Irwin Prairie State Nature Preserve LbNA # 50104 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Aug 29 2009|
|Found By||Must Survey (Attempted)|
|Last Update||Apr 4 2013|
Located 10 miles west of Toledo, Irwin Prairie State Nature Preserve protects Ohio's finest sedge meadow, which is dominated by several species of sedges, rushes and wetland grasses (as described in the brochure at the entrance to the boardwalk). The preserve sits on 233 acres in the Oak Openings region. During your journey, you may see many of the inhabitants of the Wet Meadows, such as reptiles and amphibians, including the state endangered spotted turtle. It is also a bird lovers paradise! Mallards and wood ducks are common visitors as are some more unusual summer birds like pied billed grebes, Virginia and sora rails, marsh and sedge wrens, alder flycatchers, and veeries and swamp sparrows.
Take Airport Highway/OH-2 to the west toward Swanton. Turn right onto Crissey Rd. and take that down to Dorr Street turning left. Turn right onto Irwin Rd. and up ahead you will notice a boardwalk on either side of the road. There will also be a Irwin Prairie sign. You can park off to the side and enter the boardwalk to the right side of the road, or if you want the full experience of the prairie, you can take Irwin Rd. up to Bancroft and turn left. To your left you will see the parking lot at the beginning of the boardwalk. From the parking lot, it is a 1 1/4 mile loop.
Once on the boardwalk, you will follow it until you cross Irwin Road (unless you parked on Irwin). Walk through the Sedge Meadow, and into the woods. Up ahead, you will come to a fork in the boardwalk. Turn facing the path to your right and look down to your left. Where the two paths meet look underneath and behind the board, and you will find what you are looking for!
Apparently, pets are not permitted.