The Nature Conservancy Angola Road and Raab Road Swanton, Ohio 43558Sandhill Cranes Wetland (The Nature Conservancy) webpage
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Oak Openings Important Bird Area
In early 2022, The Nature Conservancy completed restoration work at Sandhill Crane Wetlands, an addition to the Kitty Todd Nature Preserve that restored 280 acres of marginal farmland to native wet prairie habitat. To date, it is the largest effort in the region to return this type of rare wetland habitat to the landscape—one characterized by relatively flat land that seasonally holds water and supports diverse sedges, grasses, and shrubs. The restoration site is situated between land protected by TNC and Metroparks Toledo, filling a critical gap and strengthening a 13,000-acre corridor of protected land throughout the Oak Openings Region.
Wetlands once dominated northwest Ohio but have been reduced in size due to the installation of drainage infrastructure, agriculture, and land development. Today, less than 5%-10% of Ohio’s original wetlands remain. Wetlands act as nature’s kidneys, and their loss has resulted in increased fertilizers and contaminants reaching Lake Erie, a vital source of drinking water for 11 million people. At the same time, climate change has led to rising temperatures and more severe rainfall events, a perilous combination as evidenced by recurring harmful algal blooms, which are toxic to people and wildlife.
In addition to offering important water-quality protection, the restoration of Sandhill Crane Wetlands also benefits native wildlife. The site offers critical habitat for songbirds, waterfowl, reptiles, and amphibians, and staff hope to soon see the return of state-threatened nesting sandhill cranes to the area.
Wheelchair accessible trail
Restrooms on site
Content from Sandhill Cranes Wetland (The Nature Conservancy) webpage