One of the great things about Cleveland is that you don't have to drive far to be swallowed up by nature. At the Mentor Marsh Nature Preserve, a swath of 673 acres designated a national natural landmark back in 1966, you can spot more than 250 species of birds and other wildlife during spring migration. The marsh and its inhabitants were recently afflicted by invasive Eurasian phragmites (that's "reeds" in English), but a recent reclamation project headed by Cleveland Museum of Natural History botany curator Jim Bissell has successfully fought off the attack. That's why birds and other creatures have been flocking back to the marsh of late. You'll see black rails, Le Conte's and Helson's sparrows, American bitterns, and sedge wrens, among other varieties. A pair of American bald eagles have even been spotted renovating a red-tail hawk nest for their new digs.
185 Corduroy Rd., Mentor, 440-257-0777