Join Ohio’s Birding Network

Welcoming backyard birdwatchers and researchers in the field alike, the Ohio Ornithological Society is the only statewide organization specifically devoted to fostering a deeper appreciation of wild birds.

Support Ohio’s Birding Network

Welcoming backyard birdwatchers and researchers in the field alike, the Ohio Ornithological Society is the only statewide organization specifically devoted to fostering a deeper appreciation of wild birds, especially among Ohio’s youth.

Our Mission

To provide a statewide birding network welcoming people of all interests and abilities to unite for the enjoyment, education, and conservation of Ohio’s wild birds.

Regarding diversity…

As an organization, we recognize that diversity is only the beginning. Though we have always been an inclusive organization, we have not done the very best that we can to provide marginalized groups with a platform for their voices to be heard. This is the next step in our commitment to being Ohio’s Birding Network. Our work is only beginning.

Tim Colborn, OOS President

Where We Are Birding – November

Each month, our OOS Regional Directors are sharing their favorite birding hotspots in their respective regions - and beyond. These include some well-know destinations, specialty spots for specific species, and their own secret, treasured local patches. Have a favorite...

A One-Day Fall Birding Getaway to Fairport Harbor

Begin the day at Painesville Township Park as close to first light as possible. If the weather is uncooperative, park just to the left of the stairs for a good view of Lake Erie from inside your vehicle. Depending on the day and the wind, you could see all sorts of...

OOS Board Member Monthly Spotlight – Melissa Wales

Melissa with the Long-eared Owl “situation” on the Magee Marsh Boardwalk in 2013. Unlike many of you, I came into birding later in life. About seven years ago, my best friend from college invited me to meet her at The Biggest Week in American Birding in Northwest...

A Very Special Moment in Summit County

On Tuesday, August 25th, a report came in on Ohio Chase Birds about a Brown Booby at Nimisila Reservoir in Summit County, Ohio. The bird was found by Henry Trimpe and hundreds of birders have since gone to see this bird over the past few days. Chris Collins, of the...

Life as a Traveling Field Biologist

In May 2019, I graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.Sc. degree in Wildlife Science, and immediately began working for Black Swamp Bird Observatory as their spring bird banding apprentice. After that I moved to Wisconsin for a few months to work with...

Birding in Ohio is now part of the OOS

We are excited to announce that the Ohio birding website,, is now under the technology management of and supported by the Ohio Ornithological Society! We have partnered with Ken Ostermiller, who created and developed this amazing resource as a way...

Nocturnal Flight Calls

The night before birding on a given morning during migration is spent excitedly talking about the predicted migration with my friends. Messages are exchanged on anything from wind patterns to Cornell’s BirdCast and predicting which species we think will finally make...

An Important Message from the OOS

Your opinion matters! It is time to take a walk in an Ohio forest.  Whether it is a local birding hot-spot or a pine forest planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1940s, the Ohio Division of Forestry (ODF) has been tasked with providing a Forestry...

2018 Annual Membership Drive Raffle Winners

Alvin Miller, a local Amish young man, was the recipient of first prize from our annual membership drive, Zeiss Conquest HD 8x42 binoculars. Since I was the closest board member to Arvin, I was tasked with delivery of the bins. Friend Su and I were out birding, were...

Young Birder, Adriana Losey, Reports on Hog Island

One of the best things the OOS board gets to do is to  help foster interest in birds by Ohio’s young birders. We offer scholarships for young birders to attend birding camps and conferences. In June of last year, we received a request from Adrianna Losey to sponsor...

Travel with the OOS

The Ohio Ornithological Society has launched two exciting tours for 2021! 

We have more domestic and international trips being planned now. Stay tuned for more updates.


Join the Ohio Ornithological Society and Sabrewing Nature Tours in Ecuador in 2021!

The Ohio Ornithological Society has arranged this unforgettable tour to Ecuador exclusively for our members! Spaces will fill up quickly!

Join the Ohio Ornithological Society and birdingtours in Germany in 2021!

Partnering with birdingtours, OOS has arranged this exclusive OOS member tour to explore European birds, landscapes, and cultures.


Where to Watch Birds in Ohio

Check out our amazing Birding in Ohio website courtesy of Ken Ostermiller

What Birds Can I See Right Now?

Learn more about what birds to expect in Ohio as the seasons shift.

Bird Conservation

Learn what you can do to help protect Ohio's birds.


Volunteers are the lifeblood of this organization. If you are interested in lending your time, talents, or treasures to our Society, please tell us a little about yourself and we'll help you find a suitable match for your time and interests!

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