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Nesting eagles at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area closes trail

One loop of the walking trail at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area has been closed to protect a bald eagle nest, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources

(ODNR), Division of Wildlife. 

A pair of bald eagles has built a nest behind the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area. The trail will be closed until further notice in order to eliminate human activity near the nest and provide the birds with a better chance of nesting success. There will be signs and barricades posted at the trailheads. The other loop of the walking trail will remain open from the bird center to the observation blind.  

Currently there is an eagle nest at Magee Marsh near Turtle Creek and several years ago another pair attempted to nest at Magee near the boardwalk but was unsuccessful. Bald eagle eggs take a little over a month to hatch, and this pair at the bird center has not laid eggs yet. The nest will be monitored to determine when the walking trail will be reopened for the public.

During the winter the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The trails are open during daylight hours. 

For more information visit the ODNR Web site at www.ohiodnr.com.

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