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Western Lake Erie Basin Migratory Birds

Stopover sites are critical to the survival of migratory birds.
Each year as the weather warms, hundreds of millions of birds will make their annual trip north to the forests, prairies, streams, rivers and beaches of the United States and Canada. The Western Lake Erie Basin is a major stopover area for birds to rest and refuel before continuing on their journey.

Migratory Birds Journey Through Ohio

About 200 species of neotropical migratory birds annually make an incredible intercontinental trip, including songbirds, shorebirds and a few types of waterfowl. Nesting grounds for these birds vary widely throughout Canada and the United States, yet no matter the final destination, their long journey will require layovers – known as stopover sites – where they may rest and refuel for the next leg of their trip.


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