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What’s New–Current

There are 3704 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Ashtabula County

Ashcroft Woods Conservation Area
Thanks to Thomas Reiter for suggesting this hotspot in the Grand River-Upper Important Bird Area.

Logan County

US-33 Huntsville Rest Area Eastbound
US-33 Huntsville Rest Area Westbound

Thanks to Chad Pumpelly for suggesting that there be hotspots at these rest areas.

Updates

Ashtabula County

Removed the Crooked Creek Conservation Club as a hotspot at the request of the managers of this private shooting range.

Clermont County

Grailville Nature Trails
Updated the information about the trails at Grailville provided by Terrie Puckett the executive director of Grailville.

What’s New–July 4, 2020

There are 3702 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Allen County

McLean Teddy Bear Park
Thanks to Linda Houshower for suggesting this park where she observed Henslow’s Sparrows as a hotspot.

Franklin County

Rush Run Ravines
Thanks to Rob Thorn for suggesting this hotspot and providing a photo and description of the pocket parks and conservation easements in the Rush Run neighborhood Worthington.

Greene County

Stewart Cemetery
Thanks to Gabby Loomis-Amrhein for suggesting this cemetery at the intersection of Hanley and Orchard Grove Roads in Bowersville as a hotspot.

Knox County

Kokosing Gap Trail–Stull Road
Thanks to Benjamin Miller for suggesting this additional hotspot on the Kokosing Gap Trail.

Sandusky County

River Cliff Park
Thanks to Paul Sherwood for suggesting this park in Fremont as a hotspot.

What’s New–June 27, 2020

There are 3697 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Cuyahoga County

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail–Clark Avenue
Thanks to Ryan Smylie for suggesting this hotspot on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.

Washington Reservation
Located in Newburgh Heights the 59-acre Washington Reservation is Cleveland Metroparks 15th reservation. The picnic shelter, recreational field, wetlands or the all purpose trail with its neighborhood links will make the venture to Washington Reservation both easy and well worth the trip for any park visitor. 1.1-mile of all purpose trail along East 49th Street and Washington Park Boulevard connects to Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation at East 49th Street and Grant Avenue.

Lake County

Girdled Road Reservation–North Entrance
Thanks to Josh Hargrave for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Girdled Road Reservation.

Morrow County

Shauck Cemetery
Thanks to Gary Cowell for suggesting this hotspot located in Morrow County outside of Mansfield.

Ottawa County

Portage River Fishing Access
Thanks to Paul Sherwood for suggesting this hotspot located in Port Clinton.

Richland County

Oak Grove Memorial Park
Thanks to Gary Cowell for suggesting this cemetery near Lexington as a hotspot.

Summit County

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail–Bolanz Road to Deep Lock Quarry
Thanks to Ned DeLamatre for suggesting this additional hotspot on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.

Updates

Summit County

Sand Run Metro Park–Big Bend Trailhead
Thanks to Carole Sheridan for providing photos.

What’s New–June 20, 2020

There are 3690 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Ashland County

Tom Kruse Wildlife Conservation Park
The Tom Kruse Wildlife Conservation Park consists of approximately 80 acres with significant wildlife habitat, gently rolling meadows, a wooded ravine, and a pond. There is public access for fishing, hiking, bird watching, nature study and more. This park is situated in Montgomery Township at the intersection of OH-60 and County Road 1754, not far from Byers Woods.

Delaware County

Resurrection Cemetery, Lewis Center
Resurrection Cemetery is located just north of Columbus and Worthington on US-23. Thanks to Kevin Coffman for suggesting this hotspot.

Greene County

Creekside Trail–Xenia
The Creekside Trail along Shawnee Creek in Xenia goes north from the center of Xenia and passes several parks. Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting this additional hotspot along the Creekside Trail.

James Ranch Park
The gardens at James Ranch, cared for by the OSU Extension Greene County Master Gardeners, feature perennial, enabling, and vegetable gardens. The four-acre park features the James family home, a nineteenth century Italianate farmhouse with a springhouse and pond. The park is an access to the Creekside Trail. Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting this hotspot.

Huron County

Exchange Road–US-250 to OH-162
Exchange Road traverses privately owned properties. Please view birds from the roadside only. The grasslands adjacent to Exchange Road are designated as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. Aside from the interesting woodlot in the middle of the stretch of road and a swale that crosses the road, the entire block contains planted farm fields. It appears that the owners have abandoned any attempts to turn this into grassland.

