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Meadowbrook Marsh

 

Meadowbrook Marsh is a relatively new acquisition by Danbury Township, and the township has worked hard to make the site accessible for birders and outdoor enthusiasts. This approximately 190-acre parcel features wetlands and large trees, and can be a great spot for migrant songbirds. Various herons and waterfowl use the marsh and open water areas. As Meadowbrook Marsh is located along a major migratory corridor for both waterbirds and songbirds, nearly anything could show up here.

  • At-a-Glance
  • What to Look For
  • Natural Features
  • Local Resources
  • 57 - Meadowbrook Marsh

    Danbury Township
    8577 E. Bayshore Road (½-mile W. of Dempsey Access, ¼-mile east of South Englebeck Rd.)
    Marblehead, OH 43440

    419.445.1775

    Public Access

    Open daily, dawn until dusk

    Amenities

    None

    GPS Coordinates

    N 41° 30’24.54”; W 82° 46’18.98”

    Driving Directions

    From State Rte. 2 and Sandusky Bay, exit at State Rte. 269 and proceed north. Turn east onto the first road, which is East Bayshore Rd. Proceed for about three and a half miles; entrance is on left.

    What to Look For

    The open marsh often harbors good numbers of waterfowl in migration, especially March and April. Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets are fixtures for most of the year, and Green Herons nest here and are often seen. More unusual wading birds such as Black-crowned Night-Heron and American Bittern appear on occasion. The surrounding brushlands and young woods can be fantastic for migrant songbirds, including warblers, flycatchers and thrushes. October brings scores of sparrows, including many Fox, Lincoln’s, White-crowned, and White-throated sparrows.

    Natural Features

    The diversity of habitats at Meadowbrook Marsh create wonderful butterfly habitat, and a summer or fall trip can net many species. The marsh supports numerous species of dragonflies. A rare plant, deer’s-tongue arrowhead (Sagittaria rigida), also occurs here.