The Ohio Young Birders Club (OYBC) 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, ages 12-18, participate in field trips and outings to exciting places in Ohio. In addition, student members participate in service projects focused on habitat restoration and conservation. There are currently 5 regional OYBC chapters throughout the state of Ohio, and the OYBC has become a model for youth birding programs around the country.
The keystone event for The Ohio Young Birders Club is the annual Ohio Young Birders Conference. Our first conference in 2006 represented the first event of its kind, where all presentations were given by students 18 and under. The conference also features a keynote address by a regional, national, or international youth conservation leader. Because it's such a dynamic event, the conference draws participants (of all ages!) from throughout Ohio, and many other states as well.