Fairlawn Park
Photo by Kathy Mock

Lucas County

Anchor Point Road
Anchor Point Road parallels Williams Ditch and ends at Anchor Point Marina. This road traverses privately owned properties. Please view birds from the roadside only.

Summit County

Fairlawn Park
Fairlawn Park is located on Ridgewood Road and houses a Community Garden and Soccer Fields. Smith Ditch flows through Fairlawn Park. Part of a wetland restoration project, there is a wildlife viewing deck overlooking the wetland. The deck is accessed from a trail at the end of the parking lot adjacent to the soccer fields. Thanks to Kathy Mock for suggesting this as a hotspot and for providing photos.

Summit Bike and Hike Trail–West Highland Road
Thanks to Nancy O’Bryan for suggesting this additional hotspot on the Summit Bike and Hike Trail.

Infirmary Road
Photo by Alex Eberts

Vinton County

Infirmary Road
Infirmary Road traverses privately owned lands. Please view birds from the roadside only. Thanks to Alex Eberts for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos and tips for birding.

Updates

Ohio Important Bird Areas

Most of the Important Bird Areas in Ohio are defined as a polygon in eBird. Just a few are not. Added links to First sightings, Last sightings, and High counts for all the IBAs where this information is available. This allowed updating the list of eBird hotspots which are within each IBA area.

Columbiana County

Hellbender Bluff County Park
Changed the name of this hotspot, replacing “Public Hunting Area” with “County Park.” When added to eBird, this park was managed as a state public hunting area. It is now managed by the Columbiana County Park District. Hellbender Bluff is within the Little Beaver Creek Important Bird Area.

Lorain County

French Creek Reservation–Burrell Homestead (restricted access)
Access to Burrell Homestead is limited to guided educational activities. Added (restricted access) to the name of this hotspot.

Franklin County

Glen Echo Park
Added an annotated map and photo from the Ohio Ornithological Society newsletter. Thanks to Kandace Glanville for these additions.

County Pages

On each county page, there is a list of up to 10 of the Top Hotspots in the county with over 100 bird species reported. I update this twice a year, usually in January and June. I am in the process of making this update now. It is interesting to see how the list changes over time. For example compare the list in Columbiana County.


What’s New–June 13, 2020

About state of Ohio website links

You may have noticed than the state of Ohio is in the process of updating websites. All of the links to information about state parks, wildlife areas, state nature preserves, boat ramps, and more currently go to a temporary website. The new websites are in development but will not be ready until summer. Once the new websites are ready, it will take some time to update the links. In the meantime, I ask for your patience.
Ken Ostermiller

There are 3681 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Belmont County

Saint Clairsville Memorial Park
Saint Clairsville Memorial Park–Newlin Falls Nature Trail

Thanks to Seth Ausubel for suggesting the Newlin Falls Nature Trail in Saint Clairsville Memorial Park as a hotspot. Also added a hotspot for the whole park.

Columbiana County

Bolivar Road
Bolivar Road (Washington Township Road 791) traverses privately owned properties. Please view birds from the roadside only. Thanks to Diane Baughman for suggesting this hotspot.

Cuyahoga County

South Chagrin Reservation–Sulphur Springs Trails
Thanks to Alex Burke for suggesting this additional hotspot in the South Chagrin Reservation.

Fairfield County

Smeck Park
Smeck Park is 48+ acres in Liberty Township in the northern part of the county. There are deep ravines and meadows, mature mixed hardwood trees, a Civilian Conservation Corps pine plantation, and fields that are partially divided by Little Walnut Creek and the Ohio & Erie Canal. Thanks to Jeffrey Roth for suggesting this hotspot.

Miami County

Lost Creek Prairie Preserve
Tipp City is located in Miami county in west-central Ohio and best known for being a stop along the long-extinct Miami and Erie canal, Spring Hill nursery, and the annual Mum Festival in the fall. For a little over a decade Tipp City has been purchasing farm land outside of town along the Great Miami River with Clean Ohio Conservation Grant funds to convert the agriculture into prairie. The major reason for this has been an effort to protect and safe guard the well fields and underground aquifer from which the city and surrounding area gets its potable water supply.

Portage County

Edinburg Park
Edinburg Park is located on Rock Spring Road just north of I-76 and is managed by the Edinburg Township Parks Department. Thanks to Ami Horowitz for suggesting this hotspot.

