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Focus on Shawnee State Forest and Shawnee State Park
Links to eBird hotspots, Audubon Important Bird Area page, and two Ohio Birding Drives in this area will be of interest for those attending the Ohio Ornithological Society meeting the weekend of April 26-28.
New eBird Hotspots
Thanks to Trevor Zook for suggesting this hotspot.
Forest Run Metropark–Timberman Ridge Area
Thanks to Daniel Klar for suggesting this additional hotspot in the Forest Run MetroPark and for providing photos for the page. This MetroPark has three areas which are geographically separate. There is no general hotspot for the whole MetroPark. The other hotspot in this park is Forest Run Metropark–Wildlife Preserve Area.
Grand Lake Saint Marys State Park–Anderson Road Picnic Area
Thanks to Josh King for suggesting this new hotspot and for providing tips for birding. The hotspot is a sub-location in Grand Lake Saint Marys State Park.
Minerva Municipal Park
Thanks to Jon Cefus for suggesting this hotspot and providing photos and tips for birding at this park.
Carter Pedigo Trail
Thanks to Ken Andrews for suggesting this hotspot, providing a photo of the trail map, and writing a description of the trail.
Kirtland’s Warbler Migration Blitz Hotspots Retired
Thanks to the many birders who submitted checklists in the Kirtland’s Warbler Migration Blitz research project. In Ohio, we had a little over 300 hotspots (KIWA-OH-survey) set up to accept checklists for the project. The research project is complete and a paper has been published with the results. The survey hotspots have been retired from eBird.
+ A little over half of the hotspots (160) had no checklists and have been deleted.
Survey hotspots with checklists
+ have been merged into an existing hotspot (112),
+ renamed to become a new hotspot (34), or
+ in just a few cases changed to a personal location shared by those who submitted checklists (6).
The new hotspots created from former KIWA-OH-survey locations are listed below. All the new hotspots are active in eBird and pages describing them have been added to the website.
Euclid Creek Reservation–Glenridge Loop
Euclid Creek Reservation–Upper Highland Trail
Rocky River Reservation–Guerin Road
Rocky River Reservation–Valley Parkway Trail
Rocky River Reservation–Willow Bend Picnic Area