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Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve
Why It's a Natural Treasure
Mentor Marsh, designated Ohio’s first state nature preserve in 1971, occupies an ancient, abandoned channel of the Grand River. Encompassing more than 800 acres, Mentor Marsh is one of the largest protected natural freshwater marshes along the Lake Erie shoreline. It provides critical spawning habitat for Lake Erie fish and is an important refuge and nesting site for waterfowl and migrating songbirds. More than 200 species of birds have been found on the site, including several state listed species.
The Nature Conservancy and The Cleveland Museum of Natural History negotiated the initial purchase of land in 1961 and helped to secure nearly 300 acres. Five decades later the Cleveland Museum of Natural History remains involved by facilitating programming and resource management at Mentor Marsh.
What to See and Do
Pull out your binoculars to enjoy some of the best birding in Ohio. Stroll along the Wake Robin Trail to investigate the wetland ecosystem or trek through a variety of habitats along the three-fourths of a mile Kerven Trail.
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