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The Full Course: Slice of Lifer Pie perfect for birders at Blackberry Corner

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    Blackberry Corners Tavern owner Brenda Lowe with a strawberry pie.

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    Blade food editor Mary Bilyeu, left, and Blackberry Corners Tavern owner Brenda Lowe.

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    Blackberry Corners Tavern in Martin, Ohio.

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Blackberry Corners Tavern is the perfect place to enjoy a slice of Lifer Pie.

If you’re a bird-watcher – and we know there are lots of you in northwest Ohio for the Biggest Birding Week in America, which continues until Sunday (biggestweekinamericanbirding.com) – you likely already know what that means.

WATCH: Blackberry Corners serves up Lifer Pie

For those who don’t, Karen Zach, a volunteer at the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, 13551 OH-2 in Oak Harbor, explains that “the term refers to a way to commemorate the occasion of spotting a species of bird for the first time ever ... a way of celebrating a person's good fortune of seeing something [he or] she has never seen before while birding.” Lifers, she continued, “are what birders tally for a Life List  – how many unique species a person has seen in a lifetime. Some travel all over the world,” and especially to northwest Ohio, “just to see certain birds.”

The concept of celebrating such a spectacular sighting with a piece of pie comes from “Bruce Richardson, a musician and birder living in Australia now,” said Ms. Zach. He “first coined the term ‘lifer pie.’"

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