The region also boasts Important Bird Areas (IBAs) — great for viewing. Spring birding in the Canalway peaks April–May, with thousands of migrating beauties arriving daily. The fall season runs September–November.
Before You Go
Ready to start spring birding? Here are some of our favorite spots:
Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve
Looking for a nature experience near the heart of downtown Cleveland? Look no further than this hidden treasure and wildlife haven. More than 280 species of birds have been documented at this Port of Cleveland site.
This spot isn’t on Ohio’s Watchable Wildlife locations list for no reason. A diversity of birds call this beautiful location right along the Towpath Trail home. You may even see some turtles, beavers, or even river otters while there!
Bath Road Heronry
Take a turn onto Bath Road in north Akron for your opportunity to view the nesting habits of one of Ohio’s largest bird species, the great blue heron. Standing 4-feet tall and with a wingspan of 7 feet, this area is one of the best to view these majestic birds from February to June.
Most people who are familiar with Summit Lake’s history might not think to look there for a diversity of wildlife. Previously a dumping ground for manufacturing waste, Summit Lake has since rebounded as a home for blue herons, osprey, bald eagles, and a variety of other waterfowl.
This Summit Metro Park is an important habitat for many birds, including waterfowl, eagles, and osprey. In August, watch as thousands of purple martins roost on the grassy islands and feed on insects before continuing their migratory journey south.
Jackson Bog State Nature Preserve
From the mile-long boardwalk in this state nature preserve, you can keep your eyes peeled for a variety of unique birds, including certain species of warblers and sparrows. Other birds can be heard throughout the woodlands, and seen along the bog’s edge.
Sippo Lake Park
Traverse a network of trails that take you through wetlands and woodlands, with the opportunity to view a variety of waterfowl along the way. Follow the lake trail and keep an eye out for warblers, herons, and other birds that call the park area home.
Zoar Wetland Arboretum
Birding is just one of the many activities to take part at this natural spot near Historic Zoar Village. While here, spot the variety of waterfowl and large birds that call this destination home.