Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Oak Harbor

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#15 of 36 in Wildlife in Ohio
The 6704acre Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1961 to preserve habitat for migrating birds. Staff at the refuge also manage Cedar Point and West Sister Island refuges. The three refuges together now protect approximately 9000acre of habitat and some of the last remnants of the "Great Black Swamp" in the heart of the Lake Erie marshes.The Lake Erie Marsh Region has historically been important to fish, migratory waterfowl, songbirds, and shorebirds. Large numbers of migrating songbirds stop in the area to rest during their spring migration. This amazing wildlife spectacle attracts a large number of visitors from across the country.Ottawa Refuge has been designated as a site of regional significance in the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. In 2002, Birder's World readers voted the refuge as one of their Top 15 favorite spots to see birds, and the American Bird Conservancy has identified the refuge as an Important Bird Area.
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  • The Ottawa Wildlife Refuge provides an excellent opportunity to view a variety of ecosystems located on the shores of Lake Erie. Well kept/marked trails will guide you through the refuge. The nature c...  more »
  • We walked around a gravelly path next to fields and saw egrets and herons in the lagoon. There's a first class visitor's center in the front of this national wildlife area.  more »
  • This is a National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) which has been bought and paid for with money from the sales of Federal Duck Stamps. This NWR that is located in northern Ohio along the coast of Lake Erie nea...  more »
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  • Kind of far out there but it's great for a family day trip take your camera and binoculars and you can see tons of Wildlife and their natural habitat also provides a great walk and exercise in the same time
  • Wasn't sure what to expect but the wife and I loved it. Great place for birding and other wetland wildlife. You can easily spend hours here.
  • This is a fantastic place to get out and away from it all. There are lots of trials and roads, and they have some great information on the bird migrations. Be sure to check out The Biggest Week in American Birding.
  • This is a remarkable area with different habitats. Great birding destination, lots of wildlife, and great walking trails.
  • It's a beautiful refuge and the visitors center has some really cool displays.

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