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  • 73 - Black Swamp Bird Observatory

    13551 W. State Route 2
    Oak Harbor, OH 43449

    419.898.4070

    Public Access

    Open year-round, times vary

    Amenities

    Restrooms, Window on Wildlife, Well-stocked Bookstore

    GPS Coordinates

    N 41° 36'18.44"; W 83° 11'34.03"

    Driving Directions

    From I-280 take exit 7 toward Oregon and turn left on SR-2 (Navarre Road). Turn left at the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area sign and immediately left into our parking lot.

    What to Look For

    A private not-for-profit research and conservation organization, the Black Swamp Bird Observatory's headquarters is located at the entrance to Magee Marsh Wildlife Area. The building hosts a bookstore stocked with a diverse selection of natural history books, and a "window on wildlife" looks out on feeders. Many interesting species can be seen at the feeders at very close range. Nearby trails access meadows and shrublands and can be great in migration. Numerous American Woodcock can be seen displaying in the spring near the building. It is always worth checking in for news of events, interesting bird sightings, and information about public programs.

    Natural Features

    Butterfly diversity can be very good in this area and check the wet roadside ditches near the parking lot for bronzed copper butterflies.