“the most famous birding destination in Ohio”
Magee Marsh is probably the most famous birding destination in Ohio. Thousands of birders from all over the country—and even overseas—flock here in May to witness spring migration. Their primary destination is the legendary "bird trail," which is an elevated mile-and-a-half long boardwalk that bisects a 37-acre patch of swamp woods on the shore of Lake Erie. Catch a good day and the numbers and variery of songbirds can be stupefying. You'll likely be sharing them with several thousand other birders, but the birds are unaffected and often nearly at fingertip range. Nearly every regularly occurring songbird found in Ohio is found at Magee annually. The wildlife area is 2,000 acres and much of it is marsh. A great variety of waterbirds can be present and gravel pulloffs allow safe viewing from the causeway road that bisects the marsh. While peak birding is in spring, the opportunities are excellent year-round with interesting species present in every month. With more than 2,000 acres of prime habitats, and more than 300 species sighted in the past, Magee Marsh is a birding "hot spot". We offer a Visitor's Center, restrooms, indoor observation area, and .6 miles of Boardwalk Trail through emergent marsh and forested beach ridge. Visit the Sportsman Migratory Bird Center.
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Magee Marsh Wildlife Area
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