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Discover Spring Songbird Migration at Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve

Posted on 5/19/2014 by State Nature Preserves

Naturalist-guided bird walk to identify migratory songbirds

Thrill to a dazzling array of color and song during this early morning naturalist-led bird walk in northwest Ohio on Saturday, May 24 beginning at 8 a.m. at Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve in Erie County.

sheldon marsh

Sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, this walk will focus on recognizing various field marks that help identify the hundreds of passerine bird species passing through on the way to their breeding grounds in northern boreal forests and tundra ecosystems.

An amazing array of diverse habitats can be found at this lakeside preserve which encompasses one of the last and the largest remaining undeveloped stretch of coastline along Lake Erie’s south shore.

sheldon marsh shoreline

Exploring this important bird area, especially during spring and fall, can reveal nearly 300 different bird species; including neotropical migrants, shorebirds and waterfowl, which are attracted to the marshland, swamp forest, upland hardwood forest and old-field habitats of the preserve. Before crossing Lake Erie, these birds stop briefly to rest and feed among the lush vegetation of the forest.

Comprising 465 acres, Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve has a paved, handicapped accessible trail which provides access through the preserve, and ends in a .25 mile long boardwalk trail leading to the barrier sand beach along Lake Erie.

sheldon marsh

Sheldon Marsh is located in Erie County, approximately 2 miles west of Huron on U.S. Route 6. Use the Rye Beach Road exit from State Route 2 and proceed west approximately .5 mile to the preserve entrance. Parking, trail system and observation decks are available.

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