Birding Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Ohio

Sandhill Crane at Ottawa NWR /USFWS

In late April through late May, Ottawa Refuge may host as many as 38 different species of warbler, with rare but exciting visits by the endangered Kirtland’s Warbler – making this area known as the ‘warbler capital of the world.’

Why Northwest Ohio Really Rocks in Nature Tourism

Prothonotary Warbler,

While “western Ohio” may not register on everyone’s list as a top destination — unless you’re a birder or from the Midwest — it is a great place to visit for many reasons, thanks to the recreational and ecological benefits of Lake Erie. And if you ARE a birder, combining a birding trip with one of these other attractions will satisfy your nature cravings AND keep your family satisfied, too.

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