Crane Creek Wildlife RefugeMany times when we decide to travel and plan a vacation we tend to think about going far away, going to a warm and tropical place or going somewhere where there are a multitude of activities such as skiing, boating or hiking.

However there are hundreds of vacations and travel ideas that are more calm and less chaotic and scheduled; for example, taking a bird watching trip.

And if you are living in the United States and want to take a vacation or travel somewhere you can actually travel close to home and experience some of the best bird watching possible in the United States.

There are many different spots in Ohio to go bird watching as well as many different types of accommodations and lodging types. For example, Adams Lake State Park in Adams County, Ohio is just on the edge of the beautiful Appalachian Mountain range.

If you decide to travel to the Appalachian Mountain range to experience your bird watching travel you should consider staying near the Adams Lake State Park. Here at the park you are certain to witness the beauty of the Blue Grosbeak and the Wild Turkey as well as the Chuck-will’s-widow in the breeds’ own natural habitat.

Another location in Ohio for spectacular bird watching is the Crane Creek Wildlife Refuge which is just west of Toledo. There are two areas that are especially good for bird watching these are Oak Openings and Irwin Prairie.

At the Green Lawn Cemetery and Arboretum in Ohio you are very likely to see more than 50 species of birds. These species will include warblers, vireos and thrushes. The Green Lawn Cemetery and Arboretum is the perfect spot for bird watching during spring migration season.

Killdeer Plains is the best bird watching venue in Ohio for the winter months. During the winter months at Killdeer Plains you will run into hawks and owls. While at the Killdeer Plains during the winter months be sure to check out the tall evergreens and you are quite likely to see Long-eared Owls.

Short-eared Owls are visible during the evening hours and around dusk at Killdeer Plains and you will certainly be able to see shorebirds and water fowl during migration time.

While in Ohio do not forget about the Cincinnati Nature Center and the Oxbow as well.


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