Grand River-Upper Important Bird Area

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Ashtabula County

Grand River Lowlands Wetland
Coordinates: 41.5359036, -80.889
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Grand River–Callender Rd. Canoe Access
Coordinates: 41.6348885, -80.8920752
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Grand River–Cork Cold Springs Canoe Access
Coordinates: 41.7308585, -80.8696117
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Grand River–Harpersfield Bridge Canoe Access
Coordinates: 41.7566429, -80.9425208
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Grand River–Jersey Farm Canoe Access
Coordinates: 41.6050772, -80.893808
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Grand River–Johnson Rd. Canoe Access
Coordinates: 41.5760267, -80.8920591
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Grand River–Mechanicsville Bridge Canoe Access
Coordinates: 41.754628, -80.8984749
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Grand River–Schweitzer Rd. Canoe Access
Coordinates: 41.7099536, -80.869853
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Harpersfield Covered Bridge Metropark
Coordinates: 41.7564749, -80.9463295
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Morgan Swamp Preserve (TNC)–Conservation Campus
Coordinates: 41.6369613, -80.8917546
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Morgan Swamp Preserve (TNC)–Long Pond Trail
Coordinates: 41.6577156, -80.8980846
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Tote Rd. Park
Coordinates: 41.754466, -80.8743739
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Geauga County

Grand River–Parkman Gorge Canoe Access
Coordinates: 41.3528614, -81.0388269
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Trumbull County

Grand River Wildlife Area
Coordinates: 41.4382224, -80.9113884
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Grand River Wildlife Area–Coffee Creek Wetlands
Coordinates: 41.4223756, -80.9272617
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Grand River Wildlife Area–Dead Branch Wetlands
Coordinates: 41.3904933, -80.9324545
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Grand River Wildlife Area–Hoffman Norton Rd. North
Coordinates: 41.3941032, -80.9139767
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Grand River Wildlife Area–Hoffman Norton Rd. Trail and Boardwalk
Coordinates: 41.3831452, -80.9134474
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Grand River Wildlife Area–Hyde Oakfield Rd. Area
Coordinates: 41.4090656, -80.9032268
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Grand River Wildlife Area–Norton Lane Ponds
Coordinates: 41.4347898, -80.8882963
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Grand River Wildlife Area–Stroups Hickox Rd. Ponds
Coordinates: 41.3689477, -80.9295725
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Grand River Wildlife Area–Tamarack Lake
Coordinates: 41.3898091, -80.9084111
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About Grand River-Upper Important Bird Area
This IBA is defined as associated habitats along the Grand River upstream from the Harpersfield Dam. This area of the state is relatively flat and prone to flooding; historically it was extensive swamp woodland with associated sedge meadows and marshes. Thirty-three miles are recognized as scenic by Ohio’s Wild and Scenic River program.

Grand River Terraces is a mix of wet meadow, floodplain forest, and hemlock swamp forest, situated along the Grand River. The natural hemlock swamp is one of the few remaining in Ohio. The Grand River is well known for its diverse species of wildlife and several species of orchids, the largest Ohio population of dewdrop (Dalibarda repens), as well as wild calla (Calla palustris), and hobblebush (Viburnum alnifolium).

The Morgan Swamp area is a 2,000-acre remnant of what once was a five square mile swamp. The Nature Conservancy currently protects approximately 1,000 acres here. To date over 115 bird species, 24 fishes, 26 reptiles, and 24 mammals have been recorded on the area. Several state-listed dragonflies and butterflies have been recorded for the area, as well as many rare plants.
Camp Beaumont is 1,260 acres of forests, fields, wetlands, and lakes run by the Boy Scouts of America. It is located along the Grand river just south of the Grand River Terraces. Several species of rare plants have been found on the area.
The 7,000 acres of the Grand River Wildlife Area include several thousand acres of second-growth woodland-much of it swamp forest-with scattered marshlands and cultivated fields.

Grand River Terraces is home to a number of rare and state-listed birds. It is one of the few remaining hemlock swamps left in Ohio. Species found in this habitat include Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Hermit Thrush, and Northern Saw-whet Owl.

Morgan Swamp has a variety of wetland and wooded habitats. Breeding birds at Morgan Swamp include Least Bittern, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Virginia Rail, Common Moorhen, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Marsh Wren, Sedge Wren, and Cerulean Warbler.

Camp Beaumont has many acres of woods and wetlands. Here, breeding birds include Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Cerulean Warbler.
Wetlands and marsh areas along Grand River in Grand River Wildlife Area have nesting: Least Bitterns, Pied-billed Grebes, Common Moorhens, Blue-winged Teals, Hooded Mergansers, Cerulean and Prothonotary Warblers, Marsh Wrens, Soras, and Virginia Rails, Alder Flycatchers, and Northern Harriers; plus migration and wintering area. Northern Shrikes are regularly seen in winter. Relatively intact wet woods offer a diversity of breeding species rarely seen elsewhere, as well as high densities of several species otherwise scarce in the NE quarter of the state. This was a site for river otter releases in the late 1980s. Snowshoe hares were released here winter 1999-2000.
From Grand River-Upper Important Bird Area webpage