Top 6 Birding Hot spots in Shores & Islands Ohio

The 10-day Biggest Week in American Birding event, May 4 through 14, features an array of identification, conservation and birding workshops along with other great programs, field trips and outings. 

Welcome to the Warbler Capital of the World! The schedule for the 2023 Biggest Week In American Birding has posted! The 10-day event features a great array of identification, conservation and birding workshops along with other programs, field trips, outings and more!

Below are the top six birding hot spots in our region. Discover so many reasons to spend another day in Shores & Islands Ohio, one of the nation's best areas for birding. While you’re here experiencing amazing birding opportunities, you can savor local cuisine, explore hundreds of beautiful nature areas, plus find fun things to do and unique places to stay year-round at Make memories that’ll last a lifetime.

Magnolia WarblerEast Harbor State Park
1169 N. Buck Rd., Marblehead 43440
419-734-4424 or 866-644-6727
With its scenic wetlands, nature enthusiasts are sure to catch a glimpse of ducks, geese, gulls, terns and other migratory waterfowl.

Blackburnian WarblerKelleys Island
419-746-2360 Kelleys Island Chamber of Commerce
An abundance of nature trails provides a great environment for warblers, ducks, sparrows, raptors, herons, shorebirds and more.

Magee MarshMagee Marsh Wildlife Area
13229 W. St. Rte. 2, Oak Harbor 43449, 419-898-0960
This is one of the best places in Ohio to witness the spring migration of neotropical birds. Here you will find an abundance of warblers, orioles, thrushes, vireos, flycatchers and raptors.

Black-throated Blue WarblerOld Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve
2514 Cleveland Rd. E., Huron 44839, 419-433-4601
This is one of the Great Lakes’ best remaining natural estuaries. The area attracts waterfowl, wading birds and neotropical migrants.

Ottawa Ntl Wildlife RefugeOttawa National Wildlife Refuge
14000 W. St. Rte. 2, Oak Harbor 43449, 419-898-0014
More than 300 species have been sighted in past years, including warblers, ducks, trumpeter swans, bald eagles, shorebirds and raptors.

Cape May WarblerSheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve
2715 Cleveland Rd. W, Huron 44839
This diverse habitat offers unusual species such as the golden-winged warbler and the more common ducks and shorebirds.

These are only a few of the hot spots in Shores & Islands Ohio. Click here for a complete list of birding experiences. Discounts are available for birders visiting the Shores & Islands Ohio area. Head over to the Shore Savings to check them out.

Don't forget to get your Shores & Islands Ohio 2023 Play + Stay Travel Guide to plan a vacation, weekend getaway or mini-break to Sandusky, Cedar Point, Port Clinton, Put-in-Bay, or Kelleys Island — some of the best vacation spots in Ohio. It includes travel tips, Lake Erie tourist attractions, a map, and our Shore Savings Card for discounts offered throughout our region. We'd Lake Erie Love to see you!

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