Winding Road Experiences: Birds in the Hills


Join Rural Action, Camp Oty’Okwa, and the Athens Area Birders for this affordable festival which features activities for adults, families, and children. The event welcomes anyone with even a remote interest in birds and the outdoors, including those who have never picked up a pair of binoculars. Meals and camping are available Friday through Sunday.

Field trips to Crane Hollow Nature Preserve, Zaleski State Park, and bird walks through Camp Oty ‘Okwa’s extensive groves of Eastern Hemlock are available. Participants can expect to witness up to 20 species of warblers, including the Black-Throated Green and Blackburnian Warblers that prefer the cool hemlock gorges here. Expect to also see Cerulean Warblers, Scarlet Tanagers, Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks, and a plethora of other migratory songbirds. Festival attendees will also have the opportunity to meet other nature enthusiasts, listen to a local band, the Coal Cave Hollow Boys, and enjoy local beers, a Saturday evening chicken & hog roast dinner, and much more!

When: April 26-28, 2019
Cost: $10 Even Fee plus food, camping, guided field trip fees.
Map: 24799 Purcell Rd., South Bloomingville, OH 43152

Can’t make it for the whole weekend? Come Saturday evening for the keynote speaker, Dr. Jarrod Burks, an archeologist with a passion for the study of ancient earthworks, who will teach us about the use of bird effigies during the Hopewell culture period.

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