Chagrin River Corridor Important Bird Area

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Cuyahoga County

Chagrin River Rd. Pull Off
Coordinates: 41.5092107, -81.4005127
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North Chagrin Nature Center Trails
Coordinates: 41.5618152, -81.4359319
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North Chagrin Reservation–Dingers Marsh Trail
Coordinates: 41.5635893, -81.4171994
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North Chagrin Reservation–Rogers Meadow (Cuyahoga Co.)
Coordinates: 41.568526, -81.4152735
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North Chagrin Reservation–South End
Coordinates: 41.5506636, -81.4183903
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North Chagrin Reservation–Sylvan Loop
Coordinates: 41.5610286, -81.423121
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South Chagrin Reservation
Coordinates: 41.4413752, -81.4092064
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South Chagrin Reservation–Chagrin River Overlook
Coordinates: 41.4396266, -81.4078143
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South Chagrin Reservation–Harper Ridge Picnic Area
Coordinates: 41.4131553, -81.4596695
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South Chagrin Reservation–Jackson Field
Coordinates: 41.4335894, -81.4165878
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South Chagrin Reservation–Look About Lodge
Coordinates: 41.4233571, -81.4213943
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South Chagrin Reservation–Polo Field
Coordinates: 41.4568314, -81.4075112
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South Chagrin Reservation–Shadow Lake Trails
Coordinates: 41.3812524, -81.4814115
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South Chagrin Reservation–Shelterhouse Picnic Area
Coordinates: 41.4174146, -81.4198762
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Lake County

Chapin Forest Reservation
Coordinates: 41.5957716, -81.3591886
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Chapin Forest Reservation–West Section Trails
Coordinates: 41.5891497, -81.3692629
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Hach-Otis Sanctuary State Nature Preserve
Coordinates: 41.591467, -81.411667
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Hach-Otis Sanctuary–John and Carol Lillich Meadows
Coordinates: 41.59195, -81.398395
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Holden Arboretum–Conifer Section
Coordinates: 41.5996966, -81.307143
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Holden Arboretum–Corning Lake
Coordinates: 41.6073084, -81.299901
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Holden Arboretum–Fishermans Ponds (restricted access)
Coordinates: 41.5990671, -81.3143098
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Holden Arboretum–Garden and Collections
Coordinates: 41.6113996, -81.3003731
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Holden Arboretum–Holly and Winterberry Collection
Coordinates: 41.5987135, -81.301403
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Holden Arboretum–Little Mountain (restricted access)
Coordinates: 41.6416178, -81.2717485
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Holden Arboretum–Piersons Creek Valley
Coordinates: 41.6134531, -81.3084626
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Holden Arboretum–Strong Acres (restricted access)
Coordinates: 41.6095899, -81.318891
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Holden Arboretum–Upper Baldwin (permit required)
Coordinates: 41.6314183, -81.3000727
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North Chagrin Reservation
Coordinates: 41.5749221, -81.4346123
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North Chagrin Reservation–Bridle Trail
Coordinates: 41.5844122, -81.4291367
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North Chagrin Reservation–Oxbow Lagoon
Coordinates: 41.5804439, -81.4157832
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North Chagrin Reservation–River Grove Chestnut Shelter
Coordinates: 41.5752373, -81.4208333
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North Chagrin Reservation–Rogers Meadow (Lake Co.)
Coordinates: 41.5710223, -81.4155149
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North Chagrin Reservation–Strawberry Lane Pond
Coordinates: 41.5794847, -81.4309627
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Penitentiary Glen Reservation
Coordinates: 41.6113006, -81.3315868
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Portage County

Paddock River Preserve
Coordinates: 41.315802, -81.331482
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About Chagrin River Corridor Important Bird Area
This IBA is a relatively intact contiguous riparian corridor surrounded by developed residential area. It consists of the riparian corridor, featuring some scenic ravines with a small amount of hemlock, and includes Holden Arboretum, Little Mountain, Penitentiary Glen, North Chagrin Reservation, South Chagrin Reservation, and Chapin Forest.

Holden Arboretum is a largely (75%) forested site with old agricultural fields and meadows (25%). Its forests are mostly mature, over 75 years in age, with a mixture of beech-maple to hemlock-hardwood. It includes nineteen constructed ponds and lakes and numerous natural wetlands. There is a 90-acre cultivated core of horticultural collections. Penitentiary Glen is a 425-acre property located in Kirtland. It is a mix of hemlock-hardwood forest, beech-maple forest, and old-field habitat. Chapin Forest is a 390-acre property located in Kirtland. Chapin was donated to the state of Ohio in 1949 and is currently being leased to the Lake Metroparks through the Ohio Division of Forestry. Chapin Forest is a mix of northern hardwood and beech-maple forests. North Chagrin Reservation is an excellent example of beech-maple climax forest and hemlock ravines. There are also various managed meadows and wetlands. A. B. Williams Memorial Woods (65 acres) is the highest quality beech-maple forest. This woodland is a registered national landmark and was the site of the namesake’s Ph.D. research.

Still relatively intact, this corridor harbors several peripheral populations of high-priority species. Ravines are home to Dark-eyed Juncos, perhaps 20% of the Ohio breeding population.

The Holden Arboretum is the largest contiguous landowner in either Lake or Geauga county. It is largely forested, featuring a variety of forest cover with numerous microclimates, and a wide variety of forest-interior birds use the site during migration or for nesting. Holden’s fields are managed for field-nesting birds and ponds and wetlands provide food and cover for other bird species.

North Chagrin Reservation has very high-quality habitat for nesting forest birds. Hemlock ravines support state-endangered Dark-eyed Junco, Winter Wren, Acadian Flycatcher, Louisiana Waterthrush, and Black-throated Green Warbler. Also nesting are Red-headed Woodpecker, Scarlet Tanager, Wood Thrush, Ovenbird, Veery, Cerulean Warbler, and other representative forest birds.
The hemlock-lined gorge of Penitentiary Glen has breeding populations of Dark-eyed Junco and Winter Wren. The old-field areas have breeding populations of Bobolink. Cerulean Warbler and Brown Creeper also occasionally breed in the area. Penitentiary Glen is home to 17 species of state-listed plants and animals. Ten species of state-listed birds have been found breeding on the property, including Least Flycatcher.

Chapin Forest’s north-facing hemlock slopes annually get breeding Dark-eyed Junco, Magnolia Warbler, and Winter Wren. The demonstration conifer plantings have had breeding Golden-crowned Kinglet, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pine Siskin, Purple Finch, and Pine Warbler. Cerulean Warbler and Brown Creeper also occasionally breed in the area. Blue Grosbeak have been found in the abandoned quarries in two years. Chapin Forest is home to 18 species of state-listed plants and animals, with 13 found breeding on the property. Bald Eagles nest along the Chagrin River.
From Chagrin River Corridor Important Bird Area webpage