Bird Watchers and Nature Lovers Rejoice!

The Maples Motel is the ideal destination for birding, hiking, and wildlife viewing! Just moments away you will find a true birder's delight. Encompassing nearly 500 acres, the wandering trails and observation deck at Sheldon Marsh Nature Preserve yield a magnificent barrier beach on Sandusky Bay along with a hardwood forest, woodland swamp and cattail marsh. With over 300 bird species you will find shorebirds, warblers, red tailed hawks, black-crowned night herons, woodcocks, great horned owls and scores of songbirds. Unique plant species include seaside spurge, inland sea rocket and bushy cinquefoil. Nearby Putnam Marsh Nature Preserve offers rare plants such as American Lotus, Tuckerman's panic-grass and Engelmann's spike-rush. This marsh, at the intersection of the Mississippi and Atlantic flyways, provides 966 acres of abundant waterfowl and migratory bird viewing. Still looking for more? Osborn Park offers hiking, tennis courts, a playground and picnic shelters. These free parks are open year round and offer a different spectrum of birds, wildlife, scenery and ever-changing environment every single month of the year. A dream vacation for the nature enthusiast awaits at the family-friendly Maples Motel! Bring your binoculars and be ready for a thrilling outdoor experience you'll long remember!

The 1200 acre conservancy was noted the #1 project in the U.S. in 2003-2004!

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