Tuscarawas County

Camp Tuscazoar Trails
The camp is a privately owned Boy Scout camp, but the trails are open to the public. They just require you to sign in. No fees or permits are required. Thanks to Nancy O’Bryan for suggesting this hotspot and providing tips for birding.

Updates

Updated the Top Ohio Birding Locations

Updated hotspots on County and Township Roads to include the name of the county or township.
Clay Pits–West of Marion Township Road 227
Holmes County Trail–Prairie Township Road 346 Marsh
Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area–Wyandot County Road 71 East
Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area–Wyandot County Road 71 West
Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area–Wyandot County Road 75 (no vehicles)
Kokosing River–Newcastle Township Road 423 Access
Linton Township Road 145 Pond
Lake La Su An Wildlife Area–Bridgewater Township Road 8
Lake La Su An Wildlife Area–Williams County Road R Grasslands
Lake La Su An Wildlife Area–Williams County Road S Bridge
Lake La Su An Wildlife Area–Williams County Road S Grasslands
Lake La Su An Wildlife Area–Williams County Road S Marsh
Little Sandusky River @ Pitt Township Road 113
Little Sandusky River @ Pitt Township Road 125
Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area–Trumbull County Road 195 Wetlands
Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area–Trumbull County Road 284 Wetlands
Seneca Township Road 26 Wildlife Production Area
Wyandot County Road 29

Stark County

Bolivar Dam (Stark County)
Corrected the spelling of Bolivar.

Summit County

Fort Island and Griffiths Park
Adjusted the name to match the official name of this park complex.

What’s New–June 6, 2020

About state of Ohio website links

You may have noticed than the state of Ohio is in the process of updating websites. All of the links to information about state parks, wildlife areas, state nature preserves, boat ramps, and more currently go to a temporary website. The new websites are in development but will not be ready until summer. Once the new websites are ready, it will take some time to update the links. In the meantime, I ask for your patience.
Ken Ostermiller

There are 3673 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Allen County

Kendrick Woods–Cottonwood Trail Access
Parking and access to the Cottonwood Trail is on Zion Church Road at the north end of the Kendrick Woods Important Bird Area. Thanks to Mandy Roberts for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos.

Cuyahoga County

Glenwillow Village Trail
The Glenwillow Village Trail on the north side of Pettibone from Austin Powder Drive to Richmond Road is extensively used by residents walking, riding bikes, and jogging. The trail connects with the trail system in Oakwood Village and the Cleveland Metroparks. Thanks to Cory Chiappone for suggesting this hotspot and for providing a photo.

Pettibone Park
Photo by Cory Chiappone

Pettibone Park
The main attraction of Pettibone Park in the Village of Glenwillow, as far as birders are concerned, is that it is adjacent to an old landfill. The best spot to view it is from the top of the hill at the parks far west end. You can walk there from the parking lot but the lawn can be pretty soggy, so it is best reached by parking in the designated parking spots along the road next to the hill. Thanks to Cory Chiappone for suggesting this hotspot and for providing tips for birding and photos.

Geauga County

LaDue Public Hunting Area–Rapids Road
Thanks to Garrett Lane for suggesting this additional hotspot in the LaDue Public Hunting Area

Holmes County

Holmes County Trail–Killbuck
The trail entrance is located next to the former train depot on Water Street (County Road 622). Parking is available in downtown Killbuck on Front Street, Water Street, and Main Street. Thanks to Joseph Boros for suggesting this additional hotspot on the Holmes County Trail.

Ottawa County

Portage River @ OH-163
Bank Swallows regularly nest under the bridge over the Portage River at OH-163 in Port Clinton. The area can be viewed from the bridge or from the parking lots of nearby businesses. There is parking for Jet Express on the south side, east of the road. On the north west side there is a place to clean fish, also with a parking lot. Please be respectful of businesses, especially when they have many customers. Thanks to Ami Horowitz for suggesting this hotspot and providing tips for birding.

PerryCounty

Clayton Township Road 217
Perry County Road 112
Thanks to Brad Imhoff for suggesting these two hotspots and for providing tips for birding and photos.

Sandusky County

Chudzinski-Johannsen Park
Chudzinski-Johannsen Park is Ballville Township’s newest park. The park’s setting is on a gentle rolling parcel of land approximately 74.5 acres located next to Tindall Bridge. The park has 1900 feet of water edge property along the banks of the Sandusky River. Thanks to Chris Byers for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Cuyahoga County

Forest Hill Park–East Cleveland
Thanks to Linda Coulter for providing photos.

