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Every May the quiet little town of Oak Harbor, Ohio, turns into a madhouse. More than three dozen species of warblers—the males decked out in their flashiest breeding plumage, the females trying not to look too impressed—stop to rest and refuel among the box-elders, elms, and Kentucky coffeetrees in Magee Marsh after a grueling migration.


Close on the parulids’ tiny heels come the human warbler geeks. Laden with fancy cameras, giant scopes, and two-pound warbler guides, the groupies descend on this 2,000-acre wetland at the foot of Lake Erie for a 10-day festival known as the Biggest Week of American Birding.

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