This IBA is a State Nature Preserve representing an unusual remnant of the wet forest that once existed in northwest Ohio. It is the largest known mature forest with large areas of button bush wetlands in west-central Ohio. The IBA encompasses over 500 acres of wet mature woodland and about 500 acres of grassland and meadows.

Ornithological Summary

Important breeding species are Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Cerulean Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Ovenbird, American Redstart, Hooded Warbler, Yellow-throated Vireo, Acadian Flycatcher, Eastern Meadowlark, Sedge Wren, Bobolink, Henslow's Sparrow, Veery, Pileated Woodpecker (possibly the only site in Hardin County), and a breeding colony of Great Blue Herons.
Four surveys have been conducted on birds at Lawrence Woods: 1. 1985-89 Breeding Bird Survey by DNAP; 2. Surveys by N. Moore and D. Rice 1990-2000; 3. MAPS Banding Station conducted by N. Moore 1999 and 2000; 4.2002-2007 Breeding Bird Survey by C. Hoagstrom.

Conservation Issues

Protected as a State Nature Preserve. Agricultural land on site is being converted to grassland. Significant flora includes swamp cottonwood, pumpkin ash, heart-leaf plantain (Plantago cordata), grove sandwort (Arenaria lateriflora, a state-listed species), and several species of sedges. Significant fauna other than birds includes four-toed salamander, spotted salamander, tiger salamander, red-spotted newt, and hybrid ambystomid salamanders. Garlic mustard is a threat.


Owner: Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, ODNR
Fountain Square, Columbus, OH 43224

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