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Tuesday 28 January 2020 - AAB Film Night
'The Big Year' (2011, 1 hour 42 mins)
Time: 6:30 pm 
Location: Athens Uncorked, 14 Station Street, Athens, OH
Host: Athens Area Birders
"Three men find that they have come to a turning point. Stu (Steve Martin) faces a late-life crisis, Kenny (Owen Wilson) is in the grip of a midlife crisis, and Brad (Jack Black) is wallowing in a no-life crisis. Determined to kick-start their stagnant lives, Stu, Kenny and Brad decide to enter a prestigious contest. During the course of one calendar year, the three friendly rivals criss-cross North America in a quest to count more species of birds than anyone else."
Saturday 1 February 2020 
Stefan Gleissberg: "Birds and Conservation in America, Europe & Your Own Backyard"
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Location: Athens Public Library, Athens
Host: Athens Public Library
"Bird populations across the world are falling, including here in Ohio. Loss of habitat, the rise of outdoor cat populations, and the more intense use of pesticides and herbicides are chief causes. But is there anything we as individuals can do to help stem this decline? Guest speaker Stefan Gleissberg, a key member of Athens Area Birders, will discuss the problem of diminishing numbers of bird species in the two areas where he is an active birder: here in the United States and his native Europe. Learn how we can make our communities and our own yards healthy, safe, and nurturing havens for avian wildlife."
Tuesday 4 February 2020 - AAB Birder's Tuesday
Paola Muñoz: Conservation in Costa Rica
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Location: ODNR meeting room, 360 East State Street, Athens

