Birds in The Hills

Join us at Camp Oty’Okwa April 20-22 for our family-friendly Birds in the Hills Festival, a weekend experience for all ages to explore the beautiful birds, flowers and diversity of Southeast Ohio.

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Birds in the Hills shirts also coming soon!

  • The event runs from Friday, April 20th in the evening to Sunday, April 22nd in the afternoon
  • Contact Joe Brehm for more information: 740-767-4938;
  • Lodging and camping are available at Camp Oty’Okwa. Food will be provided by Camp– vegetarian options will be available and the meals will include local foods. We will also have coffee from Dirty Girl Coffee available.
  • This event is not pet-friendly as we want to ensure high-quality wildlife-viewing experiences and a safe environment for children.

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Birds In The Hills 2018

Join Rural Action, the Athens Area Birders,  and Camp Oty’Okwa for our family-friendly Birds in the Hills Festival April 20-22 at Camp Oty’Okwa in the Hocking Hills. This three-day festival will feature activities for adults, families, and specifically for children. We welcome anyone with even a remote interest in birds, especially those who have never picked up a pair of binoculars. Meals and camping are available Friday night through Sunday at Camp Oty’Okwa.

Birds in the Hills Festival will feature field trips to Clear Creek Metro Park, Lake Logan, and bird walks through Camp’s extensive groves of Eastern Hemlock. Participants can expect to see and hear up to 20 species of warblers, including the Black-Throated Green and Blackburnian Warblers that prefer the cool hemlock gorges of Camp. We are also likely to 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 and enjoy local beers. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Kelly Williams from Ohio University, will speak about owls, including the saw-whet owls she studied for several years.


2018 Festival Hmgighlights 

  • Field trips to Lake Logan State Park and Clear Creek Metro Park with expert bird watchers
  • Hikes through Camp Oty’Okwa’s hemlock forests;
  • Keynote on Saturday evening, April 21st focused on owls from Dr. Kelly Williams from Ohio University
  • Activities for children and families such as hikes and building bird boxes
  • Beer tasting and a live band

Guided Field Trips

  • Enjoy expert led birding trips in beautiful locations:
  • Clear Creek Metro Park led by John Watts, co-author of Birds of Hocking County, Ohio
  • Lake Logan led by Dr. Stefan Gleissberg, leader of the Athens Area Birders and editor for Ohio Ornithological Society


Stay Involved
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