eBird Bar Charts by Season
Tips for birding Highlandtown Wildlife Area
The southern edge of Columbiana County is foothills, adjacent to Jefferson County, and includes the 2265 acre, seldom visited Highlandtown Wildlife Area. In spring 2016 there were four Glossy Ibis seen here for several days. Whip-poor-will, Ruffed Grouse, and an occasional Black Vulture are seen here. To the south, nearby, across the county line, are nesting Common Ravens, a hopeful future find for the Appalachian hills of Columbiana County.
From Bob Lane
About Highlandtown Wildlife Area
The 2,265-acre Highlandtown Wildlife Area lies 8 miles south of Lisbon and 3 miles northeast of Salineville in southern Columbiana County. It can be reached by OH-164 from Lisbon and by OH-39 from Salineville and Wellsville.
The terrain is steeply rolling, with some flat hilltops and valley floors. Elevations vary from 1,060 to 1,340 feet above sea level. Highlandtown Lake, 170 acres in size, is on the upper headwaters of Little Yellow Creek. Second growth hardwoods and conifers which cover most of the area are interspersed with brushy coverts, former crop fields, and some meadow and grain crops.
Purchase of land for this wildlife area began in 1956. Additional land was acquired as funds became available until the area reached its present size. Highlandtown Lake was completed in 1966.
Fish management work included stocking the lake as needed and annual fishing surveys to monitor the biological development of the lake and its management needs. Considerable lake bottom habitat improvement work was done prior to impoundment of the lake.
Game management activities include planting of shrubs and conifers, protection and improvement of existing woodland, selection of areas which will be allowed to return to woodland through natural succession, and management of existing open fields based upon land capability. Crop rotations and contour strip cropping patterns have been developed to improve food and cover conditions for wildlife.
Highlandtown Lake (170 acres) received its initial stocking of muskellunge, largemouth bass, channel catfish, and bluegills in 1967. This lake is now stocked in alternate years with channel catfish. Yellow perch, white crappies, black crappies, and brown bullheads are also present.
Cottontail rabbits and squirrels — both fox and gray — are the principal game species. Ruffed grouse, wild turkey, deer, woodchucks, and most of the furbearers are common. Woodcock and waterfowl frequent the area.
From Highlandtown Wildlife Area webpage
Restrooms at locations identified on Highlandtown Wildlife Area map.