TOP 5 VIEWING SITES
• Sings from utility wires near pastures and hayfields in glaciated Ohio
• Breeds in Conservation Reserve Program fields in Northwestern Ohio
• Big Island Wildlife Area, Marion County
• Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area, Wyandot County
• Tri-Valley Wildlife Area, Muskingum County
This species is monitored by the North American Breeding Bird Survey and has declined 4.2% per year in Ohio during1966 to 2010. Disturbance (e.g., mowing and haying) of existing grassland habitats during the peak of the breeding season is a major factor in its decline along with an overall loss of grassland habitat in Ohio and the Midwest. Eastern meadowlarks can be observed using reclaimed surface-mined lands in southeastern Ohio but they are not as common on those sites as the grasshopper and Henslow’s sparrows.
Survey details and historical data can be found in the Grassland Species Overview section of the 2011-2012 Wildlife Population Status and Hunting Forecast.
Additional information about the Breeding Bird Survey can be found at: www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/