Birds in The Hills

Birds In The Hills 2020

Join Rural Action, Camp Oty’Okwa, and the Athens Area Birders for our family-friendly Birds in the Hills Festival May 8-10 at Eclipse Company Store in The Plains, Ohio. This affordable three-day festival will feature family-friendly activities as well as tours to local birding hotspots. We welcome anyone with even a remote interest in birds and the outdoors, including those who have never picked up a pair of binoculars.

Birds in the Hills Festival will feature birding by kayak with Touch the Earth Adventures, and all-day birding tour of the Little Cities of Black Diamonds region, tours of the local breeding population of Prothonotary Warblers, a birding by bicycle tour, and hike at United Plant Savers searching for birds and spring wildflowers. Participants can expect to see and hear a plethora of migratory songbirds.

We will have family-friendly activities, art for sale, live music, and keynote presentations at Eclipse throughout the weekend. The base admission fee is $10 and field trips will be on an ala carte basis. Online registration will be ready here by mid-March.

Birds in the Hills shirts coming soon!

  • The event runs from Friday afternoon, May 8th to Sunday afternoon, May 10th
  • Contact Madison Donohue for more information: 740-767-2225; madison@ruralaction.org.
  • Lodging and camping are available at a variety of local spots. Thanks to the generosity of the Broeker family, we can offer a limited number of free camping opportunities at their property about 15 minutes from Eclipse (contact Madison to reserve your spot). Potable water and a portable pot included.

The full 2020 schedule is coming soon; Click here to view what we did in 2019.

2019 Activities (2020 coming soon!)

  • Bird Banding with Bob Scott Placier
  • Exploring the caves and caverns around Camp Oty’ Okwa
  • Beer tasting
  • Music from the Coal Cave Hollow Boys
  • Family hikes and crafts
  • Silent Auction
  • Astronomy
  • Survival skills

Guided Field Trips (2019)

  • Fern & wildflower field trip to Crane Hollow Nature Preserve with Joe Moosbrugger
  • Warbler field trip to Zaleski and Lake Hope with Bruce Simpson
  • Walking field trip to Crane Hollow Nature Preserve with John Watts
  • Prothonotary warbler field trip to Payne’s Wetland in the Wayne National Forest with Joe Brehm

Keynote Speakers (2019)

  • John Watts will join us Friday night to talk about the variety of birds who visit Hocking County each year.
  • Dr. Jarrod Burks, an archeologist with a passion for the study of ancient earthworks, will join us Saturday night. He will teach us about the use of bird effigies during the Hopewell culture period.

The Birds in the Hills Festival welcomes everyone and does not tolerate harassment of any kind. If you experience or witness any sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, or otherwise problematic behavior, please notify someone from Rural Action at the event and we will handle it accordingly. We’d like our event to be as safe a space as possible.

Birds in The Hills 2019 is sponsored by