented by […]

Severson Dells Program – Monitoring Raptors on the Washington Coast

March 29, 2012 | No comment

The Severson Dells Nature Center located in Rockford, Illinois is hosting a presentation on Washington coast raptors. If you are going to be in the area we encourage you to attend! The program is FREE but you must make a reservation. From Severson Dells Nature Center: Monitoring Raptors on the Washington Coast Friday, April 20, […]

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