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Date: Friday, May 6th, 2022 - Sunday, May 8th, 2022

Time: 6:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Location: Camp Oty’Okwa

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The Birds in the Hills Festival is back! And just in time for Mother’s Day Weekend! Join Appalachian Understories for this family friendly celebration of birds.

From Prothonotary Warblers to Owls to Blue Herons, the Birds in the Hills Festival has something for every birder this year. We’re offering a variety of ticket options, and if you order your tickets on or before March 20, you’ll automatically get our Early Bird Discount! We also have discounts for children.

Here’s the Festival schedule:


  • 6-7 p.m. – Bird Skulls presentation for kids
  • 6-7 p.m. – Birding Ohio’s Bikeways by Lynn Holtzman
  • 7-8 p.m. – Birding in Hocking County by John Watts
  • 8-9 p.m. – Live Owl Presentation by Ohio Bird Sanctuary


  • 6:30-7:30 a.m. – Dawn Chorus Bird Walk with Miranda Cain
  • 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m. – All day Birding Outing with Joe Brehm
  • 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. – All Day Prothonotary Warbler Extravaganza
  • 8 a.m.-9 a.m. – Breakfast in Dining Hall
  • 9:30 a.m.-noon – Guided Birding hike with Heather Aubke
  • 10-10:30 a.m. – Build a Birds Nest
  • 10:30-11 a.m. – Cowbirds and warblers
  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Kite Building and paper airplanes
  • 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. – Lunch in Dining Hall
  • 2-5 p.m. – Hike to Split Rocks and Pine Creek in search of mud puppies
  • 2-3 p.m. – Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery
  • 3-5 p.m. – Windmill Challenge
  • 4-5 p.m. – Yoga Outside by Dining Hall
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Dinner in Dining Hall
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Open Mic by WITH in Gazebo
  • 8:30-10:30 p.m. – Live Music


  • 6:30-7:30 a.m. – Waking up with Nature
  • 7-11 a.m. – Bird Banding
  • 8-9 a.m. – Breakfast in Dining Hall
  • 9:30-10 a.m. – ID birds at Camp bird feeder
  • 10-11 a.m. – Eagle eye
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Birding Habitat and Wild Edibles Guided Hike
  • 11 a.m.-noon – Hike to Councilor Cave
  • 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. – Lunch at Dining Hall

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