By Mat Stevens
Ohio is a magical place to catch sight of some of your favorite birds. The state has dozens of great woodland areas to take in the beautiful sights and sounds of nature, and to observe some of Ohio’s various bird species. Get outside, get some fresh air, and enjoy these five beautiful birdwatching hikes in Ohio.
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is one of the best places to go on a birdwatching hike because it's home to species of birds that are nearly impossible to see anywhere else. Bald eagles, yellow-rumped warblers, dunlins, and more, abound here! The refuge was established as a habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds.
The Black Swamp Bird Observatory aims to inspire appreciation, enjoyment, and conservation of birds and their habits through education and outreach. At this lush observatory, catch sight of the gray-cheeked thrush, northern saw whet owls, and nearly 150,000 other birds! It’s simply incredible.
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The Walborn Reservoir comprises nearly 2,500 acres of terrain and open water. Dozens of species of birds are native to the area and make their home in this reservoir. If you're looking for a great place to have a nice hike and watch beautiful birds, this is it.
The Birding Station at Jeffrey Point boasts almost 10,000 impressive acres of grassland, woodlands, wetlands, and more. The Birding Station features an immense array of bird species and serves as one of the most important birding areas in the state.
The Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area in Curtice is 558 acres of marshland on Lake Erie located 13 miles east of Toledo. The water levels that create the marsh environment provide optimum vegetation for wetland wildlife and unique species of birds.