Oak Openings Metro Park

LOCATION: Toledo, Ohio

DIRECTIONS: To reach Oak Openings Preserve Metropark drive west from Toledo on State Route 2. Approximately 10 miles west of 1-475 on SR 2 turn south on Girdham Road. Girdharn Road leads through the heart of the park. To reach Irwin Prairie State Nature Preserve, drive approximately 3.5 miles west of 1-475 on State Route 2 to Crissey Road. Turn right (north) on Crissey and drive 3.5 miles to Brancroft Street. Turn left (west) on Bancroft and drive 1.4 miles to the Irwin Prairie parking lot on the south side of Bancroft Road and a quarter-mile west of Irwin Road.

HOURS: Open year-round.

BEST TIMES: May and June.

BIRDING HIGHLIGHTS: The unique landscape and diversity of habitat found in the Oak Openings supports and shelters a extraordinary variety of breeding birds including many rare to the area. Nineteen species ofwarblers, six species of vireos, a wide variety of other songbirds, woodpeckers, owls, sparrows and marsh birds are among the more than 100 species that nest in the area.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Oak Openings Preserve Metropark, 4139 Girdham Rd., Swanton, OH 43558. Phone: (419) 826-6463.