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Are you a bird lover? From birding trails to sanctuaries to a National Park, Northern Ohio offers the bird lover so many areas to discover its flying wildlife.

 


 
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The Lake Erie Birding Trail, a series of 84 premier birding locations along Ohio’s north coast, was unveiled during the Midwest Birding Symposium in mid-September. This project was coordinated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.  A birding trail is a directory of the most productive and accessible birdwatching sites in an area with the goal of bringing people to the birds. The Lake Erie Birding Trail closely follows the Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s America’s Byways program, and covers Ohio’s entire 312-mile coastline.

The 84 trail sites represent over 30 federal, state, county, and local park districts and management agencies. Lake Metroparks has six parks featured: one in the Ashtabula loop and five in the Cleveland loop.

Audubon Wetlands Preserve
Ashland County Park District

Black Swamp Observatory
13551 West St. Rt 2
Oak Harbor, OH 43449
419.898.4070
website

Crawford Park District - Crawford County
Blue Bird Trail - Sears Woods State Nature Preserve
1486 Mt. Zion Rd.
website

Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area
SR 3 south, right onto SR 95, left onto dirt road just before Village of Funk to reach the wildlife observation platform. 330-567-3390
This 1,490-acre wildlife preserve is located behind Mohicanville Dam and has an observation tower for viewing animals and birds. Open year round. Open for hunting and trapping

Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area
This 5,671-acre wildlife area is situated in northeastern Ohio in portions of Wayne and Holmes counties. This complex is Ohio’s largest remaining marshland outside of the Lake Erie region. A great variety of nesting and migrant birds utilize the area. Of particular interest is the spring migration of waterfowl and songbirds.
website

Malabar Farms - Songbird Aviary
The Malabar Farm Songbird Aviary contains varied avian species
throughout the year.
4050 Bromfield Road
Lucas, OH 44843
Phone: 419-892-2784
For additional information website
(photo courtesy of Malabar Farm)

Ohio Bird Sanctuary
3774 Orweiler Rd.
Mansfield, OH 44903
419.884.HAWK (4295)
website

Ohio Erie & Canalway
Information about key viewing sites in each county, important bird areas, flyways and more.
For complete information website.

Ohio Ornithological Society
website

* Winter: Waterfowl and gulls are good when the area is not frozen. It is a good area for Snowy Owl during invasion years.

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is located in northwest Ohio on the shore of Lake Erie. The refuge was established in 1961 to provide habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds, resident wildlife, and endangered and threatened species.
For complete information and listing of events website.


EVENTS
April 4, 2015
(Ashland County)

LIVE BIRDS OF PREY

Among our most popular attractions are birds of prey presentations conducted by experts from the Ohio Bird Sanctuary every Saturday evening at 7:00pm April through November at Mohican State Park Lodge. Learn about Ohio's winged predators. Marvel at the speed of falcons, the stealth of owls, and the accuracy of hawks.

For more information call 419-938-5411 or visit www.mohicanstateparklodge.com

Local Visitor Bureau

April 11, 2015
(Wayne County)

Guided Bird Walk
Free program-birders of all skill levels welcome. Please dress for the weather. Seaman Orientation Plaza-Secrest Arboretum 9 AM
http://secrest.osu.edu

 

 

The 82nd annual Series of Spring Bird Walks
brings flocks of birds and birders together


Northeast Ohio's location along the southern shore of Lake Erie makes it a prime destination for migrating birds of all kinds. Every spring, hundreds of thousands of birds representing more than 100 species make their way northward from their winter homes farther south and stop here to rest and refuel before making the flight across the lake to reach their nesting grounds in the boreal forests and tundra of Canada. Keep an eye out for blackburnian warblers, scarlet tanagers, indigo buntings and rose-breasted grosbeaks, and this is just to name a few species.

Cleveland Metroparks, along with its partners, the Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and other local park districts, collaborate each year to present the Series of Spring Bird Walks every Sunday from April 12 through May 17. These free, naturalist or volunteer led walks, meet at 7:30 a.m. at each of the various locations around Northeast Ohio in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Medina and Portage counties.

Cleveland Metroparks locations include Lake Isaac in Big Creek Reservation, Hemlock Creek Picnic Area in Bedford Reservation, the Station Road Bridge Trailhead in Brecksville Reservation, Hinckley Lake in Hinckley Reservation, Lake Erie Nature & Science Center in Huntington Reservation, Sunset Pond in North Chagrin Reservation, CanalWay Visitor Center in Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation, Rocky River Nature Center in Rocky River Reservation and Jackson Road parking lot in South Chagrin Reservation.

Other Spring Bird Walk locations include Aurora, Gates Mills, Geauga Park District, Hiram, Holden Arboretum, Lake Erie Bluffs, Mentor Marsh and Shaker Lakes.

"This is one of the longest-running citizen science projects in the country," said Cleveland Metroparks Director of Outdoor Experiences Wendy Weirich. "The Spring Bird Walks not only collect data about bird migration, but also give participants a unique way to experience spring -- if they go each week, they often start in a coat and end in shorts."

For more information, visit clevelandmetroparks.com or the Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society website at wcasohio.org/spring_bird_walks.htm.



May 8 - 17, 2015

Biggest Week in American Birding
Festival Headquarters: Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center, 1750 State Park Rd. #2, Oregon
419.898.4070
biggestweekinamericanbirding.com

Hours vary
Fees vary.
Black Swamp Bird Observatory invites you to The Biggest Week in American Birding in Northwest Ohio, the "Warbler Capital of the World!" The "Biggest Week" is a 10-day festival featuring some of the best spring birding North America has to offer. The Biggest Week features workshops, guided birding activities, day-long and half-day birding van tours, keynote speakers, and more. Among the myriad of events offered during the festival are workshops, American Woodcock trips to observe the extraordinary displays of these woodland shorebirds, daily walks at the world famous Magee Marsh, keynote presentations, birding by ear workshops, and presentations on world birding. Great fun for birders of all interest and skill levels, everyone from beginners to some of the world's top bird experts describes Biggest Week as their favorite bird festival. Make it yours, too!

 

June 13, 2015
(Wayne County)
Guided Bird Walk
Members of the Greater Mohican Audubon Society accompany bird watchers of all skill levels scouting dozens of birds found in the arboretum. Please dress for the weather. Seaman Orientation Plaza-Secrest Arboretum 9 AM http://secrest.osu.edu

 

 


 
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