Lucas County and Ottawa County

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

All the National Wildlife Refuges in the US, including Ottawa NWR, may be viewed, “explored” in eBird from the Explore tab.

Each of the National Wildlife Refuges has been defined as a polygon and the resulting page collects data from all the checklists (at hotspots and personal locations) within the refuge. Here’s the link to the page for Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge:
https://ebird.org/region/USFWS_147?yr=all

I noticed that some of the hotspots at Ottawa NWR were not showing up in the data, mostly hotspots where the marker was placed on a water feature at the refuge. For example, the marker for the Boss Unit on Benton-Carroll Road was in the pool adjacent to the viewing deck and the marker for the Walking Trail Pools was out in one of the pools. I experimented with moving the markers for these locations to land locations and, eureka, they showed up on the page above. I made adjustments in this way to the locations of markers for 8 sublocations at Ottawa NWR and data from them is now included in the output of this tool.

This is an example of how polygons are used in eBird to display data from eBird. I understand that the National Wildlife Refuge polygons were set up with special funding and using the polygons that are defined by the National Wildlife Refuge system.

In eBird, the Audubon Important Bird Areas have also been set up at polygons for data display. They do not have a display in the “Explore” tab similar to the National Wildlife Refuges, but may be selected from the tools which build bar charts, first and last sightings, and more. In this website, there is a page for each of the Important Bird Areas in Ohio. This link will take you to the index page where you may explore data from the Ohio IBA polygons.

Wayne County

Browns Lake Bog State Nature Preserve
Thanks to Tom Fishburn for providing photos.

County and Township Roads

Adjusted the names of County Roads and Township Roads to include the name of the county or township. There was not time to finish this project. There will be similar changes to other hotspots in the next week.
Alum Creek State Park–Delaware County Road 10A Fishing Access
Ashland County Road 1950
Charles Mill Lake–Ashland County Road 1217 Access
Conesville Coal Lands–County Road 7 Pond
Grassy Fork Bottoms, Jackson County Road 2
Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area–Marseilles Township Road 103
Mohicanville Dam–Mohican Township Road 2250
OH-269 @ Erie County Road 175
Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area–Sandusky County Road 232
Sandusky County Road 202
Sandusky County Road 244
Seneca County Road 34
Thompson Township Road 178
West River Road–I-75 to Hancock County Road 139
Woodbury Wildlife Area–Bedford Township Roads 56 and 58
Woodbury Wildlife Area–Coshocton County Road 4
Woodbury Wildlife Area–Coshocton County Road 70
Woodbury Wildlife Area–Coshocton County Road 286
Woodbury Wildlife Area–Jackson Township Road 302
Woodbury Wildlife Area–Jackson Township Road 403

What’s New–May 30, 2020

About Ohio website links

You may have noticed than the state of Ohio is in the process of updating websites. All of the links to information about state parks, wildlife areas, state nature preserves, boat ramps, and more currently go to a temporary website. The new websites are in development but will not be ready until summer. Once the new websites are ready, it will take some time to update the links. In the meantime, I ask for your patience.
Ken Ostermiller

There are 3664 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Clark County

Buck Creek Trail–Pumphouse Road Access
Parking for the Pumphouse Access is available at Old Reid Park.

Cuayhoga County

Brecksville Reservation–Buckeye Trail, Ottawa Point Picnic Area to Snowville Road
The Buckeye Trail traverses 16 miles through the Brecksville Reservation. There are trailheads which provide access to the Buckeye Trail in the southern section of the Brecksville Reservation at the Ottawa Point Picnic Area, on Riverview Road, and on Snowville Road. Thanks to Fred Losi for suggesting this hotspot.

Cleveland Cultural Gardens
Thanks to Alex Burke for suggesting this hotspot which is in the Dike 14-Doan Brook Important Bird Area.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park–Frazee House Towpath Trail
There is access to the Towpath Trail from Frazee House. Thanks to Fred Losi for suggesting this hotspot.

Hamilton County

LaBoiteaux Woods Preserve
LaBoiteaux Woods is a mix of woodland and greenspace on the west side of Cincinnati. Thanks to Aaron Hobson for suggesting this hotspot.

Hancock County

Oakwoods Nature Preserve–East Wetlands
Thanks to Bob Sams for suggesting this hotspot and for providing a photo.

Madison County

Prairie Grass Trail–London Trailhead
Starting at the Prairie Grass Trailhead, located behind the Madison County Senior Center, 280 West High Street, London, the Prairie Grass Trail runs southwest for approximately 10 miles where it reaches South Charleston.

