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Tips for birding Springfield Bog
Nearly 2,000 Northern Bobwhite were introduced to the Springfield Bog and Silver Creek Metro Park in 2014-2016. The bobwhites successfully nested here, but there are very few birds remaining according to a park ranger, only 2 reported at any one time by various birders in summer 2018.
From Susan Carpenter
About Springfield Bog
Springfield Bog Metro Park opened January 5, 2011, and it is our first “Watch Us Grow” opportunity. Over the next few years, visitors will see quite a change as more than 40 varieties of prairie plants transform the former farmland. The result could be a birding hotspot, attracting bobolinks, meadowlarks, rails and other grassland nesting species.
So why a prairie? Ohio’s earliest land surveys showed prairies near bogs on the Continental Divide. The park’s natural features include Young’s Bogs – formed after glacial depressions filled with water and sphagnum moss formed dense, floating mats of peat – and the Divide, which causes water to the north to flow to Lake Erie, while water to the south flows to the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico.
The bogs were named for the Young family that settled here in 1877. These wetlands once produced a growth of huckleberries that drew enthusiastic pickers all the way from Canton, Akron, and points north via the Akron-Canton Interurban Railway. Commercial picking stopped sometime in the 1950s.
From Springfield Bog webpage
Restrooms: on site.