Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
|Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge|
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
|Location||Lucas, Ottawa counties, Ohio, United States|
|Nearest city||Port Clinton, Ohio|
|Area||6,704 acres (27.13 km2)|
|Governing body||U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service|
The 6,704-acre (27.13 km2) Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1961 to preserve habitat for migrating birds. Staff at the refuge also manage Cedar Point and West Sister Island refuges. The three refuges together now protect approximately 9,000 acres (36 km2) of habitat and some of the last remnants of the "Great Black Swamp" in the heart of the Lake Erie marshes.
The Lake Erie Marsh Region has historically been important to fish, migratory waterfowl, songbirds, and shorebirds. Large numbers of migrating songbirds stop in the area to rest during their spring migration. This amazing wildlife spectacle attracts a large number of visitors from across the country.
Ottawa Refuge has been designated as a site of regional significance in the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. In 2002, Birder's World readers voted the refuge as one of their Top 15 favorite spots to see birds, and the American Bird Conservancy has identified the refuge as an Important Bird Area.
- "Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
- "Annual Report of Lands Under Control of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service" (PDF). www.fws.gov. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. September 30, 2010. Retrieved December 13, 2011.