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Black Swamp Bird Observatory and Trails

13551 West OH-2
Oak Harbor, Ohio 43449
Black Swamp Bird Observatory website
Magee Marsh Wildlife Area map and trails

Also, see Magee Marsh Wildlife Area and Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

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Black Swamp Bird Observatory and Trails
Coordinates: 41.6051585, -83.1933045
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Please, be safe. It is never safe to stop your car on OH-2 in this area. State and local police ticket drivers pulled over to the side of this highway.

Tips for birding Black Swamp Bird Observatory and Trails
Ohio Birding Day Hikes: Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Trails and Magee Marsh Trails

A private not-for-profit research and conservation organization, the Black Swamp Bird Observatory’s headquarters is located at the entrance to Magee Marsh Wildlife Area. The building hosts a bookstore stocked with a diverse selection of natural history books, and a “window on wildlife” looks out on feeders. Many interesting species can be seen at the feeders at very close range. Nearby trails access meadows and shrublands and can be great in migration. Numerous American Woodcock can be seen displaying in the spring near the building. It is always worth checking in for news of events, interesting bird sightings, and information about public programs.
From Lake Erie Birding Trail website

About the Black Swamp Observatory
The Black Swamp Bird Observatory Office and Gift Shop is located at the entrance of the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area. Hours vary by season. Open on most days during peak migration periods. Educational programs and displays, nature shop, window on wildlife, information on local birding.

Gallagher Memorial Trail: Named for the late John F. Gallagher of Springfield, Ohio, who led the effort to save Ohio’s Cedar Bog from destruction. The trail leads through a woodland edge, scrub-shrub habitat, and meadow, and connects with the Magee-Ottawa Partnership Trail.

Directions from the east: Take I-90 west to OH-2 west and turn right at the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area sign and immediately left into the parking lot.

Directions from the west: From I-280 take exit 7 toward Oregon and turn left on OH-2 (Navarre Road). Turn left at the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area sign and immediately left into the parking lot.

Directions from the South: Take OH-53 north, turn left on US-20, turn right on OH-590, turn right on OH-2 and turn left at the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area sign and immediately left into the parking lot.
From Black Swamp Bird Observatory and Trails webpage

Restrooms at Magee Marsh are available inside the Migratory Bird Center. Portable toilets are at the Black Swamp Bird Observatory office all year and seasonally at the parking lot for the Magee Marsh boardwalk.