TOP 5 VIEWING SITES
• Tri-Valley Wildlife Area, Muskingum County
• Woodbury Wildlife Area, Coshocton County
• Egypt Valley Wildlife Area, Belmont County
• Crown City Wildlife Area, Lawrence & Gallia counties
• The Wilds, Muskingham County
Grasshopper sparrows prefer fairly short vegetation with an abundance of broad-leafed plants. They can be found breeding in a variety of grassland types but highest densities occur on reclaimed surface-mined lands in southeastern Ohio. This species is monitored by the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Long-term data indicate the population has declined 6.2% per year in Ohio since 1966. These declines are primarily due to grassland habitat loss and the resulting fragmentation of remaining grasslands.
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/