EIN 34-1702076

Black Swamp Bird Observatory

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The mission of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory is to inspire the appreciation, enjoyment and conservation of birds and thier habitats through research , education and outreach. To inspire the appreciation, enjoyment and conservation of birds and their habitats through research, education, and outreach.
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Program areas at Black Swamp Bird Observatory

Education: annually bsbo's education and outreach programs interact directly with more than 25,000 people. These programs have received national accolades. We focus on youth education through wetland investigation network (win) program, which offers students grades k-12 a day-long exploration of the local marsh ecosystem. Through our Ohio young birders club for ages 12-18 we encourage, educate, and empower future conservation leaders. The club is used as a model program for many other youth birding clubs across the us. Bsbo business alliance helps build strong support for conservation of natural resources and for future conservation-land acquisition.
Conservation: habitat conservation and restoration is promoted in nw Ohio and other areas of the world where the birds migrate to, from and through, by promoting responsible wind energy, specifically within 3 to 5 miles of the lake erie shoreline, a globally important stopover habitat. Until 2020, the biggest week in american birding 10-day festival attracted 90,000+ birdwatchers to nw Ohio annually, who spent an estimated $40 million in the area. Bsbo's work with local businesses, depts of tourism, chambers of commerce, and community leaders ensures this event builds support for migratory Bird habitat conservation. During the spring of 2020 and 2021, this event was held virtually due to covid-19 precautions and restrictions, yet still continuing to support the community and the organization's mission.
Research: bsbo has conducted avian research since 1992; including studies in the breeding and migration ecology of birds that utilize the local, globally important stopover habitat, monitoring populations, migration routes, and flight altitudes, on passerines, waterfowl, shorebirds, & raptors. Researchers investigate habitats spaning from oak openings in western lucas county Ohio, north into southern Michigan and the lake erie basin, and east to shaker lakes in cuyahoga county Ohio. On average, bsbo bands 12,000 birds annually, more than 700,000 in total. Based on birds per net hours figures, bsbo's navarre marsh banding station is the largest of its kind in the united states.

Who funds Black Swamp Bird Observatory

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Berrien Community FoundationGeneral Support, Education Facility Construction Support$25,200
Franklin Electric Charitable and Educational FoundationTo Support General Operations$20,000
Schwab Charitable FundEnvironmental and Animals$10,550
...and 5 more grants received

Personnel at Black Swamp Bird Observatory

Kim KaufmanExecutive Director$62,571
Margy TrumbullBoard Chair, Conservation Committee Chair$0
Don BaumanBoard Chair$0
Rob RipmaSecretary$0
Michelle M KlementTreasurer$0
...and 2 more key personnel

Financials for Black Swamp Bird Observatory

RevenuesFYE 12/2021
Total grants, contributions, etc.$643,656
Program services$61,099
Investment income and dividends$10
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$0
Net income from fundraising events$-9,562
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$13,245
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$708,448

Form 990s for Black Swamp Bird Observatory

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-122021-09-15990View PDF
2019-122021-03-31990View PDF
2018-122019-12-13990View PDF
2017-122018-11-15990View PDF
2016-122018-03-14990View PDF
...and 7 more Form 990s
Data update history
May 7, 2023
Received grants
Identified 1 new grant, including a grant for $25,200 from Berrien Community Foundation
August 2, 2022
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
July 26, 2022
Received grants
Identified 2 new grant, including a grant for $10,000 from Welltower Charitable Foundation
July 22, 2022
Updated personnel
Identified 2 new personnel
August 23, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2019
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General information
13551 West State Rte 2
Oak Harbor, OH 43449
Metro area
Toledo, OH
Website URL
(419) 898-4070
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
D34: Wildlife Sanctuary, Refuge
NAICS code, primary
813312: Environment, Conservation, and Wildlife Organizations
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