Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve
Know Before You Go
Designated Important Bird Area
Audubon Ohio designated the Preserve as an Important Bird Area (IBA) because it provides essential habitat for birds. The Preserve is located at the intersection of four migratory bird routes: Lake Erie, the shore of Lake Erie, the Cuyahoga River Valley, and the Doan Brook Valley.
For more information about Audubon’s IBA designation click here.
The presence of both pets and wildlife at the site could pose risks for both, therefore, pets are not permitted. It is important for the health of the animals and birds taking sanctuary in the Preserve that the site be maintained for their benefit. In addition wild animals often view the family pet as a predator and could take defensive action that puts both at risk. Finally, pets are not permitted at the Preserve to limit the spread of ticks from the site and the diseases they may carry.
DEPENDING ON THE TIME OF YEAR, YOU MAY ENCOUNTER TICKS
Ticks feed on blood and will bite humans and animals. The bites can be irritating and sometimes transmit diseases including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Tularemia.
TO AVOID TICK BITES:
- Apply insect repellent to clothing and exposed parts of the body.
- Wear light colored clothing and tuck pant cuffs in socks.
- Stay on designated pathways, avoid grassy or brushy areas.
- Check clothing and body frequently for ticks.
- Carefully remove attached ticks immediately.
- Treat exposed skin with insecticide powders or sprays labeled for tick control.
If you should find a tick on your body or clothes carefully remove immediately
IF YOU BECOME ILL OR EXPERIENCE A RASH WITHIN 2-3 WEEKS OF YOUR VISIT TO A TICK-INFESTED AREA, SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION. TELL YOUR PHYSICAN THAT YOU RECENTLY HAVE BEEN IN A TICK-INFESTED AREA.
For more information visit: http://www.cdc.gov/features/stopticks/
To safeguard the trails and animals that take refuge here, bicycles are not permitted. The Preserve is intended for observing nature, research, and education and is limited to passive recreation. Visitors can ride to the Preserve and park their bikes in designated racks located by the entrance gate and near the Ohio Department of Natural Resources park office.
Invasive Plant Species
Cleveland Lakefront Preserve has become naturalized and sustains a remarkable diversity of plants. Non-native species that were not known to occur in Ohio prior to the European settlement in the mid 1700s are part of the diversity on site. About a quarter of the plants growing in Ohio did originate in other parts of the continent or the world, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. A portion of these non-native plants are invasive and threaten the biodiversity of the Preserve by aggressively crowding out other plants and sources of food for wildlife. The Port Authority plans to incorporate invasive-species management into long-term planning for the Preserve.
Research at the Preserve
The Collaborative has also partnered on research work done by Baldwin Wallace College, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Ohio Lepidopterists and the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. That research has included the following: surveys of amphibians, invertebrates, and snakes; a plant inventory; a long-term butterfly monitoring project; and, a bird-banding project to better understand migratory and resident bird populations. There is currently an Audobon Bird Study in progress.