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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.

 


 
Some of our favorite bird links:

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 28, 2017
(Wayne County)

Guided Spring Walk

Free guided Spring walk. Please dress for the weather. Seaman Orientation Plaza-Secrest Arboretum 2:00 PM

Website: http://secrest.osu.edu

Local Visitor Bureau
Wayne County Ohio Visitor Bureau

April 29, 2017
(Ashland County)

LIVE BIRDS OF PREY

Saturday - April 29, 2017
At Mohican State Park Lodge at 7pm. Enjoy an up close experience with a variety of Ohio's bird species. Free and open to the public.

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

Local Visitor Bureau

Mohican Country Ohio

April 30, 2017
(Ashland County)

HUMMINGBIRD HIKE

At Mohican State Park Lodge beginning at 10am. Learn about feeding hummingbirds and make a hummingbird feeder to take home. Free and open to the public.
For more information call 419-938-5411 or visit www.mohicanstateparklodge.com

Local Visitor Bureau

Mohican Country Ohio


Week of May 5-14, 2017

Biggest Week in American Birding

419.898.4070
For festival locations and information:
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!

 

May 6, 2017
(Geauga County)

Spring Birding for Beginners
Saturday, May 6, 8:30-10 AM
The Rookery
Join other beginning birders outside of the Great Blue Heron Lodge for a quick overview of potential bird sightings, then head out on the trails to see what birds we can find! Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Geauga Park District
(440) 286-9516
Toll Free (800) 536-4006
www.geaugaparkdistrict.org

May 7, 2017
(Geauga County)

Annual Spring Bird Walk Series
Sunday, May 7, 7:30-9:30 AM
Eldon Russell Park
See a variety of birds during spring migration, as they return home to prime breeding habitat. Bring binoculars and bird guide. Also May 14 & 21. Nature's Not to Be Missed.

Geauga Park District
(440) 286-9516
Toll Free (800) 536-4006
www.geaugaparkdistrict.org


May 10, 2017
(Geauga County)

Magee Marsh Birding Van Trip
Wednesday, May 10, 6 AM-5:30 PM
The West Woods, Nature Center Parking Lot
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with a trip to one of the best bird watching spots in the country to witness the spring spectacle of bird migration along the shores of Lake Erie. Bring a pair of binoculars, water and a sack lunch. Registration required. Fee: $10 in-county, $25 out-of-county. Nature's Not to Be Missed.

Geauga Park District
(440) 286-9516
Toll Free (800) 536-4006
www.geaugaparkdistrict.org

May 14, 2017
(Geauga County)

Annual Spring Bird Walk Series
Sunday, May 14, 7:30-9:30 AM
Big Creek Park, Aspen Grove Parking Lot
See a variety of birds during spring migration, as they return home to prime breeding habitat. Bring binoculars and bird guide. Also May 21. Nature's Not to Be Missed.

Geauga Park District
(440) 286-9516
Toll Free (800) 536-4006
www.geaugaparkdistrict.org

May 20, 2017
(Geauga County)

Lake Erie Bluffs Birding Van Trip
Saturday, May 20, 6:45-10:30 AM
The West Woods, Nature Center Parking Lot
Bring your binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras and explore this unique habitat for spring migrants. Reserve a seat in the van (leaving from TWW at 6:45 AM) or drive yourself and meet at Lake Erie Bluffs (van will arrive at the Bluffs at 7:30 AM). Sturdy footwear recommended. Dress for the weather. Registration required. Nature's Not to Be Missed.

Geauga Park District
(440) 286-9516
Toll Free (800) 536-4006
www.geaugaparkdistrict.org

May 21, 2017
(Geauga County)

Annual Spring Bird Walk Series
Sunday, May 21, 7:30-9:30 AM
Swine Creek Reservation, Woods Edge Parking Lot
See a variety of birds during spring migration, as they return home to prime breeding habitat. Bring binoculars and bird guide. Nature's Not to Be Missed.

Geauga Park District
(440) 286-9516
Toll Free (800) 536-4006
www.geaugaparkdistrict.org

June 17, 2017
(Geauga County)

Bird House Van Tour
Saturday, June 17, 9 AM-Noon
Burton Square, Gazebo
A tour to look in on nesting bluebirds, Tree Swallows, Purple Martins, House Wrens and others attracted to bird houses with info to attract your own tenants. Registration required. Nature's Not to Be Missed.

Geauga Park District
(440) 286-9516
Toll Free (800) 536-4006
www.geaugaparkdistrict.org


 

 


 
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