Lake Erie Birding Trail comes alive during spring migration


COLUMBUS — Spring migration will bring millions of birds to Ohio in the coming months, and the Lake Erie Birding Trail offers an opportunity to view many rare species, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The Lake Erie Birding Trail encompasses the Ohio shoreline and inland areas from Conneaut in the east to Toledo in the west.


More than 80 primary birding sites are highlighted along the trail, which is divided into seven loops: Ashtabula, Cleveland, Huron and Lorain, Sandusky Bay, the Lake Erie Islands, the western Lake Erie marshes and the Oak Openings.

The sites within each loop are similar in habitat and landscape. People can visit the entire trail in one trip or explore the trail loop by loop.

Nearly 400 different species of birds have been spotted in these areas.


Visit the Lake Erie Birding Trail website at for bird identification tips, checklists, events and facts on the Great Lakes.

More birding resources are available at