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Birds in the Hills 
May 12th-14th, 2023

Birds in the Hills Festival takes place in heart of the Hocking Hills, providing opportunity for any level of birder to grow their passion. 

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 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.

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Whether you are a seasoned birder enthusiast or are just beginning your life long journey of birding, the Birds in the Hills Festival has something for you. We're offering a variety of ticket options. You can also purchase tickets at the festival.

Vendor spots available for nature inspired artists! Artists are able to choose from five time slots that are available throughout the weekend. No entry fee, just pay 10% of all sales. Vendors receive a Free Weekend Pass, a $50 dollar value. Register by emailing us at AppalachianUnderstories@RuralAction.org or click the button below. 

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Weekend Itinerary

Friday May 12th

  • 5-7 p.m. - Check in and tent set up

  • 7-8 p.m. – ODNR Raptor Wings and Skulls

  • 7-8 p.m. – Citizen Science Introduction by Joanna Gallagher

  • 8-9 p.m. – Live Owl Presentation by Ohio Bird Sanctuary

  • 6-9 p.m. - Vendors with Nature Themed Items

Saturday May 13th

  • 6-6:30 a.m. - Early Breakfast in Dinning Hall

  • 6:30-7:30 a.m. – Dawn Chorus Birding with Kevinn Fung

  • 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. – All Day Fieldtrip at Lake Hope with Bruce Simpson and Canoeing with Joe Brehm at Lake Logan

  • 8 a.m.-9 a.m. – Breakfast in Dining Hall

  • 9:30 a.m.-noon – Birding for all! With Nandini Stocton

  • 10 a.m.- noon – Birding Habitat and Wild Edibles Guided Hike with Homer Elliott

  • 10 a.m.-11 a.m. – Build a Birds Nest

  • 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. - Charly Harper inspired arts

  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30pm - Paper Wings; Bird inspired paper airplanes

  • 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. – Lunch in Dining Hall

  • 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Hike to Split Rocks

  • 2 p.m. 5 p.m. Relaxation Station; Arts and Crafts with Amy

  • 2-4 p.m. – Nature Writing Workshop

  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Dinner in Dinning Hall

  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Ugata Drumming Circle by Lawrence Green

  • 8:30-10:30 p.m. – Sowash Family Band

Sunday May 14thth

  • 6:30-7:30 a.m. – Early Bird Birding with Jane Balbo

  • 7-11 a.m. – Bird Banding

  • 8-9 a.m. – Breakfast in Dining Hall

  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. – Sounds of the Forest Family Hike

  • 10:30 a.m. -11a.m. Bird Window Strike Prevention Workshop

  • 10 - noon - Zen and the Art of Birding with Kevinn Fung

  • 11 a.m.-noon – Hike to Councilors Cave

  • 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. – Lunch at Dining Hall

If you would like to work/barter at the festival in exchange for entrance – or if you have any questions about Birds in the Hills – please contact Madison at madison@ruralaction.org.

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