Welcome to Hidden Gems, the monthly series in which we share the best places for weekend getaways. We know you’re having some wanderlust, but there’s so much magic to be seen in and around Ohio. Stick with us, and we’ll show you where to go to make the most of your weekend.
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Grab the binoculars. This 9,230-acre wildlife area in north-central Ohio is great for bird watching, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Depending on the season, a variety of nesting and migrant birds can be found here, including waterfowl, warblers, sparrows, meadowlarks, and even bald eagles. Right now, you’ll be able to see short-eared owls.
In the fall, you can take in the migration of monarch butterflies. Deer, of course, can be viewed anytime during the evenings.
The nature preserve sits in a basin of flat soil formerly covered by prairie sloughs that originally spanned about 30,000 acres. Several thousand acres of grain crops and grassland were planted to offer homes for nesting and migrating grassland wildlife, and trees and shrubs have also been added.
If you go: This nature oasis is located eight miles south of Upper Sandusky. Wyandot County
Road 115 provides access from State Route 294, two miles west of Harpster, and from State Route 309, eight miles west of Marion. The wildlife area is bordered on the west and north by State Routes 67 and 294.