TOP 5 VIEWING SITES
• Breeds in grassy hayfields, alfalfa fields, and wet prairies with tall, dense vegetation
• Big Island Wildlife Area, Marion County
• Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area, Wyandot County
• Woodbury Wildlife Area, Coshocton County
• Egypt Valley Wildlife Area, Belmont County
Bobolinks are a Species of Concern in Ohio that prefer grasslands with moderately tall vegetation and an abundance of broad-leafed plants. This species is annually monitored by the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Long-term data (1966-2008) indicate that the species has declined 3.2% per year in Ohio. Like other grassland nesting birds, bobolink populations have declined in part due to mowing and haying of grassland habitat during the peak of the breeding season in June.
Survey details and historical data can be found in the Grassland Species Overview section of the 2010-2011 Wildlife Population Status and Hunting Forecast.
Additional information about the Breeding Bird Survey can be found at: www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs.