Hoover Nature Preserve–Hoover Meadows
eBird Bar Charts by Season
Tips for birding Hoover Meadows
Hoover Meadows is accessed from Sunbury Road. The area is marked by a large sign and the chain-link fence. This is a 91 acre inland tract of The Hoover Nature Preserve. The strip is narrow but contains conifers near the front, wetlands, grasslands, ponds, and mature forests. This area can yield Northern Bobwhite, Ring-necked Pheasant, Wild Turkey, Bobolinks, American Woodcock, American Bittern, warblers, finches, hawks, waterfowl, waders, shorebirds and assorted sparrows. In the winter the area can yield Horned Larks, Snow Buntings, and Lapland Longspurs. There are three fields in the meadows.
From Charles Bombaci
Hoover Meadows is a wetland mitigation site with a diversity of habitat types including woodland, wetland, vernal pool, grassland, and stream. The wetlands provide good habitat for migrating birds such as soras and bitterns. There is a large vernal pool located in the woods. This pool dries up by the end of the summer and provides vital breeding ground for amphibians.
From Columbus Nature Preserves webpage
About Hoover Nature Preserve
Access Areas with trails — Mud Hen Marsh, Ox Bow Road, Hoover Meadows, Dustin Road, Areas L, M, and N, Clover Field
+ over 925 acres
+ vital migratory stopover for over 33 different species of shorebirds
+ largest breeding population of state special concern Prothonotary Warblers in Ohio
+ 1,500-foot boardwalk at Area M
+ observation blind at Mud Hen Marsh
+ Bald Eagles frequently observed throughout the year
Restrooms at locations identified on Hoover Reservoir map.