Welcome to Bird Watching & Wildlife in the Ohio & Erie Canalway
Our two-winged & four-footed friends live side-by-side with us in the preserves of the Canalway.
- In the National Park alone, more than 250 bird species can be found.
- See the iconic great blue heron & the majestic bald eagle — nesting in treetop rookeries — and soaring above beaver-filled wetlands.
Where to Begin Viewing?
We could simply say “look up” and you’d do well. Instead, we asked Park Naturalists to select Key Viewing Sites in each County Section - Cuyahoga, Summit, Stark, and Tuscarawas.
Important Bird Areas & Flyways
- The region boasts Important Bird Areas (IBAs) — great viewing.
- The Canalway is in the path of two flyways — natural photo ops.
New to Birding?
Read our Canalway Birding Guide for viewing tips!
Before You Go
Plan Your Visit
Use the features below:
From lakes to waterfalls, rivers to Towpath Trail wanderings, views from train windows and the deep gorges of a National Natural Landmark — it’s all waiting for you here.
Join us in observing the ABA Code of Birding Ethics - when viewing both our two-winged and four-footed Canalway neighbors.
Ethics for Birding/Wildlife Observation
The American Birding Association (ABA) tells us “everyone who enjoys birds and birding must always respect wildlife, its environment, and the rights of others. In any conflict of interest between birds and birders, the welfare of the birds and wildlife and their environment comes first.”
Learn more about protecting and nurturing our fine feathered friends. Read the full list of ABA Principles of Birding Ethics: http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html
Fun to Know
- The Beaver Marsh in the National Park was once an automobile junk yard. People reclaimed it and nature joined the effort. Beavers built a dam across the Ohio & Erie Canal, flooding the area - leading to the wetland development. Learn more in Canalway Stories.
- Spring birding in the Canalway peaks in April-May - with thousands of migrating beauties arriving daily. The Fall season runs September-November.
- Dike 14 in the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve acts as a stopover site for more than 280 species of birds. The spot is at the intersection of four migratory bird routes and is, needless to say, a birder-magnet. Sharp eyes also can see mink, foxes and coyotes.
- In 2010, Outdoor Photographer magazine named Cuyahoga Valley National Park one of the top 25 locations in the world for nature photography, alongside parks in Chile, India and Alaska.
How many different birds can you find on the Towpath?
© Gigi Muir
Follow the Canalway
Hike and canoe along a scenic river. Stroll hand-in-hand through charming streets. Share over quiet meals. When it's time for a getaway, here's a great adventure for two. Begin your day at 9:30 a.m. with a morning adventure by the water. Park just outside of town at Zoar Lake Shelter (434 West Fifth Street, Zoar, Ohio 44697). Remember to bring a pen and your Canalway Quest brochure (see below). The Waters of the Tuscarawas Quest is a peaceful hike to the Tuscarawas River, passing ruins of past industries... More »
A Towpath was a Towing Path Bicyclists and walkers on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail today follow the same path that in the 1800s was used by mules and mule-drivers to pull canal boats—with some exceptions. Canal Fever , KSU Press, 2009 More »
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11/12/2016 - 12/20/2016
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10/9/2016 - 10/10/2016
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