Greene County

Byron Road
Byron Road traverses privately owned properties. Please view birds from the roadside only. Thanks to Lee Funderburg for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Tuscarawas County

Schoenbrunn Village
Thanks to Dan Kramer for providing photos.

What’s New–May 23, 2020

There are 3656 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Photo by Ron Sempier
Allen County

Faurot Park
Faurot Park is located on South Cole Street in Lima. Thanks to Stefan Minnig for suggesting this hotspot.

Ashland County

Mohican State Forest–Fire Tower
Thanks to Jeremy Miller for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Mohican State Forest.

Erie County

Huron River Path MetroPark
Dupont Marsh State Nature Preserve lies within this MetroPark on the Huron River. Thanks to Paul Sherwood for suggesting this hotspot.

Sandusky Amvets Baseball Field
Thanks to Madison Jones for suggesting this hotspot adjacent to Sandusky Bay.

Hamilton County

Johnson Nature Preserve
Johnson Nature Preserve is on Deerfield Road in Montgomery. Thanks to Katie McGee for suggesting this hotspot.

Hancock County

Indian Green Cemetery and Worden Conservation Area
Indian Green-Worden Family Conservation Area is east of and adjacent to Litzenberg Memorial Woods. It was created to preserve the natural area along the Blanchard River, expand wildlife habitat, and improve access to the Heritage Trail, which begin in the south unit of Litzenberg Memorial Woods.Thanks to Bob Sams for suggesting this hotspot.

Knox County

Mink Street
Mink Street is County Road 26, southwest of Mount Vernon. During wet weather a skypool may form in the agricultural fields adjacent to the road and attract ducks, geese, and wading birds. This road traverses privately owned properties. Please view birds from the roadside only. A White-faced Ibis has been reported recently at this location. If you submitted a checklist at a personal location, please change your location to this new hotspot. Thanks to James Muller for suggesting the hotspot.

Lake County

Great Lakes Mall
View birds from the parking lots of the Great Lakes Mall. Common Nighthawks have been observed from this location. Thanks to Josh Hargrave for suggesting this hotspot.

Marion County

Beaver Wildlife Area
Beaver Wildlife Area, a mix of tallgrass prairie, wetlands and oak savanna, is located on Marion-Green Camp Road southwest of Marion. Thanks to Ron Sempier for suggesting this hotspot and for providing photos.

Summit County

Cascade Valley Metro Park–Schumacher Trail
The hilly 1.2-mile Schumacher Trail provides a closer look at some of Summit County’s most pristine scenery. Thanks to Adam Jackson for suggesting this hotspot.

Tuscarawas County

Schoenbrunn Village
The primary area of birding interest and accessibility is the portion west and south of Delaware Drive Southeast. Approximately 125 acres of land are open free of charge to the public year round for walking, birding, and picnics. Located in New Philadelphia, Schoenbrunn Village is the site of several Ohio firsts—settlement, church, schoolhouse and code of laws. The village, restored to appear as it did more than two centuries ago, includes the original cemetery and 16 reconstructed log structures, as well as the church and gardens. Thanks to Dan Kramer for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Roadside Birding
There are many locations, especially in rural counties, in Ohio where you can view birds from your vehicle. Rural roads through agricultural lands, state forests and wildlife areas, “skypools” that form after a rain, airport runways near public roads, cemeteries, the wildlife drive at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, all are examples of places you can do roadside birding.

Added the many cemeteries in Ohio which are eBird hotspots to this list.

Ashland County

Mohican State Park–Gorge Overlook
Added photos.

Hancock County

Litzenberg Memorial Woods
Updated maps.

Summit County

Cascade Valley Metro Park
Changed the name of this from Cascade Valley Park.

What’s New–May 16, 2020

There are 3645 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

New eBird Hotspots

Franklin County

Blendon Woods Metro Park–Natural Playground
Thanks to Leonard Schofield for suggesting this additional hotspot in Blendon Woods Metro Park.

Thanks to Jackie Kellett for suggesting three local hotspots in New Albany.
Marburn Academy Field
The athletic filed adacent to Marburn Academy may be viewed from the sidewalk on Butterworth Green Drive.
New Albany Wetland
This wetland is adjacent to the New Albany High School baseball fields and tennis courts.
Windsor Preserve
There are two ponds in the natural area of Windsor Bridge at the Preserve condominium community.

