Little Miami River Important Bird Area

Little Miami River
Important Bird Area

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South River Rd., South Charleston

Kelley Nature Preserve

Clifton Gorge Nature Preserve
Clifton Reserve
Dewines Pond
Glen Helen Preserve
Glen Helen Preserve--Camp Greene
Glen Helen Preserve--Covered Bridge
Glen Helen Preserve--School and Pine Forests
Glen Helen Preserve--Sutton Farm (restricted access)
Glenn Thompson Reserve
Jacoby Rd. Canoe Launch
John Bryan SP
Little Miami Scenic Trail--Roxanna New Burlington Rd.
Little Miami Scenic Trail--Xenia
Little Miami Scenic Trail--Yellow Springs
Narrows Reserve and Nature Center
Spring Valley Wildlife Area (Greene Co.)
Spring Valley Wildlife Area--Upper End Trail

Alms Park
Armleder Park--Little Miami River Canoe Access
Camp Dennison Gravel Pits
Camp Dennison Memorial Park
Clear Creek Park, Cincinnati
Indian Valley Golf Course
Lake Isabella Park
Little Miami River--Elstun Rd.
Little Miami Scenic Trail--Bass Island
Magrish Riverlands Preserve
Mariemont South 80 Trails
Newtown Bottoms
Riverside Park, Cincinnati

Carter Park, Kings Mills
Clint Fultz River Park
Halls Creek Woods State Nature Preserve
Little Miami River--Carl A. Rahe Access
Little Miami Scenic Trail--Corwin Area
Little Miami Scenic Trail--Grandin Rd.
Little Miami Scenic Trail--North of Old 3-C
Loveland Bike Trail--Nesbit Park
Spring Valley Wildlife Area--South (Warren Co.)

About Little Miami River Important Bird Area

The Little Miami IBA follows the riparian corridor of the Little Miami River 105 miles from its source in Clark County to its mouth at the Ohio River. The river has State and Federal Scenic River designations, flowing through numerous scenic gorges, though most of its length is agricultural. Its course encompasses portions of Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve, John Bryan State Park, Glen Helen Ecology Institute, Spring Valley Wildlife Area, Fort Ancient State Memorial, and Camp Dennison. Spring Valley Wildlife Area was once a commercial fur farm, and now supports one of the largest high-quality emergent marsh and scrub-shrub wetland complexes in southwest Ohio.

The river corridor is significant for distribution patterns up the river (illustrated from the first Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas) of Blue-winged Warbler, Northern Parula, Prairie Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, and Yellow-throated Vireo.

Over 230 species have been recorded at Spring Valley WA and the extensive wetlands attract rare migrant and breeding birds. The uniqueness of the site is evident by the regularity of rare and accidental birds. These include American Bitterns, Least Bitterns, Soras, Virginia Rails, Common Moorhens, and Northern Waterthrushes. In fact, there are at least three records of Purple Gallinule, plus records of White Ibis, Little Blue Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, King Rail, Yellow Rail, Black Rail, Brewer’s Blackbird, and Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow. Spring Valley has been an Osprey re-introduction site.

Camp Dennison has American Coot in typical numbers of 1,000 avg. daily (2,200, 30 Oct 2006, Ohio Cardinal).

From Little Miami River Important Bird Area webpage