"Sandy Ridge Reservation is a 310 acre wetland and wildlife preserve located in North Ridgeville. The park opened in 1999 and has quickly become a favorite of outdoor enthusiasts and one of the most popular parks for birding in Lorain County. The reservation lies on level, soggy ground flanked to the north and south by ancient beach ridges and consists of forests and open lands to explore."
We made it up to Sandy Ridge Reservation on a cool Tuesday afternoon, the sky was overcast, but the ducks don't mind. This was a new park to us, one we hadn't explored yet, but we heard wonderful things from birding groups and bird enthusiasts so we made a point to make the trip. Upon arriving at the Wetland Center you can walk over an observation bridge to get to the trailhead that leads through the 'wet woods' which eventually opens to the wetlands area.
Walking around the loop there were signs of beavers helping restore the wetlands, muskrats swimming about, a variety of waterfowl - mergansers, mallards, shovelers, geese, grebe, and atop a dead tree in the middle was the bald eagle!
I highly recommend taking a stroll if you're in the area, as the migration goes through the birds will change, last year there were Great White Egrets walking the trail!
More info on the park can be found here!
Since 2015 we have been exploring and sharing all the amazing things we’ve found in nature.
Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who is most often found out in the woods.