Spring migration draws millions of birds to Ohio in the coming months, and the Lake Erie Birding Trail offers an opportunity to view many species, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
The Lake Erie Birding Trail encompasses the shoreline and inland areas from Conneaut in the east to Toledo in the west. More than 80 primary birding sites are highlighted along the trail, which is divided into seven loops - Ashtabula, Cleveland, Huron and Lorain, Sandusky Bay, Lake Erie Islands, western Lake Erie marshes and Oak Openings.
Sites within each loop are similar in habitat and landscape. People can visit the entire trail in one trip or explore the trail loop by loop.
Many birds migrate north in the spring to reach their breeding grounds. Nearly 400 species of birds have been spotted in these areas, and these sightings typically occur in large numbers. A diverse group of migrant songbirds fill lakeside woodlands. Waterbirds pack marshes and open lake waters and marsh birds breed in coastal wetlands.
Help protect wildlife and habitat when visiting the Lake Erie Birding Trail by following designated trails and respecting private property. Use binoculars or zoom lenses to get close to birds, and avoid chasing or flushing them.
Visit the Lake Erie Birding Trail website at www.lakeerieohiobirding.info for bird identification tips, checklists, events and facts on the Great Lakes.
More birding resources are available at www.wildohio.com.