Cuyahoga Valley and the surrounding area, is home to nearly 100 types of birds. Many of these birds are extremely important parts of the overall ecosystem, and help cause it to run smoothly. Of the many species of birds found in the region, there are close to 30 of them that are under constant watch by scientists and researchers. This is done in an effort to learn about them, and ensure their highest chance of survival. If there are enough of these birds alive, they’ll more likely multiply in numbers.
Much of the research that takes place in the Cuyahoga Valley, is to obtain information about how each of the species breed, eat and interact with other birds of the same species.
With many wet areas scattered within the Cuyahoga Valley, there are large areas where scientists, and regular visitors to the area, can come to observe and study the huge array of birds found in the region.
Some of the examples of bird types that are found in the Cuyahoga Valley are: Waterfowl, Canadian Geese and Ducks. In recent years there have been some unexpected additions to the already vast list of bird families in the area. This includes some Blue Herons and Bald Eagles. There have been reports of the latter spending some time in the park in the beginning of the 20th century. One might also come across small families of Peregrine Falcons, though the chances are rare.
The Audobon Society, whose goal is to preserve and revamp natural ecosystems, has referred to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park as an Important Bird Area.
One can take tours with professional guides, or park rangers, to discover the best places to watch different bird species. The Cuyahoga Valley is one of the best bird watching areas in this part of the country. One will be afforded many opportunities to observe and get up close to some of the most magnificent birds nature has to offer. If one is planning on visiting the Cuyahoga Valley and wants to make full use of the bird watching potential, make sure to come with a good pair of binoculars.