Ohio students raise money for habitat conservation

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PERRYSBURG, Ohio — The Ohio Young Birders Club raised over $3,000 during the club’s recent Big Sit fundraiser. The idea behind a Big Sit is to raise money through pledges and gifts based on the number of bird species identified from 17-foot circle during a limited period of time.

Species

The more species spotted, the more money that’s raised.

The event took place at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge near Oak Harbor, Ohio from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 10.

The young birders spotted 62 species during those hours, including bald eagles, hawks, tundra swans and five species of woodpeckers.

Proceeds of the Big Sit will benefit both the club and the Middle Bass Island Preserve restoration project of the Black Swamp Conservancy and its Lake Erie Islands Chapter.

Club

The Ohio Young Birders Club is a statewide group for young people, ages 12 to 18, who have an interest in birds and in nature. The club is an education program of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, a research and education organization based in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

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