There are 3709 eBird hotspots in Ohio.

Tip for using this website

Looking for places where you can observe birds from your vehicle? Check the
Roadside Birding Index
This index is a list, organized by county, of hotspots with roadside access.

New eBird Hotspots

Clark County

Upper Valley Mall
The Upper Valley Mall is located on Upper Valley Pike in Springfield. Check the wooded edges of the parking lots of this mall. See page for photos and tips for birding.

Cuayhoga County

North Chagrin Reservation–Cleveland Metropark Drive
Thanks to Ami Horowitz for suggesting this additional hotspot in the North Chagrin Reservation.

Muskingum County

Putnam Hill Park
Thanks to Michael Schramm for suggesting this hotspot.


Franklin County

The Ohio State University Main Campus
Added a link for Ohio State University Main Campus Parking website to each of the pages about hotspots on the campus.

Hamilton County

Armleder Park
Added tips for birding from the Ohio Ornithological Society Chip Notes newsletter.

Lucas County

Blue Creek Metropark
The name of this hotspot has been adjusted to reflect that Blue Creek is now a Metropark and is no longer a Conservation Area. Thanks to Sherry Plessner for noting the need for this update. The description of the park has been updated.

Stark County

Jackson Bog State Nature Preserve
Thanks to Tom Fishburn for photos added to this page.

Stark Parks Locations
Thanks to Chris Lamb for noting the Stark Parks has a new page of information about birding in the Stark County park district. This page includes links to list of common birds reported at many of the parks in the district drawn from eBird checklists. There are also some helpful tips for birding specific locations. These tips have been added to several pages:
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail–John Glenn Grove
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail–Lock 4 Park
Walborn Reservoir (Stark County)
Walborn Reservoir–Eagle Nest Observation Deck

Fixed broken links

This website has over 4,000 pages and more than 150,000 links to other websites. Keeping those links up to date can be quite a challenge. Every time a webpage name changes, the link is broken and you will see a “404 page not found” message. That can be frustrating when you want the information from that page. Lucky for me, WordPress has a “Broken Link Checker” to address this problem. Almost daily, I get a message when a link in the website is broken. One day this week, I fixed broken links on 8 pages.

The state of Ohio is in the process of updating all of the websites about state parks, wildlife areas, and nature preserves. The links in our website go to temporary websites about these state locations. Once the new state of Ohio websites are installed it will take me quite a bit of time to adjust the links to these state sites. Thank you for your patience when a link you follow does not work as you expect.