Paola will present on deforestation and forest fragmentation in Costa Rica, and how conservation efforts such as creating protected areas, biological corridors, and buffer zones, as well as governmental programs to conserve forest carbon stocks (REDD+) and Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) have reversed the trend and increased Costa Rica’s forest cover dramatically.  
Pao Muñoz is a Costa Rican biologist specialized in environmental project management and currently a Masters of Science student in Environmental Studies at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University. Among other projects, she has worked with the Council on International Educational Exchange(CIEE) to provide environmental education in Costa Rica to high school and undergraduate students from all over the United States. Currently she is involved in a socio-economic and environmental project in southeast Nicaragua. 
Host: Athens Area Birders
14-17 February 2020
Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)
Bird watchers of all ages count birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are. For at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 14-17, 2020, tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see. Enter your results on or (you will need an account). You can also use the free eBird Mobile app to enter data on a mobile device. Last year participants scored 76 species!
Saturday 15 February 2020
Great Backyard Bird Count morning walk 
Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Location: Dairy Barn, 8000 Dairy Ln, Athens, OH 45701
Contact: Stefan Gleissberg -
Hosts: Athens Area Birders, Dairy Barn Arts Center
Join the 23nd annual Great Backyard Bird Count on a morning walk on the Dairy Barn Ora Anderson Trail! Help locate wintering birds and contribute to a worldwide snapshot of bird distribution and abundance. Athens Area Birder Stefan Gleissberg will help identify the feathered creatures and submit our collective bird list to Open to beginner birders. Meet at 9:00 am at the Dairy Barn parking lot, at 8000 Dairy Ln, Athens, OH 45701. Dress for the weather, and bring binoculars if possible. Some binoculars may be provided. Precipitation and storm will cancel. RSVP to to receive weather/cancellation updates.
Tuesday 18 February 2020
Birds and Brews GBBC tally
We meet at Little Fish Brewery (in their back meeting room) to recap and see who saw how many birds where during the Great Backyard Bird Count past weekend. We may even look at some bird pictures taken by participants on the big screen! 
Host: Athens Area Birders
Wednesday 19 February 2020
Owl Prowl
Join Rural Action as they partner with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Burr Oak Lodge for an exciting, family-friendly, wintry Owl Prowl. There will be a complimentary meal of soup beans and cornbread at 5:30 provided by Burr Oak Lodge. Bring the kids and let them inspect an owl pellet for bones or create an owl-themed craft. ODNR naturalist Pat Quackenbush will give a short presentation on owl adaptations and participants will be able to see a live owl. After the presentation we will take a walk outside and call for owls. Please dress for the weather, bring a flashlight or headlamp if you desire. For more information: Learn more:
Host: Rural Action
Saturday 22 February 2020
Nightfall at The Ridges 
Time: TBA
Location: Parking lot below the Compost Facility, to the right off Dairy Lane/Blackburn Road, Athens, OH
We will walk up towards Radar Hill (20 min) and quietly await the American Woodcock males to start their “peent” calls and aerial displays after sunset. Rain will cancel, but mist or light drizzle won’t. 
Host: Athens Area Birders
Guides: Karen Mammone and Melissa Wales
Saturday 29 February 2020
Ohio Bluebird Society Conference
Saturday 7 March 2020
Amish Birding Symposium
Tuesday 10 March 2020 - AAB Birder's Tuesday
Joe Brehm, Rural Action: Wayne National Forest Bioblitz
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Location: ODNR meeting room, 360 East State Street, Athens
Joe Brehm is Rural Action's Environmental Education Program Director since 2010 and thoroughly enjoys sharing his passion for the natural world with others. Joe earned a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Montana, and went on to earn a Master’s of Science in Environmental Studies at Ohio University. He has worked in multiple contexts with students, teachers, and community members in outdoor classrooms throughout the region. 
Host: Athens Area Birders
--CANCELLED--Tuesday 7 April 2020 - AAB Birder's Tuesday
Panel discussion: How to create a bird-friendly backyard
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Location: ODNR meeting room, 360 East State Street, Athens
Host: Athens Area Birders
Panel discussion 
--CANCELLED--Saturday 11 April 2020
Spring Migration Bird Walk
Time: 8:30–10.30 am 
Location: Strouds Run State Park 
Join naturalist Julie and guest birder Stefan Gleissberg for one of the most exciting annual events of the year—the spring bird migration! We’ll be looking and listening for a variety of birds on this easy hike. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair from Julie. As you enter the park from Athens, meet at the second parking lot on the right, the only lot with a shelter house.
Host: ODNR, Athens Nature Center initiative
Guides: Julie Gee, Stefan Gleissberg
--CANCELLED--Saturday 18 April 2020
Warbler Wonderland at Cucumber Tree Run
Time: 8:00 am 
Location: Cucumbertree Trail Parking, at the end of unnamed road off East State Street, opposite of Walmart, Athens, OH
At the height of spring migration, we will visit this local hotspot, binoculars turned upward!
Host: Athens Area Birders
Guides: Melissa Wales, Karen Mammone
--CANCELLED--Saturday 18 April 2020
Kayaking in Search of Birds
Time: 3:30-6:30 pm 
Location: Burr Oak State Park (meet at Dock 3)
Cost: $70 per person ($45 with own kayak)
Experience Birding by Kayak with Stefan Gleissberg and Mimi Morrison of Touch the Earth Adventures.
Call, text, or email to book: 740-591-9094 |
Guides: Melissa Wales, Karen Mammone
--CANCELLED--Saturday 25 April 2020 (rain date Sunday 26 April)
Upland Sandpiper excursion to Columbus (details TBA)
Time: TBA
Meeting Location TBA
We will carpool from Athens or meet at location to experience displaying Upland Sandpipers on their breeding grounds!
Host: Athens Area Birders
Guide: Matt Shumar
--CANCELLED--1– 3 May 2020
Warblers and Wildflowers Weekend
Location: Shawnee State Park
Details: Join your fellow OOS members at Shawnee State Park for a celebration of Warblers and Wildflowers! Meet the first big wave of spring migration, including Cerulean Warbler and Chuck-will’s widow that don’t typically make it to Lake Erie. Explore flora and birds on guided excursions, learn from experts during presentations and workshops, make and renew birding friendships in the charming setting of Shawnee State Park lodge, and listen to the elusive nightjars (Chuck-will’s widows, Whip-poor-wills) on nightly outages. Contact the OOS events committee at or visit for online registration (opens 1 February)

Host: Ohio Ornithological Society

--CANCELLED--Tuesday 5 May 2020 - AAB Birder's Tuesday
Matt Shumar: TBA
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Location: ODNR meeting room, 360 East State Street, Athens
Host: Athens Area Birders
--CANCELLED--8 - 10 May 2020
Birds in the Hills Festival 
Location: The Plains, Ohio
Contact: Madison Donohue <> 
--CANCELLED--8 - 17 May 2020
The Biggest Week in American Birding 
Saturday 9 May 2020
Global Big Day 
--CANCELLED--Saturday 9 May 2020
Birding by Kayak
Time: 7:00 am 
Location: Lake Snowden
As part of the Birds in the Hills Festival, you can sign up to kayak and bird with Mimi Morrison and Stefan Gleissberg on Lake Snowden. It's Global Big Day, so we will be extra keen to see many birds!
Contact: Madison Donohue <> 
Host: Birds in the Hills Festival
Saturday 20 June 2020
Bird Walk on The Ridges
Time: 8:30 am 
Location: TBA
Host: Ohio University Museum Complex, Athens Nature Center initiative 
Guides: Stefan Gleissberg, TBA 
Sunday 21 June 2020
Summer Solstice Songbirds
Time: 7:30 am 
Location: TBA
Host: Athens Area Birders
Guides: Karen Mammone, Melissa Wales