Since getting its start in Ohio in 1958, The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 60,000 acres of some of the state’s most important and beloved lands and waters. From the Appalachian forests in the south to Lake Erie’s coastal marshes in the north, we’ve protected a wide and varied spectrum of habitat types, which in turn support a rich diversity of bird species. This guide provides an introduction to bird life at each of the Conservancy’s seven publicly accessible preserves.
Why go birdwatching? For starters, it’s a great excuse to spend time outdoors and connect with nature—something that is proven to make people happier, healthier and smarter. It’s also an inexpensive hobby: All you really need to begin is a pair of binoculars, a birding guide and maybe a camera or notepad to capture the birds you’ve spotted.
So pick a preserve and get out there. Nature is waiting.
From snowy egrets at Great Egret Marsh to American redstarts at Brown's Lake Bog, check out the birds migrating through Ohio!
Indigo buntings, red-headed woodpeckers, and cerulean warblers: check out the colors of summer by birdwatching at your favorite preserves!
Some of our feathered friends are still around at the coldest time of year.
These birds can't get enough of our Ohio nature preserves!