INTERNATIONAL MIGRATORY BIRD DAY TO BE CELEBRATED MAY 14 |
AT MAGEE MARSH STATE WILDLIFE AREA
COLUMBUS, OH - Live raptor displays, songbird banding demonstrations, and roving bird guides are a few of the naturalist programs that will highlight International Migratory Bird Day, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 at Magee Marsh State Wildlife Area in Ottawa County.
In addition to bird watching opportunities at one of the nation’s top ranked birding locations, visitors also will have access to marsh wagon tours, decoy and songbird carving demonstrations, nest box displays and an exhibit on bird optics. A photo exhibit of area spring migrants will also be on display.
Wildlife enthusiasts can view a wide range of birds from their automobiles or while walking nearly two miles of paths and boardwalks. Additionally, there is a new one-mile “Partnership Trail,” connecting Magee Marsh to the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Beginning in front of the Magee Marsh Bird Center, visitors can follow the trail as it passes through a variety of coastal habitats before ending at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge office. Birders can also take advantage of an observation tower overlooking the marsh. Additionally, the area features a warbler exhibit as well as interpretive and birding identification signs.
Magee Marsh State Wildlife Area has received national attention in Birder’s World and Wild Bird magazines, each ranking the Ottawa County site in the list of “Top 10” best birding locations in North America. It is also designated as an Audubon Important Bird Area.
The Magee Marsh State Wildlife Area is located 17 miles west of Port Clinton on State Route 2 between State Routes 19 and 590, and is open to visitors from sunrise to sunset. The Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday year round. The center is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday from March through November. Call 419-898-0960, extension 31 for more information.