The Mid Ohio Valley is home to an abundance of wildlife and bird watching opportunities-and spectators are always in season!

The Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge facility near Williamstown, West Virginia consists of 3,300 acres-22 islands and three mainland tracks-scattered along 400 miles of beautiful river.

A nature trail offers an amazing view of wildlife and wetlands habitats on Middle Island. You’ll find deer, rabbit, fox and groundhogs as well as great blue herons, belted kingfishers, osprey and other species of water loving birds.

Optimal viewing times are early in the morning or at dusk. The refuge is open to the public without admission fees from one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset.

With many public lands open for wildlife observation, southeastern Ohio is a haven for birdwatchers.

In the middle of Marietta, the Kroger Wetlands is a wooded retreat with a stunning diversity of species. Outside the city limits, the Broughton Nature and wildlife Education Area includes 500 acres of undisturbed land ideal for outdoor enthusiasts.

Newell’s Run, near Newport, is a favorite locale for spotting brilliant waterfowl-including majestic bald eagles. Four birding trails along the Lower Muskingum River boast more t han 40 species of song birds and waterfowl. The Wayne National Forest features observation decks designated viewing areas to make the most of your experience.