Butler County, Ohio
Historic Ponds, a Refuge for Birds
Gilmore MetroPark, Hamilton, Ohio’s 300-acre preserve, is a birder’s paradise. Designated an “Important Bird Area” by the National Audubon Society, this MetroPark is frequently home to great egrets, black-crowned night-herons, green herons, great blue herons, and many other migratory bird species. Located along the former Miami and Erie Canal in the Upper Mill Creek watershed, the park consists of wetlands and historic ice ponds. The location includes a raised bird blind, viewing decks, and three miles of trails.
Protected by MetroParks of Butler County
The Gilmore Ponds Conservancy, a local nonprofit, acquired the first parcels of land during the 1980's to protect it from development. Later, MetroParks of Butler County acquired and expanded the property.