Trumpeter Swan – Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

trumpeter swan ottawa national wildlife refuge

Trumpeter Swan Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is located fifteen miles east of Toledo, Ohio on the south shore of Lake Erie. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:

Much of Ottawa Refuge and the surrounding lands were once part of the Great Black Swamp. The 1,500 square mile Great Black Swamp was a vast network of forests, wetlands, and grasslands. The refuge manages about 6,500 acres of wetland, grassland, and wooded habitat. It provides valuable habitat for a diversity of waterfowl and other migratory birds, resident wildlife, and endangered and threatened species. It provides a place for people to enjoy wildlife-dependent activities and learn about the complexities of the natural world through education and interpretive programming. The refuge adds to the richness of the community by holding in trust a portion of the natural heritage of the Great Lakes ecosystem for the continuing benefit of the American people.

The Ottawa Refuge is a great place to visit to watch and photograph wildlife.

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