Berlin Lakes System Important Bird Area

Berlin Lakes System
Important Bird Area

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Berlin Lake (Mahoning Co.)
Berlin Lake--Mill Creek Recreation Area Campground
Lake Milton SP
Lake Milton SP--Mahoning Ave. Nature Trail
Lake Milton SP--Mountain Bike Trails
Lake Milton SP--Nature Trails and Amphitheater
Lake Milton SP--Pointview Boat Launch
Lake Milton SP--Robinsons Point
Lake Milton SP--Swimming Beach Area
Lake Milton--Charley Run
Lake Milton--Dam East
Lake Milton--Henry Meshel Picnic Area
Lake Milton--Mahoning Ave. Causeway

Berlin Lake (Portage Co.)
Berlin Lake Bike Trail
Berlin Lake Dam
Berlin Lake Wildlife Area
Berlin Lake Wildlife Area--Fewtown Rd.
Walborn Reservoir (Portage Co.)

Berlin Lake--German Church Rd. Boat Launch and Mudflats
Berlin Lake--Greenbower Bridge
Berlin Lake--Price St. Bridge
Berlin Lake--Teel Ave.
Berlin Mudflats
Deer Creek Reservoir (Stark Co.)
Mahoning Valley Trail--Greenbower to Price St.
Mahoning Valley Trail--Rockhill to Gaskill
Walborn Reservoir (Stark Co.)
Walborn Reservoir--Eagle Nest Observation Deck
Walborn Reservoir--South of German Church Rd.
Walborn Reservoir--West

About Berlin Lakes System Important Bird Area

Berlin Reservoir, Lake Milton, and Walborn Reservoir are three bodies of water within the Mahoning River watershed in Northeast Ohio. This IBA exists as a result of the shoreline and mudflats surrounding these reservoirs when drawn down. The Mahoning River flows north through the Berlin Reservoir and Lake Milton, with Walborn Reservoir to the west on Deer Creek, a tributary of the Mahoning. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed Berlin Lake in 1942 with a minimum pool of approximately 3,600 acres. Lake Milton was constructed in 1916 by the City of Youngstown with water covering approximately 1,700 acres. The Walborn Reservoir, owned by the city of Alliance, was finished in 1971 with water coverage of approximately 700 acres. Starting in mid-summer pools are drawn down, resulting in hundreds of acres of extensive mudflats. The combined potential of mudflats during the fall low-water season is more than 2,000 acres. Surrounding Berlin Lake is 6,800 acres of land owned and managed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Exposed mudflats at these reservoirs have demonstrated an attraction for numbers and diversity of shorebirds at times rivaling any Lake Erie site and matching Hoover Reservoir in Delaware County for an inland site. It remains fairly consistent for an inland site although there are large areas with little forage for shorebirds. Species recorded include American Golden-Plover, Black-bellied Plover, Killdeer, Semipalmated Plover, American Avocet, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Hudsonian Godwit, Marbled Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, Stilt Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Baird’s Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson’s Snipe, American Woodcock, Wilson’s Phalarope, and Red-necked Phalarope.

From Berlin Lakes System Important Bird Area webpage