For Immediate Release

April 6, 2023

South Bloomingville, OH- The Birds in the Hills Festival takes place in the heart of the Hocking Hills at Camp Oty’Okwa on May 12-14 this year.

With diverse habitats that include hemlock gorges and mature hardwood uplands, the Birds in the Hills Festival provides an excellent mix of mature forest avifauna. Some species of birds participants might see include Hermit Thrush, Blue-headed Vireo, Red-Breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Magnolia Warbler, Black-Throated Green Warbler, Canada Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, and Worm-Eating Warbler.

Sessions include an all-day field trip at Lake Hope with Bruce Simpson and canoeing with Joe Brehm at Burr Oak, sounds of the forest family hike, nature writing workshops, and more.

Both seasoned birder enthusiasts and those just beginning their life-long journey of birding will find workshops and sessions that match their level and interests. There are a variety of ticket options, including single-day passes or weekend passes, and tickets can also be purchased at the festival. More information and tickets can be found at

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Madison Donohue
Tourism Manager


participants on a guided hike at the birds in the hills festival
Image Caption: A Group of people including various ages from children to adults looking through binoculars as the birding guide points into the distance. Image provided by Rural Action and photographed by Ahmed Hamed