American Kestrel - Photo Earl Harrison

Here are the Saturday dates for Avid Birders outings for the coming year. Usually the exact destinations are decided a day or two ahead of time to take advantage of the best birding possibilities. Members on our email list receive notifications of the plans by Thursday whenever possible. Unusual outings—ones that may require a night spent away, travel outside Ohio, or extra expenses, etc.—will be announced well in advance via email notices. If you want to be included on the email list, please send an email to the Avid Birders.

All trips depart at 5:30 am with carpooling. Unless otherwise announced, we meet for carpooling at the southeast corner of the Worthington Mall parking lot. (Worthington Mall is located on the northwest corner of High Street and Wilson Bridge Road, just south of I-270.)  Return times vary with the destination and season, but you can assume that we will spend most of the day birding and traveling. We usually stop at a fast food spot on the way to our first destination. Bring a sack lunch, water, and snacks as needed for sustenance during the day. Please reimburse your driver for travel expenses. Dress appropriately; remember that the weather to our north, particularly along the windy Lake Erie shore, often is much colder than that in Columbus.


June 12-14 Kirtland’s Warbler Trip to Michigan: The Avids will meet on Friday and travel to Michigan for a weekend birding trip focused on visiting the breeding grounds of the Kirtland’s Warbler near Grayling, Michigan. NOTE: This trip will be limited to 12 participants (not counting your leaders), on a first-come, first-serve basis. More details will be forthcoming about this trip as planning develops.
July 18 Target birds will be early shorebirds and whatever’s hopping at the moment.
August 29 Shorebirds and returning neotropicals
September 19 Neotropical migrants and shorebirds
October 10 Sparrows, Waterfowl
November 7 Waterfowl
December 12 Winter birds: gulls, waterfowl, and whatever shows up


January 16 Gulls, gulls, gulls
February 20 Waterfowl and early shorebirds
March 19 Shorebirds and early migrants
April 30 Shawnee State Forest for migrant and breeding warblers