Birder's Library

Looking for a birding hotspot in Ohio? Wondering what birds to expect this month? Interested in winter bird counts? You've come to the right place! Check out our birding library for these resources and more.

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General Information

Address:

13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, OH 43449

County/Counties:

Lucas, Ottawa

DeLorme page number and letter/number coordinates:

(7th Edition and earlier) Page 27 D-7

GPS Coordinates:

Nearest town or city:

Oak Harbor

Distance and direction from nearest town/city:

Oak Harbor17 miles west of Port Clinton

Directions to site from nearest town/city of at least moderate size:

From Port Clinton go west on State Route 2; Magee Marsh is about 5 miles past Davis Besse Nuclear Power Plant, between SR 19 and SR 590, on State Route 2

Links to Websites

Best source of a website map for this location, and any comments on map quality:

http://www.ohiodnr.com/Portals/9/Images/hunting/Wildlife%20Area%20Maps/pub045.gif (ODNR Map)
http://www.bsbo.org/birding/pdf/Magee_Marsh_Map.pdf (BSBO map of Magee)
http://www.bsbo.org/birding/pdf/magee_marsh_boardwalk_map_and_text.pdf (BSBO detailed map of boardwalk)

Website links to general information about this site:

Magee Marsh Wildlife Area ODNR website

Site Description

Magee Marsh is 2000 acres of wetlands situated on Lake Erie. It has been named as one of the top ten bird watching sites in the country. Four trails are open for birding, with the Magee Marsh Bird Trail or Boardwalk the most popular. There are also pull-off areas for viewing along the road. Visitors can stop by the Bird Center to pick up a checklist or map and find out what birds have been recently sighted. There is also a 40 ft observation tower located outside the Bird Center. The Lake Erie Wing Watch birding guide is also available at the Bird Center.

Birds of Interest - Seasonal Specialties

Winter:

Northern shrikes, short-eared owls, bald eagles

Spring:

warblers and other neotropical migrants, nesting eagles

Summer:

herons, egrets

Fall:

Waterfowl, including trumpeter swans

General Information For This Area

Closed hours/season:

The Wildlife Area is open during daylight hours. The Bird Center is open all year Monday through Friday from 8 am until 5 pm. During March through November the Bird Center is also open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am until 5 pm, with special birding hours for the months of April and May, opening at 8 am on Saturdays. The area beyond the Bird Center is closed mid-October through December for controlled waterfowl hunting, however the Bird Center and Magee Marsh Walking trail remain open during this time.

Parking Areas:

Plenty of parking at the Bird Center and at the Boardwalk

Fees/Permits:

None.

Restroom Facilities:

Located inside the Bird Center. Portable restrooms located near Boardwalk

Special Notes:

Harmful insects, poisonous plants or animals:

Restaurants in the area:

Wild Wings, Blackberry Corners

Other Useful Information:

Other Birding Opportunities in the Area

Ottawa National Wildlife Reguge is located next door. Other nearby wildlife areas in clude Toussaint, Metzger, and Mallard Club.

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