Ohio Young Birders Club Explores Cincinnati Zoo

Posted March 3, 2016 by Michelle Curley


This month, the Cincinnati Zoo was excited to welcome the Southwest Chapter of Black Swamp Bird Observatory’s Ohio Young Birders Club!


The Ohio Young Birders Club is a program developed by the Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) in 2006 to encourage, educate, and empower our youth conservation leaders. Each month student members can participate in field trips to exciting places in Ohio. In addition to visiting cool places in Ohio, many students participate in service projects focused on habitat restoration and other cool projects such as creating bird feeding areas at their local school.


Goals of the Club

  • Create a community for young birders throughout Ohio ~ and beyond!
  • Promote volunteering and contributing through service projects
  • Foster an interest in natural history and encourage young people to spend more time outside
  • Introduce young people to career opportunities in the wildlife and conservation fields
  • Connect young birders with adult mentors willing to share their time, knowledge, and transportation!


The young birders learned from the Cincinnati Zoo’s Curator of Birds, Robert Webster, about the role of aviculture in conservation. They followed that up with an exclusvie Wings of the World Bird House tour.


To join the Ohio Young Birders Club, or for more information on how you can get involved, click here.


King penguin zooms by a student
Behind the scenes in the Bird House… follow the footprints!

Here’s a look at some of the birds they came across at the Zoo:

Little Penguin chicks
Rockhopper Pegnuin
Horned Puffin
Bowie, the little penguin, and first Zoo Baby of 2016!
Nicobar pigeon
Nicobar pigeon