Maumee River-Lower Important Bird Area

Maumee River-Lower
Important Bird Area

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Entire Year – Spring – Summer – Fall – Winter

Locations

Defiance County
Independence Dam SP

Henry County
Mary Jane Thurston SP (Henry Co.)
Mary Jane Thurston SP--North Turkeyfoot Area East Access
Mary Jane Thurston SP--North Turkeyfoot Area West Access
Meyerholtz Wildlife Area
Miami Wabash & Erie Canal Park
South Turkeyfoot Creek Fishing Access

Lucas County
Audubon Islands State Nature Preserve
Bay View Park
Bend View Metropark
Delaware Creek Park
Farnsworth Metropark
Glass City Metropark
International Park
Maumee River @ I-280
Maumee River Mouth
Maumee River Rapids
Maumee River--Jerome Rd. Rapids
Maumee River--Roche De Boeuf
Middlegrounds Metropark
Missionary Island Wildlife Area
Museum of the Great Lakes
Providence Metropark
Providence Metropark--Dam and Wolf Trail
Side Cut Metropark
Side Cut Metropark--Siegert Lake
Towpath Park
Walbridge Park
Walbridge Park--Observation Deck

Wood County
Davis Overlook
Island View Park
Mary Jane Thurston SP--Grand Rapids Tow Path Trail
Maumee River--Grand Rapids
Miltonville Fishing Access
Orleans Park
Otsego Park
Van Tassel Wildlife Area
Veterans Memorial Park, Rossford
Weirs Rapids

About Maumee River-Lower Important Bird Area

The Lower Maumee River IBA includes the corridor along the river and extends from the confluence of the Auglaize River in Defiance (Independence Dam east of Defiance) northeast to the mouth at Lake Erie near Toledo. Riparian forest lines the river on both sides and the riparian corridor serves as a migration pathway with a variety of habitats providing river, wet woodlands, and prairie through the northwest agricultural region. This IBA includes the 15-mile stretch of rapids of the Maumee River extending from the city of Grand Rapids to the city of Maumee and also warm water outflows nearer the mouth.The river provides a migratory corridor for migrant land birds. Migrant warblers are numerous in both spring and fall migrations. As Maumee Bay freezes into winter, bay ducks (e.g. Common Goldeneyes and Common Mergansers) move to the lower four-mile stretch. With winter freeze-up of Lake Erie, the lower river and the up-river rapids attract gulls as open water in northwest Ohio gradually diminishes. Herring Gulls and Ring-billed Gulls make up the majority, with unusual species having included Glaucous Gulls, Iceland Gulls, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Great Black-backed Gulls, Bonaparte’s Gulls, and rarer Thayer’s Gulls and Mew Gulls. The rapids can also attract southbound shorebirds in late summer. Bald Eagles use the Maumee in winter, spring, and fall all the way up to the Independence Dam, and even farther to the west.

From Maumee River-Lower Important Bird Area webpage