Mosquito Creek Corridor Important Bird Area

Mosquito Creek Corridor
Important Bird Area

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Elm Rd. Public Hunting Area
Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area
Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area--Chaffee Dodgeville Rd.
Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area--Durst-Colebrook Rd.
Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area--Gardner-Barclay Rd.
Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area--Hoagland-Blackstub Rd.
Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area--Mahan-Denman Boat Launch
Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area--Mallard Pond (view from Mahan Denman Road only)
Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area--North Park Ave., Townline Rd.
Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area--Penniman Rd.
Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area--Wood Duck Marsh (restricted access)
Mosquito Creek, South of US-422
Mosquito Lake SP
Mosquito Lake SP--Beach
Mosquito Lake SP--Bridle Trail Area
Mosquito Lake SP--Campground
Mosquito Lake SP--Harbor Breakwall
Mosquito Lake SP--Turkey Run Trail
Mosquito Lake SP--Turkey Run Trail, North End
Mosquito Lake SP--Walnut Creek
Mosquito Lake--Causeway
Mosquito Lake--Hillside Cemetery and Boat Launch
Mosquito Lake--Lakeview Recreation Area
Mosquito Lake--Mosquito Creek Outflow
Mosquito Lake--North End
Mosquito Lake--OH-305 Boat Launch

About Mosquito Creek Corridor Important Bird Area

The Mosquito Creek Corridor IBA extends from the Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area (MCWA), south along Mosquito Lake following the corridor to the mouth at the Mahoning River in Niles, Ohio. Mosquito Lake (7,241 acres) was formed with the construction of the dam across Mosquito Creek in 1944 and is part of Mosquito Lake State Park. The 9,000-acre Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area is a mixture of grassland, woodland, and marshland at the northern end of Mosquito Lake. The corridor of woods and floodplain along Mosquito Creek downstream from the lake encompasses approximately 870 acres.

Priority species Bald Eagle, Wood Thrush, Scarlet Tanager, Prothonotary Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, and Ovenbird all nest within the wildlife area. It is a significant wintering area for waterfowl as well as a migration corridor for songbirds and shorebirds (64 Whimbrels 19 May 2000, Ohio Cardinal). Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers nested 1999 and 2000. All of Mosquito Lake has a significant population of Prothonotary Warblers. Hooded Mergansers are documented nesters. MCWA has 2 Bald Eagle nests, with Great Horned Owls, Barred Owls, Red-shouldered Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks, and Cooper’s Hawks nesting along the corridor. The north end where Mosquito Creek enters the lake is a significant staging area for immature eagles; as many as 20 immatures have been counted in winter.

Documented as a special area for Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas I. Large numbers of warblers concentrate along the river during spring migration. Daily counts of hundreds of Tennessee Warblers have been recorded. Golden-winged Warblers, Northern Waterthrushes, Magnolia Warblers, and Cerulean Warblers have been regularly seen migrants in spring.

From Mosquito Creek Corridor Important Bird Area webpage