Hamilton County

Miami Township West Community Park
Thanks to Daniel King for suggesting this hotspot on the Great Miami River.

Pickaway County

Deer Creek State Park–Adena Ridge Trail

Thanks to Jacob Abel for suggesting this additional hotspot at Deer Creek State Park.

Summit County

Cuyahoga Valley National Park–Boston Run Trail
The Boston Run Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park is accessed from the Happy Days Lodge parking lot on the north side of OH-303.

Sand Run Metro Park–Big Bend Trailhead
Thanks to Thomas Sheridan for suggesting this additional hotspot in the eastern section of Sand Run Metro Park.

Tuscarawas County

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail—McDonnell Trailhead
Thanks to Chris Lamb for suggesting this additional hotspot on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.

Union County

MacIvor Woods
MacIvor Woods is 57 acres of woodland that has been perpetually protected by a conservation easement held by the Humane Society Wildlife Land & Trust. An entrance to the north end of the property is located adjacent to Kroger on West 5th Street and is also accessible from Emmaus Road to the south. There is a 1.2 mile nature trail that allows visitors to experience the natural beauty of this protected land. The trail is open daily from dawn to dusk. Thanks to Gerald Strosnider for suggesting this hotspot.

Warren County

Caesar Creek State Park–Hopewell Day Lodge
There is a parking area right in front of the lodge and it can be used even when it is reserved because there are several public trails around the lodge. These trails follow the edge of the lake in an older growth forest with many oak and beech trees. A scope is not necessary as it is more of an “in the woods hike,” although you can see the lake at a few vantage points. Due to the old growth forest this area is good in the spring for warblers, cuckoos, flycatchers, thrushes, and more. This is also a good area for woodpeckers and the occasional roosting owl. Thanks to Jason Cade for suggesting this additional hotspot in Caesar Creek State Park and for providing tips for birding in this part of the state park.

Updates


With the addition of the Boston Run Trail, updated the list of Ohio Birding Day Hikes in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Cuyahoga County day hikes:
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail
Station Road Trails
Summit County day hikes:
Brandywine Gorge Trail
Boston Run Trail
Everett Road Covered Bridge Trails
Ira Road Beaver Marsh Towpath Trail
Oak Hill Trails
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail
Ritchie Ledges Area Trails
Station Road Trails
Virginia Kendall Lake Trails
Wetmore Tails

Cuyahoga County, Summit County, Stark County, and Tuscarawas County

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail
Updated the list of hotspots which are along this trail in these four counties.

What’s New–May 9, 2020

There are 3634 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Photo by Bob Sams

New eBird Hotspots

Cuyahoga County

Shaker Median Trail
Located in Shaker Heights, the trail runs along a corridor in the wide, wooded median space of Shaker Boulevard, following a pleasant tree-lined route along the edge of residential neighborhoods. Thamks to Sameer Apte for suggesting this hotspot.

Hancock County

Jackson Landing
Jackson Landing is an undeveloped, .9-acre natural area. It serves primarily as a landing option and rest area for canoeists and kayakers paddling the Blanchard River Water Trail from Blanchard River Nature Preserve to Riverbend Recreation Area and beyond. Thanks to Bob Sams for suggesting this hotspot and for providing a photo and tips for birding.

Putnam County

Ottawa Upground Reservoir
The Ottawa Upground Reservoir is a small reservoir which attracts waterfowl and shorebirds during migration. The reservoir is small (.7 miles of dikes), but there is plenty of areas to walk in bird in the back area. Thanks to Bob Sams for suggesting this hotspot and for providing a photos, a map, and a description of the location.

Stark County

Middle Branch Trail–Saratoga Hills
An extension of the Middle Branch Trail in the Saratoga Hills housing complex is under development. Thanks to Barbra Lewis for suggesting this hotspot and for providing tips for birding at this location.

Summit County

Stan Hywet Gardens
The Stan Hywet estate features a historic 65-room Tudor Revival Manor House, Gothic Revival Conservatory, Gate Lodge, and approximately 70 acres of artistically landscaped grounds and formal gardens. There are fees for various tours. Please check the website for information about access. Thanks to Sophia Morton for suggesting this hotspot.

Updates

Medina County

Hubbard Valley Park
Thanks to Tom Fishburn for adding a photo to the page about this hotspot.

Summit County

Cuyahoga Valley National Park–Oak Hill Trails
Thanks to Tom Fishbur for adding photos of these trails in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.