The Ohio Lake Erie Birding Trail Guidebook, first published in 2013 and now in its second edition, continues to take new and experienced birders on a self-guided tour of Ohio birding spots. The book includes 88 birding locations, located all along the Lake Erie shoreline from Ashtabula to Toledo, along with commonly sighted species, park amenities and online resources for visitors.
Seven separate loops — centered on Oak Openings, the western Lake Erie marshes, the Lake Erie Islands, Sandusky Bay, Huron/Lorain, the Cleveland area and Ashtabula — guide birders through a day trip or a weekend of birding, or they can select their own preferred spots to visit.
Created as a complement to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife and Ohio Sea Grant website lakeerieohiobirding.info, the guide helps bring birders to less well-known birding locations that may not have benefited from the contribution birding makes to Ohio’s economy before.
“The Buckeye State boasts a rich and abundant diversity of birdlife,” says Kendra Wecker, chief of ODNR Wildlife. ”We are fortunate that Ohio’s ‘North Shore’ sits at the convergence of two major flyways: the Mississippi and the Atlantic. Our Lake Erie shoreline is a magnet for hundreds of avian species, especially in the spring and fall but also throughout the year. Birders will not be disappointed when traversing the hundreds of miles of Lake Erie shoreline, the Ohio Lake Erie Birding Trail Guidebook in hand, while discovering what the North Shore has to offer. Whether birders choose to enjoy just one loop or all seven, the guidebook will get you there.”