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Birding in Ohio

Also, see Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

Wildlife Drive

Oak Harbor, Ohio 43449
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge website
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Wildlife Drive map
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Wildlife Drive tips (Weedpicker's Journal)

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eBird Hotspots

Ottawa County

Ottawa NWR--Wildlife Drive (Ottawa Co.)

Coordinates: 41.6113354, -83.213625
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Lucas County

Ottawa NWR--Wildlife Drive (Lucas Co.)

Coordinates: 41.6275048, -83.2346331
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Reporting Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

Wildlife Drive Bird Checklists on eBird

If you wish to report your bird sightings to eBird from the Wildlife Drive at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, there are two eBird Hotspots to receive your reports. The south portion of the Wildlife Drive is in Ottawa County, the north portion is in Lucas County. You are on the county line when the Wildlife Drive turns right (east) on Ottawa-Lucas Road.

Please, keep two checklists of birds you see, one for each portion of the Wildlife Drive. The section in Ottawa County is about 2.4 miles; the section in Lucas County is 3 miles. eBird sorts your bird sightings by county, thus two “hotspots” to report your sightings. Sometimes the route of the Wildlife Drive varies, so you might want to set your odometer to record the actual miles you cover for each section.

About Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Wildlife Drive

Drive through seven miles of the refuge that are normally closed to the public. Gates open at 8:00 am and entrance gate closes at 4 pm. Wildlife Drive entrance is off the Visitor Center Parking Lot. Pick up a printed guide at the entrance for information on refuge management and recent sightings. The schedule for opening the Wildlife Drive is weather dependent.
From Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge website

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Canada Goose
Photo by Bernard Kluskens

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eBird checklists at the beginning of the Wildlife Drive should be submitted in Ottawa County. Start a new checklist when you turn right on Ottawa-Lucas Road. The pools north of this road are in Lucas County.

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L691070 US US-OH US-OH-095 41.6275048 -83.2346331 Ottawa NWR--Wildlife Drive (Lucas Co.)
L913533 US US-OH US-OH-123 41.6113354 -83.213625 Ottawa NWR--Wildlife Drive (Ottawa Co.)